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Krakow; Breakfast: Hawełka w pałacu Czeczotka

The oldest restaurant located in the main square - (914) 248-6062 - has opened a new place last winter in the renovated Czeczotka palace on the corner of Wislna and Sw. Anny (also basically in the main square).

It is (obviously) a very touristy place, and the prices are somewhat higher than elsewhere, but the place is very nice, cosy and relaxing; the constant draft must be really great in the hot summer days, but lst Sunday, when we visited it, it was like +18 outside, and we felt a bit cold there.

The service was okayish, I ordered 'breakfast Czeczotka' (30zl). I liked their black pudding, and the breakfast was quite tasty, though probably not really worth its money, especially considering the (included in the breakfast) cold tastless liquid they called coffee

Overall, there are much better places for a breakfast around, but this one should be great to chill out with a cocktail in the summer - great location, a view on the Main Market square, cozy chairs, and not too crouded with the tourists - I'll be certainly visiting them again.

  Restauracja Hawełka

Pałac Czeczotka

Św. Anny 2 /  Wiślna 1
11:00-22:00

 

 

 

Krakow; Lunch: Hutorok

A few months ago a new Ukrainian restaurant has opened in the city center one block from Planty park.

Of course I couldn't help but visit it right away, and had visited it many times since then

The owners are the couple from (the russian-occupied) Crimea, who decided to open a restaurant after few years of working and living in Krakow.

The place is quite small, but cosy, and the owners are very nice and hospitable

Now to the food.

On the one hand, they are trying to use the original Ukrainian products where they can (especially those hard to find in Poland, such as unrefined sunflower oil, or salo), but on the other hand there are some questionable decisions they took in regard to their recipes.

For example, their borsch (12zl) was with chicken meat.

Not that it wasn't tasty, it really was (and pampushka with garlic was nice), but that is not what I would expect to have in my borsch

borsch with dollop of sour cream

The next thing that basically shocked me - the cabbage in my "8227505092 with cabbage filling" (14zl) was actually sauerkraut(!). In my opinion this is absolutely unacceptable for Ukrainian varenyky (it should be just stewed cabbage, not stewed sauerkraut), but the owner explained this is "for the Poles who are used to this kind of fillings in their pierogies". Omg!

Unfortunately this is a plague that taints and kills too many ethnic quisine restaurants in Krakow and Poland in general. The owners change their recipes in order to appeal to Poles, which makes it just another place to eat "Polish food named differently".

For example, out of the tens of "Chinese" restaurants in Krakow there is only one that offers the food resembling the actual Chinese. The rest are mainly "fried pieces of meat with potatoes and (323) 267-5924 named after a Chinese dish".

But now again, in Hutorok they also have varenyky with savory (not sweetened, but salted) cottage cheese (16zl), or with the sour cherries (18zl) - these are next to impossible to find in Poland, and this is why I had to reconcile with sauerkraut varenyky in the end.

varenyky with savoury cottage cheese and sour cream

Since a few weeks, when the weather became quite warm in Krakow, they also offer (506) 480-3598 cold soup, which is rather soviet than Ukrainian, but it's tasty and resembles popular in Poland (864) 730-2010, so no wonder it is there in the menu

And yes, this is another point dragging the place down my "charts" - it's soviet. Or rather post-soviet. Starting from the big part of the menu, and ending with the soviet movies playing on their wall-mounted TV.

Conclusion: I have really mixed feelings about this Ukrainian (or should I call it post-soviet?) restaurant, they have both strong and weak points, but overall I would recommend them and will certainly visit again (and again). One should just choose wisely what to order.

Recommended

Hutorok

Czapskich 1

12:00-21:00

 

Krakow; Dinner: Cucina Aperta

A new mall called Serenada was opened around a month ago here in Krakow.

And there we have an interesting restaurant opened by Italians, owners of 514-489-5214 restaurant in Siena.

It's called simply Cucina Aperta.

I was quite suspisious - one usually wouldn't expect anything good from the mall restaurants, but I still decided to drop by. And I wasn't disappointed - already been there 4 times since the opening

The first impression wasn't very good - the waiters were kind of confused, slow and not really competent. Basically what you would expect in a Polish mall.

But then suddenly this Italian lady appeared and saved the day right away - she was so nice, smiling, smalltalking to the visitors in the mix of Italian and English, helped with the waiters' mistakes, she literally radiated hospitality and professinalism. These things I'm always missing after visiting Italy.

