Krakow's Top Foods
Kraków, apart from its historic and cultural richness, boasts of its own culinary traditions forming for ages under various influences.
Besides traditional meals, there are at least a few typical Cracovian treats that you should try when visiting this exciting city. Let us introduce a few regional products and treats considered as exceptionally tasty delicacies locally.
Traditional Cracovian Obwarzanek is not only a famous baking but it is also said to be one of Kraków’s symbols. Since 2006, it has been registered as the protected regional product, and it has its own, strictly defined process of production. Obwarzanek is a chewy dough ring sprinkled with salt, poppy or sesame seeds, and you can basically buy it on every corner in the city. Obwarzanki (the plural of obwarzanek) are sold from very typical, blue rolling carts standing particularly on the Main Market Square and around. You should definitely have a bite!
Oscypek z żurawiną
Oscypek is a traditional smoked cheese served either with a dollop of cranberry sauce or solo. It’s slightly salty and is made from regionally sourced sheep milk. You will find a variety of forms and shapes of this treat, each of them smoked to a greater or less degree. Although Oscypek originally comes from Zakopane and Tatra mountains, you’ll find a few spots in Kraków where you can buy and enjoy this delicacy. If you’re in Zakopane, you will find Oscypek in the greater part of restaurants, served as an appetizer, but also on the streets, where in winter locals warm their hands over preheated barbecues.
Krakówska is a traditional, popular Polish sausage with the name that obviously derived from the city of Kraków. Krakowska is a smoked sausage made from cuts of lean pork seasoned with pepper, allspice, coriander and garlic. The sausage is excellent as a cold cut for sandwiches, but can be also eaten as a hot snack, fried on a skillet or a grill.
Maczanka Krakowska, although sometimes called ,,the grandmother of burgers”, has not much in common with fast food. Maczanka Krakowska is a modern makeover of a traditional pork dish, and it is prepared from natural, regional products. Inside a crusty bun, there’s the main ingredient of this delicacy - a juicy pork being the effect of a laborious preparation. The meat is processed for at least two days – it is marinated, baked, then braised with onion, to be finally soaked in a delicious sauce and served with onion rings and pickled cucumber.
Zapiekanki na Kazimierzu
Exploring Kazimierz district, it is hard not visit famous Plac Nowy, being a legendary spot among locals for selling the tastiest oven-toasted baguettes covered with various additions and sauces. There are lots of stalls around an oval building competing to be the best of the best. People queuing no matter what time it is, and the longest queue might be a hint which spot is a really best one.