Where to eat in Kraków?


Are you coming to Kraków and wondering where to eat pierogi? Or you’re a foodie looking for the best food experiences? Or maybe an expat trying to find the best restaurant for a date? In any case, you’ve just found the best culinary guide in town! Forget TripAdvisor  it has nothing to do with the culinary scene in this city. I’ve been writing restaurants reviews since 2011 and with this page I want to help you discover the best that my beloved Kraków has to offer in terms of restaurants, cafés, street food, desserts and even vodka! Enjoy and please  let me know in the comments or via e-mail if you liked it or if something is missing!

Most of the places in the below list are located either near the Main Square or in Kazimierz, so they are easily reachable on foot. In case a place is more far away, I’ll let you know. I try to keep the list up to date, also expect it to grow over time. All the reviews I’m linking to (under the restaurants' names) are in Polish, you can try Google Translate but the short description in English next to each one of the suggestions should be enough for you to make a decision 
(you can click on the link to the review, you’ll be able to see the photos). And please follow me on Instagram, which is in English.

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The best restaurants with Polish food in Kraków:


Pod Nosem (Kanonicza 22, www a very elegant interior with intriguing tapestries, very short and seasonal menu based on local ingredients, perfect service and fantastic Polish cuisine by chef Przemysław Bilski. In the summer you can enjoy all of this while sitting outside on one of the most charming streets of the Old Town and looking at the Wawel Castle.

Ed Red (Sławkowska 3, www) – led by one of the best Polish chefs, Adam Chrząstowski, offers amazing dry-aged Polish beef (limousine breed). A T-bone and veal offal appetizer (liver, sweetbread, tongue, cheeks, cerebellum) are a must. But it’s not only a steakhouse – in the menu you can find a variety of interesting seasonal dishes based on Polish products.

Miodova (Szeroka 3, www located in the Jewish District (Kazimierz) Miodova boasts with a beautiful, modern interior and great menu including crayfish bisque inspired by a traditional recipe from 1897, handmade pierogi, deer ossobuco or stewed pheasant leg and many more. Chef: Mateusz Turaj.

Morskie Oko (Plac Szczepański 8, www) – relatively good and inexpensive traditional Polish food. Rather informal place with vast underground rooms resembling a traditional mountain hut somewhere in Zakopane. For those looking for a bit of folklore in the middle of Kraków, this is a nice option. You can also listen to live music and try some regional vodkas. Tourists love this place.

The best bistro / place for lunch / place to go with friends in Kraków:


Karakter (Brzozowa 17, www one of the most important openings of 2016. I go back there often and was never disappointed. Corageous, incredibly original menu, cool interior, good wine and a very attractive 3-course lunch menu. Meat lovers will be in heaven. Chef: Daniel Myśliwiec.

Zazie Bistro (Józefa 34, www by many considered the best restaurant in Kraków, Zazie is a very informal small bistro with really great French-inspired food at a fantastic price. It’s always full, so make sure you book a table in advance. Chef: Daniel Myśliwiec.

Bistro 11 (Rakowicka 11, www within a short walk distance from the Main Station you can find a tiny but cosy bistro with modern design, an open kitchen and creative seasonal menu. I suppose that due to its location not many tourists visit Bistro 11 but it’s one of my favourite informal places in Kraków!

Alchemia od Kuchni (Estery 5, www) – again, just a couple of tables, modern and minimalistic interior design, a very laid-back waiters and inexpensive but quite interesting international dishes. I’ve heard it’s great for breakfast too.

Hamsa (Szeroka 2, www somebody had an idea of opening a modern Israeli restaurant among all these Jewish restaurants in Kazimierz  and that idea was just great! It’s a very popular place among young people in Kraków; beautifully designed, with contemporary Israeli music in the speakers and great menu, including many vegetarian options.

Zenit (Miodowa 19, www
– it was open relatively recently but quickly gained popularity thanks to a very nicely designed interior, short but interesting menu with a lot of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well as with excellent choice of good quality local products.

Barka (Podgórska 16, www after taking a walk to Podgórze and hanging your love padlock on Kładka Ojca Bernatka, Barka, one of the barges stationed on the Vistula River, is a nicely designed and pleasant place to relax, to have a drink or a meal with friends, either inside or on the deck with a great view at Podgórze and the bridge.

Moment Resto Bar (Estery 22, www a very popular place in Kraków, not only for breakfast or lunch but also for just going out with friends. The food is good enough, the service laid-back and quite slow but the extensive menu and relaxed atmosphere compensate everything.

Pino (Szczepańska 4, www this recently opened, two-storey restaurant with a big open kitchen has a modern industrial feel and is almost always packed with guests, both locals and tourists. Its main drawback is very slow service but tasty food and great desserts are worth the wait.

