Restaurants in Krakow open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (updated 2018)

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(Updated for 2018)

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.

 


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Charlotte

French festivities? Oui, salut! A firm local favourite, this French bakery/patisserie/bistro/bar/etc located in the Old Town's Plac Szczepanski bakes some of the best bread in town and all kinds of other goodies to go with it. A favourite for breakfast, light meals and feeling a little bit fancy, Charlotte is a fabulous spot to sit with a book, an Aperol spritz and a croque monsieur in cosy surroundings.

24th December 2018: Dining with the regular menu is available from 8am to 1pm
25th December 2018: Dining with the regular menu is available from 8am to 10pm

Plac Szczepański 2// +48 600 807 880 // Facebook

 


Bunkier Cafe

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 11 am and revolving with starving artists until the last customer heads home.

24th December 2018: Dining may not be available. Drinking is definitely available. 9 am to 4 pm
25th December 2018: Dining is available with the regular menu. 11 am to last customer

pl. Szczepański 3a //  +48 12 431 05 85 // Facebook

 


Trzy Rybki Restaurant

Hotel Stary's Trzy Rybki Restaurant will be hosting a special Christmas Eve Dinner with a 6-course degustation menu filled with elegant twists on traditional Wigila foods. This gourmet extravaganze will incude such delights as 'Red Borsch w/ Saint Jacob's Mussles, Herbs & Toasted Nuts in Butter', Red Shrimps w/ Pumpkin Mousse, Fried Green Parsley & Crumble of Green Tea & Combu' and 'Kobe Beef with Teriyaki Sauce, Chicory, Green Peas Mousse & Croquette w/ Potato & Truffles'. It'll set you back a rather pricey 350zl but these flavours do sound divine.

24th December 2018: Dining with a special menu is available from 8 am to 10 pm

Booking in advance is essential

Ul.Szczepańska 5, // +48 12 384 08 06 // Website // Full Menu

 


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Pod Baranem

One of Krakow's most famous traditional restaurants, dine like a noble for your Christmas lunch in Krakow. Elegantly decorated in a medieval style, the food here is the same that would have adorned the plates at the nearby Wawel Castle. This well loved and firmly established restaurant is a must-visit spot for your trip to this royal city.

24th December 2018: Dining is available until 4 pm. 
Booking in advance is recommended

ul. św. Gertrudy 21 // +48 12 429 40 22 // Website

 


The Piano 

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.'. On the 24th, the in-house restaurant of the Hotel Grand offers you a choice of three specially prepared 5-course Christmas menus priced between 179zl & 199zl with seatings at 4:30 & 5:30 pm. The 25th brings longer hours and a choice of 2 seasonal 4-course menus.

24th December 2018: Dining with a special menu will be served at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm. 
25th December 2018: Dining with a special menu is available from 1 pm until 11 pm

Booking in advance is essential

ul. Sławkowska 5/7 // +48 12 424 08 00 // Website

 


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La Fontaine

Christmas in a garden themed 13th-century basement? This is a normal occurrence in Krakow. This classic French restaurant with extra Polish flair will not only be going the extra mile with live music to spice up their holiday feast, but they will also be serving up a very special Christmas menu. A seat at this continental table will set you back €89 per head

24th December 2018: Dining with a special menu is available from 12 pm until 11 pm. 
25th December 2018: Dining with a special menu is available from 7 pm until 4 am. 

Booking in advance is recommended

Sławkowska 1 // +48 12 431 09 30 // Website

 


Nowa Prowincja

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 2018: Dining is available with a special menu, 8 am to 3 pm 

ul. Bracka 3-5 // +48 12 430 59 59 // Facebook

 


Poleski

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 of several starters, soups, mains & desserts from a specially designed Christmas menu.

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 2018: Dining is available from a special set menu. 1 pm to 8 pm
25th December 2018: A'la Carte dining is available. 1 pm to 9 pm.

Booking in advance is recommended

ul. Sandomierska 6 // +48/12 260 54 05 // Website

 


Café Oranzeria

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 2018: Fully Booked
25th December 2018: Dining A la carte and from a special seasonal menu is available from 12pm until 9pm

Booking in advance is essential

plac Kossaka 1 // +48 12 379 59 50

 


C.K Browar

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 galavants.

24th December 2018: Dining with the regular menu is available from 9 am until 6 pm.
25th December 2018: Dining with the regular menu is available from 1 pm until 1 am.

Podwale 6 // +48 12 429 25 05 // Facebook // Website


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The Olive 

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 disappointed 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 265zl.00 per person and their Traditional Polish 12-Course Menu priced at 240zl per person. As for Christmas Day, you can dig in to their Lunch Buffet (including a live cooking station) with a seasonal stuffing setting you back 200zl PLN per person. 

24th December 2018: Special Christmas Dinner Buffet, or choice of 6-course menus from 6 pm to 10 pm
25th December 2018: Special Christmas Lunch Buffet from 6 pm to 10 pm

Ul.Powiśle 7 // +48 12 6621604 // Full Christmas Menu

 


Milk & Co

A seat at the fancy-schmancy Christmasas table of Hotel Radisson Blu will set you back a comparatively reasonable 159zl per head. On Christmas Eve you can enjoy a very special Christmas Buffet including a cosy glass of mulled wine plus a spectacular selection of starters & salads (smoked trout, grilled pork tenderloin with figs, pork loin with cranberry, Bulgur salad with brounois vegetables, baked pumpkin and feta cheese & more), soups (Cream of mushrooms, with smoked bacon and thyme... mmmmm!), main dishes (Hake in batter from dark beer with green peas for example), warm dishes, desserts & beverages.

