16 Most Memorable Places to Eat in Krakow (for 2023)

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Krakow is a completely underrated city when it comes to its restaurants. Whether you are looking for fine dining or something a little more cheap and cheerful, you will absolutely find what you are looking for. In actual fact, you’ll probably be spoilt for choice!

In this post, we will take a look at the best places to eat in Krakow and what makes them a must-visit when you’re in the city. So, whether you are visiting Krakow for the first time, or you’re heading back once again, we’ve whittled down the most memorable food joints right here!

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16 Best Places to Eat in Krakow

Honestly, when we say that Krakow has some exquisite places to eat, we really aren’t kidding. From restaurants that have been around for centuries, to more modern joints, Krakow’s food scene will not disappoint you.

Here are our favorite (and most memorable) places to eat in Krakow:

1. Morskie Oko (Best Traditional Polish)

morskie oko restaurant krakow

When we first arrived in Krakow, we wanted to experience a traditional Polish restaurant with the great wholesome food they are so well known for, and Morskie Oko was a perfect choice.

soup in bread at morskie oko restaurant krakow
pierogi at morskie oko restaurant krakow

Not only did we get to experience some fantastic Polish cuisine, but the setting was just beautiful. The restaurant is located in a converted townhouse and it has an old-world charm that is completely unique.

We opted for a selection of Pierogi (Polish Dumplings) and their famous ‘Soup in Bread’ – which we are still talking about to this day!

If you are looking for a truly traditional Polish dining experience, then Morskie Oko is definitely one of the best places to eat in Krakow!

Average Cost of Three-Course Meal for Two: 220 PLN / $50

2. Szara Ges (Best Unique Fine Dining)

szara ges restaurant krakow

If we could only recommend one fine dining restaurant in Krakow as the most memorable, it would be Szara Ges.

From the moment you step inside, you know that you are in for something special. The setting is just perfect – it’s glamorous yet relaxed, and the menu is inventive yet familiar.

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Foie Gras Starter
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Grey Goose Dessert

The stand-out dish for us was the Leg of Goose confit, which was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. However, we couldn’t leave without trying their oh-so-famous Grey Goose Dessert, which truly is a sight to behold! The foie gras starter was also a lovely surprise – disguised as a fresh apple!

If you are looking for an unforgettable fine dining experience in Krakow, then you must add Szara Ges to your list!

Average Cost of Three-Course Meal for Two: 390 PLN / $90

3. Bar Mleczny Tomasza (Best Milk Bar)

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Do you know the history of Milk Bars in Poland? 

Milk Bars are canteen-style restaurants made popular during the Communist Era as they were a cheap and cheerful way to get a hearty meal. Although most of them have disappeared, there are still some around – and Bar Mleczny Tomasza is the best!

The menu has all your Polish favorites and prices are very reasonable, making it the perfect spot for a budget-friendly lunch or dinner. We actually found out about this place during our Communism Tour of Nowa Huta (highly recommended)

If you want to experience a little bit of history (and some traditional Polish food), then Milkbar Tomasza is one of the best places to eat in Krakow!

Average Cost of Meal for Two: 65 PLN / $15

4. Andrus Food Truck (Best Burgers)

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As far as the best street food and burgers in Krakow, there can be only one winner in our books – Andrus Food Truck! Luckily, we stumbled upon this place as part of the popular Food & Vodka Tour (highly recommended!)

They have been serving up some of the most delicious burgers and sandwiches in town, and are hyped as a must-visit place to eat, and we must say – it did not disappoint!

Their menu is also superb, with an extremely good variety of meat and vegetarian options too. To top it off, their burgers are around 25 PLN / $6, so in terms of cheap eats in Krakow – it ticks all of the boxes!

If you want to grab a bite of their famous burger, look for the (fairly large) yellow food truck in Kazimierz.

Address: Świętego Wawrzyńca 16, 31-060 Kraków, Poland

Average Price of Burger: 25 PLN / $6

5. Veganic (Best Vegan)

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The vegan food in Krakow truly exceeded our expectations on every level, and Veganic Restaurant is (without a doubt) the most memorable of them all.

