Krakow street food

A Zapiekanka from Plac Nowy

A Zapiekanka from Plac Nowy

Polish food is some of the best in Europe, hearty, wholesome and rooted in hundreds of years of history. Eating is a big part of local culture, and while it’s mostly associated with family meals with lashings of vodka, or hastily eaten workers lunches in one of the cities many milk bars – increasingly, international street food culture has taken over Krakow.

Featuring Polish cuisine, international favourites, and creative combinations of the two – there is plenty to eat on the street if you know where to look.

Zapiekanka from Plac Nowy

Zapiekanka is Poland’s version of the pizza which originated back in the 70s and quickly became a firm favorite for those looking for a quick tasty snack any time of the day. As the description suggests, it’s basically pizza on a baguette – no frills here.

You can find in every Polish city, but here in Krakow, Plac Nowy is the place to go, from the stone building in the middle of the square. Wash it down with a beer or shot from one of the surrounding bars.

Obwarzanek

A stall selling Obwarzanek

A stall selling Obwarzanek

It looks like a bagel crossed with a pretzel, but in the opinion of many Poles, it tastes even better than both of these things. In Poland though, we keep it simple – no dips, no fillings – in fact, the most exotic thing you might find on it are poppy seeds.

This one is a good on-the-go thing – grab one from a cart on the way to somewhere, they are fresh and cheap.

Grilled Oscypek

Look out for this one at street markets and tourist fairs – it’s a popular if acquired taste among locals – sheep’s milk cheese with an intensely salty and smokey flavor. Served hot to order, the real trick is to have it with a dollop of cranberry sauce, which gives it a nice sweet kick.

Judah Square Food Truck Park

Judah Square Food Truck Park

Judah Square Food Truck Park

Food trucks are becoming the next big hit in Krakow – and a whole host of them can be found in the Judah Square Food Truck Park. Located in the ultra-hip Kazimierz district, the huge mural that overlooks the park is what people often notice first.

Lined with a rotating cast of food trucks catering to a wide variety of tastes, and with plenty of seating in the square – you’ll find Krakow favourites like Wurst Truck offering up sausage, and Pan Kumpir which serves jacket potatoes, and Chimney Cake Factory service another Polish street food favorite – wrapped sweet pastry covered in cinnamon, sugar, coconut or a variety of other delicious dustings.

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