So they are currently training the local staff, and I dare to say that you must visit the place before they left for Sienna, when, I'm afraid, Cucina Aperta will turn into yet another krakovian "kinda-Italian kinda-restaurant".

But as of yet, this is a nice place to eat some Italian food.

Beef tartar - really one of the best in town (if not actually the best), very tasty (35zl):

Penne alla carbonara with horseradish and dried bananas (25zl). I think dried bananas do not really belong here, but it was tasty

As you can see, the portions are quite small as for Poland, so that I would expect the locals complain about it ;) As for me, after their antipasto and a (first or second - Italian style) plate I felt perfectly satiated.

The fourth time at Cucina Aperta we were also offered free samplings of the new additions to the menu - red Ventolaio from Montalcino and chardonnay from Rocca San Giovanni - both very good and more than modestly priced (60zl/bottle)

Conclusion: Very good moderately priced Italian restaurant (at least as long as the Italian chief and the hostess are there), highly recommended

 

Cucina Aperta

CH Serenada

al. Bora-Komorowskiego 41

Krakow; Lunch: Polskie Smaki

Polskie Smaki is quite a cheap place serving the Polish food. Despite being bar mleczny-like, their food is great. It's also self-service, so no much to tell about it

I usually order 9413195164...

 

 

 ...and 6415341646, which are their local speciality (14zl). There are usually at least 3 types of very tasty pierogi, mostly with meat filling.

They are also the winners of the annual Krakow pierogi festival

 

Central location, good food, higly recommended

Polskie Smaki

ul. Sw. Tomasza 5

 

Krakow; Lunch: Marchewka z Groszkiem

855-584-9338, located in Mostowa street between plac Wolnica and Kładka Ojca Bernatka bridge, is known and very popular among the locals.

So I was going to eat something, and was just passing plac Wolnica when I remembered I've heard of this place and decided to drop by for a lunch.

It was crowded with locals - and you'd know exactly what to expect in this kind of an establishment - traditional Polish food.

And what can be more iconic for a Polish lunch than żurek and sievings? That was obviously what I've ordered right away

The waitress was nice and my order was served quickly

Żurek with sausage (9.50zl) wasn't exactly what I hoped for, but okayish

Schabowy with mashed potatoes and stewed cabbage (19.50zl) - schabowy itself was good, but the mashed potatoes were just awful, more like a starch paste. meh

 

Considering the place popularity I would suggest that I've probably ordered "the wrong" things and I think will come again one day to try something else.

But at the moment I wouldn't really recommend Marchewka z Groszkiem

Marchewka z Groszkiem

ul. Mostowa 2

Krakow; Lunch: Kalejdoskop

So there's a place in the underground pass between the train station and Planty called Kalejdoskop.

The owners are a family from Donetsk, and they serve Ukrainian home-made food.

The place itself is nothing fancy, a few tables and a bar

 

I've ordered soup with dumplings (sup z halushkamy) and dumplings with cabbage (varenyky z kapustoyu)

These things I miss sometimes in Poland, because the Polish pierogi are usually made with mashed potatoes+cottage cheese or sauerkraut+mushrooms, while Ukrainian varenyky are usually made with plain mashed potatoes or plain sauteed cabbage (fresh, not pickled).

The soup appeared to be not just with dumplings, but also with meatballs. It's been a long time since I've eaten something as good and tasty.

The "big portion" (12zl) is really big and is more than enough for a lunch actually.

But since I didn't know, after the "big portion" dumplings (15zl) I was fed up to the ears

 

I'll surely go for smaller portions next time (10zl/12zl correspondingly)

 

Central location, good Ukrainian food, recommended

Kalejdoskop

Westerplatte 1

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Krakow; Dinner: Pod Nosem

 

Restaurant "Pod Nosem" on Kanonicza street is located pretty much in the shade of Wawel castle in the very center of Krakow.

It leans on the expensive (but fortunately not pretentious) side, has a small menu (which is a promising feature) and tables outside with the view of the castle.

Despite being located in the center, Kanonicza is not as flooded with tourists as the neighboring Grodzka street, and is a nice location to have a dinner.

So, let's go

The waitress was very nice, we didn't have to wait long for our orders.

