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Culinary Heritage

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.

Pancakes with cheese, 'pirogi' and bread - Jadwiga and Władysław Jagiełło's cuisine


Jadwiga and Władysław Jagiełło took their meals separately - the king preferred eating solely in a male group, while the queen often entertained guests at the table.

Jour fixe and five o'clocks: social life in old Krakow


In the 18th century, Krakow’s locals met mainly at homes. Restaurants were few and far between, usually adjacent to hotels and used mainly by travellers.

Formal balls and municipal celebrations in 19th century Krakow


Balls were popular among 19th-century residents of Krakow as they sated the locals’ hungry appetite for entertainment and gossip. During the carnival season balls took place nearly every day, even during the difficult periods of the 19th century.

Krakow and Targ Pietruszkowy on Terra Madre Salone del Gusto


Products from Krakow and the surrounding areas will be presented at one of the most important culinary events in Europe: Terra Madre Salone del Gusto held in Turin.

Farynas – Krakow’s medieval street food


What did street food look like centuries ago? Maybe instead of looking for inspiration in Asia, it is time to come back to Krakow’s tried and tested ideas as to what to nibble - on the go...

Compendium ferculorum – the first Polish cookery book


Published in Krakow in 1682 “Compendium ferculorum, a collection of recipies” is the first fully preserved Polish cookery book.

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