The moment you step into the Old Town of Krakow you are bombarded with restaurants and street promoters, all telling you they have the best pierogi or burgers in Poland. To make things a little easier during your stay in Krakow, we have put together a list of our tried and tested budget restaurants that won’t break the bank, but will still leave you with a full belly and a smile.
Milk bars are very common all around Poland, although particularly associated during Communist-era Poland, they were in fact, around for some time prior to the red army crossing the border. Originally a fast-paced, order at the counter and don’t expect to have a whole table to yourself, kind of affair; now most Milk bars are a great place for a quick lunch at a good price. Still, don’t expect any table service. Milk bars are common in Krakow, but Milkbar Tomasza have really made their mark as one of the best in the city. All the Polish classics are on offer; from pierogi, to beetroot soup, as well as some more modern and a few foreign dishes. Most notably, they are popular with locals and tourists alike, for their all-day Irish breakfast, inspired by one of there chefs who originally hails from Ireland.
Address: Świętego Tomasza 24, 33-332 Kraków
Open Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 8 AM – 8 PM
Although Nadwiślańska is more of a fancy upscale restaurant it definitely earns its place on our list. This modern, industrial-style restaurant and bar has only just opened, but it has already become a massive hit with locals. They stock over 250 different vodkas, arguably the biggest vodka collection of any bar in Krakow. Located in the historical area of Podgórze, the majority of the menu is tapas style, and if you avoid peak times you will be rewarded with some epic specials, like breakfast for only 1pln when bought with any coffee during the week and vice-versa on the weekend, plus many other daily specials. This special alone makes it one of the best budget restaurants in Krakow.
Address: Nadwiślańska 5, 30-527 Kraków
Open Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9 AM – 11 PM
Situated on the outskirts of the old Jewish district Kazimierz, bordering the Old Town, Warsztat actually has three locations, all within walking distance from each other and all different in their own way. Warsztart has taken traditional Polish and Italian cuisine and fused them together to create a lengthy menu that would please even the pickiest of eaters. After years in Krakow, time and time again this restaurant never lets me down. Meals are always as tasty and fresh and the portions are, if anything, too big. If like me, you aren’t too proud to ask for the rest to be packed up to go, then you should even have enough left over for lunch the next day. Add to it, that the prices and service are as good as the food and you’re onto a winner. Without question this is one of our favourite budget restaurants in Krakow!
Address: Bożego Ciała 1, 31-054 Kraków
Open Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 9AM – 11PM | Friday – Saturday, 9AM – 12AM
Translated directly to Raspberry grandma, it doesn’t get more authentic than Babci Maliny. With 2 locations, both in the Old Town, a few minute’s walk from the main square, these venues have gone all out to make you believe you are entering a Polish grandmother’s house, deep in some far-off hill-top village in the Tatra mountains; rather than in a basement underneath a bustling city. If you are looking decent prices and authentic, traditional polish cuisine, served in a fun and memorable setting, then this place. They offer a very extensive menu with just about every new and old polish dish available.
Address: Sławkowska 17, 31-016 Kraków
Open Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11 AM – 11 PM
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