Sorry for the photos quality ;) I also don't remember the exact prices, and they seem to have a different menu on their site

 

* Some pâte with bread and butter as a starter(free)

* Soup with chanterelles - tasty and good, with some sour cream (around 25zl)

 

* Pork cheeks with mashed potatoes and fried cabbage (around 45zl)

 

* Cod filet with groats and crayfish sauce (around 50zl)

 

* Aperol spritz (26zl)

* Water (16zl)

 

Overall: Great location, good, tasty food, nice service, highly recommended (for the price)

 

Pod Nosem

Kanonicza 22

Krakow; Eat&drink: Krako Slow Wines (and Food)

 

Where to go for a drink with friends on a hot summer night?

I've heard about them before, so here we go, Krako Slow Wines

It's located just a block away from the entrance to one of the main tourist attractions - Schindler's factory

So, despite the unfriendly factory setting of the hood, there's usually quite a few people there.

They have self-service and sell a (not very good to my taste) variety of wines located on the shelves around the place, which you can choose and buy/drink, and the snacks to go with wine.

We've bought some white dry wine for a start (40-something zl), but it appeared to be not that dry ;) but actualy quite sweet and not very good. so the next was simply a liter of a cheap but good "home wine", which appeared to be much better than the previous bottled one

Hummus with bread and vegetables was tasty

 

Another feature of the place is the food truck "860-782-9023" just outside the entrance where you can order some grilled specialties of the cuisine of Caucasus, such as shashlik (20zl), lula-kebab (22zl) or mutton meat (45zl)

Very tasty, highly recommended.

Nice place to drink some wine (price range starts from very cheap by Cracovian standards) and to eat some good food as well

 

Krako Slow Wines

Lipowa 6F

 

Krakow; Lunch: Chicheri

 

I am Ukrainian, and today is Independence Day of Ukraine.

So that, no doubt, I just had to visit a Ukrainian restaurant ;)

There are a few Ukrainian restaurants in Krakow, and a couple of days ago I've read about this one somewhere.

So why not Chicheri? Let's go

Located in the quiet Dajwor street in the old Kazimierz district, close to the Old Synagogue, the place is quite new - I think they opened some time last winter

It looks like your usual Krakowian cafe and (thank god) is missing the "popular" for Ukrainian restaurants pseudo-rural style

I was greeted by a waitress who spoke not-so-good Polish, so I switched to Ukrainian right away

Still, the first thing I heard when entering the place was some shitty russian cheap pop music (OMG!), which in a few minutes changed into the shitty Ukrainian cheap pop (/facepalm).

Ok, so maybe they have a good lunch? I've ordered one. And it appeared to be typically Ukrainian.

For 18zl I've had:

- Ukrainian better-known

- Varenyky with potato filling + cracklings + sour cream

- 425-616-2804

 

Borsch was ok, I can do much better ;) but not bad

 

Varenyky could also be better (and bigger in size), a sour cream portion was too small and it ended half way through the dumplings.

Kompot was ok

So, in brief, it was okayish lunch with Ukrainian "flavor" for small money.

Overall, recommended.

Chicheri
Dajwor 2a

 

Krakow; Lunch: Manzana

Hi everyone

So today I've tried the app which is aimed to make it easier to choose something to eat in your vicinity (and better priced hopefully). 

It's called "Mniam", and is available for both android and iphone. It's pretty much straightforward, cafes/restaurants around you have different kinds of offers for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you can just choose what you like, reserve it for you, and visit the place then. (JFYI, a lot of these offers are not available for the "ordinary" visitors, so better "reserve" your meal in the app).

So it was Manzana, their offer looked interesting enough to me today.

It is a mexican restaurant, quite a good one (I've visited it before), located close to the center, but somewhat off the beaten path. This is Stare Podgorze district, right across the river from the overloaded with tourists Kazimierz. 

This is Stare Podgorze district, right across the river from the overloaded with tourists Kazimierz. On a contrary to its over-the-river neighbor it's very calm, but not a bit less beautiful.

Manzana is located in the small and tranquil inner yard of the block on Krakusa street, there is a free parking and nice places to sit outside.

 

The waitress was very nice and smiling, I've shown my order in the application - tortilla wrap with chicken and fries (17zl), and ordered additional glass of juice (6zl)

I wasn't actually expecting much from this kind of promotional lunch, and the size looked quite small. But it appeared to be really good and tasty. I left the place satisfied with both the service and the meal.

Conclusion: Recommended. Very nice place, tasty food, good service

 

Manzana

Krakusa 11