This restaurant is not only vegan, but also organic, and provides some of the most creative and delicious plant-based dishes we’ve ever had. From starters to mains and desserts, there’s something here for everyone here.

Some of our favorite dishes were the Jackfruit Burger, Gnocchi, and Tiramisu – but honestly, everything on the menu looks absolutely delicious, and we genuinely think this was the best value meal we had in Krakow.

If you’re looking for a fantastic vegan restaurant in Krakow, then you must try Veganic!

Average Cost of Three-Course Meal for Two: 150 PLN / $35

6. Starka (Best Live Music)

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If you want to enjoy live music while dining, then head to Starka on Wednesday or Friday night where a fabulous band will be playing your favorite cover songs whilst you sip vodka and sing along!

The menu is also a delight to choose from, and one of our favorite dishes in the restaurant was the Crispy Pork Knuckle. It’s served with pureed potato, fried cabbage, and a selection of sauces on the side — barbecue, mustard, and horseradish. Yum!

Vegetarian options are great too, and we highly recommend trying their Beetroot Gnocchi with Spring Veggies or the Spring Vege Burger. They also do an amazing selection of desserts that’ll be sure to suit every palette!

Plus, they’re in the process of expanding their restaurant into a ‘Starka Garden,’ so you can enjoy everything they have to offer al fresco!

Average Cost of Three-Course Meal for Two: 200 PLN / $45

7. Wesola Cafe (Best Brunch)

brunch at wesola cafe krakow

If you’ve had a fairly heavy night and are looking for somewhere to have the best brunch in Krakow, then Wesola Cafe will have you covered!

With a fantastic selection of both sweet and savory dishes, as well as some of the best coffee in town, this is the perfect spot to relax and refuel after a big night out.

Their Avocado and Egg Toast totally hit the sweet spot, and at only 354 PLN / $8, it’s extremely well-priced too!

Average Cost of Brunch and Coffee for Two: 110 PLN / $25

8. Cyrano de Bergerac (Best Romantic Dinner)

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For a truly romantic and memorable dinner in Krakow, we totally recommend Cyrano de Bergerac. Their gallic-designed restaurant has candlelit tables and exposed brick walls, which all help to create a lovely ambiance for an intimate meal.

Serving some of the best French cuisines in Krakow, our favorites included the Tart with Gruyere Cheese, Veal with Roquefort Sauce, and the Selection of French Cheese.

So if there’s a special occasion, or you just fancy a romantic dinner for two, then Cyrano de Bergerac should definitely be one of your restaurants of choice in Krakow.

Average Cost of Three-Course Meal for Two: 390 PLN / $90

9. Old Town Restaurant & Wine Bar (Best for Great Wine Pairing)

old town restaurant and wine bar krakow

Old Town Restaurant & Wine Bar is located in the heart of Krakow’s Old Town, and it offers a truly unique dining experience. The menu features a variety of traditional Polish dishes, as well as some international favorites.

They have a great selection of wine, and we recommend trying out some wine tasting here. The knowledgeable staff will guide you through a selection of different wines, and you’ll get to try some delicious food pairings too!

If you’re looking for a relaxed yet stylish setting to enjoy some good food and wine, then Old Town Restaurant & Wine Bar is the perfect spot for you.

Average Cost of Three-Course Meal for Two: 200 PLN / $45

10. Cheder (Best Middle-Eastern)

mezze at chedar cafe krakow

Chedar is a great stop if you’re in Kazimierz and want to feel some Middle Eastern vibes!

We ordered a selection of traditional mezze to share, including Hummus, Tabbouleh, and Baba Ghanoush – all of which were absolutely delicious. If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful lunch, then Cheder is the place for you.

They also serve coffee from a traditional finjan pot which goes so well with Baklava for dessert!

Average Cost of Lunch for Two: 110 PLN / $25

11. Pod Aniolami Restaurant (Best Setting)

pod aniolami restaurant krakow

Pod Aniolami means “under the angels” – and you’ll certainly feel like you’re in heaven with the restaurant’s medieval interior design and gorgeous menu!

