Believe it or not, it can get hot in the Polish summer. When the days get warmer, there’s no better way to cool down than a soft, sweet dessert and there is no better option than ice cream in Krakow.
In fact, it’s amazing how something so simple can bring so much happiness!
You can easily find long queues at the most popular ice cream shops on summer days, so it’s good to know there is always another option just around the corner. Check out our list of the best ice cream in Kraków.
address: Św. Marka 23
Image source: Donizetti Facebook
Lodziarnia Donizetti is a charming place with its location right in the heart of Krakow Old Town. It might take you a while to find this place as it is down a side street, away from one of the main streets but it’s worth tracking down.
Here, you can try real Italian traditional ice cream made in-house and feel like you’ve just arrived from Italy itself. They serve flavorful, thick, creamy ice cream with an authentic taste.
You can tell by the number of clients standing in the queue, that it is worth waiting for. They offer some unusual flavors, like black sesame, chestnut or plum cake. Our most recommended flavors are pistachio, hazelnut and chocolate (real chocolate). Prices are slightly higher compared to other places but definitely worth it for this popular hidden gem!
address: Plac Wszystkich Świętych 11
Image source: Karmello Chocolatier Facebook
Karmello is famous in Krakow for its chocolate but it is also a very popular ice cream shop. Dotted around the city, you will find Karmello ice cream shops in the old kiosk located near the Dominican Church, All Saints Square and Grodzka Street (all in Krakow Old Town). It is a great place to try flavors like salted caramel, apple strudel, strawberry with mint or raspberry with basil.
The secret behind their unique flavor is the craft method of manufacturing and natural ingredients. A scoop of their dark chocolate ice cream is simply to die for on a hot day!
While in the area, why not join the Krakow Old Town Free Walking Tour and let a local guide show you around?
Various locations around the city
Good Lood is a family business with fresh, tasty and natural products and when it comes to ice cream in Krakow it is one of the most popular options. Their ice creams here are famous for their high quality and a creative, mix of flavors, that change every day, as well as generous big portions. Don’t expect to find boring vanilla here, why would you, when you can try unique concoctions like lavender, rhubarb tart or special flavors like cake with orange jam?
You will find here milk and vegan ice cream, sorbets and delicious options even coming with no added sugar. Their shops are located on many sites in the city. So, if you happen to see a big, pink “Good Lood” sign, know that you are in the right place.
Locations around the city can be found on the website and they even have their own app with regular promotions.
Lody na Starowiślnej
address: Starowiślna 83
This is a truly legendary place on the map of Krakow! This favourite Krakow ice cream shop has been here since the time of World War II and looks like it hails from a time gone by. Since the war, only the owners here have changed. For years, they have been using a traditional recipe that makes them outstanding.
For many locals, this is some of the best ice cream in Poland and boy, do people love this place! The venue’s popularity is usually reflected in the long queues. On a weekend you can wait more than half an hour when this becomes one of the most popular places in the city, but the taste is worth the wait at this jewel of an ice cream spot!
The flavors here take you back to simple childhood days and taste just great. Blueberry is definitely a favourite among customers, along with wild strawberry and some creamy options with dried fruit and nuts. Not to mention the very reasonable price for what you get.
So what are you waiting for? Try some of the most popular ice cream in Krakow by hitting up some of these great ice cream shops. Afterwards, once you’ve settled your hunger for ice cream, why not visit one of the best rooftops in Krakow? Certainly, be one of the coolest ways to get a view of the city.