A Taste of Old Town Krakow
In a city so rich with history and Old World culture, there’s no excuse for a mediocre meal in Kraków.
The restaurant scene is an ever-evolving panoply of styles and flavors. Local cuisine, like the city itself, takes its cues from the European classics and modern influences alike. The only obstacle standing between you and a memorable meal is deciding where to begin. Allow us to suggest a few highly-respected Old Town establishments that won’t disappoint.
The extraordinary setting of Pod Aniolami (Grodzka 35) mirrors the city’s medieval heritage. The building is a restored 13th-century goldsmith workshop, with additional seating in a year-round garden patio and two cellar dining rooms. The kitchen specializes in “Fire Dishes” – whole joints of ham, boar, or lamb – but daintier diners can opt for exotica (goose breast carpaccio, deer marinated in herbs) or more traditional Polish fare (dumplings, mushroom soup). Reservations: 48 12 421 39 99
Starka (Józefa 14) is an essential stop for those interested in experiencing high class Polish cuisine. Located just a short walk from the majestic gothic Corpus Christi Basilica, customers can enjoy the restaurant’s famous homemade flavored vodkas surrounded by red walls covered by Heinrich Zille’s caricatures. The menu offers staples of Polish cuisine: sour rye soup, Starka salad, pork sirloinand delicious desserts and an assortment of flavored vodkas.
Pimiento Rynek Głowny
Pimiento Rynek Głowny (Rynek Głowny 30) on the Main Square is all about the beef. The star of this Argentinean-style steakhouse is premium Kobe beef, although local- and Argentinean-raised steak are also points of pride. Generously-sized sirloins, roasts, ribs, and T-bones are grilled to perfection. The extensive wine list offers pairings of reds and whites from Argentina, Chile, Italy, and France. Reservations: 12 4306285
If you like your pizzas crispy à la Romana, and you love your red wine full-bodied and Tuscan to the core, there’s perhaps no better eatery in the entire Kraków Old Town than Restauracja Boscaiola (Szewska 10). Done out to mimic the rustic trattorias of The Boot, it’s packed with old bottle cases and flickering candles. Don’t worry if it looks like too many people are enjoying the tagliatelle and meat sides of the menu when you first glance inside; the seating spreads to the underground cellar, which is particularly atmospheric in the winter.
Traditional cuisine meets modern gastronomy at the award-winning Pod Nosem (Kanonicza 22), where contemporary preparations give a light, inventive spin on Polish classics – delicate quail, feathery dumplings, herbaceous stuffed trout, airy meringues, and more – while caviar is elevated to an art form. Pod Nosem’s menu is driven by the season, and every dish is a celebration of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Reservations: 48 603 951 377