On the bus from Košice, Slovakia I aimlessly scrolled through Happy Cow listings for Krakow. I had heard good things about the city and was determined to sample vegan versions of pierogi, also know as Polish dumplings. After we dropped our bags at the apartment, we set out to explore the city that quickly became one of my all time favourite places in the world! I fell in love with its medieval main square, riverside walkway, leafy parks, Jewish quarter and the plethora of inexpensive and delicious vegan food. Krakow will treat you to kebabs, zapiekanka (open sandwiches), burgers, pierogi, samosas, sushi, ice cream and more, so get excited 🙂
If you’re looking for a place to stay, Downtown Apartments Cracow are extremely well located, reasonably priced and absolutely stunning!
In this post you’ll find my top five vegan eateries, plus an honourable mention (pierogi time!). Then, a couple of health food stores that will provide you with all the plant-based alternative products you need for home cooking, and to round it all out I’ve also included three of my favourite places for sweet treats and dessert. Enjoy!
My Top Five Vegan Eateries in Kraków
There are numerous top rated vegan restaurants in Krakow, but most of them are fast food based. After a couple of days of burgers, pizza and dumplings I was craving more whole-foods based nutritious food, so I’ve included the eateries that provide healthier dishes too.
Do you love the Beyond Meat burger? My partner can’t get enough of them! As one of Krakow’s top rated vegan restaurants, Krowarzywa was humming, but the staff worked hard to get through the line and we didn’t wait nearly as long as expected. As well as the famed Beyond Burger you can also choose tofu, seitan, millet or chickpea patties, which are served as either burgers, wraps or bowls. You can also get fries, smoothies and sweet treats. Krowarzywa is a chain of vegan eateries can be found in other Polish cities too, like Poznan and Warsaw, where it was founded in 2013.
- Find them online: https://krowarzywa.pl/en/
- Address: Slawkowska 8, Krakow, Poland, 31-014
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00
As another top rated restaurant in Krakow, Vegab is also often very busy. They specialise in kebabs (as hinted to in their name), which are all tofu, bean and wheat protein based but come in a variety of delicious flavours. As well as kebabs you can also get hot dogs, gluten free cakes, ice tea and smoothies. We had the Aloha (roasted pineapple with mango sauce), and the Beirut (pickled cucumbers served with hummus and tahini). I can recommend their menu deals – a kebab or hot dog with fries and a lemonade.
- Find them online: https://www.facebook.com/vegabofficial/
- Address: Starowiślna 8, 31-032 Kraków, Poland
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00-22:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-00:00, Sun 11:00-21:00
Free Farma Burgerownia Roslinna
That my friends is a zapiekanka, a typical Polish street food. It’s an open sandwich, usually a baguette served hot with sauteed mushrooms, melted cheese and ketchup. Free Farma is yet another top rated vegan restaurant, and they serve vegan zapiekankas as well as burgers, wraps, salads, soy-dogs and beverages. I got the gyros zapiekanka and my partner got the gyros tortilla. They have free wifi, nice places to sit upstairs and are in a fantastic location near the main square.
- Find them online: https://www.facebook.com/veganfarmakrakow/
- Address: Wiślna 6, Krakow, Poland, 31-007
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-22:00
HariPrasad Vegan Samosa & Curry
HariPrasad is my fourth favourite from Krakow’s top rated vegan eateries. It’s a cozy food bar serving vegan Indian food, and I can highly recommend their mango lassi. They specialize in samosas and curries, which are very good, and change daily. You can also get dahl, chapati and laddu. I liked how the kitchen was open plan, so you could see the chefs making your food. It’s near the Jewish quarter, so it’s perfect for a nutritious, inexpensive and filling meal. Just be aware that all the plates and cutlery they use are disposable, all though it’s paper and wood, not plastic.
- Find them online: https://www.facebook.com/hariprasadsamosa/
- Address: Dietla 45-47/12, Krakow, Poland, 31-054
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 11:00-18:00
Rounding out my top five is Pod Norenami, an asian fusion restaurant. It is pricier than the other four restaurants, but the food is sensational and the restaurant itself feels quite upmarket. You can treat yourself to epic vegan sushi, curries, stir fries, soups, dumplings or mock meat dishes. They also have more Western style salads and gluten free cakes. The staff are very friendly, the location is great and the menu is quite extensive. It’s not fully vegan, it’s vegetarian with a lot of vegan options.
