Krakow restaurants can give you an exciting taste of all the city has to offer. As one of Poland’s oldest population centers, Krakow is steeped in a rich history and culture. Whether you want to visit Wawel Castle or explore the medieval architecture of the Jewish quarter, this list of the best restaurants in Krakow will give you some great places to eat along the way.
Plac Dominikański 2 // 48 12 422 56 87
If you’re looking for one of the best restaurants in Krakow to chow down on grilled meat, Rzeznia should be your first choice. They’ve grown famous in Krakow for their rib platters, but they also serve some tasty chicken and even shrimp.
As you can see, the portions here are always plentiful, and the beers they served up alongside our food were excellent matches.
Rzeznia has several locations throughout town, including one that’s just a block from the New Square. While the decor and atmosphere aren’t the most unique on this list, the staff are helpful, and the food always hits the spot.
Miodowa 8 // +48 12 426 24 24
Edo Fusion is the oldest sushi bar in Krakow, and they pride themselves on serving some of the best Asian food around. While they started off with authentic and strictly traditional Japanese cuisine, they’ve since branched out a bit, and now mingle Japanese foods and dishes with Thai, other Asian cuisines, and even some Mediterranean and Mexican flavors.
The Curry Laksa is quite tasty, as is the sushi the restaurant is best known for.
Edo is open daily from noon to 10 pm (or 11 pm on Saturdays) and has a pretty relaxing ambiance. It also has a great location—just a few minutes walk from the New Square and Wawel Royal Castle. This makes it a great spot for a lighter late lunch.
Dolnych Młynów 10 // no phone number listed
As their name implies, Meat & Go specializes in some of the best meat offered at Krakow restaurants.
They serve up delicious pork and more on delicious bread. I particularly enjoyed their Cuban, and one of my friends swore by their Reuben.
But, no matter what you order, all their sandwiches are served with the best quality ingredients, and their large portions mean you’ll never finish eating still hungry.
Located in a popular part of town within a converted historic cigarette factor, Meat & Go has also designed a welcoming seating area. They open daily for dinner at 4 pm.
Aleja Kasztanowa 1 // +48 502 439 997
This restaurant is a proud part of the slow food movement, which has flourished in Europe and around the world in recent decades.
Their menu offers a fresh take on traditional Polish recipes, and their food, dutifully prepared with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. And it’s meant to be eaten, savored and enjoyed in the same deliberate way.
Though a bit out of the way, at about 15 minutes by taxi from the city center, 27Porcji is well worth the trip. It’s also near a forest and park that offers some great hiking opportunities.
Ulica Brzozowa 17 // +48 795 818 123
Karakter offers trendy and well-prepared eats in a stylish setting.
While their menu includes a few common dishes, they’ve grown popular among Krakow restaurants because of their bold menu, which includes things like ostrich gizzards, homemade donuts filled with shredded duck, bone marrow with capers, and orange peel and crispy roasted duck skin.
If these less common dishes have you a bit perplexed, never fear. The staff here are friendly and quick to give custom recommendations based on your preferences. They also offer some great wine pairings.
Reservations here aren’t required, but they’re highly recommended. You’ll have a very tough time getting a table if you decide to drop by on a whim. You should also know that this Karakter is a little pricier than many other places in Krakow. Still, the food here is delicious and definitely worth a visit.
Wąska 2 // +48 12 431 05 37
Qrudo is one of the best restaurants in Krakow for fine dining. Their menu creates beautifully plated and delicious dishes from an array of traditional Polish flavors. I particularly enjoyed their steak tartare, though the duck leg is also apparently quite good.
The excellent service went well with their carefully crafted atmosphere. It was quite friendly, much more so than many other fine dining establishments.
If you plan to make an evening out of your meal here or begin a night out on the town, I also recommend their vodka tasting flights, which were very affordable and featured four quite tasty varieties. Qrudo is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 am to 11 pm.
Augustiańska 5 // +48 517 656 246
If you’re looking for some great breakfast food near the city center, look no further than Ranny Ptaszek. Here, they serve up what locals consider some of the best breakfast in all of Krakow.
Their massive helpings of Hungarian sausage and shakshuka, a dish made with poached eggs, vegetables, and tomato sauce, make for a phenomenal start to any day.
If you’re not into sausage and eggs, vegan and vegetarian options are also available.
As a bonus, this Krakow breakfast spot is less than a block away from the stunning St. Katherine’s Church and several other attractions. That makes it a great place to stop for a bite before a day out exploring the town.
ul. Dolnych Młynów 10 // +48 668 468 469
Veganic has made a name for itself among Krakow restaurants for its 90 percent vegan menu.
