Restaurants in Krakow open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (updated 2017)
(Updated for 2017)
Krakow might just be the ultimate Christmas destination - drawing in visitors from around the world who wish to be immersed in its fairytale wonderland of markets, decorations, concerts and old world charm.
However, with most of the city shutting down on the main days of celebration (the 24th & 25th of December), it can be a truly frustrating experience to find an open restaurant in which to satisfy your Christmas feasting desires.
Luckily for you, we have decided to do the leg work and are happy to present you with the ultimate itinerary of indulgence for satisfying your holiday hunger. Here is Local Life's very own list of places with food that are actually open on Christmas Eve & Day
Krakow Christmas Market
First on the list and impossible to miss, it’s the famous annual Christmas Market. While it may be a strictly al fresco affair - rain, sun or snow, this veritable village of food and colour is an essential on every Cracovian Christmas list. A myriad of traditional wooden stalls, enveloped in Christmas cheer offer up a dedicated array of local fare. When your tummy starts to rumble after satisfying all your last minute Christmas shopping needs in the maze of decorations and gifts, this is the place to be if you want to experience Christmas, Krakow style.
To wet your palate, why not begin at one of the little barbeques busy grilling oscypek (that’s local mountain cheese) - a great appetizer when teamed with cranberries, bacon or prunes. Next, you can chow down on a plate of pierogi or nalesniki (lots of veggie options), or discover the delights of chleb z smalcem (bread with lard - tastier than it sounds).
If these options don’t tickle your taste buds then why not head over to one of the larger grills which are billowing deliciously scented plumes of smoke across the square. You’ll find them packed with ham hocks, pork neck, polish sausages, potatoes, wheels of bread the same size as those on your car and a whole lot more. For dessert, you might want to get messy with some hot waffles dripping in melted Belgian chocolate before you wash it all down with some mulled wine & beer, available in the giant cask-shaped huts.
Find it every day in the Main Square - from whenever the stall owners crawl out of bed, until they get too sleepy.
A firm local favourite and rather an institution for the more philosophical crowd, Bunkier Cafe might just be exactly what you’re looking for. If all you want is to settle in for a few hours in a down to earth, affordable setting while you chain-smoke and write your complex memoirs of Christmases’ past - then this is the place for you. Slightly less hidden by the foliage of the Planty at this time of year, Bunkier Cafe is a transparent greenhouse of relaxed energy and delicious food. Split into two by its smoking and non-smoking sections, it is one of the few places where you can enjoy the feel of being outside whilst still protected from the chilly winter winds.
Bunkier may or may not be serving food on the 24th (they are waiting for their chef's holiday plans) but with a wide selection of cakes, cocktails and warm drinks, you'll still be able to indulge in some merrymaking regardless. On the 25th the full menu returns with doors opening at 11am and revolving with starving artists until the last customer heads home.
24th December 2017: Dining may not be available. Drinking is definitely available. 9am to 4pm
25th December 2017: Dining is available with full regular menu. 11am to last customer
@pl. Szczepański 3a
Tel . +48 12 431 05 85
Rolling out the red tinsel carpet are Restaurant Copernicus, a self-proclaimed ‘renaissance inspired restaurant based on Polish royal cuisine’. Apparently still serving to royalty, you will be in good company when dining at Copernicus with a history of high-profile customers including Prince Charles of Wales and world leaders such as George W. Bush.
A recommendation from ‘The Michelin Guide’ once again emphasizes Copernicus’ association with the gastronomic elite, however you might have guessed by now that your princely meal may also cost princely sum. So, if you have cash to splash and want to feel like a Christmas King then this is the palace for your palate.
24th December 2017: Dining is available with a special menu, 12pm to 8pm (last order 19:00)
25th December 2017: Dining is available with a special menu 1pm to 11pm (last order 22:00)
Booking in advance in recommended
Tel. +48 12 424 34 21
Looking for somewhere you can burp contentedly with a bit less shame? Pod Wawelem is open for Christmas Eve but not for Christmas Day.
