Eating out in Poland is a wonderful opportunity to sample Polish history, culture and heritage, as restaurants range from haute cuisine to medieval cellars. As Poles are very proud of their culinary tradition, dining in Krakow promises to be an unforgettable experience. Here’s 10 of our favorite restaurants to visit.
With its medieval atmosphere, history and charm, Pod Aniolami is a hidden gem on Krakow’s culinary scene. Located in the gothic cellars of a 13th-century building that once served as a goldsmiths’ workshop, Pod Aniolami showcases medieval interiors that transport guests to another era. The menu offers lovingly prepared, mouth-watering delicacies of Polish cuisine such as homemade lard, Polish and Russian dumplings, succulent wild boar steaks and grilled duck fillets.
Grodzka 35, Krakow, Poland, +48 12 421 39 99
Located halfway between the Main Square and Kazimierz, Pod Wawelem-Kompania Kuflow cooks up generous portions at reasonable prices, while offering a step back in time. The experience of dining during the Austro-Hungarian Empire is recreated through the décor and smaller details such as the waitresses’ uniforms and the original one-liter beer steins. The restaurant features Under the Wawel, a chopped steak with herb butter and fries, which can be enjoyed while admiring the sights of the Wawel Castle.
Św. Gertrudy 26-29, Krakow, Poland, +48 12 421 23 36
Bombonierka is a colorful, happy venue located in the heart of the Jewish district of Kazimierz, This is an excellent low-budget choice for those who wish to experience Polish cuisine while surrounded by the vivid representations of Krakow dancers in traditional costumes. Bombonierka is famous for its traditional Polish dishes and cooks up homemade pierogi, borscht with dumplings, beef in honey sauce and Old Polish beef rolls.
Meiselsa 24, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 422 03 41
Dawno Temu na Kazimierz is a modern-day tribute to Krakow’s complex, fascinating history. The décor here is a mix of shabby chic, old-school vintage and genuine ruin. Two highlights of the menu are the honeyed lamb and the melt-in-your-mouth roast duck with cherries.
Szeroka 1, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 421 21 17
Cyrano de Bergerac ranks among the top restaurants in Krakow and is a treat for visitors looking for a French-style restaurant in the heart of the city. Its location in the cellars of a medieval building from the end of the 15th century, is one of the factors that put the venue on Krakow’s map of the best cultural restaurants. Roman Polanski and Prince Charles have enjoyed a meal here.