When you cross off all the places from your list of the best things to do in Krakow, it’s time to try some local food! There are many amazing restaurants in Krakow: from the milk bars great for budget travelers to the luxurious restaurants,- we’ve covered it all.
Keep on reading to find out where to eat in Krakow.
What To Eat In Krakow?
The most iconic food in Krakow is obwarzanek, a ring-shaped bread.
If you want to taste Poland cuisine, you should try:
- pierogi (dumplings filled with cottage cheese & potato, cabbage, or meat)
- bigos (a delicious mix of meat, sauerkraut, and cabbage)
- schabowy z ziemniakami (mashed potatoes with fried pork cutlet)
- golabki (rice with meat wrapped in cabbage)
- zurek (yummy soured rye flour soup with meat, boiled egg, and potatoes)
- chleb ze smalcem (smalec is basically a pork jam; it’s best to eat with bread and pickled cucumber)
- obwarzanek, a ring-shape bread, specific to Krakow
Where To Eat In Krakow?
If you wonder where to go out in Krakow, our list of the best places to eat, drink, and party in the city may be helpful for you.
Cafe Botanica is our favorite place to have a coffee while on the market square.
It’s green, cozy, and not that crowded like other cafes at the heart of Rynek.
It was peaceful enough for Mia to had her afternoon nap. The WiFi was great, so we’ve been working online during that time.
The coffee was good, so there really is nothing more we can expect from a good cafe.
A place to eat for meat lovers. The restaurant is located right at Rynek. They serve different kinds of meat including beef, pork, veal, duck, lamb, seafood and more. The portions are HUGE.
We’ve been eating lamb and strawberry steak and we couldn’t really eat it all. Slawkowska1 is a great place to have dinner- it’s just a few steps away from the heart of Rynek so it’s usually not as crowded as restaurants surrounding the market square.
A truly iconic place, one of the best places to eat in Krakow. It’s located on Kanonicza street, one of the oldest in the city.
We’ve been dining at Art Restaurant more than once and everything has always been outstanding. The food is delicious and pretty unique. It’s definitely not a place for a quick bite.
You need to have time to taste and experience the artistic food that they serve. If you are looking for fine dining in Krakow, that’s your place to go.
The other thing that we love about Art Restaurant is their courtyard garden. When it’s warm enough outside, you can have dinner in a green, peaceful oasis.
On a side note, Art Restaurant offers luxury Rolls-Royce transfer, so if you want to organize a romantic dinner for your partner, they can pick you up from the hotel and then drive back there.
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This amazing steakhouse deserved the separate article. You can read our review of this restaurant here. To keep it short- it’s the best place to have a steak in the city.
Located on the market square, it has a beer garden, so you can sit outside in the summer while enjoying your favorite drink.
Plus, the food at Butcher is really delicious.
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Going there is one of the best things to do in Krakow with kids! LikeKonik is a cafe and playground all in one. It’s our recent discovery and we absolutely love likeKonik.
There are classes for children in this cafe every day but you can also go there to have a coffee while your kids will have fun.
Their website is only in Polish but check out their Facebook to get a general idea on what likeKonik is.
Zapiekanki u Endziora
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The best place to eat in Krakow at night. Zapiekanki u Endziora are something that all the locals know. They are simply delicious.
The bar is situated in the heart of Kazimierz. Be prepared that you may have to wait more than half an hour to get your zapiekanka. But it’s worth it.
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They say it’s the most hipster place in Krakow. It’s where locals come to have breakfast or brunch in the morning, as well as party in the evening.
In the summertime, you can sit outside and chill out. There is a small beach that belongs to Forum, which makes this place even better.
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The list of the best places to eat in Krakow won’t be complete without mentioning at least one bar mleczny (milk bar).
It’s a restaurant where you can fast eat homemade, traditional Polish food, like pierogi. Our favorite milk bar in Krakow is Jagienka, located very close to Rynek. You can have a 2-course meal of the day with a drink there for as little as $4.5!
Bar u Szwagra
The best fast food Krakow. There are many U Szwagra in the city, the most popular are on Lea 26 and Karmelicka 26. The bars are famous for the best kebabs in Krakow. It’s the students’ favorite place to eat, especially at night.
Keep in mind that they are not the real Turkish kebabs but the Polish variation of this famous dish. ‘Szwagier’ serves very unhealthy food
Where To Drink in Krakow?
Yes, Krakow is a party city! And let’s face it- drinking in Poland is quite popular. There are many places where you can drink cheaply in Krakow.
The best are:
- Pijalnia Wódki i Piwa on Plac Nowy 7 (very close to Zapiekanki u Endziora!),
- Banialuka at Plac Szczepanski 6 (close to the Old Town)
- Ambasada Śledzia on Stolarska 8 (close to the Old Town as well).
A shot of Polish vodka or a beer cost 5zl ($1.5).
If you want to make new friends, join Pub Crawl Krakow Tour to have fun!
Read also our other posts about Krakow:
- best day trips from Krakow
- romantic things to do in Krakow
- interesting Krakow facts
- best Krakow tours
- Krakow tips for the first time visitors
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