24th December 2018: Dining à la carte with the regular menu & special Christmas buffet is available from 11 am until 11 pm 

25th December 2018: Dining à la carte with the regular menu & special Christmas insert is available from 11am until 11 pm

Ul.Straszewskiego 17 // +48 12 618 88 88 // Website

 


Andromeda Alfa

Andromeda Alfa, Restaurant of the Hotel Galaxy, will be hosting a Christmas Lunch on the 24th & 25th and it's a great place to build a holiday belly worthy of the tasty food. Andromeda's team of award winning chefs will be providing you with a special Polish fusion gourmet menu of Christmas favourites to taste at your leisure. Their mulled wine will warm you up and prepare you to attack their generous selection of desserts.

24th December 2018: Dining is available with a special menu from 12 pm to 4 pm
24th December 2018: Dining is available with a special menu from 12 pm to 5 pm. 
Booking in advance & fast is essential [not many places left!]

Gęsia 22a // +48 12 342 81 00 // Website

 


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Bistro Beta

If you want to gift yourself a lovely present for Christmas then head over to Bistro Beta at Hotel Legend and unwrap flavours you'll be remembering every Xmas until the hereafter. The food here is amazing. Their regular A la Carte menu will be in play until 5 pm on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and it's centrally located on the edge of the Old Town, just moments from Wawel, so, we recommend stopping by this legendary lunch location after a picturesque walk around Krakow's snow-covered Planty park.

24th December 2018: Dining is available with an a la carte menu until 5 pm. 
24th December 2018: Dining is available with an a la carte menu until 5 pm
Booking in advance & fast is essential [not many places left]

św. Gertrudy 12 // +48 12 295 91 21 // Website

 


Rubinstein 

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 2018: Dining is available with a special menu for 215zl from 6 pm to 10 pm
25th December 2018: Dining is available with regular + tasting menu from 5 pm to 10 pm
Booking in advance is essential.

ul. Szeroka 12 // +48 12 384 00 00 // restauracja@rubinstein.pl // 24th Menu // 25th Menu

 

Comments

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Allan Musker

Me And My partner are in Krakow this year for Christmas and we are looking to book our Christmas meal on Christmas day we are in the United kingdom any suggestions how we can do this please?

Reply Nov 25th, 2018
Ewa
Denmark

Just talked to Klezmer Hois - and they are open with regular menu all through Christsmas. Wierzynek open on 25th with reservationd only. Just for your info. Thank you for your excellent information

Reply Nov 23rd, 2018
Georgia

Thanks very much for this! We are heading to Krakow for the first time at Christmas this year and this has been a very useful guide. :)

Reply Nov 17th, 2018
Melanie

absolutely I totally agree ....I've actually made some reservations already as I've been told it's very difficult to get them later

Reply Nov 17th, 2018
Editor

Thank you so much:) We have updated it even further since your comment. Merry Christmas!

Reply Nov 20th, 2018
Editor

Thanks Melanie :)

Reply Nov 20th, 2018
Marta
Lithuania

Also waiting update. Please, ask if one these places is friendly for animals, in our case for small dachshunds :)

Reply Nov 6th, 2018
Editor

Hi Marta! We're not sure about the dachshunds (cute little dogs!) but we have updated the article with lots of open restaurants including their contact details so i'm sure you can ask :)

Reply Nov 20th, 2018
Guest

Hi Marta, I'm exactly in your situation (plus, there will be a Duchshund too with me!). Did you find any place to have dinner? Thanks in advance :)

Reply Dec 15th, 2018
Ewa
Denmark

Any update for 2018?

Reply Oct 29th, 2018
Editor

Hey Ewa, we're currently working on it and collecting the names and information ;) Stay Tuned. Many of the same places from this list will be open again.

Reply Oct 30th, 2018
Editor

The article is updated!

Reply Nov 20th, 2018
Peter Stoba

Will this be updated for 2018?

Reply Oct 14th, 2018
Editor

Hey Peter - Yes we will most definitely be updating this for 2018. Probably towards the end of October.

Reply Oct 15th, 2018
Peter Stoba

Perfect I look forward to it, it's a very helpful guide!

Reply Oct 15th, 2018
Editor

Updated for 2018, Peter:)

Reply Nov 20th, 2018
Peter

Perfect thank you so much!

Reply Nov 20th, 2018
Maria Gårdving
Sweden

Tack för erbjudandet kan ni uppdatera restauranger för år 2018 där är det öppet på julafton 24/12

Reply Sep 26th, 2018
Editor

Christmas Restaurants article has been updated for 2018 :)

Reply Nov 20th, 2018
Sara Prince
Qatar

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, Sara

Reply Nov 21st, 2017
Editor
Poland

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 Nov 21st, 2017
Carol
United States

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 Jan 9th, 2018
Kim
Norway

Yes would also like to see a updated list :) planing to spend christmas in Krakow

Reply Nov 5th, 2017
Editor
Poland

Hey Kim, We have now updated our list but are still waiting on confirmation from Klezmer Hois and Nowa Prowincja ;)

Reply Nov 10th, 2017
Alexandra Woodcock
United Kingdom

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 ! Thankyou

Reply Nov 5th, 2017
Editor
Poland

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 Nov 10th, 2017
Alex Woodcock
United Kingdom

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 Woocock

Reply Oct 19th, 2017
Editor
Poland

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 Oct 20th, 2017
Steven Farrell
Australia

This is exactly the information I am looking for. Is it current for 2017?

Reply Oct 1st, 2017
Editor
Poland

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 Oct 20th, 2017
Editor
Poland

Updated ;)

Reply Nov 10th, 2017