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Despite Polish cuisine having a reputation for being heavy and stodgy, Krakow has established itself as a centre of international cuisine. In the city you will find a plethora of world-class gourmet restaurants serving a variety of different specialities influenced by German, Russian, Italian and Turkish cuisine. Signature dishes in Krakow include goulash, a variety of soups including czernina (duck's blood), pierogi (dumplings) and anything incorporating pork.
During the years of communism in Poland, a range of café style bars called “milk bars” were opened to accommodate locals with cheap food subsidized by the state. You can still find many of these eateries dotted around the city, offering a cheap yet tasty range of Polish dishes.
Across Krakow you will discover many types of estblishment to cater for every taste and budget, whether it be an up-market French bistro to an authentic Italian trattoria, you'll never be short of options. Be sure to sample some local cuisine before you leave and perhaps try Poland's favourite fast food, zapiekanka, a halved crisp baguette covered with mushrooms and cheese.
Read more on this destination in the AA CityPack Guide to Krakow.
Recommended restaurants in Krakow
Kawaleria Szarza Smaku
Golebia 4, 31-358
A traditional Michelin recommended Polish restaurant located in the heart of Krakow. Specialities include succulent duck, cabbage and mushoom dumplings and chocolate soufflé. Main courses from approximately £6-11. Open Mon - Fri from 12:00 - 18:00.
Cyrano de Bergerac
Slawkowska 26, 31-358
One voted the 6th best restaurant in Poland, this wonderful French restaurant serves all the favourites, from onion soup and snails to lamb chops and duck fois gras. Main courses range from approximately £10-20. Open daily from 12:00 - midnight.
Dietla 49, 34-700
An organic, vegetarian restaurant that serves a range of world dishes focused on fresh wholesome foods. Menu options include Tibetan dumplings, a range of soups and rice dishes and south Indian pancakes. Main courses from approximately £2-5. Open daily from 11:00 - 20:00.
Szeroka 6, 05-230
An authentic Jewish restaurant with antique furniture and a homely atmosphere. Specialties include stuffed goose neck, Jewish carp and turkey livers. Main dishes from approximately £4-10. Open daily from 09:00 - 21:30.
Poselska 24, 31-358
A Mediterranean restaurant located in the heart of the Old Town, specializing in Corsican cuisine. Favourites here include fillet of sole, peppered steak and fiadone. Main courses from approximately £5-20. Open daily from 13:00 - 23:00.