An Appetite for Kraków
Kraków’s culinary world has always benefitted from outside input. In centuries past, the city welcomed merchants bringing their spices, recipes and delicacies along trade (and culinary) routes. In the 21st century, the inspiration mainly comes from tourism. Restaurateurs work incredibly hard to keep up with international trends and attract visitors, while Cracovians love opening new venues serving up flavours they fell in love with on their travels.
Kraków’s culinary scene abounds with variety, with history rubbing shoulders with the latest trends. Head to Kazimierz to Jewish delicacies such as sample helzel (stuffed goose necks), gefilte fish with almonds and cinnamon, cholent, tzimmes, challah bread or chopped liver. After lunch, step into one of the patisseries around the Main Market Square for a Pischinger torte, Sacher torte, apple strudel or Cracovian cheesecake. And why not follow the lead of café regulars from a century ago and take a glass of liqueur, or, better still, something a little stronger with your coffee. The city’s coffee shops and patisseries still reflect the atmosphere of old Kraków.