A stylish new café just a stone’s throw from the Krakow Market Square. Serves interesting healthy salads, sandwiches and breakfast plates in a relaxed and modern environment that’s part New York part Slavic Krakow.
Fitagain Cafe is a relatively new addition to the line-up of cafes in the Krakow Old Town. Stylishly done out with comfy bench seating, one large communal table and a window-front bar seat, it touts a menu of creative and healthy lunch and breakfast dishes. It’s located a short walk from the Market Square and makes for a fine people-watching spot, a relaxed place to settle in with a book, or a good working environment with fast WiFi and plenty of plugs.
The Fitagain Cafe menu is largely unique in all of Krakow. The breakfast choices start the day: a medley of fruit juices and granola bowls that’s bolstered by homemade scrambled eggs. Lunchtime means salads and sandwiches, curiously ordered by the region of the world they are inspired by. Expect chickpea and pepper sourdough breads from Africa, pickle and mustard-packed club sarnies from the US and oodles more flavours you wouldn’t expect from the city’s more traditional cafes. Granted, the portion sizes aren’t massive and the prices far from modest, but – just as the delicate range of homemade quiches and cakes decorating the counter suggest – this one’s all about quality over quantity!
Which brings us to the real piece de resistance of this modern and elegant café: the desserts. Changing daily and always innovative, these range from crunchy meringues that are perfect next to a latte or espresso to home-baked cupcakes topped with chocolate flakes and sernik (cheesecake) with a pomegranate hat. Delicious.
Aside from the ubiquitous array of aromatic coffees, lattes, cappuccinos and Americanos, Fitagain offers a great range of alternative teas and smoothies. Expect the likes of apple and ginger infusions, mint teas from Morocco and herbal brews. And then there is the small array of Polish craft beers and bottled ales to get through – the perfect accompaniment to one of Fitagain’s live music event nights on the weekend!
The second of Fitagain’s real strong points (the other being its tasty dessert and cake options), the atmosphere of this café is a fusion of New York’s Central Perk, Soho coffee shop and thinking man’s Starbucks. The interior design of exposed wooden bar tops, bare brick walls and real timber tables mixes perfectly with the bookcases towards the backroom, and aside from a series of somewhat out-of-place but nonetheless intriguing semi-nude photographs adorning the walls (don’t worry, it’s nothing too risqué!) the effect is soothing and easy to get along with.