Krakow Journals

Krakow Treasures

A travel journal to Krakow by mucher

Quote: A few tips about the city I live in.

Restaurant Avanti

Restaurant | "Restauracja Avanti"

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My favourite Italian place in Krakow - as it's located just outside the Old Town, it's much less crowded, but still worth visiting. Good service, great grilled meats (including the best bistecco in all of Krakow) and homemade pastas make Avanti a winner. Be careful, though - the servings are generous.

Just one more thing - they do have a few rooms with different menus - the Orangerie (upstairs) is the most casual, serving mostly pizza and pasta, with a limited choice of entrées compared to the restaurant located in the cellar. And for these with sweet tooth - there's the Cafe.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Restaurant Avanti
Karmelicka 7
Krakow, Poland 31-133
12 430 07 70

Ogniem i Mieczem

Restaurant

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A hidden gem of Krakow restaurants (as it usually happens with these located outside the Old Town and Jewish district), "Ogniem i Mieczem" takes you back to 17th century. The ambience's one of a frontier inn - set in wood, with food served on rustic plates, mugs etc. The food is simple, but very tasty - be that trout, pork ribs or roasted pork leg. As for the drinks - forget wine, try their beer (including the Cannonball's - beer with a floating shot of honey liquor) or their vodkas, especially the homemade honey one.The place usually gets very crowded at dinner time - reservations are pretty much essential. All in all, that's one of the best places serving Polish cuisine in Kr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Ogniem i Mieczem
pl. Serkowskiego 7
Krakow, Poland 30-512
+48 (12) 6562328

Horai Restaurant

Restaurant | "Horai"

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Horai's a quite new place on the Krakow map - and one of the few serving authentic Far Eastern cuisine. The place is divided into a few rooms, each one decorated differently and offering different dishes.First - there's sushi and sashimi (read Japan). What I had was decent, and that, given the scarcity of Sushi bars in Krakow (Edo being it's only contender) is just enough. But the Cantonese grill is even more interesting - cuts of pork, chicken or duck grilled in a special manner that yields meats crispy on the outside, with tender inside. That's the best duck I've had ever - and other meats stay just close. And, even though the menu looks short - you should be satisfied. There's a wide choice...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Horai Restaurant
Plac Wolnica 9
Krakow, Poland
48 (12) 4300358

Hala Targowa

Attraction | "Sausages at Hala Targowa"

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That one is a bit off the beaten track - and may be a bit hard to find. Still, if Krakow's night life is what you are after, it's a must.Every night two guys set their stall around their clunked out Nysa car, just outside the Hala Targowa (a trading hall) on Grzegorzecka street. They serve only one thing - roasted sausages, but they concentrate on doing this well. The sausage's are prepared exclusively for them by a butcher, the bread rolls are fresh baked. This is a Krakow take on the fast food.Still, they have become some kind of a legend - shown in a few Polish movies, mentioned in the press. Their clientele varies - clubbers mix with doctors from the nearby hospitals, taxi drivers ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Hala Targowa
Ulica Grzegorzecka
Krakow, Poland 31-532

Pepe Rosso Ristorante

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Restaurant | "Pepe Rosso"

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A good place for a romantic tete-a-tete, Pepe Rosso's located just off the main square in Kazimierz - the Jewish District. The street being quite nondescript, it's not difficult to spot the restaurant's sign. Still, being not too crowded it gives you a better chance of a quiet evening - just for two, unlike the overcrowded and pricey restaurants in Old Town.Once inside, you've a choice of two dining rooms - the one upstairs decorated in rustic style so common to Italian restaurants (rough painted walls, niches with vases). The cellar looks very similar to other Krakow establishment (it's nice, but most times if you saw one, you saw them all).That cannot be said about the food, though. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Pepe Rosso Ristorante
Ul. Kupa 15
Kazimierz, Krakow, Poland
48 (12) 4310875

Metropolitan

Restaurant

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Apart from being the best (albeit a little expensive) breakfast place in Krakow (giving you a choice of a classical English, American and continental ones) and the lunch spot of choice of US expats (good cheeseburgers are a bit hard to find in Krakow), Metropolitan offers one of best dining choices in the Old Town. Their cuisine can be only described as international - while the menu changes constantly, it's always a mixture of Italian, Asian or French entrées with some Polish influence). Take soups - today they had a Polish borsch, Italian tomato soup, Japanese chicken and seaweed soup and Portuguese fish soup.The entrées change, but the experience does not. Food is always beautifully served ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Metropolitan
Ulica Sławkowska, 3
Krakow, Poland 31-014
+48 12 421 9803

