Another popular local flavour is caraway – so much so that for many decades almost all bakeries sprinkled the spice on fresh bread. Caraway is also an essential ingredient of maczanka krakowska – a legendary favourite of drivers of horse-drawn carriages. Maczanka is braised pork neck in a sauce rich with onion and caraway, mopped up with a simple bread roll. The traditional snack has rapidly become one of favourite staples of Cracovian street food, popularised by the Andrus food truck.
You can find plenty of local specialities at local market squares – as well as selling all manner of food and household goods, they are increasingly turning into local delis and tourist attractions. The busiest and most important is Stary Kleparz, supplying several of Kraków’s fine dining restaurants. There is also the twice-weekly market in Podgórze, with producers of organic food and smallholders bringing their wares on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Gourmands cannot possibly overlook Kraków’s myriad bakeries such as Zaczyn, Pochlebstwo, Breaking Bread, Świeżo Upieczona and the more traditional Mojego Taty and the Binkowski family. Third-wave coffeeshops such as Coffee Proficiency, Dobra and Karma source speciality beans – and don’t forget to ask about home-made kombucha! The ancient local beermaking traditions are continued by artisanal breweries such as Pracownia Piwa, Górniczo-Hutniczy, Brokreacja, Piwojad and Twigg. Kraków is home to many beer shops and tap bars specialising in small, independent breweries from the city and the region.