The best Italian restaurants in Kraków:


Aqua e Vino (ul. Wiślna 5, www right in the heart of Kraków, an underground (and difficult to notice from the street) great Italian restaurant run by Italians. There’s no pizza on the menu and this should already tell you something. The prices are rather high but everything I’ve tasted so far was worth it. You must try moscardini and pear and ricotta ravioli.

Del Papa (św. Tomasza 6, www for years this has been one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, very consistently maintaining high level of food and service. In the summer, there’s a pleasant hidden patio. Try pasta al nero di seppia with baby octopus and crema di limone for dessert. Make sure you book on weekends.

The best pizza in Kraków:


Pizza Napoletana Vincenzo Pedone (Borsucza 12, www) – Vincenzo's Neapolitan pizza is my favourite pizza ever! And it's always excellent. It's located far from the city center and in a rather unattractive neighbourhood but if you ever – somehow – happen to be near Borsucza street, do pay Vincenzo a visit, you'll not regret it.

Pizza Garden (ul. Konopnickiej 11, www this is a real hidden gem. I haven’t eaten such a good pizza even in Italy. The place is small, near a noisy street and off the tourist trail, but the pizza is outstanding. Very often there’s a long queue for a free table (no bookings) but in the summer you can just grab the pizza and eat it at a river bank with the view at the Wawel Castle.

Nolio (ul. Krakowska 27, www) – a real Neapolitan pizza in the heart of Kazimierz district. Interesting interior and excellent certified products imported directly from Italy such as San Marzano tomatoes or mozzarella di bufala D.O.P. 

En Plato (Warszawska 170a, www just as at Pizza Garden (see above), the quality of the original Italian ingredients are the secret of this delicious pizza. It’s actually located outside of Kraków but those who have a car shouldn’t have an excuse not to try it (make sure you order the speciality  margherita with San Marzano tomatoes DOP and Mozzarella di Bufala DOP, and a pistacchio tiramisu for dessert).

Bistro Italiano da Silvano (Berka Joselewicza 18, www extremely unattractive interior and some ridiculous rules (paying extra for olive oil, for example) but the charismatic Italian chef Silvano makes not only a good pizza, but also great pasta (try ravioli with salmon in tomato and truffle sauce).

Also, check out my article about the best pizza in Kraków. :)

The best sushi in Kraków:


Zen Sushi Bar (św. Tomasza 29, www a rather formal and expensive, but very stylish and elegant, Zen offers fantastic sushi prepared by charismatic sushi masters. Even though some tables are available, make sure you book a chair at the bar with floating boats to get the best of your sushi experience. There’s warm Japanese cuisine on the menu too. Oh, and please try the famous chocolate cream cake!

Yana Sushi (Zwierzyniecka 12 or Chmieleniec 2B, www this one is cheaper and way more informal compared to Zen. The interior is quite small and nothing special in terms of design, but sushi is prepared meticulously and is beautifully presented. Simply put: it’s good and reasonably priced.

The best street food in Kraków:


Meat & Go (ul. Dolnych Młynów 10, www two things from Meat & Go were featured on my list of the best dishes of 2016. This family-run business is a true paradise for those who love meat. I’d say it belongs to a different category of street food. It’s so good that it gives you those exciting emotions and pleasure that you can only experience in the best restaurants!

Andrus Food Truck (św. Wawrzyńca 16, www this is definitely the coolest and the most delicious street food you can (should!) have in Kraków. It’s called maczanka and is a Lesser Poland’s regional dish – it’s basically a warm bread roll filled with meat and sauce. Sounds like a burger? It’s better than that! Andrus prepares an amazing maczanka, sometimes in very creative versions.

Streat Slow Food (Kupa 10, www)
 this is one of the best burger places in Kraków. It’s a food truck so be prepared that one of their delicious homemade sauces will be all over your clothes but the taste compensates the sacrifice. Smiling service and great care for high quality products. A must eat!

Kaukaz. Krako Slow Grill & Pavel Portoyan (ul. Lipowa 6F, www) – Portoyan's food truck is located near a popular wine bar Krakó Slow Wines in Zabłocie district, near the Museum of Contemporary Art. Pavel is a genius when it comes to meat preparation – his lamb is second to none, but it's also worth it to try other Caucasian delicacies, for example khinkali.

Sami Am Am (św. Wawrzyńca 27, www
 Syrian street food in the middle of Kazimierz. Try lamb kebab (probably the best in town), Syrian desserts and falafel to the sound of Arabic music videos on the TV.

Curry Up! (Krakowska 29, www
 a tiny place with just three or four tables, a short menu (always including vegetarian options) that changes every day and very nice staff cooking some decent Asian dishes. It’s great for take away or just a quick lunch. Oh, and try mango lassi, it’s delicious!

