My recent trip to Krakow was many things; harrowing, emotional, cultural, bloody cold, and rather unexpectedly, a foodie’s heaven.
So, as promised, I’m dedicating a whole separate post to the beauty that is Polish food 😍
I have to admit that I don’t have a huge variety of photographs, because by the time I remembered to take a photo half of the food had already been demolished! Oops.
Polish food has never been something I’ve tried, or been particularly excited to try, but if you know me then you know that one of my favourite aspects of travel is sampling the local cuisine. Now let me tell you, Polish cuisine did not disappoint.
Let’s start with the most delicious thing my tastebuds have ever come into contact with: pierogi. These golden, buttery dumplings come in all shapes and sizes and with a variety of sweet or savoury fillings. As a savoury gal myself, my personal favourites were the potato and bacon stuffed pierogi with a caramelised onion topping. They were literally dripping in butter, had a generous filling and cost less than £4 for 8 dumplings, which made the perfect starter or side shared between two. Other flavours we tried and loved were chicken, mozzarella, spinach and garlic butter, and turkey, tomato and pepper.
I highly recommend the restaurant Pierogarnia, on a side street off the main square in the Old Town. The waiters and waitresses all wear traditional dress and the aesthetic of the little restaurant is lovely and authentic. Just looking back at these photos is making me hungry.
Another delicious Polish meal is bigos, a sausage and sauerkraut stew which was perfect on a cold winter’s day. It wasn’t too heavy either so it made for a perfect lunch, and I could still eat a bigger meal for dinner.
Another thing I loved about Krakow was the abundance of pretzel carts scattered around the city. I honestly can’t remember walking down a street and not seeing at least one old woman selling giant warm pretzels for 2 zloty, or about 20p.
I wish I could’ve stayed in Krakow for another few days as there were so many restaurants which looked amazing, but we just didn’t have time to try. One restaurant in the Jewish quarter was aptly names ‘Hummus and Happiness’ – I will definitely be going back there one day! Another that we walked past every day but sadly didn’t go into was Krowarzywa, a vegan burger restaurant which I thought would be expensive but from the menu it looks pretty good!
Of course I have to give a quick mention to Polish alcohol too. It is a) strong, and b) cheap. What more could you ask for?
I’ve certainly learned a lot about how delicious Polish food is, so if you need me you’ll find me in the world foods section of the supermarket.