We had heard of Polish milk bars, so when we were visiting Krakow we found them. It is a milk bar, kind of like a diner, where you order what you want and the amount you want, and you pay for what you get. What surprised me is the speed with which they serve you and the quality of food. It's typical Polish food at good prices.
Open from 9:00 a.m. to 10.00 pm, the Chimera Salad Bar is a salad buffet with hot vegetarian dishes, like soup, and some cold plates, a few with meat, where you pay by the size of dish choose, either a portion, a small plate, or a large plate. The small costs about 3 € and the larger, more than 4 €, and you get the option to "fill-up" by choosing 4 servings (small) or 7 servings (large) of the buffet. Also ordering a beverage can add a couple of euros to the final price. I recommend any of the fruit juices like currant, green grape, or mango. It's a bargain, considering that the place is very cozy and partially covered by garden vines, with tables covered by floral tablecloths, and a rustic atmosphere in a European city centre. It is frequented equally by locals and tourists, and the waitresses ve speak English are very friendly. In the basement there is the a la carte restaurant, with exposed stone and modern décor. We did not get to try it, but we wanted to.
Oscypek cheese is typical in the Tatras mountains. It´s a salty goat cheese and there is another option that is also mixed with cow milk. It´s smoked and infused with rustic motifs and although you can find it vacuum-wrapped in every supermarket in the country, it comes from the mountains and that is where you can buy and eat it in its most natural state. It comes in different sizes and can be eaten hot with jam for just under 1 euro. It´s a shame that I don´t live closer and I can´t have it at home because it´s delicious! At the foot of the mountains there is also a market where you can find typical products like elos cheese. You can ask for a sample and buy it if you like it. You can not go to Zakopane without trying it!
Eating in Poland is significantly cheaper than in Spain, but in the center of Krakow you many restaurants and some are quite posh. So if you want something cheaper (and still great), it's better to walk a little in the direction of Kazimierz, but without crossing the yard. It was there that I found this place with a grill bar upstairs and a pub downstairs. There are only 5 tables, but below is much bigger and you can also eat there. I had sausage and wow! Huge and very good! potatoes, salad ... I remember it was around € 5 and really filled me up!
Krakow already has Hard Rock Cafe! As the tourist city that it is, it can't miss one! So in Poland we can find the Hard Rock Warsaw and this. It is situated in the middle of Market Square, next to the Church of Santa Maria. And they have put inside one of the buildings in the square, keeping it, no breaks at all the aesthetics. It has several floors and the store just entered. The star shirt has the two towers of the Church on the back from which a trumpet plays every hour.
This is a cafe in the city center that you can find in malls. It is very similar to Starbucks cafes in that there are various sizes, muffins, sandwiches, some health food, etc ... if you like Starbucks you will like this too, especially for its price.
We were walking around Krakow when we found a group of tourists and a "free tour", we were interested in asking about many things we wanted to see in the city so we joined the group. Once the guy gave us a slip with things we could visit, phrases, some ideas , we decided to follow it and we drove to "Bordo" one of the restaurants on the list. The menu only costs 13 zloty. The food is good and the service is quite quick. It is affordable. They have candles on every table and most people I saw there were couples on the top floor and single people in the lower reading newspapers. No problems with the staff or waiters as well we could communicate in English.
This restaurant is one of the most stately in Krakow, the outside of this XIII century building is beautiful. It's lit up so that it looks like a palace. The menu offers traditional food served with class, and has various rooms. Besides having a restaurant it has a delicatessen shop. It is situated on the main road that goes from the Cloth Market, to the Wawel Castle.
This restaurant is on a street near the Rynek Glowny (main square of Krakow). It offers Italian food and many different dishes at a good price. The décor of the place is very strange. Most of the walls are made of stone and large pictures that give it a very special touch to the place. It features armchairs, chairs and sofas, which makes it more enjoyable for lunch or dinner. In addition to the restaurant, the restaurant has a lounge bar, where you can have a coffee or a quiet drink. The music is nice and quiet enough so you can talk without raising your voice. The cleanliness of the place is exquisite in all departments, from the dining room to the bar, past the bathrooms. A highly recommendable place.
One of the many cafes in Kazimierz, in the Jewish quarter of Krakow. Crowded day and night, it's only closed for a few hours in the morning. It's a tribute to sewing machines - Singer machines were built here, and you can see examples of them all over the place. The light inside is dim, and the costs are in line with the city: 2 euro for a 500ml beer and € 1.50 for a glass of vodka. There's dancing sometimes, but not always; it depends on the customers.
With so many restaurants in Stare Miasto, the main square in the historical centre of Krakow, we didn't choose this by chance, but because it was relatively empty and had affordable prices. For the price, I have to admit that I didn't expect much. But in fact, the food surprised me, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten in! It seemed cheap, but when I took a closer look around the area later, I realised that in fact it was one of the most expensive options. Even so, it seemed well-priced and delicious. A good choice to try authentic Polish pierogi.
You could say it's a vintage cafeteria ... A place where you can enjoy a good coffee or tea accompanied by a spectacular apple pie ... A place with soul, cozy, and warm especially in winter. This is one of the places I actually enjoy being alone at a table and reading a book.
The Cafe Philo is located in the historic centre of Krakow, not far from the main square, and perpendicular to the famous Florianska. Outside there are a couple of tables, but the beauty of this place is its interior, with nice sofas to sink into and walls full of libraries "dripping" books. The clientele is wonderful - young and old (even the over-70s) mingle and drink coffee or beer. Perfect for a relaxing afternoon.
The restaurant is located to the north of the city centre, in front of what remains of the city walls, just steps from the Barbican. It's a great spot where you can eat outside, directly beside the old walls. The food is decent, and you can find all the local specialties, from Pierogi (large ravioli) with various fillings, stews and meat dishes. The final bill isn't too bad - you can eat well for 15 euros a person - even though the restaurant is located right in the tourist area.
If you want to eat Thai food then this is definitely the best place, the dishes are excellent, the ambience is perfect and the service unique. My dish was delayed a bit, but very little, and the owner was very rushed and gave me a dessert - Coulanges chocolate with vanilla ice cream without paying (about 4 euros) I was amazed and it was delicious. The price is about 8 euros per person with drink included! Wonderful.
Alchemia is one of the most famous spots in the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz. There are people all day from morning to night - you can come here for everything from breakfast to a nightcap. There's live music several days a week (check out the calendar just outside). It's popular among locals of all ages, too. Beer from 0.5 to 2.00 euros and vodka costs 1.50 euros.