When people think of Krakow, they often think of a city rich in history, however, Krakow’s food scene is often neglected. If you find yourself in Krakow, be sure to check out these restaurants to experience both innovative and sustainable cuisine. Food is a huge part of the Polish and Jewish cultures, so be sure to try some of these traditional restaurants to fully experience the culture of Krakow.
1. Hamsa Hummus & Happiness Israeli Restobar
Hamsa is a Krakow staple. It would be a crime to leave Krakow without sampling their mezze platters, Moroccan fish soup, or their hearty and healthy brunch. For the dessert lover check out their gluten-free rose water chocolate cake. The decor is trendy, yet simple, although they are famous for the murals that appear in their garden. Because of their shaded outdoor seating, Hamsa is ideal for the warmer months. Their menu conveys a dedication to sustainability and is friendly for vegans and those who are gluten-free. On Friday night it’s better if you make a reservation; there usually isn’t seating because of Shabbat. If you are interested in Jewish culture, just across the hallway from Hamsa is a store selling Jewish literature and postcards. Meals range from 3 to 18 USD.
Hamsa Hummus & Happiness Israeli Restobar
Address: Szeroka 2, 31-053 Kraków, Poland
2. Nova Krova
Nova Krova is a 100% vegan restaurant in the center of the Jewish district. They are most well known for their gourmet burgers and beet root french fries. Their quinoa burger is a particular favorite. If you’re not vegan, but concerned with sustainability, this is a great option for you because of their wide range of healthy options on their menu. Nova Krova also hosts a great brunch on the weekends. Of course they are also gluten-free friendly. Meals range from 5 to 10 USD.
Address: Pl. Wolnica 12, 31-060 Kraków, Poland
Website: Nova Krova
3. Milkbar Tomasza
If you’re looking for a traditional Polish meal, Milkbar Tomasza combines modern elements and traditional Polish cuisine to create a unique culinary experience. Known for their affordability (about 3 USD for a plate), milkbars are scattered all over Krakow. Milkbar Tomasza is one of the most popular in town, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as coffee and dessert. Because of this, the lines can often be quite long, however, devoted fans insist that the wait is well worth it. Be sure to try the apple pancakes and pierogis. They’re also vegetarian-friendly.
Address: Ulica Tomasza 24, 31-027 Kraków, Poland
Website: Milkbar Tomasza
4. Starka Restaurant
Starka is another modern interpretation served in a cozy, intimate environment. This restaurant, however, is much more meat heavy than Milkbar Tomasza, offering only one vegetarian option (breaded cheese). Starka may be a good choice for families because of their children’s menu. The restaurant is most beloved for their extensive vodka selection. Each plate is between 3-20 USD, with cocktails coming in around 5 USD.
Address: Józefa 14, 31-056 Kraków, Poland
Website: Starka Restaurant
5. Czarna Kaczka
Czarna Kaczka, located in Old Town, is a summer and spring favorite because of its large courtyard with umbrella covered tables. Czarna Kaczka, translated literally as “the Black Duck,” is a traditional Polish restaurant, of course famous for its roasted duck. There are few vegetarian and no vegan options on the menu, but if your gluten-free friend is an omnivore there should be plenty of options available. If you have a sweet tooth, Czarna Kaczka is a great place to try some traditional Polish desserts. Appetizers are about 5 USD for a plate, while larger means are up to 25 USD.
Address: Ulica Poselska 22, 31-002 Kraków, Poland
Website: Czarna Kaczka
6. Restaurant Farina
Another restaurant in the Main Square, is a fresh seafood restaurant, Restaurant Farina. Farina is a classically beautiful restaurant with white table cloths and crystal chandeliers. Despite this, the wood brick fire place in the center of the restaurant adds a homey feel. For the freshest fish and produce, Farina offers a seasonal menu. With some creativity and flexibility, vegans and those with a gluten intolerance should be able to find something to eat here. Menu items range from 8-15 USD or 50 USD for the five course menu, with an extra 30 USD for the accompanying wine tastings.
Address: sw. Marka 16 st, 31-018 Krakow, Poland
Website: Restaurant Farina
7. Konfederacka 4
Konfederacka 4 serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee and desserts, with plates coming in around 3-10 USD. They are famous for their rustic decor, excellent service, and seafood. They also offer outdoor seating and take out. Although Konfederacka 4 accommodates children, they have few options for vegetarians and those who are gluten-free, while there are no vegan options. It is important to note that their menu changes seasonally, ensuring the highest quality produce and seafood.
Address: Konfederacka 4, 30-306 Kraków, Poland
Website: Konfederacka 4
8. Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time is a restaurant in the Jewish Quarter located near the Galicia Jewish Museum, serving hearty Jewish meals accompanied by traditional Klezmer music performed live. They host breakfast, of course featuring bagels, lunch, and dinner. Once Upon a Time is especially appreciated for its extensive selection of Polish vodkas. Plates cost roughly 4-15 USD. Once Upon a Time offers a few vegetarian options. They do offer gluten-free options as well, but they are meat based. Once Upon a Time is a very popular restaurant, so it may be best to call ahead and get a reservation before you visit.
Once Upon a Time
Address: ul. Szeroka 1, 31-053 Kraków, Poland
Website: Once Upon a Time
9. Karma Roasters
Karma Roasters, just outside of Old Town, is a trendy coffee shop with exposed brick, outdoor seating, and an open kitchen. Although they began with just coffee, they now have their own kitchen where they bake their own bread. Their lunch menu changes daily in order to feature the freshest ingredients, while they only source their eggs from free-range hens. They also offer gluten-free and vegan options including bakery items. For a fun activity, Karma Roasters hold coffee making workshops.
Address: Krupnicza 12, 31-123 Kraków, Poland
Website: Karma Roasters
10. Trezo Restauracja
Trezo is a Mediterranean restaurant located in the Jewish Quarter. Open from lunch until 11 pm, Trezo hosts a full bar and live music. Although the decor bar may invoke a luxurious dining experience, the prices are quite reasonable, with a plate coming in around 4-7 USD. Trezo is gluten-free, vegan, and kid friendly. It is recommended that you make reservations ahead of time, which can be done through their website.
Address: Miodowa 33, 31-052 Kraków, Poland
Website: Trezo Restauracja
Can't get enough?
After a trip to Krakow, you’ll find yourself having a new appreciation for Central European as well as Jewish cuisine. Eating is an important way to connect with a city and its people. While this list offers a great selection of local restaurants to satisfy even the pickiest of travelers, you’ll find yourself wanting to return to Krakow to further explore their blossoming foodie scene.
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