Albertina Restaurant & Wine
This is fine dining with a touch of hipster. High-end but vehemently unstuffy, this airy, light-filled space is all bright whites, exposed brickwork and wooden beams. Chef Grzegorz Fic’s dishes are exceptional, combining Polish traditions with southern European flavours, and use entirely seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
Literally translated as ‘under the angels’, this medieval-style eatery offers a real taste of Poland’s past. In the cavernous 13th-century cellar, try old Polish specialities such as wild boar, duck and trout, as well as excellent pierogi (dumplings). Many of the meats are grilled over an open beechwood fire.
Tucked away in an old industrial estate, this chic coffee shop is literally a hidden gem. It’s open for breakfast and lunch (hence its name), with dishes ranging from shakshuka (eggs poached in tomato sauce) to goat cheese salad; we say do brunch – a bagel and a Bloody Mary is a great way to start the day.
Situated in Krakow’s Jewish district, Klezmer-Hois is in a 16th-century building with a proud history as a ritual bathhouse. Today, it evokes the era of pre-war Kazimierz in a different way, as a popular restaurant and cafe serving traditional Jewish and Polish cuisine – everything from gefilte fish (poached minced fish) to beef goulash. Diners will also enjoy nightly concerts of traditional Jewish music.
Andrus Food Truck
Fancy a taste of traditional Polish cuisine on the move? Then stop by Andrus Food Truck, a street food staple in the heart of trendy Kazimierz. This bright-yellow truck, run by chef Kamil Bryś, rustles up a modern take on maczanka (below), the age-old Lesser Poland dish. Expect tender slow-cooked pork loin slathered in gravy and mayonnaise, and served in a freshly wood-fired bun.