Culinary heritage

Krakow's Culinary Gems - Sample the Finest Cuisine

It is not easy to briefly describe the rich history of Krakow, the former capital of Poland and the city located at the intersection of main trade routes, populated by a variety of nations, nearly each of which has had an impact on the city’s culture ranging from architecture to cuisine.

Let's Go to the Market. Grocery Shopping in Krakow

Already since the Middle Ages, fairs have been the heartbeat of Krakow. Due to its location on the intersection of key trade routes, Krakow fairs were frequented not only by the locals but also by merchants from all over the world who were doing business in the city. And to do their daily shopping, local people went to the markets.

Christmas in old Krakow: the tables of the haves and have nots

It is hard to say what a typical Christmas Eve dinner menu from Krakow looks like because the city has been influenced by many different traditions. Christmas Eve dinners in Krakow consist of dishes from Ukraine, Rhutenia, or Vienna which was famous for its confectionery. Let us take a closer look at what it used to look like.

Queen Bona Sforza and her culinary legacy

Queen Bona Sforza and her impact on Polish culinary culture have become the stuff of legend.

Kirmess dinners of Jagiellonian University professors

The so-called kirmess dinners of Jagiellonian University professors which were organised in the Middle Ages have earned historic significance.

Chickpeas and artichokes - things that used to be grown in Krakow

Monasteries, in particular the Benedictines from Tyniec and Cistercians from Mogiła, had a huge impact on the development of agriculture and horticulture in Krakow.

Barbara Radziwiłłówna's cuisine: offal and violets

Zygmunt August's second wife, Barbara Radziwiłłówna, was treated incomparably better by the king than his first wife, Elżbieta. "All the expense and excess to which the king treats his wife is a wonder to all, and arouses general aversion," reported Jan Lang, Emperor Ferdinand Habsburg’s envoy, during his visit to Vilnius in 1549.

Poppy, spices and buckwheat - oriental influences in Krakow's cuisine

Oriental influences are among the earliest ones to be noted in the culinary arts of Krakow. All this is due to the city's presence on the most important trade routes of mediaeval Europe.

Krakow brews beer: from medieval 'marcowe' to contemporary IPA

Beer has been the most popular beverage since time immemorial. It has been drunk both cold and mulled. People from all walks of life drink beer.

Krakow-style coffee encounters

In the 19th century, locals drank coffee mainly at home. Elegant cafes started to crop up together with Austrian officials. And coffee shops soon became the new way of socialising in Krakow.

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