Here you will find moderate prices on huge servings of traditional Polish foods (or beers) and standard pub favourites along with giant platters of every meat you can imagine. With a live band (fiddle & accordion deal) playing merry traditional tunes, the feel of a Polish mountain hut and pretty twinkle lights decorating the exterior - atmosphere alone makes Pod Wawelem a very Christmas appropriate choice. You can find it on the corner of the Planty and as the name 'Pod Wawelem' literally translates - tucked right 'beneath Wawel' Castle.
24th December 2017: Dining is available. 12am till 4pm.
Booking in advance is recommended
@ św. Gertrudy 26-29
Tel. +48 12 421 23 36
A short walk across the bridge will bring you to Hotel Poleski’s in house restaurant. Open from the 24th right through to the 26th and not requiring advance booking, it’s a safe bet if you find yourself wandering around on an empty stomach. Traditional Polish and European cuisine are to be found along with ‘unique cocktails’ in their comfortable and spacious dining room. Head down on Christmas Eve and you will be treated to a choice between two specially designed Christmas menus.
Situated in Debniki and boasting Krakow’s best view of Wawel, enjoy an unadulterated panorama of the beautiful Vistula River. Only fifteen minutes’ walk from the Old Town, you can find their well-known premises right on the banks of the river, next door to the Manggha Museum.
24th December 2017: Dining is available from a special set menu.1pm to 7pm.
25th December 2017: A'la Carte dining is available.1pm to 8 pm.
@ ul. Sandomierska 6.
Tel. 0048/12 260 54 05
Andromeda Alfa, Restaurant of the Hotel Galaxy, will be hosting a Christmas Eve Supper on the 24th with a hot & cold buffet menu. At PLN 190 per person but without a limit on consumption, you can try your best to build a holiday belly worth the price. Galaxy Hotel will be providing you with a big empty plate along with a selection of all the Polish Christmas favorites to taste at your leisure. A complimentary glass of their mulled wine will warm you up and prepare you to attack their generous table of desserts.
You can also take a trip to Galaxy for supper on Christmas Day when for the slightly lower sum of PLN 130, you will be treated to a rather more international buffet. The variety of familiar xmas meats (rather than the traditional carp served on the previous evening) and dishes may appeal to some less adventurous holiday visitors.
24th December 2017: Dining is available with a special menu from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
24th December 2017: Dining is available with a special menu from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.
Booking in advance is recommended
@ Gęsia 22a (Behind Galeria Kazimierz)
Tel +48 12 342 81 00
Nestled in the picturesque cobbled square of Szeroka in Kazimierz, Rubinstein Restaurant provides yet another opportunity for Christmas Eve consumption. Priding themselves on their excellent atmosphere, the dining room is set beneath a glazed patio - an excellent location for awaiting the first snowflakes of Christmas.
Rubinstein offers up a special menu for the evening, with dishes inspired by Polish, Jewish and western cuisine. As well as being famous for their enormous drinks menu, this restaurant has a reputation for fast and efficient servers. This makes it all the more easy for you to carry out the most important Christmas rule: eat, drink and be merry.
24th December 2017: Dining is available with a special menu.
Booking in advance is recommended.
@ ul. Szeroka 12
Tel. +48 12 384 00 00
Alchemia od Kuchni
Another mainstay of the local food & drink scene, Alchemia od Kuchni is the restaurant counterpart of one of the most popular bar/restaurants in the historical Kazimierz district. Smack bang in the middle of Plac Nowy (the main square of the Jewish Quarter), Alchemia is renowned for its lively music scene and tasty (yet affordable) menu of international street food & favorites. Formerly an actual alchemist’s residence, it has certainly not lost any ambiance after being transformed into a candle-lit canyon of jazz-enthusiasts and foodies.
With two wonderfully dingy bohemian chambers, a dedicated indoor smoking room, a musical dungeon and a full kitchen complete with its own clean, well-lit dining room (if you wish to see the food you’re eating) - Alchemia can transmute even the most melancholy Christmas into a cheerful one. If you don’t end up having a deep & meaningful conversation with a Tibetan violin player who makes his own cheese, then we owe you 5 złoty.
