Polish Restaurants in Krakow

Polish food hasn’t exactly set the culinary world alight in the way that French, Italian or Japanese food has, but its solid, filling and delicious dishes are of course extremely well represented in Krakow and worth exploring.

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Eataway

207 reviews
ul. Józefa 14

Starka Restaurant

63 reviews
ul. Grodzka 35

Pod Aniolami

55 reviews
ul. Krupnicza 26
ul. Miodowa 25
ul. sw. Gertrudy 21
ul. Gołębia 4
Rynek Główny 16
Plac Szczepański 6

BaniaLuka

9 reviews
Plac Szczepański 8

Morskie Oko

19 reviews
ul. Florianska 47

Restaurant Stodola

6 reviews
ul. Grodzka 40
Rynek Główny 43

Pod Sloncem

27 reviews
ul. Straszewskiego 16

Biala Roza

2 reviews
ul. Wąska 2

Zalewajka

2 reviews
Kryspinów-Zalew

Skansen Smakow

2 reviews

Polish cooking is hearty and revolves around some very common soups, main courses and puddings that are found all around the country, as well as some regional specialities. Needless to say the quality varies a lot depending on where you choose to eat, but price is not always a good indicator of the standard of food you can expect to be served. Poland, for example, has a lot of rather cheap milk bars (bar mleczny) serving simple food at student prices, but don't be put off by the lack of decor or waiter service - the food can often be very good indeed, the huge turnover in visitors meaning that almost always the food is fresh and tasty. Mid-range restaurants offering Polish food in Krakow are catering to both tourists and locals, so there is a wide range in quality, and here are where reviews from previous diners will come in most helpful. The top end Polish restaurants are generally extremely good, and there is not too much worry on that front as far as quality is concerned. But back to the food itself. You can read a lot more about Polish food itself on this article, but here are the main dishes to look out for:

Soups

Rosół, Barszcz and Żurek are the mainstays. Rosół is a soup broth or consommé mostly made from chicken, but can also be made from other poultry. It is a clear and delicious soup, often served with thin pasta (nitki). Like all soups, it can be a meal in itself or the start of a more extensive feast. Barszcz is beetroot soup similar to the German borscht. Again, it is clear and slightly sour, and can be served with tiny dumplings inside (z kołdunkami), especially at Christmas. The other most important soup is żurek, a sour rye soup made from demented flour and seasoning, and often served with hard boiled egg and small pieces of white sausage. Delicious!

Main courses

Polish dumplings (pierogi) are probably the main food that has international recognition, and on a day to day basis in Poland are joined by pork cutlets (kotlet schabowy) and probably potato cakes (placki ziemniaczane) as the most often eaten. All main courses are often served with a side portion of grated raw vegetables (surówki) which are more tasty than they sound. Almost everything is served with pickled cabbage (kapusta kiszona) and pickled cucumbers (ogórki kiszone), which are not to be missed.

Puddings

Cheesecake and apple pie are the staples here. In fact the famous ‘New York’ cheesecake is in fact of Polish origin, having been brought over to the States by Polish emigrants. Try to the real thing here in Krakow! Apple pie (szarlotka) is hugely popular with coffee in the many delicatessens and cake shops around the city. Smacznego! 

Reviews about Polish Restaurants in Krakow

Greek feast with 180° Athens view Offering a beautiful pink spread of Greek food and wine as the sun sets on the city, local friends Sabina and Marta welcome all guests like family.

France,
Eataway

Homemade tajines, unique pastries and fresh-squeezed fruit juices. Zara serves up his grandma's authentic arabic recipes, and will even teach you how to make his delicious bread and hummus at home.

Poland,
Eataway

Best restaurant in Krakow.!!!!

United Kingdom,
Starka Restaurant

A great little restaurant in Kazimierz. Go for the duck main course.... it's terrific.

Starka Restaurant

Always a good option and an ideal introduction to Polish food

United Kingdom,
Pod Aniolami

“Sheuli in Krakow prepared a multi-course meal with dishes from all regions of India. It was fantastic meal and great conversation, We were at their home for more than three hours and the time flew by. This was our first Eataway experience but we will do it again as we travel to other cities.” Highly recommended when in Krakow

Netherlands,
Eataway

Ekipa Local Life jeszcze raz dziękuje za firmową wigilię - było smacznie i przesympatycznie!

Poland,
Starka Restaurant

My boyfriend and I had never done something like this before, let alone knew this type of thing existed! So we were both had no idea what to expect. Our Eataway experience with Hannah and Coen turned out to be the highlight of our trip, and they've made us eager to do this every future trip where possible! Hannah superbly cooked four delicious, traditional polish courses, and even complimented them with vodka liquor! It was so refreshing to do something completely different and meet such lovely and welcoming people who let us experience authentic polish culture in their own home. It was also a great way to plan the activities for the rest of our trip, as they told us lots of places to go and see which we would have never known about otherwise. (For example Tytano! A MUST.) Can't recommend you both enough- thank you so much for a wonderful evening. (You also have a hilarious cat who provided great entertainment!)

United Kingdom,
Eataway

What a fantastic experience, learning how to make traditional Indian food from Sheuli! She is a wonderful teacher, full of all kinds of information and stories, which made the day all the more fun! And then we got to eat some of what we made along with AMAZING things prepared by Sheuli earlier - absolutely the BEST Indian food ever!

United Kingdom,
Eataway

What can I say that 468 5 star reviewers have not already said? Fabulous hosts, fabulous food, really great space for entertainment, great crowd of 15 or so people- it was like going to a dinner party with friends old and new. Loved it! Thank you for hosting and creating such a great ambience to allow such a flow to occur.

United Kingdom,
Eataway
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