Trzy Papryczki

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Restaurant

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Poselska is one of the nicer, more romantic streets in the Old Town - just a step away from Grodzka lies this cobbled, underlit and a bit twisted street. But it's also quite rich in restaurants - just in a few steps you've a choice of a Hungarian, Corsican, Mexican, and Italian restaurants, followed by an Irish pub. (And, what's best, most of these are really decent - or better.) "Trzy papryczki" is one of the better pizza places in town. It's not big - just a few tables inside - in a very nice rustic room. What's even better is the garden in the courtyard, that's really cosy and makes you feel almost like you were in Italy. Especially in summer - the inside room is not air-conditioned and i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2007

Trzy Papryczki
Ul. Poselska 17
Krakow
+44 12 292 5532

Alchemia

Attraction

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Alchemia is where it all started. Fifteen years ago Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter was a drab collection of dirty streets, little more than a slum. It did not look much different from its envisioning in "Schindler's list". But Alchemia was one of the first places, that made it renowned for it's bars and pubs - now second only to the Old Town. Located at the corner of Plac Nowy, the central point of the quarter (at least for locals, Szeroka Street might seem better known to the tourists) it's impossible to miss. The name - Alchemy - implies some magic was in use. Indeed it was - you can see that just from the setting. One of the rooms is an Alchemists workshop - complete with an ornate metal cage hangin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Alchemia
5 Estery street
Krakow, Poland

Cafe Siesta

Attraction

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Cafe Siesta is located on Stolarska street, just off the Market Square (all you need is to pass through a passage). The street is quite hard to miss (it's the one with US, German, and French consular offices). Once inside, you can make yourself comfortable on the wicker chairs and sofas (nice, but a bit "squeaky") - there's a cosy reading corner with a bookcase as well. One thing worth noticing is that Siesta is a non-smoking establishment - for me, a welcome change after all the smoky cellars of Old Town (and a bit better place for a romantic tete-a-tete, if you ask me). In the evenings when it's nicely lit with candles, you can just sit and relax over a cup of coffee. As the name implies...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 29, 2006

Cafe Siesta
Ul. Stolarska 6
Krakow, Poland

Pozegnanie z Afryka

Attraction

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Let me start by saying that every person I've brought to Pozegnanie as a first impression mentioned the smell. The smell of fine coffee, mixed with spices and perhaps something else. When you enter the cafe - at the corner of Florianska and Tomasza street - you're guaranteed to feel that too. Because it's all about coffee here - just a single look at the decor can say as much. Various coffee utensils - old grinders, pots, walls and stools decorated with old coffee sacks. Old china and pictures taken a long time ago in Krakow coffeehouses complete the setting. And the menu is quite similar - a wide choice of coffees - the owners keep to doing one thing well (they've expanded into a franch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

Pozegnanie z Afryka
Ulica Sw. Tomasza, 21
Krakow, Poland 31-143
+48 12 632 8945

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The spot Prowincja is located in one of the most (if not the most) bar-rich spots in the city. Just off the Market Square you walk down the cobbled Bracka Street (most renowned for a hit Polish song "It's raining on Bracka Street"), and you have your choice of - lightly counting - about 15 bars and pubs. Just in and around the gate to the right you have your choice of Prowincja, Nowa (New) Prowincja, Tajemniczy Ogrod, Spokoj, Kratka - and there's just as wide number of these on the other side and further down the street. But Prowincja is one of the oldest ones here -and I'm pleased to say I've been frequenting it since it had opened. As the name would imply, it looks like a provincial grandmo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

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I think a visit to Krakow is not complete without a walk on Kanonicza street by night. Though located just off the Royal Way and the noisy Grodzka street, it offers not only refuge - but a sense of travelling back in time.

This street, paved with cobblestones gets very romantic after dark. Even though it's short, a twist hides you from your final destination - the royal castle (by the way, it's the entrance from Kanonicza that's most popular).

And, if you want to sit for a while - there are a few decent cafes and restaurant - including one of Krakow's pearls, the Copernicus (yes, Krakow University is where he graduated from).