A Local Food Tour of Krakow’s Old Town

A Local Food Tour of Krakow’s Old Town

One of the main reasons why I was so excited about visiting Poland was the food. I love Polish food, and I’m forever searching up and down the foreign food isle in my local supermarket for Polish food. Yum! One thing did worry me though, I’m quite a fussy eater, well not fussy, plain. I’m a plain eater. Despite this, I wasn’t difficult at all to find delicious food, whether from restaurants, cafes or street vendors. Here’s my personal food tour of Krakow.

Pierogi (Dumplings)

Like most foods in Poland, Pierogi is tasty, filling and literally cheaper than chips. I read a few travel guides who recommended a few upmarket restaurants, cafes and milk bars, however we ate most of our food a street market located just off the main market square. The stall offered a wide variety of different fillings for the pierogi, and even gave you the option of having them boiled or fried. I’m quite a fussy eater so went for fried ones filled with beef, spinach and cheese and ones with mushrooms. From the market stall, five dumplings cost us 7 zlotys, which equates to about £1.40! If you were on a budget, dumplings could be a great option for a filling lunch or dinner.

Pierogi Dumplings krakow

Oscypek

With Polish food being heavily pastry-based, when I first saw oscypek being sold in the local market, I assumed it was a pasrty. If you look at it from the outside it looks like a large thick croissant. But hidden inside is something better than buttery pastry sheets. But what could be better than that, I hear you ask. Well cheese of course! And it’s not only just any normal chedder, it’s a smoky cheese made from goat’s milk.

Oscypek cheese krakow

Obwarzanek

As I said, I am a very plain eater, so obwarzanek’s were by far my favourite. Basically they are twisted or braided bread that is baked into a large ring shape (no it’s not a bagel!). These are traditionally sold from street carts for around 1.5 zloty. Most days I had one or two in my backpack for a snack for when we were on long tours during the day. Essentially being a doughy bread ring, they were very filling and perfect for transporting around all day. I highly recommend these, if I wasn’t in a hotel I would’ve tried to put some fillings in them.

Ice Cream

I also have to give a small shout out to the ice cream in Krakow. Although it was a breezy 13 degrees when I visited, I couldn’t help myself getting a cone. There were just so many amazing flavours I couldn’t say no just because it was cold.

Ice Cream Krakow

Places Worth Visiting

I remember reading somewhere that Krakow has the highest density of restaurants and bars, and it must be true because there are food and drink options every step you take in krakow. One thing’s for sure, you will never go hungry. We were on a budget so targeted a lot of smaller cafes, street vendors and hit up the market for street food almost every night for dinner and snacks. So here are a few places we absolutely loved.

Europejeski

We discovered this restaurant on our first night by accident. It was raining quite heavily, we had just landed and were looking for somewhere we could grab some food before exploring our surroundings. Europjeski is a cafe restaurant situated on Rynek Glowny, in the north west quadrant of the main market square, round about one in from the main road. Please don’t confuse it with the hotel a few yards away! From the outside it looks like it could be a rowdy irish bar, but as you step in you find that it is in fact an upmarket restaurant offering a variety of luxury local cuisine. Like most resturants in the square, Europejeski also offered outdoor heaters and blankets.

Pronto

As well as the local artisan and street food, Krakow is laden with Italian restaurants and pizzerias. Some restaurants even incorporate a both. We had passed Pronto many times as its situated on the busy street of Grodzka, but always tried to avoid Italian restaurants so we could immerse ourselves in the local cuisine. However, it was our last afternoon in Krakow and we wanted pizza for a late lunch to see us through our flight back home. We sat road-side and ordered a pizza each; although going by the size we could probably have shared. Well worth a visit if you want a taste of Italy in Poland.