25th December 2017: Dining is available from 10am until around midnight.
@ Ul. Estery 5
Tel. +48 12 421 22 00
A rather appropriate choice considering that this is a holiday celebrating the most famous Jewish man of all time; if you want to feel what the holidays would have been like 100 years ago in Kazimierz, this is your opportunity. Restauracja Klezmer offers you the chance to enjoy a Christmas dinner with some authentic Jewish flair.
Their ‘cafe room’, ‘column room’ and ‘banquet room’ are all well stocked with authentic paintings, furniture and artifacts making it easy to immerse yourself in these comfortable and homely surroundings. From hummus to herring and from duck to Dziegielówka (local vodka), you will be spoilt for choice in this staple of local dining. Let your eyes wander over more than a hundred years of Kazimierz’ history and culture whilst you tuck into some traditional Jewish fare.
24th December 2017: Dining is available with regular menu
25th December 2017: Dining is available with regular menu.
@ ul. Szeroka 6
Tel. +48 12 411 12 45
Nowa Prowincja might be more of a cake-coffee-cognac kind of joint than a full on feasting facility, but if you’re looking to beat the lonely winter blues and feed your soul with some care-free Cracovian characters then it’s certainly worth a look. With reportedly the best hot chocolate in town (feel free to add some Bailey’s), a magnificent meringue and a poetically inclined doorbell, this quirky grotto is a great place to snuggle up and let the afternoon melt away. The giant teddy bear in the window will be more than happy to accommodate your snuggling whilst you tuck into one of their delicious quiches, a salad or some hummus.
24th December 2017: Dining is available with a special menu, 9am to midnight
@ ul. Bracka 3-5
Tel. +48 12 430 59 59
As the in-house restaurant of the Sheraton Hotel, this place is a good bet for those after a luxury x-mas affair. Pretty sure you won't be dissapointed by their Executive Chef, Jacek Filipczyk and his quest to serve you up an unforgettably merry mouth moment. The Olive has expertly designed very special seasonal menus for both the 24th and the 25th.
Christmas Eve you can choose between their International 6-Course Menu priced at 230.00 PLN per person and their Traditional Polish 12-Course Menu priced at 210.00 PLN per person. As for Christmas Day, you can dig in to their Lunch Buffet with a seasonal stuffing setting you back 175.00 PLN per person.
24th December 2017: Dining is available with a choice of 2 special set menus
25th December 2017: Dining is available with choice of hot/cold Christmas lunch buffets
Click here to check out their offer
Tel. 0048 12 6621604
Sheraton Hotel Ul.Powiśle 7
Hard Rock Cafe
Who needs Christmas carols when you've got Van Halen? Rockin' around the Christmas tree is definitely on the menu with this festive food maker & shaker.
Although Hard Rock are only open for a few hours on the 24th, this hound dog hub is right in the centre of the beautiful medieval main square and will boast a spectacular view of Rynek Glowny's famous Christmas Market.
This means you can spend a fabulous afternoon enjoying the sights and sounds and conveniently drop into Hard Rock for a belly warming burger, sticky ribs and a whiskey when you need a break from all that wholesome cheer.
24th December 2017: Dining with the regular menu is available from 11am until 4pm.
@ Rynek Glowny / Plac Mariacki 9
Tel. 12 429 11 55
Café Oranzeria restaurant is located on the top floor of the four star Hotel Kossak. The largely glassed interior allows guests to enjoy the most beautiful, sweeping views of a beautiful winters' Krakow: the snowy towers of Wawel castle, the snowy rooftops of the Old Town and the snowy banks and frozen surface of the Vistula river promenade. The beauty of the city and head chef's carefully crafted cuisine creates an unrivalled visual and culinary experience.
24th December 2017: Dining with a special menu is available from 5.30pm until 10pm.
