Vegan in Krakow – Experience and City Review
A vegan travel guide to Krakow (Cracow), one of the best cities in Europe to explore vegan food.
You wouldn’t believe it at first glance, but Poland is a vegetarian’s paradise and for that reason alone a country that must be visited. Not only will you be surprised by the extensive vegan cuisines, but you are also transported into a fairytale – cobblestone streets, a mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture, a sprawling Market Square, and an imposing castle. Before planning a trip to Krakow, be sure to check Expedia.com for information on travel restrictions to the Poland. If you do decide to visit Krakow, then you may want to consider getting travel insurance.
This time I’m headed to Krakow in the south of Poland, Lesser Poland Province also known as Małopolska. Krakow is famous for its mediaeval old town. In those days, it was the national capital, but it is now the second city of Poland behind Warsaw. Krakow’s Old Town is a charming jewel of UNESCO World Heritage and one of the first in the world to be so recognised. Austria, Hungary, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Germany have all influenced Kraków’s cuisine in the past due to their shared history. As well as being a cultural capital, Krakow is also a culinary hub, where you can try vegan dishes from all over the world.
But of course, you must try the typical Polish dishes. Pierogi, Polish dumplings, are a staple food for most Krakowians, and the go-to type is ruskie (Russian), which are stuffed with cheese and potato. Pierogi are usually boiled, savory, and served with sour cream, but you’ll also find fried and sweet versions. A typical cheesecake from Kraków, sernik krakowski, is served for dessert. Vegan versions are so easy to find.
It is estimated the majority of the population identifies as Catholic Christians. Roman Catholic fasting rituals have had a strong influence on Polish food traditions. During the fasts no meat is eaten, so many meatless and fish dishes have become a part of Polish cookery.
The natural landscape features many historic sites. and four national parks and numerous reserves have been established in the voivodeship to protect the environment of Lesser Poland. You can find incredible vegan food and accommodation at half the price of major European cities. The Old Town and the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz) are the two most important architectural features of the city and are a must see for tourists. During my travels I came across this great website called freetour.com. Very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable guides. You will support students who are happy to practice their English with you while getting to know the city. I highly recommend it!
If it’s your first time in Prague and you’re staying for just a few days, then the Jewish Quarter (Kazimiers) and Old Town are definitely one of the most convenient place to stay. You can search for accommodations at the Jewish Quarter on Expedia.com or Booking.com. Check out some of the top-rated charming hotels.
I also highly recommend the “Vegan Passport”, a small booklet with a short, detailed explanation of what vegan means and what vegans can eat in over 70 languages. This can be very helpful, especially if you are traveling for a prolonged period of time and your hands and feet are no longer sufficient.
Krakow has a lot to offer and I was really impressed and surprised by the abundance of vegan food and fresh produce availability as well as the lush nature of the city.