By Mat Barski
Kraków has a rich culinary scene characterized by a diverse culinary heritage, a strong regional identity, and a growing focus on innovation and fine dining. Of course, the local culinary specialties are rooted in the general Polish traditions. However, some dishes or recipe variations are specific to the Małopolska region or the city of Kraków, and we will focus on those a bit later.
Kraków is well known for its vibrant cafe culture, with numerous small and cozy places throughout the city. At the same time, the city has a growing fine dining scene. Many restaurants offer innovative and modern takes on traditional Polish cuisine. The majority of these places use high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients and feature creative, artfully presented dishes.
Another feature of Kraków is its Jewish culinary heritage. Many traditional Jewish dishes are often served in the city's restaurants and cafes. These include dishes such as gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, and challah bread. All of them and more you can try when visiting the Jewish district, Kazimierz, which has the most colorful and diverse culinary landscape in the whole city. The best-known snack of Jewish origin is “obwarzanek Krakowski”- traditional Polish bagel with a characteristic twisted or knotted shape with a shiny, golden-brown crust and sprinkled with salt or sesame seeds.
We prepared this article for you as a guide to some of the most traditional Polish dishes and their variations specific to the city of Krakow and the Małopolska region in general.