- Find them online: http://www.podnorenami.pl/en/
- Address: ul. Krupnicza 6, Krakow, Poland
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 12:00-22:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:00
Honorable Mention: Vegan Polish Dumplings
I love dumplings, so I was keen to sample pierogi at Pierogowy Raj. This eatery is not vegan, they’re a traditional pierogi restaurant, but you can see an image of their vegan menu here. It’s a quaint place, with only a few tables, but the staff are super helpful and you can always go for takeaway if it’s full. Most other places only serve one flavour of vegan pierogi. At only 2 zloty per dumpling, we decided to fill our plates with a selection of the flavours. I tried the sauerkraut and mushrooms, the broccoli, olive and soybeans, the spinach, garlic and sesame, as well as the sweet apple and cinnamon flavours. All of them very super tasty, fresh and served with a smile 🙂
- Find them online: https://www.facebook.com/PierogowyRaj
- Address: Sławkowska 25, Krakow, Poland, 33-332
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00-20:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-21:00, Sun 11:00-20:00
Vegan Health Food Stores in Krakow
Even though it’s very inexpensive to eat out in Krakow, sometimes all you want is a home-cooked meal. If you’re like me, I always opt for an apartment that has a full kitchen when I travel. The two most common chains of supermarkets in Krakow are Carrefour and Biedronka. Both are fine but I believe Biedronka is slightly better. You can do a very thorough grocery shop at either store, but if you’re in need of more specialty items, Natura and Naturalny Health Food Stores have you covered.
Natura Sklepy Ekologiczne
There are four Natura outlets in Krakow city, and they have everything you could need, from herbal teas to vegan alternatives to supplements to cosmetics and personal care items. The stores are all well stocked with friendly staff and reasonable prices. I particularly like the store on Krupnicza street, which is just down the road from Pod Norenami. They recently expanded to include an online shop, and I was impressed by their history. Natura is a family owned business which began in 1993, when their father had to import gluten free products from other countries for his sick daughter.
- Find them online: http://sklepynatura.com/
- Address: ul. Krupnicza 21, 31-123, Krakow (plus 3 other locations)
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-20:00, Sat 09:00-17:00
While you’re on Krupnicza street, I highly recommend visiting Naturalny Sklepik. They stock a vast range of vegan meats, plant milks and cheeses, as well as condiments, pulses, juices and household products. They also have a small cafe with lovely staff that serve a daily vegan menu of soup and a main.
- Find them online: https://www.facebook.com/NaturalnySklepik/
- Address: Krupnicza 9, Krakow, Poland, 31-123
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-19:00, Sat 09:00-16:00
Vegan Treats in Krakow
This post felt incomplete without featuring my favorite places for indulging a sweet tooth. I was in Krakow in April, so the sun was shining and it was an ideal time for ice cream. Please note that if you visit during the winter months, Frozen Rolls won’t be operating. Although it’s unlikely you’d be feeling like ice cream anyway 😉 Cupcake Corner would still be great during winter though as their eatery is super cozy.
I had never encountered anything like Frozen Rolls before, it was super fun to watch them make it! For only 15 zloty you can choose a vegan base of almond milk or banana and then add as many toppings as you like, some options are oreos, peach, pineapple, strawberry, coconut, chia seeds and more. It’s all organic and gluten free, but you must be aware that they use the same rolling surface for both vegan and non-vegan ice cream. It is cleaned in between orders, but if you have a dairy allergy, I wouldn’t recommend it just in case there’s some cross contamination. The staff however, are very knowledgeable and friendly. One more thing, make sure you bring zloty as they are cash only.
- Find them online: https://www.facebook.com/FrozenRollsPoland
- Address: ul. Ciemna 4 31-057 Kraków, Poland
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 12:00-22:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:00 (April – October)
We liked the vegan brownie at Cupcake Corner so much, we went back twice! I recommend visiting your nearest Cupcake Corner if you visit during the winter as their hot drinks can be made with almond or soy milk. Just bear in mind they usually only have one vegan cupcake option available, when I visited it was coconut banana, but I was craving chocolate so picked the brownie 😉
- Find them online: https://www.cupcakecorner.pl/
- Address: Grodzka 50, Krakow, Poland, 33-332
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 08:00-22:00. Sun 09:00-22:00
Lody z Lodziarni
Lody was the first Polish word I learned, and it means ice cream! I believe “Lody z Lodziarni’ means something like, “Ice cream from the ice cream parlour”. These shops were already very popular in April, and I liked them because their vegan flavours were clearly labeled. Also, because they change up their selection of flavours every day. They usually have five to ten vegan options on offer. Make sure you opt for a cup as their cones aren’t vegan.
- Find them online: https://www.happycow.net/reviews/lody-z-lodziarni-krakow-121562
- Address: Grodzka 13, Krakow, Poland, 31-006 (also Floriańska 6)
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 09:00-23:00
Thanks for reading my vegan guide to Krakow. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself, and got lots of inspiration on how to make your visit a blast! You can check out my other vegan travel guides here. I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to leave me a comment.
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