Breakfast & Brunch: The Best Places in Kraków

17 Apr 2024
Kraków has been undergoing a massive sea change in its attitude towards breakfast, which we've watched evolve over the last 20 years from instant coffee and a cigarette at home, to unfiltered coffee, cold cuts and cheese in those few places open before 12:00, to today when elaborate all-day breakfast menus and morning cocktails in trendy bruncheries are a cherished lifestyle ritual for local urbanites. And when it comes to food as a fashion accessory, apparently breakfast is the most important meal of the day - at least that's what our Instagram feed would suggest. For some the direction of the day can depend on the ability to eat a good breakfast (and document every detail), so we’ve highlighted our favourite spots that specialise in śniadania (the Polish word for breakfast), both for early birds and also for those that won’t eat their first meal until the afternoon. Skip the hotel buffet and get a real taste of Kraków in the breakfast/brunch places below.  
Difficult decisions at early hours in Mo-ja Cafe.

Breakfast in Kraków Old Town

If you're staying right in the Old Town there are some wonderful cafes that open early and offer proper breakfasts. Charlotte - a French bakery and cafe on picturesque Plac Szczepański - immediately jumps to mind; grab a table on the sidewalk if you can, or downstairs if you're in a group. On Gołebia Street, Lastriko's hidden garden is the ultimate spot for a lazy, but delicious brunch, particularly on the weekend with a cocktail. Camelot and their sister venue Camelot Lulu possess a more classic Cracovian charm and artsy atmosphere that make them morning magnets, and nearby Gossip was specifically created to fill the breakfast niche.

More on the fringes of the Old Town, but absolutely worthwhile are AstridNapNap Cafe, Liberty CafeWesoła Cafe and Mo-ja Cafe. If you're the type to hashtag your food, you should be well-pleased by each of them. For vegans, get thee to Karma on ul. Krupnicza - which also has the best coffee in town.
Brunch in Wesoła Cafe - worth the trip!

Finally, though trucks making deliveries until 10:00 can kill the climate a bit, the market square is also a marvellous place to enjoy the day's first meal (obviously). For breakfast directly on the Rynek, your best options are Europejska and Szara.

Breakfast in Kraków Kazimierz

In Kazimierz, the adorable Ranny Ptaszek ('Early Bird') earns top billing for vegetarian brunch, but note that space is extremely limited. If you can't score a seat, head to Alchemia od Kuchnia - which serves some awesome street food-inspired breakfast options, Kolanko No. 6 - famous for its breakfast buffet and interior garden, or Poranki - which specialises in inventive sweet and savoury breakfasts; all serve their early menus until 12:00 or 13:00.
Ranny Ptaszek - a breakfast bar for vegetarians, foodies and aesthetes.

If you managed to miss out there as well, 2 Okna serves until 18:00, and Bagelmama does bagel sandwiches all day. En route to Podgórze, not far from the footbridge, you'll also find a second Charlotte, serving fresh bread, pastries, sandwiches and wine. For great ambiance and stylish decor, however, you won't find better than Mak Bread & Coffee located in the PURO Kazimierz Hotel on the fringes of the Jewish Quarter.

Breakfast in Kraków Podgórze

Podgórze offers a bounty of breakfast options; in fact it seems almost every place in the neighbourhood offers a decent breakfast. Which are the best? Well, before we can go on, the absolutely amazing pastries of French bakery Nad & Greg on Rynek Podgórski must be mentioned. If you're looking for something more substantial, a variety of poached egg sets and toasted sandwiches are offered in Cawa Cafe & Wine. Near Plac Bohaterów Getta, Targowa2 is open from 09:00 and a great option for early eats before the short walk to Schindler's Factory and MOCAK in Zabłocie; if it's still early, Massolit Bakes is right across the street and open from 08:00 on weekdays, offering delicious bagels and cinnamon buns.
Destination breakfast - Targowa 2.

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Best Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Kraków


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