They have three separate areas where you can be seated for dinner, but we’d highly recommend requesting a table in the cellars for the most atmospheric experience.

We went for their Wild Boar Steak in Juniper Marinade and it was absolutely amazing. They also recommended that we try the Ginger Tea with Cherry Vodka with our Homemade Apple Pie, and we say confirm that it was divine!

Definitely one of the best places to eat in Krakow if you want gorgeous photos alongside those memories!

Average Cost of Three-Course Meal for Two: 220 PLN / $50

12. Ristorante Sant’Antioco (Best Italian)

Hands down, the best Italian restaurant in Krakow, with top-notch service and food to match, is Ristorante Sant’Antioco.

This restaurant is run by a husband-and-wife team, who are originally from Sardinia, and have created their menu based on authentic Sardinian recipes.

We opted for their selection of salami and Sardinian cheese, along with the best Carpaccio we’ve ever had in our lives.

The restaurant itself is fairly small and simple, but the food and relaxed setting is sure to leave a great impression on you.

Average Cost of Three-Course Meal for Two: 260 PLN / $60

13. Czarna Kaczka The Black Duck (Must-Try Duck!)

best duck at czarna kaczka restaurant krakow

In terms of the top restaurant in Krakow that can serve up a melt-in-the-mouth duck, Czarna Kaczka is the ultimate place!

Tucked away on Poselska Street, this unassuming little eatery should definitely be on your list of restaurants to try out.

The menu features a variety of duck dishes, as well as other Polish favorites such as Pierogi and Bigos (hunter’s stew).

Tip: If you’re in Krakow during the warmer months, then grab a table for lunch in their garden!

Average Cost of Three-Course Meal for Two: 200 PLN / $45

14. Sakana Sushi & Sticks (Best Sushi)

sakana sushi and sticks krakow

Fancy something a little different? One of the best places to eat in Krakow if you’re craving some sushi, is Sakana Sushi & Sticks.

We ordered a little too much in this restaurant as our eyes are always bigger than our belly when it comes to sushi. But our notable favorites were the Grilled Heifer Beef, King Sashimi, and Chef’s Chirashi – all of which were presented to perfection.

If you’re looking for a great sushi spot in Krakow, then this is the place for you.

Average Cost of Sushi Meal for Two: 325 PLN / $75

15. Pizzeria Cyklop (Best Pizza)

pizzeria cyklop krakow

If you’re hungry for some of the best traditional Italian pizza Krakow has to offer, then Pizzeria Cyklop is the place for you.

Their Quattro Stagioni and House Special Cyklop pizzas are just to die for, and at around 35 PLN / $8 each, they’re not going to break the bank either!

The only downside is that it can get pretty busy, so be sure to book ahead if you want to guarantee a table, as this is one of the most popular places to eat in Krakow!

Average Cost of Three-Course Meal for Two: 130 PLN / $30

16. Street Sausages at Blue Nysa Van (After Night Out!)

Only open from 8 pm – 2 am, Blue Nysa Van is the perfect place to stop for some late-night street food after a big night out.

These guys have been famous for their wood-fired Kielbasa sausage over the last 25 years, and at only 12 PLN / $2.80 each, they’re an absolute steal! It may be a little out of the way if you’re in the center of Krakow, but if you find yourself in the east of the city (near Wolnica Square), then it’s definitely worth a stop.

You can find them parked by Unitarg Market Hall, and they are wildly busy with locals and in-the-know tourists, making for a great late-night vibe straight after your night out!

Just be warned – they don’t take cards, so make sure you have some cash on you!

Address: Grzegórzecka 4, 33-332 Kraków, Poland

Average Cost of Sausage with Bread Roll: 12 PLN / $2.80

Wrapping Up the Best Places to Eat in Krakow

Krakow is a city that is full of culinary surprises, with restaurants ranging from cheap and cheerful to unique fine dining experiences.

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or somewhere to indulge in a three-course meal, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant Polish city. Check out our list of the best things to do in Krakow while you’re here!

What are your favorite places to eat in Krakow? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you!

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