Where to eat in Krakow
Old Krakow – a beautiful corner of tranquility and comfort. But it is hardly possible to fully imbue its atmosphere if you do not eat at least once in one of the authentic local establishments. Simple or refined, very tiny or pompous – they delight tourists with good cuisine and pleasant hospitality. Below we will tell you what prices are found in the cafe in Krakow, where you can quickly and tasty eat near the city center and where to go to spend a luxurious and romantic evening together. Inexpensive establishments of Krakow U Stasi – a dining room for a budget tourist in the center of Krakow, next to the Market Square (the menu includes Polish dumplings, soups, second), open from 12 to 17 hours; Endzior-Zapiekanki – fast food cafe with gorgeous Polish “casseroles” – huge sandwiches with different fillings (from 6-7 zł); Warsztat Restaurant & Cafe – a good place for breakfast or lunch near the Tempel synagogue (average price of food – 15-20 zł); Smakolyki – a bright and cozy restaurant where you can go eat with children (children’s menu – 15 zł), the average check for two adults – about 65-70 zł; Przystanek Pierogarnia – a dumpling popular in Krakow (queues line up on the street), a portion of dumplings costs from 10 zł, soups – an average of 4 zł; Milkbar Tomasza – a good place in the center to eat quickly and inexpensively (breakfast – 16-20 zł, set lunch from 12 hours – 18 zł); Kuchnia u Doroty – an institution where delicious home-cooked and generously treated dishes (average bill – 55-70 zł for two); Domowe Przysmaki – a tiny and unpretentious cafe with inexpensive food and drinks (zurek – 12 zł, goulash – 23-25 zł, spaghetti – 17 zł, beer – from 7-9 zł); Bar Grodzki – a self-service restaurant with very budget prices (plus there is a special daily offer); Marchewka Z Groszkiem – a cozy home restaurant in Krakow with Polish cuisine (soups – from 4.50 zł, dumplings – from 14 zł, main dishes – from 19.50 zł). Pierogarnia Krakowiacy If you are in the center of Krakow and want to eat quickly, it is worth a glimpse into Pierogarnia Krakowiacy near the Market Square. This is a nice budget cafe with a simple and unpretentious decor: brick walls, a white vaulted ceiling, painted with floral patterns, and wooden furniture. There are no scumbling waiters here – only self-service. Cafe “trick” is a huge selection of delicious dumplings (lepiaki): with sauerkraut and mushrooms, duck and apple, pork and beef, mascarpone and cherry, cottage cheese and coconut (16 zł per serving). In cold weather, you can warm yourself with hot soup and a glass of aromatic mulled wine.
Polskie Smaki A good self-service cafe just a couple of minutes walk from the Market Square – another place where you can eat tasty and inexpensive in the center of Krakow. Here you will be offered traditional Polish dishes prepared according to old recipes: zurek (6 zł), beer stew (18 zł), bigos (13 zł), vareniki (13-14 zł) and other national dishes. In the mornings, a rich and affordable breakfast is served. The order is accepted at the counter – when it is ready, the number is simply displayed on the board. All portions are large and prices are low, so the Polskie Smaki cafe quickly gained fame among tourists and is becoming more and more popular every year.
Bar Mleczny When listing inexpensive cafes and restaurants in Krakow, you should definitely call this small bar in the historical part of the city – it is especially convenient to drop by while walking along the famous Royal Road. Of course, Bar Mleczny cannot be called superrespectable (it looks more like a dining room), but the restaurant can offer really tasty, fresh and cheap food. These are omelets (7 zł), dumplings (9-14 zł), soups (5-7 zł), meat with a side dish (15-17 zł). You don’t need to order much: to eat densely, one dish will be enough.
Piwnica Wolnica In the old district of Krakow on Wolnica Square, you can find a very remarkable restaurant serving traditional Polish cuisine. The basis of local dishes is traditional, time-tested recipes and fresh natural products from small farms and markets nearby. Going down a small staircase to the basement, you will find yourself in an atmospheric room with rough stone walls, a vaulted ceiling, white tables and chairs. Sit back and get ready to eat the best pork shoulder soup (polewka czosnkowa, 10 zł), fragrant beef goulash (gulasz wolowy, 32 zł) or juicy chicken de-voly (kotlet De’volaille, 28 zł). Also on the menu are about 10 branded hearty sandwiches (20-30 zł). The meal will be even tastier if you order a glass of plum brandy or a mug of good beer.