Gruzja na kółkach (Dajwór 21, www
 a food truck located in Kazimierz and run by a Polish-Georgian couple. The menu is short and their lula kebab is to die for – you have to try it!

Zapiekanki (Plac Nowy)  when you notice crowds of people standing around a funny round building on Plac Nowy (Kazimierz) at 1 a.m. (or any time of day, actually), find the longest queue and try our Polish street food – zapiekanka. I’d say it tastes better after a beer or two in the middle of the night. :)

The best restaurants for a romantic dinner in Kraków:


Studio Qulinarne (Gazowa 4, www I always recommend this place for a very special occasion, a date, a romantic dinner or a business lunch. In my opinion it’s one of the most gorgeous restaurant interiors in Kraków. Add to this a short seasonal menu prepared by a young (but great!) chef Oskar Zasuń and an interesting wine selection and the evening cannot go wrong.

Bottiglieria 1881 (Bocheńska 5 LU 1, www one of the smallest restaurants in Kraków – and one of the best. In this tiny wine place chef Paweł Kras serves fantastic seasonal fine dining dishes from a short and creative menu. The waiters are impeccable and passionate about wine. Reservation is recommended.

Trzy Rybki (Szczepańska 5, www
 located in one of the most prestigious hotels in town  Hotel Stary  offers one of the most interesting fine dining experiences (also one of the most expensive ones). Beautiful renaissance interiors and a seasonal menu by chef Krzysztof Żurek full of Polish tradition and innovative touches plus a wide wine selection will make your romantic dinner unforgettable.

Resto Illuminati (Gołębia 2, www
 an elegant place with perfect service, live piano music every day in the evening and interesting menu by an Irish chef (and owner) Michael J. Cooney. The atmosphere at Resto Illuminati is very enjoyable and it’s just a stone’s throw from the Main Square.

Amarylis (ul. Dietla 60, www) – it's a fine dining restaurant located in elegant interiors in the basement of the four-star Queen Boutique Hotel. Its crayfish ravioli with pumpkin and walnuts appeared in the top 10 dishes of 2015 ranking. 

ZaKładka (Józefińska 2, www
 it’s just a bistro but quite an elegant one. Prices are very reasonable and the quality is usually high. Apart from the best crème brûlée in town, chef Rafał Targosz offers great dishes based on French cuisine, but uses also some interesting original Polish ingredients.  A nice place for a less formal date.

Albertina (Dominikańska 3, www
 a very elegant fine dining restaurant with interesting Polish and Mediterranean dishes. It has a lobster tank (not a very common thing in Kraków) with fresh lobsters and oysters as well as a wine dispenser for 32 bottles. Chef: Grzegorz Fic.

Zen Sushi Bar (św. Tomasza 29, www
 a rather formal and expensive, but very stylish and elegant, Zen offers fantastic sushi prepared by charismatic sushi masters. Even though some tables are available, make sure you book a chair at the bar with floating boats to get the best of your sushi experience. There’s warm Japanese cuisine on the menu too. Oh, and please try the famous chocolate cream cake!

Pimiento Argentino Grill (ul. Stolarska 13 or Józefa 26 or Rynek Główny 30, www
 meticulously designed interiors, one of the most charming restaurant summer gardens in Kraków (on Stolarska street) and fantastic menu, especially the part including Argentinian beef. Worth a visit.

Zielona Kuchnia (Grabowskiego 8, www
– it’s a hidden gem  with a lovely, lovely garden, very creative menu based on high quality and healthy products, very nice service. You would never find it by chance, so make sure you write down the address.

L Concept 13 (Rynek Główny 13, www– one of my discoveries of 2016 and a proof that you can have some excellent food on the Main Square. Beautiful modern interior, an open kitchen, a short and creative menu and phenomenal flavour combinations. Chef: Tomasz Morys.

The best Indian restaurant in Kraków:


Indus Tandoor (Sławkowska 13, www there are not many Indian places in Kraków and Indus Tandoor is the best looking one among them. It offers a wide selection of tasty dishes from different parts of India. It’s rather expensive but usually worth the price.

The best Asian restaurant in Kraków:


Edo Fusion (Miodowa 8, www
 Edo has been a classic for years as far as Asian food is concerned. Very relaxing interior, attentive staff and interesting Asian suggestions on the extensive fusion menu prepared by Tomasz Stanek. His crème brûlée trio (ginger, green tea and sesame) or mochi ice cream are to die for.

Kanton Dim Sum House (ul. Węgłowa 2, www) – to put it shortly: delicious dim sums in a variety of versions for a good value for money. You should definitely try momo with lamb and sweet & spicy sauce as well as baozi buns with pork.

