It is an often heard misconception that following a vegetarian diet is limiting and you cannot experience a country’s cuisine or just great food while being a vegetarian. The truth is, yes, sometimes there are a few things you might miss due to your vegetarianism, but quite frankly, the world of vegetarian food is so broad and commonly undiscovered, that we might go as far as saying that it is not us, but the meat-eaters missing out on some great food. If you happen to be traveling to Poland, specifically Krakow, here is a list of must-try vegetarian foods.
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Starting off with this amazing vegan burger place - Krowarzywa, as your first step into Krakow’s best vegetarian cuisine. Krowarzywa is a growing Polish chain found in some of the larger Polish cities. This place offers burgers only, surprising with the variety in which these meat-less creations can come. Having its staple menu choices, as well as seasonal items, Krowarzywa attracts not only vegans but also meat-eaters who are looking for a lighter version of the conventional fast food item. The menu provides with it the possibility of constructing your own burger from around 6 different patties, a few breads and a multitude of topping options, that even accommodate some of the most common food allergies like peanut or gluten allergy. All of the used ingredients are organic. The interior of the restaurant is raw, but quite cozy at the same time, with raw, wooden tables and farm-like wall decor. The staff is always welcoming and friendly, adding on to the home-like, cozy atmosphere. This flavorful plant-based alternative will not only make your taste buds happy, but also the environment and your health.
Address: Sławkowska 8, 31-014 Kraków, Poland
Price: from 10 PLN / 2.50 USD
Opening Hours: 12pm - 11pm
Duration: around an hour
Access: 10 minute walk from Main Square
Contact: +48 531777136
Website: Krowarzywa (in Polish)
Another option on the list is Koko. This budget-friendly chain serving Polish cuisine, although not vegetarian, holds true gems on its unpretentious menu. Possibly one of the best budget-friendly, Polish cuisine locations in Krakow, Koko is always busy with hungry people walking in and happy, satisfied people walking out. A novel would not be enough space to describe the absolute culinary artistry of Polish cuisine, therefore we will strictly focus on this destination. Items such as vegetable soups, pierogi and potato patties are rotating from day to day in the menu. Koko will never get boring, with its constantly changing menu there are no days with the same meals. If you are planning a longer stay in Krakow, you might want to visit Koko more than once, even just for the budget friendliness of the menu. Located in a basement bar, this venue will make you feel at home, with cheap, hearty food that will never let you leave hungry. Just make sure to come and save yourself a seat in time before this popular destination overflows with hungry, local students!
Address: Gołębia 8, 30-001 Kraków, Poland
Price: from 8 PLN / 2 USD
Opening Hours: 8am - 3pm
Duration: around 2 hours
Access: 2 minutes from Main Square
Contact: +48 124302135
Website: Koko Gospoda
Another budget-friendly gem located in central Krakow is a vegetarian buffet. The variety of different dishes will accommodate everyone’s preferences. The main advantage of Chimera’s way of serving the food is that you pay exactly for how much you eat. Each item counts as a dish and depending on how many dishes you choose to have, it will result in a different price at the check-out. Chimera offers a large variety of different items, from cold salads to soups to warm meals like vegetable pie or veggie patties. The menu is constantly changing at Chimera, which make it a favorite place for many young people in the city, who are either too lazy to cook everyday or just purely enjoy the flavors served at Chimera’s. The interior is romantic and resembles a hybrid between a Parisian train station and a flowery green house. The place will make you feel dreamy, both with its interior design and delicious food.
Address: św. Anny 3, 30-001 Kraków, Poland
Price: from 8 PLN / 2 USD
Opening Hours: 11pm - 12pm
Contact: +48 122921212
4. Czarodziej Bakery
Moving onto something sweet, Czarodziej Bakery will amaze you with its sweet creations. Poland is known for many typical confectioneries such as chrusty - deep-fried, crumbly, thinly sliced dough, usually served on a fat Thursday, before lent or Wuzetka - a layered chocolate cake with a light, creamy filling with its signature WZ on top. Here, you can’t only try the mentioned above, but much more as well. One of the local delicacies that is especially tied to Krakow is Kremowka. Kremowka in a flaky-crust cake with a thick layer of fluffy cream in between. The significance of this dessert goes way beyond its heavenly flavor. One of the most important figures to Krakow’s history is the former pope John Paul II, who was not only a national pride at the time, but also grew up around Krakow. The Kremowka dessert was his openly proclaimed, favorite cake, which has ever since been tied to Krakow and is now known for among Poles. Whether you care about the historically loaded Kremowka, or crusty chrusty, Czarodziej Bakery is the best place for you to venture into the world of Polish sweets, 100% vegetarian, of course.
Address: Ulica Karmelicka 15, Kraków 31-133, Polska
Price: from 3 PLN / 0.75 USD
Opening Hours: 9am - 7.30pm
Duration: less than an hour
Contact: +48 124228208
Website: Czarodziej Bakery (in Polish)
Despite common belief, Polish cuisine has great vegetarian dishes that you can enjoy, to experience all the flavors of Poland, no matter your dietary restrictions. Hopefully this little guide will be a starting point for your vegetarian exploration next time you visit Krakow.
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