Krakow City Breaks: Foodie Hotspots

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If you love your food, one of the most exciting parts of visiting a new place is discovering the culinary delights on offer. If you’re thinking of taking a city break to Krakow, we’ve prepared a handy guide to some of its most sought after meals, and there’s something for every budget.

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Café Oranzeria

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 / 5

If you’re after panoramic city views and the weather is good, head to Café Oranzeria and experience Krakow from above. If it’s a particularly clear day, you’ll even be able to spot the mountains in the distance. With an outdoor terrace and floor to ceiling windows overlooking Wavel castle, Café Oranzeria is the perfect place to stop for a slice of cake and a coffee during your busy city break.

Arguably the best time to visit is for an early evening meal. Book in advance and ask for a table on the terrace for the perfect sunset spot. If it’s chilly, the waiters and waitresses are on hand with blankets to keep diners warm.

It may seem pricey compared to Krakow’s other cheap-as-chips restaurants, but the prices at Café Oranzeria are actually very reasonable, and certainly nowhere as expensive as you would expect to find in a comparable premium restaurant in the UK.

Open every day 10am – 11pm | Find it here

Moaburger

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 / 5

Dubbed the best burger in Krakow, Moaburger offers huge portions at an amazingly low price. Countless visitors to the city from all over the world report it’s the best burger they’ve ever had, so if you’re looking for a quick pit-stop dinner in a hip setting, then Moaburger is not to be missed.

It gets particularly busy at peak times as there’s very few seats, so be prepared to queue out of the door at midday and early evening. If you’re a burger fan though, it’s well worth the wait.

Open Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm and Sunday 12pm – 9pm | Find it here

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A Moaburger special, courtesy of FoodSpotting

Pimiento

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 / 5

Meat-lovers can’t afford to miss a trip to Pimiento during a Krakow city break. This cosy, chic Argentinian grill is well-known for serving the best steak in the entire city, and is equally as popular with locals as it is with tourists.

Pimiento is reserved for special occasions by locals who are accustomed to Krakow’s notoriously affordable food, but at around £30 per head for a premium quality steak, side dishes and wine, tourists from the UK and US are commonly blown away by the value for money here. In fact, you would expect to pay closer to £100 per head for the same quality in the UK.

There are two locations; one in the Jewish Quarter and one a five minute walk from the main square, so there’s no excuse not to visit this Krakow foodie highlight.

Open every day 12pm – 11pm | Find it here (near the main square) and here (Jewish Quarter/Kazimierz)

Zakladka

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.3 / 5

If you’d like to venture off the beaten track during your Krakow city break, then a visit to Zakladka is the perfect opportunity. Located on the other side of the river, Zakladka serves up top quality bistro-style French cuisine accompanied by an extensive list of French and Polish wines.

The restaurant boasts top quality ingredients and an interesting menu, with lots of choice for more adventurous foodies keen to experience new flavour combinations and French delicacies.

And in typical Krakow fashion, the crème brúlée is a mere £1!

Open Tue – Thurs 12pm – late and Mon 5pm – 11pm | Find it here

Pizzeria Cyklop

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.3 / 5

If Italian food is your thing, then the cosy, rustic setting of Pizzeria Cyklop is a must-visit during your city break. Often named the best pizza in Krakow, the open kitchen and large selection of pizza, pasta, gnocchi, meat and fish is not to be missed.

Pizzeria Cyklop’s takeaway option and its prime location just off the main square makes it the perfect option for a post-night-out bite to eat for those who have ventured to Krakow to sample the local bars.

Open every day 11am – 11pm | Find it here

Wierzynek

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.1 / 5

For a restaurant that’s an experience beyond just amazing food, a visit to Europe’s oldest restaurant should be at the top of any traveller’s to-do list when exploring culinary Krakow.

Wierzynek is steeped in history, and dates back to 1364 when it was used as the venue for King Casimir the Great’s granddaughter’s wedding feast. Fast-forward to the present day and its exquisite, traditional Polish food and historic surroundings has made Wierzynek a hit with a number of notable guests, including Kate Moss, Robert De Niro and Steven Spielberg.

Open every day 1pm – 11pm | Find it here

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Wierzynek, Krakow – Image credit to Davis Staedtler

Authentic Polish Milk Bars

For an authentic, fun foodie experience in Krakow that will rarely cost more than a couple of pounds, a visit to the city’s milk bars in a must.

These old workers’ canteens used to be run as government-subsidised cafes providing an affordable meal at lunch time. The recent milk bar revival has produced some modern day interpretations like Milkbar Tomasza, whilst some have chosen to remain true to the milk bar’s roots offering a very simple menu in basic settings, like Bar Mleczny Górnik.

Expect little to no communication in English paired with authentic Polish cuisine in a canteen setting. A must for anyone keen to sample the ‘real’ Poland.

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