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Jan 17, 2011 08:29 AM


I'm going to Krakow the end of March and am looking for recommendations for restaurants in Krakow. I will be staying in the old town but I can travel. I am hoping that some of you might have some suggestions.

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  1. Have you tried doing a search on this board for Krakow? I know there have not been many posts recently, so you may have to expand the date range to go back several years. I was there 4 years ago and my favorite meals were at Cul de Sac (for contemporary cuisine) and Wierzynek (for traditional). These are at the higher end of the price scale, but a good deal less than comparable places in western Europe. It would help others to give advice if you would state your budget.

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    1. re: rrems

      Thanks so much for the rec of Cul de Sac. I looked it up and will definately eat there. I checked out the hotel but it is more than I want to pay for a room . It looks great though. I also took your advice and found some older threads and will read through them. I am looking for varied experiences but Cul de Sac and Wierzynek are in my price range. But I am also interested in cheaper restaurants as long as they are authentic and not tourist traps.
      I am open to all types of food but do want to focus on Polish, Eastern European food, Jewish, etc but if you have some great suggestions for something else, I am open to that.

      1. re: suzieq4

        Frankly, I can't remember the names of the cheaper places we tried. I had done a lot of research to try to find the best traditional Polish cooking, but what we ended up with was passable at best. The pierogi were invariably heavy and doughy. The higher end restaurants were a bargain for the quality. The Hotel Grodek where Cul de Sac is located is beautiful, but IMO unnecessarily expensive. We stayed at the Europejski, which is opposite the train station, only a few minutes walk to the center. It is a beautifully restored old hotel, really charming. Our standard double was gorgeous, and the price is about half of the Grodek. The breakfast was one of the best we have had in Europe. There is a restaurant in the hotel too, but we did not get to try it.

        I should just add that even if not every meal is a revelation, Krakow is a beautiful city and you will have a wonderful time.