The Best Restaurants In The Podgorze Area Of Krakow, Poland

Eliza Marin

Across the Vistula resides the unexplored side of Krakow that is called Podgorze. A simple venture across the Father Bernatek bridge will reveal this area’s great restaurants. These are our picks.

Plac Zgody, centre of the Jewish Ghetto, Podgorze

1. Zakladka Food & Wine

Restaurant, French

Zakladka Food & Wine
Courtesy of Zakladka Food & Wine
Just across the Father Bernatek footbridge resides the delicate Zakladka, a restaurant with an undeniable passion for food. Zakladka specializes in French cuisine, all made with fresh Polish ingredients. This is matched by a dazzling worldwide wine list and a simple atmosphere chosen by the chef and owner himself, Rafal Targosz. This allows for the focus to be on the delicious dishes themselves.

2. Ogniem i Mieczem

Restaurant, Polish

Ogniem i Mieczem
Courtesy of Ogniem i Mieczem
A rustic den hidden on Serkowskiego street, Ogniem i Mieczem is a 17th-century Polish tavern with original flair. Across the street from the petite park of Floriana Nowackiego, the restaurant has its own little garden. In this garden everything from the haystack to the last pile of wood is carefully arranged to keep the authentic tavern atmosphere. Indoors, every corner is made from timber: the galleries, walls, floor and naturally, the long tables. The fire is made in a traditional clay chimney, which keeps the warmth in during the winter.

3. Galicja Po Kolei

Restaurant, Polish, European

Galicja Po Kolei is a railway-themed restaurant that celebrates the lines that once connected western and eastern Europe, from Austria to Ukraine. The interior is dedicated to the Galician railroad and encompasses a large picture of Budapest station. The decor plays on train paraphernalia. The cuisine is naturally regional, but includes an impressive array of dishes from all countries the railway used to pass through. These include Austria, Poland, Romania, and the Czech Republic.

4. Hellada

Hellada

On Limanowskiego Street, near the main tram tracks, the turquoise blue of Greece signals Hellada. Here, light Mediterranean cuisine brings more to the table than just a feta salad and gyros. Meanwhile the interior is a time capsule, where Santorini white clay walls blend seamlessly with photos of the Cyclades. On the table are starters like Saganaki, a floured cheese fried in butter and served with tzaziki. Mains include fried shrimp in dried tomato sauce.

Hellada, ul. Limanowskiego 1, Krakow, Poland, +48 12 637 20 86

Jadlodajnia

Charming Jadlodajnia is a smart gourmet concept spot, where the food tastes home-cooked. Expect delectable dishes like soups and dumplings. These meals are both sweet and savory, meat and vegetarian. This is in addition to the super generous portions that are great for fueling any sightseeing trip around this southern section of the city.

Jadlodajnia, plac Bohaterów Getta 10, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 656 20 75

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