The best Thai restaurant in Kraków:


Big Mango (Bronowicka 23 or Zwierzyniecka 8, www Big Mango first opened in Bronowice, a district far from the city center, and gained huge popularity. Now there’s also a small Thai bistro place on Zwierzyniecka. There are few real Thai restaurants in town, so for Thai cuisine lovers Big Mango is a place to go. Their pad thai is amazing!

The best vegetarian restaurants in Kraków:


Pod Norenami (Krupnicza 6, www it’s an Asian vegetarian restaurant by chef Paweł Albrzykowski with a nicely decorated interior and extensive menu which should be tempting also for every day meat eaters. Sushi, soups and desserts are especially recommendable.

WieloPole 3 (Wielopole 3, www
 beautifully presented healthy vegan dishes at this underground restaurant can be surprisingly good even for a meat lover. At the same time it’s very affordable (though portions are a bit small so make sure you order a soup or a starter).

Krowarzywa (Sławkowska 8, www
 simply put: fantastic vegan burgers. A perfect option for a cheap, healthy and quick meal near the Main Square.

Karma (Krupnicza 12, www
 it’s a very famous place for vegetarian and vegan food lovers as well as… coffee lovers. It looks a bit hipster but the food is fresh and cooked with high quality ingredients. Karma also has some great breakfast options, delicious cakes and… did I mention coffee?

The best child-friendly restaurants in Kraków:


Focha 42 (Focha 42, www) – a large bright space and a menu in which everyone will find something they like. Some dishes are better than others (e.g. seafood risotto is great!) but if you choose pizza, you won’t regret it. And for those who are looking for a kid-friendly restaurant, Focha is perfect for children as it offers a playground outside and a special play room inside.


The best places for breakfast in Kraków:


Check out my article about 10 best places for breakfast (Polish only). Here's the list:

Alchemia od Kuchni, ul. Estery 5
Bunkier Cafe, pl. Szczepański 3a
Charlotte, pl. Szczepański
Forum Przestrzenie, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 28
Hamsa, ul. Szeroka 2 (buffet)
Jajownia, ul. Dajwór 23
Karma, ul. Krupnicza 12
Kolanko, ul. Józefa 17 (buffet)
Moment Resto, ul. Estery 22
Wesoła Cafe, ul. Rakowicka 17 
 

The best ice cream parlours in Kraków:


Check out my article about the best ice cream in Kraków (Polish only). Here's the list:

Donizetti, ul. św. Marka 23
Tiffany, pl. Szczepański 7
Good Lood, Plac Wolnica 11
Lody na Starowiślnej, ul. Starowiślna 83
Lodziarnia u Francesco, ul. Brodzińskiego 2
Si Gela, ul. Staromostowa 1
 

The best places for a beer in Kraków:


Klub Alchemia (Estery 5, www)
House of Beer (św. Tomasza 35, www)
Beer Gallery (św. Tomasza 30, www)

The best places for a glass of wine in Kraków:


Bottiglieria 1881 (Bocheńska 5, www)
Krako Slow Wines (Lipowa 6F, www)
Konfederacka 4 (Konfederacka 4, www)

The best place for vodka tasting in Kraków:


Wódka Cafe Bar (Mikołajska 5, www)

The best place for coffee in Kraków:


Karma (Krupnicza 12, www)
Wesoła Café (Rakowicka 17, www)

And HERE or below is the map with all these restaurants. Just print the list and the map and you're ready to explore Kraków!
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5 komentarzy :

  1. fajne zestawienie, pewnie bym coś dodał ale ok generalnie wszystkie miejsca zasługują na bycie w tym zestawieniu choć bardzo niesprawiedliwe jest promowanie w takim miejscu zapiekanek. Sami napompowaliśmy tą bańkę, odgrzewanych zmorożonych bułek produkowanych w podkrakowskiej firmie, kto wie czy nie jedna firma dla wszystkich. Sami promujemy tych leniów zamiast ich mobilizować do lepszego produktu. Podróżując po świecie można zobaczyć nawet w największych dziurach Boliwi czy Indii że street food jest przygotowany z prostych i świeżych składników. Tym bardziej że zapiekanka jest bardzo prostym produktem i wszystko jest dostępne przez rok. Tylko lenistwo i chęć szybiej i łatwej kasy powoduje że zapiekanki w okrąglaku to największa ściema Krakowskiej ulicy.

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    1. Coś w tym jest, Kuba. :) Nie zmienia to faktu, że niemal każdy turysta przyjeżdżający do Krakowa chce ich spróbować. Gdy tylko w Krakowie pojawi się naprawdę dobre miejsce z wysokiej jakości zapiekankami, chętnie je tu podlinkuję.

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    2. jest takie - na placu bieńczyckim w NH :)

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  2. Thank you for your amazing work! There are so many restaurants in Krakow that it is really hard to choose sometimes and your blog is really helpful!

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    1. I'm happy to hear (read) that! :)

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