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What to eat in Cracow

Polish cuisine

Polish cuisine is rather fatty and satiating in character. It is full of meat, potatoes, noodles, as well as soups that are characteristic for a given region. Our national cuisine combines eastern elements, as well as dishes that are typical for Germany and the Czech Republic.

There are also numerous local specialties that should be tried while in Cracow.

What to eat while in Cracow?

Sweets

  • piernik (gingerbread)
  • makowiec (poppyseed cake)
  • sekacz (kind of cake)
  • sernik (cheesecake especially krakowski sernik)
  • kremowki papieskie (kind of cake with cream)

Soups

  • zurek/bialy barszcz
  • czerwony barszcz (soup made of beetroot)
  • flaki
  • chlodnik (kind of soup eaten cold)

Main dishes

  • bigos (sauerkraut with meat and mushrooms stew)
  • pierogi (dumplings)
  • dishes with groats
  • placki ziemniaczne
  • kotlety schabowe
  • kotlety mielone

Alcohols

  • nalewki (fruit tinctures)
  • regional/craft beers
  • sliwowica
  • zubrowka
  • drinking honey
  • krupnik

Other

  • bagels (krakowskie obwarzanki)
  • bundz (kind of cheese)
  • oscypek (kind of cheese)
  • ser bialy (cream cheese)
  • chrzan (horseradish)
  • cwikla (mix of horseradish with beetroot)
  • traditional kielbasa and ham
  • herrings
  • dishes with mushrooms
  • pickles (different kind of fermented cucumber, mushrooms and fruits)