Pronto Pizza Krakow

German Bier Halle

Having visited Berlin back in June, I was excited to have found a German bier halle that could offer up my favourite bratwurst and currywurst all on the one plate. With complimentary bread, we tucked into our Bavarian sausage platters with a large stein of weissbier. The bar/restaurant is kitted out with the traditional blue and white checkered pattern and houses a number of large TV screens showing the latest European football games. Well worth a visit if you are look for authentic German food in the heart of Krakow.

german-sausage-krakow

Charlotte’s

If you’ve read any Krakow blogs no doubt someone has mentioned Charlotte’s. It is just so damn lovely and beautiful. They offer home-made fresh pastries, cakes, breads, coffees and even French wine. I ordered a fresh lemonade to go with my croissant and churro (although it was lighter and less greasy than a churro). Charlotte’s is a dreamy little coffee house with rustic wooden tables, spirally stairs and uneven surfaces. A food-bloggers dream! Have a look at the images and see for yourself.

 Charlotte Krakow

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  • I’d like to visit Krakow and other Eastern European cities but I’m never quite sure about the food as I’m a vegetarian and the cuisine always sounds quite hearty and meaty – but it looks as though I’d do ok here. My mouth is watering at your pictures (even though I’ve just had my lunch!)

    • Emma

      Haha! As far as I experienced, Krakow food was mostly breads and cheese. Even the dumplings had both meat and veg options!

  • Absolutely fascinating blog post Emma!
    It was so great to see all of the food you got to try.

    Definitely going to have to book a trip to Krakow soon!

    Kat
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    • Emma

      Thanks, Kat! Yeah you should, everything was so central too!

  • Michaela Sigourney Manning

    CHARLOTTES! loves that place 🙂 So glad you ended up going!

    • Emma

      With so many people recommending it (including yourself!), I couldn’t not 🙂

  • Amanda Williams

    Looks like Krakow is great for food! I love Pierogi and always enjoy exploring the street food options in any town. Have pinned this for future reference.

    • Emma

      Yeah you can never go hungry in Krakow! Thanks Amanda 🙂

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  • Sara Alexis

    Ah all that food just made me so hungry. So many options! what was your favourite?

    • Emma

      Probably the Pierogi – so filling, cheap and delicious!

  • Ali

    I’m so glad to see this, we’re going to Krakow (and Gdansk) next week! I live in Berlin, so Poland isn’t too far away, and it’s such a great country with tasty (and cheap!) food. Can’t wait to try some of these places!

    • Emma

      Awesome! I’ve been to Berlin too, such an amazing city! And I’ve always wanted to see Gdansk as well, the photos just look so pretty!

  • WanderingRedHead

    I love a good food tour! OMG those pierogis and pastries all look delicious! Hope to try these all some day!

    • Emma

      They were so delicious – I love pastries!

  • Alicia Murdock

    I’m heading to Krakow in July!! So I am going to be referencing this blog post for sure. Pierogis and goat cheese croissants, here I come!!

    • Emma

      That’s great, you’ll love it! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Sonja Thomson

    Love Krakow! I tried most of these when I was there. Pierogis are the best!

    • Emma

      So good, very filling and so cheap!

  • Christie Goyette

    I’ve been loving Eastern European food lately! I LOVE pierogis! I haven’t tried oscypek yet, but they sound like something I would really like because I’m a huge fan of goat’s cheese. I can’t wait to visit Poland to experience the food there myself 🙂

  • Portia Jones

    Oh my gosh I LOVE PIEROGI. I need to get back to Poland asap to get some more lovely dumplings xxx

  • Pierogi is pretty much my favourite thing in the world. I’m heading to Poland on Monday to do some pierogi research on my own. Sounds like an awesome tour!

  • Polish food is awesome! And I’m always so happy to read that people have enjoyed their time in Krakow, it’s such a special city to me. I read also your other blog posts on Krakow, it seems like you had a very pleasant stay 🙂

  • Danielle Doppler

    Wow, there are definitely some interesting food options in there! I would love to visit Krakow!

  • I visited Krakow for a few days and it was amazing. I ate SO many pierogies but didn’t get to try any of this other food. Now I want to go back so badly and try everything!

  • Kathi Kamleitner

    I love food tours! I’m vegan now, which makes it a lot harder, but I’m sure I could still try some traditional Polish things when I go to Krakow one day. Thanks for sharing!