Living in Krakow gives you many special things. Besides the great history, mix of people, movie and music festivals, and architecture it also has huge culinary heritage. There are many restaurants and food places that go back to the 19th century. Some of them still serve the traditional Polish dishes like pierogi, stews, meats or soups. On the other hand you can find newly opened places with hyper modern design and great dishes.

As of 2020 there is also the first restaurant in Krakow that has 1 Michelin * – Bottigleria 1881.

But if you would like to know what are the top and most authentic dishes coming from Cracow this compilation is for you.

Enjoy and let me know when you try some.

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Obwarzanek Krakowski recipe – How to make the delicious Polish ring bread?

Obwarzanek Krakowski is one of the most popular dishes coming from Cracow. It is so traditional and authentic that it is legally protected by the geographical indication. The history of this ring-shaped bread starts back in the 14th century. That time Cracow was the capital city of the Polish royal family. The privilege to bake white bread including obwarzanki was given by the king himself.


Authentic Zapiekanka recipe – one of the best and fastest Polish dishes.

Polish food culture is one of the most variable and creative I’ve ever tried. There are many dishes that are finger-licking good but not so know to the public. If you hear Polish food you probably have in mind dishes like pierogibigos or maybe cakes like Karpatka or Kremowka. But there is so much more. I can tell you. 🙂

One of the dishes like that is zapiekanka. An open-faced sandwich baked in the oven, filled with mushrooms and topped with yellow cheese and a lot of ketchup. Zapiekanka is very popular not only as a very fast dish you can make at home but also as street food. In Krakow for example you can find one of the best ones at Kazimierz or a place called Okroglak.


Maczanka Krakowska – Best Polish street food recipe.

I live in Cracow for almost 6 years but have discovered the maczanka Krakowska only this year. This dish is one of the most traditional foods made in Cracow, thus the name “Krakowska”. Even though the dish was originally served in the majority of the Cracow restaurants, nowadays You can mostly find it on the streets in food trucks.

There are several places where you can try it out like Andrus Food Truck but if you want to take it to the next level, I simply recommend making it at home. The preparation takes some time, but the cooking itself is almost effortless.


Cracow sausage (kielbasa Krakowska) – an authentic Polish recipe.

Kielbasa Krakowska (Cracow sausage) is one of the most traditional and authentic dishes coming from Krakow. I have eaten it many times and can say, it has a really specific texture and taste. Even though the preparation is really time-consuming, it is actually a pretty simple dish to make. Once you learn how to make it, you will not wanna buy sausage in the grocery store anymore.


Pischinger cake with chocolate filling – an authentic Polish dessert.

I remember eating Pischinger cake during my childhood a lot. My mum and grandma used to prepare this waffle cake a few times in a year. They simply made a very basic butter chocolate filling and spread it over a few wafers. 

Sometimes they spread some apricot jam between the layers. Thanks to this improvement, the cake was super soft when eaten. In my opinion, it was a lot tastier 🙂

I recently rediscovered this dessert when I moved to Krakow. I’ve found out that the original recipe actually comes from here. It was created by Oscar Pischinger, a baker from Vienna in the 19th century. The authentic filling is made with butter, chocolate (or cocoa powder), a bit of milk and some sugar.