Perhaps you’re pining for the finest obwarzanek (crusty pretzels left over from Austrian rule) Krakow has to offer? Maybe you’re in need of some of Poland’s famous sernik (a sweet cheesecake)? Or is it the tempting prospect of a continental croissant that’s got you going? Well, whatever pastry’s tingling the taste buds this season, our list of the five best bakeries in town is sure to sate the appetite!
The term bakery might be just a tad too soft for this opulent and elegant French joint on bustling plac Szczepański. Patisserie is more apt, doing justice to those freshly baked croissants and baguettes, the meticulous handling of all the products and the fine ingredients used to create each loaf, from grape-ripened natural yeasts to the highest quality rye flours and top-of-the-range sea salts. And the bonuses of this one don’t stop there either; there are fantastic coffees too, smelling as if they’ve been plucked straight from a Parisian corner café, along with a bustling al fresco seating area and a stylish interior of woods and natural hues.
plac Szczepański 2, +48 600 807 880
This fun-loving and welcoming little Krakow staple can be found in a couple of locations throughout the city, where its sweet-smelling cupcakes rarely fail to beckon visitors in from outside. True to its name, these joints are packed with mouth-watering little cakes decorated in various colours and toppings, with flavours that range from butterscotch to chocolate to toffee and with everything in between. The coffee is also top-notch and the interiors of glossed wood, comfy seating and large windows come complete with speedy WiFi and plenty of plugs.
Bracka 4, +48 12 341 42 72
Piekarnia Mojego Taty
A rustic joint that exudes both passion and expertise when it comes to bread making, Piekarnia Mjego Taty is now one of the best-kept secrets of Krakow’s bakery scene. At each of the handful of locations dotted around the Old Town and Kazimierz, the interior ooze and Olde Worlde charm, with leaflets and information points unravelling the over 100 years of history associated with this baking name. In short: don’t come here expecting a lively, upbeat café-come-bread shop; come for some of the finest sour doughs, local loaves and wheat breads in town!
Beera Meiselsa 6, +48 12 422 95 34
Part bakery, part coffee shop, Krakow’s own Lajkonik has risen to boast no fewer than five separate locations in the city, each serving a mouth-watering selection of sweet pastries, open sandwiches and homemade breads, ranging from crispy ciabattas straight out of Italy to sour dough loaves that match perfectly with salads and soups. One of the major pulls here are the filled breads, which come in a whole host of creative and affordable manifestations, like warmed-up mozzarella and pesto, or breakfast omelette and lettuce. Oh, and then there’s the coffee, which, although direct from a machine, is both budget-friendly and uber-tasty.
Dominikański 2, +48 533 335 282
Sandwiched between the Vistula river and the green fields of Błonia Park, this independent bakery come cake shop boasts oodles of home-made sweets and breads. And while the location may not be the most central (expect a 10 minute walk here from the old town), the interior is a laid-back, straight-laced affair that promises good, local vibes and comfortable seating. All of the treats here are made in-house and the team exude a real passion for everything baked, while patrons can expect the likes of cookies, glazed buns, nut cakes, tarts, doughnuts, brownies – the list goes on!
Władysława Syrokomli 22, +48 503 033 412