25th December 2017: Dining A la carte and from a special seasonal menu is available from 12pm until 9pm
Booking in advance is essential
@ plac Kossaka 1
Tel. 12 379 59 50
This lively restaurant-cum-pub is something of a landmark in its own right in this part of town. Proudly bearing the Habsburg seal, CK Browar (The Royal Emperor's Brewery) doffs its hat to the grand days of the moustachioed Franz Josef. Besides the smart and cheerful decor (which will be additionally adorned with christmas decorations), CK does indeed have its own brewery, and here you can put the world to rights over a flagon or five of cool Polish ales. Their suitably Austrian restaurant is on hand and offering the full menu for all you festive foragers and gourmet galavanters.
24th December 2017: Dining with the regular menu is available from 9am until 4pm.
25th December 2017: Dining Awith the regular menu is available from 1pm until 1am.
@ Podwale 6
Tel. 12 429 25 05
Milk & Co
Restaurant in Hotel Radisson Blu,
24th December 2017: Dining à la carte with the regular menu & special Christmas insert is available from 11am until 23pm
Plus a special Christmas buffet from 18:00 until 22:00.
25th December 2017: Dining à la carte with the regular menu & special Christmas insert is available from 11am until 23am.
Tel. +48 12 618 88 88
Grand by name and certainly grand by nature, a Christmas dinner amongst the elegant decor of The Piano will make you feel like you're on the set of 'Holiday Inn' or 'Miracle on 34th st.' (Carol Singers included!). The in-house restaurant of the Hotel Grand offers you a choice of three specially prepared 5-course Christmas menus priced between 110zl & 120zl.
24th December 2017: Dining with a special menu is available from 2pm until 11pm.
25th December 2017: Dining with a special menu is available from 2pm until 11pm
Booking in advance is essential
Tel. +48 12 424 08 00
The Hotel Stary Restaurant will be hosting a special Christmas dinner. Please contact them via phone or email for more details.
Tel. +48 12 384 08 06
Thanks for this. Very useful! I guess there will be a lot of us going to the same places :) Do you know anything about Museums and shops? I am assuming they will all be closed from 24th - 25th? Thanks, SaraReply
Glad we could help, Sara - thanks for the kind words :) Unfortunately, 99% of things will be closed on the 24th, maybe 80% on the 25th. If you're looking for something fun to do, there are lots of beautiful parks to walk through, the Christmas market in the Main Square will be open, and if you like to dance there is even a club called 'shakers' that will be open! Also, whether or not you are religious, it can be very interesting to visit the churches which will be filled with families. A great way to immerse yourself in Polish cultural traditions and quite a sight to be seen. If you want to experience a real Polish christmas, a company called Eataway have a movement for Polish families to invite foreigners into their homes for Christmas Eve! https://www.eataway.com/city/37-krakow-poland#food/hosted-meal The museums will be open again on the 26th as will most shops :)Reply
What luck that I scrolled all the way down to this reply. Our family of 8 had been looking for a place to have a traditional Polish dinner on Christmas Day. I contacted Eataway and after a few days they found a couple, Hannah & Coen, who had room for us. A delicious Polish dinner and great conversation. A perfect end to our trip to Poland. Thanks.Reply
Yes would also like to see a updated list :) planing to spend christmas in KrakowReply
Hey Kim, We have now updated our list but are still waiting on confirmation from Klezmer Hois and Nowa Prowincja ;)Reply
Just wondering when you will be updating the restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ? As there are 10 in our party feel we need to get it booked very soon ! ThankyouReply
Hey Alexandra, Our list has been updated with as much information as we can get our hands on, however we are still waiting on confirmation from Klezmer Hois and Nowa Prowincja ;)Reply
I am trying to book a restaurant for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day , however when I phoned 'pod wawelem ' they informed me that they closed at 16:00 on Christmas Eve , unlike the information on your website which says that the are open until 11 pm . Please could you email me an up to date list of where we could pd eat Many thanks A WoocockReply
Alex, this article is from last year, 2016. We will happily update all the information for you for this upcoming Christmas 2017 :) Check back soon.Reply
This is exactly the information I am looking for. Is it current for 2017?Reply
Sorry Steven, this is from 2016! Most of the information will probably be the same but we will update the article with all the necessary corrections and additions for Christmas 2017 very soon :)Reply