Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power,
has that ability to comfort.
- Norman Kolpas
has that ability to comfort.
- Norman Kolpas
For us, eating your way in different places is equally interesting as knowing their history and actually seeing the sights. Anywhere we go, we usually research where to eat good food and in Krakow these are the places we stumbled upon, some are recommended by locals. This is just a summary of the good food that we ate while in Poland. Feast with your eyes, and perhaps go here when you visit Krakow.
PIEROGI AT ZAPIECIEK
Oh good mercy pierogi! This is the staple food of Poland aka the Kingdom of Pierogi. We ate at Zapieciek and its conveniently located in the Old Town. You can sample different kinds of pierogi - different types of meat and vegetables. Depends on what type of dumpling you are craving - savory and sweet, they have it all. Yes, even strawberries and cream. The pieorgi we had was really really good. The dough is perfectly cooked, silky and sautéed with onions. Our friend Anna from Poland showed us this place. This restaurant has a feeling of a good old mom-and-pop restaurant with no frills but only good food. They are prepared by hand with old recipes.
POLISH SAUSAGE OR KIELBASA
Anywhere in Europe, sausages is a must eat. Brock is a big fan of sausages and boy, he indulges on eating so much when we are in Europe. The traditional type of kielbasa is usually made with pork and best eaten grilled. We found this one in a local market. Make sure to stop by and see one and eat it to-go. This is an easy meal to grab if you are feeling hungry from a long walk. You can buy kielbasa anywhere in the world but having it in Poland makes it more special.
Pijalnia Czekolady E. Wedel is a brand name that resonates with excellence, from years in making good chocolate. In the main square, you can find this cafe, make sure to stop by and get their hot chocolate! It was so good, one of the best that we ever had. Actually, it was so good that we had our dessert here two nights in a row. Thanks again to our friend Anna, who told us about this place. The first night Tanj ordered 3 types of hot chocolate served in small shot cups while Brock ordered dark chocolates paired with red wine. On our second night, we were hungry for more and was eager to try their desserts. Of course, we have to indulge with a slice of cake for Tanj's birthday. They make high-quality chocolates and we bought some to take home. They had a really good packaged chocolate mousse that you mix and bring home. You will definitely not miss this place if you are at the Old Town.
HOT CHOCOLATE AT E. WEDEL CHOCOLATE LOUNGE
ZAZIE BISTRO - A FRENCH FLARE IN POLAND
If you are growing tired of the traditional Polish food, this restaurant is a good excuse to not eat Polish food in Poland. We ate our early dinner meal here at Zazie Bistro. It is located in the Kazimierz area, a lot of people are eating here and seats was hard to get. We had delectable meals from start to finish. Getting good French food outside of France is quite surprising but finding one in Poland that exhibits genuine French cuisine is the best surprise yet.
When in Rome, do what Romans do. When in Poland, drink vodka. We had the pleasure of going to Pijalnia Wodki i Piwa. This place was decorated with Communist-era nostalgia and was pretty neat. It is definitely a fun place to go to, especially if you are looking for night life here in Poland. The best part is - its very cheap! Everything in the bar costs 1 euro except for the food which is about 2-3 euros each. They have different flavoured vodka such as lemon, honey, and etc. Its a good place to "sample" different types of vodka aka just get drunk.
BONUS TIP: KRAKOWSKI KREDENS
If you are looking to buy a gift for someone, stop by Krakowski Kredens and get their cookies! The shop is filled with Polish-made goodies. We particularly like bringing food as a souvenir gift to family and friends.
We had the pleasure of indulging our foodie side in Poland and we ate in other places that we failed to mention, probably because we were too tired to even take pictures of what we ate. Overall, our bellies are happy and satisfied and left Poland with few more pounds, as excess baggage. Another vacation memory that will surely last us (keep the weight off) for a long time.