Sometimes we just want to make eating out a culinary celebration. Admittedly, Krakow has not received any star yet, but surely there are some chefs here who have the ambition to reach for it. Before the Michelin experts give their verdict, we should trust the opinions of local gourmets.
If you are looking for a highend restaurant, you should head to Kanonicza Street, one of Old Town’s most beautiful and peaceful streets. At Pod Nosem (Kanonicza 22) Polish cuisine prevails; the menu changes on a seasonal basis, however, regardless of the season, the great Polish caviar Antonius is worth trying. At Art (Kanonicza 15), Michał Cienki and Wiktor Kowalski are at the helm, and in their dishes they use products from small farms operated according to the philosophy promoted by Slow Food. At the Copernicus (Kanonicza 16) hotel restaurant, you can taste dishes by Marcin Filipkiewicz, who is inspired by court cuisine. There are also other great restaurants located in hotels belonging to the Likus family: Pod Różą (Floriańska 14) and Trzy Rybki (Szczepańska 5), where in summer from the terrace you can enjoy a beautiful view of the towers of St. Mary’s Church. If lobster is the symbol of luxurious cuisine for you, then visit Albertina (Dominikańska 3) that has its own homarium (a lobster tank). The chefs here are excellent at handling much more than just seafood. If the “Brzoza” (“birchtree”) dessert is still on the menu, you must try it.
The favourite fine dining restaurant of local culinary experts is cosy Bottiglieria 1881 (Bocheńska 5). Disguised in hardly bustling street of Kazimierz, the restaurant is famous not only for its modern interpretation of Polish cuisine by Paweł Kras’s team, but also for its excellent selection of wines. In the part concerning Polish cuisine we describe Szara Gęś and Filipa 18, the places where it is also worth celebrating special occasions at the table.