Your guide to the Umbraco Poland Festival: EAT
I'm Anthony, and I'll be your Foodie guide around Krakow today.
If you are a foodie like me, then you'll get your fill in Krakow. The quality of food in Krakow really puts many other cities to shame.
- Eat a Krakow bagel - Buy it from a lonely bagel seller on a street corner!
- Eat Pierogi
- Eat a classic Polish ice cream - It's creamier than you have ever experienced
- Eat zapiekanka (grilled open baguette) in plac Nowy (Kazimierz)
- Eat Kielbasa (Polish sausage) in plac Nowy (Kazimierz)
- Eat barszcz czerwony (beetroot "red" soup)
- Eat zurek (sour soup) *Not vegetarian*
- Eat Polish cheese cake
- Eat a Polish donut with rose jam - Very intensely sweet and very floral in aroma. Probably best to share it.
Food & Drink - Main Market
As you can see in the map below, I've been to a fair few places in Krakow. There's too many to list in one article and this doesn't even cover all of my favourites (just the places that I bothered pinning!) It's probably only 5% of the restaurants/bars/cafes which actually exist in the main market but I've picked out a few must visits in the list below :-)
Lunch / Dinner
Restaurants at the main market square
The restaurants at the main market square are very good. They are great for just sitting and soaking up the history. Prices are expensive by Polish standards, however it’s well worth it.
Milk bar - **RECOMMENDED**
Classic old dinner. Food is really cheap, and is an authentic experience for how the Polish dined out during communism. Note: this is definitely not a “fine dining” experience, but it’s authentic. I recommend the pancakes, pierogi, and the cold soup. Get there before 1pm as they tend to run out of various items.
La Grande Mamma - **RECOMMENDED**
One of the best Italian places in the main market. Bookings are essential!
Chimera - **RECOMMENDED** - MUST!
This place has 2 levels.
The ground level is a cafe/salad bar. It’s like an indoor oasis, and is great for a quick meal in a relaxing atmosphere. The basement is a restaurant and it's is truly a hidden gem.
Przypiecek - 24hr Pierogarnia
If you really need a pierogi fix, then this is the place for you!
Cafes - Main Market
Café Bar Magia - **RECOMMENDED**
A really cute cafe tucked in the back of an alley. A tranquil escape from the busy main market.
Nowa Prowincja - **RECOMMENDED** - MUST
A locals favourite. Full of rustic charm. Go there for the thickest hot chocolate you have ever experienced. They also have a secret tea room in the attic.
Food & Drink - Kazimierz
As you can see again, I've been to a lot of places. It suffices to say that this list is definitely not as large as it deserves to be. Below the map, you'll see my picks for anyone seeing Kazimierz for the first time.
Coffee - Kazimierz
Kawa Lerka - **RECOMMENDED**
My favourite cafe. Cosy, relaxed, and slow paced. Huge selections of teas and coffee.
Cytat Cafè - **RECOMMENDED**
One of my favourite cafes. A great workspace of you need to get some work done.
Breakfast / Brunch - Kazimierz
Kolanko No 6 - **RECOMMENDED**
Best buffet breakfast in Krakow. A MUST! Get there before 11:30.
Moment Resto Bar
Excellent modern European lunch/brunch! Great if you want lunch in the sun.
A really cute modern Polish cafe
Lunch / Dinner - Kazimierz
Domowa Kuchnia - **RECOMMENDED**
Best home cooked Polish food in Krakow
I recommend: Placki ziemniaczane z gulaszem (potato pancakes with goulash), barszcz czerwony (beetroot soup).
Dawno temu na Kazimierzu - **RECOMMENDED**
Oldest (and most historic) Jewish restaurant in Krakow. A classic Jewish experience. Bookings are essential!
Pirozki U Vicenta (Mr Vincent) - Pierogi - **RECOMMENDED**
Best Pierogi house in Krakow
I recommend EVERYTHING!
Excellent Polish Cuisine. If the weather is warm the back garden is a great chill out space.
I recommend Kotlet Schabowy (Pork Schnitzel)
Excellent modern Polish cuisine
ZAZIE Bistro - French - **RECOMMENDED**
Excellent French Bistro in a romantic setting. Ask for a seat in the basement!
Pesto Ristorante - Italian
Excellent Italian restaurant.
Fun fact: Poland had an Italian queen. She brought with her a great food tradition. Italian food in Kraków is superb!
Great Vegan food
Great Vegan Burgers!
Edo Fusion Asian Cuisine Sushi
Eat sushi like a King! Its such great quality!
Other - Kazimierz
Lody Tradycyjna Receptura - **RECOMMENDED**
The best, first, and most famous Polish ice cream parlour. The locals line up for hours on a hot day at this family owned shop.
Great Polish Ice cream. Basically the same as the one above. But it's a chain.
As you can see from the extensive recommendations above, Krakow's food scene is absolutely wonderful. Everything is such great quality, and the food options are fantastic! If you're coming to the Umbraco Poland Festival this September let me know how you get on and if you manage to visit even half of the places on the list i'll be pretty impressed!!
Looking for some fun things to do in Krakow? Check out my previous blog post!
Article by Anthony Dang (@anthonydotnet)