10 essential eating and drinking experiences in Krakow, Poland

I love trying local food and all kind of different dishes and drinks I never tried before. I’ve been eating outside almost every evening during my stay in Krakow and tried a number of dishes and local drinks I highly recommend you not miss out while in Krakow.

The first dish I tasted when I arrived was Placki Ziemniaczane. It’s a fried potato pancake served with sour cream or with goulash. Highly caloric, it’s so delicious, you immediately forget all healthy dietary recommendations. There are different variations – I also tried Placki Ziemniaczane with smoked salmon and red caviar, so the choice is yours..

Placki Ziemniaczane

The second speciality (my favourite one actually) is Pierogi. I tried Pierogi with all sorts of feeling – duck and apples, vegetables, cheese and spinach, sweet Pierogi and many others. Pierogi bars can be found everywhere, so just find the place you like and order Pierogi.


The third dish on my menu was Grilled Oscypek. Oscypek is smoked cheese made from salted sheep milk. It’s pressed into wooden forms which give it its decorative shape. It has a smoky and salty flavour and is protected under EU law. A must-try snack if you visit a traditional Polish market.


To all meat lovers, I would advise trying Golonka. A true Polish delicacy. This roasted pork meat should slip right off the bone and preferably be washed down with beer.


Talking about beer, I am not a beer fan, but, in Krakow, I drank chocolate beer. It was a Raspberry Chocolate Oatmeal flavour beer, but Czarny Protest is a must-try.

Chocolate beer

For all vegetarian and vegan fellows, I selected two dishes: the first one is Sweet potato frytki that I tried in Veganic restaurant. These are sweet potato fries served with a very delicious sauce. The second dish is the Vegetarian balls made of quinoa and served with bechamel sauce. This heavenly delicious meal can be tried in Hevre bistro located in the Kazimierz quarter.

Vegetarian balls with bechamel sauce

It’s time for a dessert: two Polish desserts that blew my mind to be put on your radar: Polish ice cream and Sernik. Don’t leave Poland without trying Polish ice cream – this is the best ice cream I’ve ever tried. Good Lood shops are everywhere and a huge queue is waiting for an ice cream. And for a reason. Their signature caramel with Himalayan salt ice cream is just perfect. If you prefer fruit sorbet, visit ……. Malinowe sorbet does not disappoint either.

Ice cream

Sernik is a typical Polish cheesecake. Served with iced sugar, cream or fruit, it’s the perfect end to a three-course Polish meal.


The most famous drink in Poland is Zubrowka. Traditional Polish wodka is a great souvenir to bring back home to treat your family and friends. Don’t miss out to go out to a Wodka bar for a great experience.


It’s time to plan my next eating adventure….How about you? Do you also travel through food?

Thanks for reading!


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