But while it is no doubt one of the best vegan restaurants in Krakow, its careful plating, gorgeous patio seating, and tasty dishes have won acclaim from a wider clientele. I opted for this delicious and savory spicy chickpea stew.
If you’re not familiar with vegan dishes or foods, don’t worry. The wait staff were quite patient and happy to walk us through the menu. And, while we ate out on the patio to enjoy the summer warmth, the ambiance and atmosphere inside the restaurant is also worth a visit.
Józefa 34 // +48 500 410 829
Zazie is a quaint French bistro located in Krakow’s Jewish Quarter. This place has grown popular among Krakow restaurants for its classic French cuisine at good prices.
Though the menu is a bit small, everything looked delicious. I loved the pork belly served with octopus, tossed in a lemon mustard sauce, served over a green pea puree and topped with an apple grapefruit salad.
They also have a great selection of local beers and a picturesque cellar wine bar. The ambiance was quite pleasing, and the wait staff were attentive.
Because Zazie is so well known, I strongly suggest you make reservations for dinner. If you’re going for lunch, you should also know that some of their most popular lunch options have been known to sell out. So, if you’d like to try something specific, opt to go earlier.
Sławkowska 3 // +48 690 900 555
If you’re looking for a great steak, you’ll find Ed Red serves the best in Krakow.
Here, they work with local beef producers and then dry-aged their meats over multiple days in specially designed meat lockers. This ripens and locks in the flavor. You’ll appreciate their effort with every bite.
And while Ed Red is known for its meats, they also pride themselves as members of the slow food movement and strive to incorporate traditional Polish foods and flavors into their menu.
This place can fill up on the weekends and evenings, so be prepared to wait or make a reservation. They’re open for lunch at noon and dinner until 11 pm or midnight.
While food trucks aren’t often featured on this blog, Kielbaski z Nyski has earned a spot here as one of the best restaurants in Krakow.
They’ve grown famous for serving traditional Polish sausages. Each night, they grill up the sausages in a communist-era van and serve them on paper plates to long lines of locals and travelers alike (so you know they must be as good as they look).
They serve their fare at the same street curb every day but Sunday from 8 pm to 3 am (and they’re a great late-night option).
Krakowska 27 // +48 12 346 24 49
If you’re in the mood for some authentic Italian food, there’s no place in Krakow that can beat Nolio. They serve up traditional (and literally certified) Napoli pizza that’s fired in an oven at 900 degrees fahrenheit.
If you’re not in the mood for pizza, their menu also features delicious looking pastas and other Italian specialties, all beside a good selection of beer and wine. While a little pricey for Krakow, the food is still a great value.
Nolio is open weekends from 1 pm and weekdays starting at 4 pm.
Józefa 20 // +48 661 116 351
Set in a historic bookbinding workshop, this restaurant serves both international and traditional Polish fare in a sleek yet welcoming ambiance. Their menu crafts whole food dishes from delicious local and seasonal ingredients. I particularly enjoyed their beef plates: both the beef cheeks or beef tenderloin were phenomenal.
Introligatornia Smaku is located in the Jewish quarter just a block from the New Square, making it a great place to end a day out exploring the city (or begin a night out on the town). They open Monday through Friday at 1 pm and weekends at noon.
Bonerowska 14 // +48 796 449 886
Since opening their doors in 2010, this restaurant has served the best pierogi Krakow has to offer. Stuffed with either sweet or savory fillings, the Polish dumplings here at Przystanek are served alongside either stewed onions or butter and sprinkled sugar.
Though it’s location on the corner of a more residential street and a bit outside Krakow’s city center, the food is well worth the trip. When you visit, you’ll see why this colorful and quaint shop is well loved by both diners and owners alike.
Warszauera 1 // +48 535 662 088
If you’re looking for the best burger in Krakow, Beef Burger Bar will not disappoint. Here, they serve up massive and flavorful burgers topped with generous portions of beef, bacon, cheese, Polish sausage, and even sauerkraut. Their fries are also tasty and plentiful.
I recommend you stop by for lunch. But, if you’re out late enjoying drinks with friends, Beef Burger Bar makes for a great (and greasy) end to the night—they’re open until 3 am Fridays and Saturdays.
Miodowa 19 // +48 602 691 996
Zenit is a casual dining restaurant that’s grown quite popular in Krakow for its brunch and lunch specials.
Their menu focuses on from-scratch recipes, and they pride themselves on preparing almost all their food products themselves (they even make their own pickles).
But all that effort doesn’t mean you’ll have to pay more. They offer a very affordable 19 zloty 2-course lunch special.
Zenit is also centrally located — just a block away from the New Square. This makes it a convenient stopping point for a midday meal or relaxing dinner. They open daily for breakfast at 9 am.
Which of these Krakow restaurants do you most want to try? Let me know in the comments section below!
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