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Kraków Restaurants

Kraków Restaurants
With the development of the market in Krakow the number of places to eat is now extremely wide, and while the city's culinary rep is improving all the time, its restaurants are still waiting for starry-eyed acceptance from a certain French tyre company. That said, there are more good restaurants to visit in this town than you could possibly fit in one trip, so fear not, you won't have to eat tyres.

While In Your Pocket once listed every venue in the city, the explosion of the market and its sheer redundancy now makes that pursuit impossible. Our print guide carries a wide selection of what we feel are Kraków's most noteworthy restaurants, however there are many more listed on our website ( where we encourage you to leave your own reviews of the places you've visited.

All our reviews are updated regularly, completely subjective and unsolicited. The figures we quote in brackets represent the cheapest and costliest main courses on the menu. The opening hours we list are given to us by the restaurants but are rough guidelines as to when you can expect the chef to be working. Below is a list of recommendations depending on what you're looking for.


Wierzynek (Polish) remains the king of Kraków – the city’s oldest and most upscale restaurant, right on the Rynek. The sophisticated wine list and seasonal cuisine of Copernicus (International) is also bankable for your best meal while in town, or if you're looking for something a bit more modern, Szara (International), with locales on both the market square and in Kazimierz, never disappoints.


A traditional Polish milk bar (see our box) is as cheap as you’ll eat anywhere with a menu in your life. For something Polish with a bit of atmosphere try Polakowski or Smakołyki. If you’re not a fan of Polish food, Alebriche - Kraków's Mexican eatery - is excellent, or head to Momo (Vegetarian) for something healthy and – you’ll never guess – green.


Take up a stein, tuck in your bib and feast like a king for pauper prices in one of Kraków's two breweries - CK Browar and Stara Zajezdnia, or try Pod Wawelem (Polish) where the bathroom features a vomitorium for those who over-consume. For eating while ogling girls and the game Chicks 'n' Champs (see Nightlife, Sports Bars) is a no-brainer.


Located near the market square, Mamy Cafe (see Cafes) was made specifically to give parents travelling with young children in tow a bit of a reprieve; head there directly. Near Wawel, Pod Wawelem (Polish) has a sizable rumpus room for kids and food that they'll eat.


Kraków itself is a marvellous backdrop for romance and you shouldn't have to search far for 'the perfect place.' Make a reservation in ZaKładka (French), Trufla (International) or Aqua e Vino (Italian), or for a particularly memorable evening, take a cab out to enjoy the outstanding views at U Ziyada (International).


For vegans and vegetarians the street of choice is ul. Krupnicza (A-2), where in addition to Karma and Pod Norenami, those on a gluten-free diet will find clearly marked meals in Yellow Dog (Asian). For traditional Polish food that's assuredly gluten-free, head to Pod Baranem.


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