Krakow is best for...

Hearty dishes: Try specialities such as Pierogi dumplings, kielbasa sausage and Barszcz beetroot soup on your holiday

Cakes galore: The city is famous for its cupcakes, szarlotka apple cake and sernik cheesecake

Quality restaurants: Head to the Main Square on Grodzka Street to find a lot of great restaurants for your evening meals

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Krakow is Polish

Currency: The currency used in Krakow is the Zloty. Euros are also accepted.

Local time: Krakow is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Krakow's main airport is Saint John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice

In Krakow, food ranges from high-end gourmet to cheap eats, satisfying every taste and budget and attracting a mix of visitors, there to enjoy either the history and architecture or the very lively nightlife. But it’s also fast becoming a popular destination for foodies.

New places to sip and sup at every end of the scale are popping up all the time. As a result, you’ll be spoilt for choice whether you like it loud and lively or quiet and refined. Street food in Krakow is cheap and delicious. Enjoy local sausages straight from the Soviet model van at the legendary Kielbaski z Niebieskiej Nyski, or enjoy a zapiekanka, the Polish version of pizza.

Traditional Polish food is well known for being simple and hearty. Golonka (pork knuckle) is a local delicacy, as is Pierogi dumplings, which can be stuffed with sweet or savoury fillings. You’ll find these dishes served in some of the best restaurants in Krakow as well as at food trucks on the streets.

It’s not just local Krakow food you’ll enjoy here. The city offers a wide choice of international flavours, from Thai and French to Italian and Mexican, with cafés, restaurants, bistros and bars on almost every corner.

Many of the most popular, and best, restaurants in Krakow are located in cellars. These then spill out onto the streets in the summer months, so you can enjoy some people watching. If it’s far reaching views you’re after, you’ll also find a choice of rooftop bars, from where you can marvel at the city’s magnificent architecture.

Sometimes the best views are inside though. If you love chocolate, make sure you pencil in time to visit Manufaktura Czekolady. Located in the Old Town, here they make their own chocolate from the finest raw ingredients. The walls are glass, so you can watch them at it as you enjoy a warming hot chocolate.

Urban legend holds that Krakow has the highest density of bars of any destination in the world. For the best bars in Krakow, head to the Old Town or Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter). Here you’ll find the vintage charm of Alchemia, where you can relax with a drink and enjoy cultural nights and live music gigs.

For a more sophisticated arty vibe, try Mercy Brown. It’s considered one of the best cocktail bars in Krakow and also has a regularly changing guest list of craft beers. And if that’s not enough craft beer for you, you’ll also love Ursa Major, where you can sample the range from its own micro-brewery.

In Krakow, food and drink suits all tastes and budgets. Smacznego (enjoy!)