Perhaps you’re pining for the finest pretzels the city has to offer? Maybe you’re in need of some of Poland’s famous sernik cheesecake? Or is it the tempting prospect of a continental croissant that’s got you going? Well, whatever pastry is a-tingling the taste buds, our list of the five best bakeries in Krakow is sure to sate the appetite…
This guide to bakeries in Krakow is part of our larger ultimate guide to restaurants in Krakow.
Charlotte – as French as bakeries in Krakow can get!
The term bakery might be a tad too soft for this opulent and elegant French joint on bustling plac Szczepański. Patisserie is more apt. That better sums up those fresh-baked croissants and authentic baguettes.
There’s a real attention to detail here. Notice 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.
There are fantastic coffees too, smelling as if they’ve been plucked straight from a Parisian corner café. Topping that off is a bustling al fresco seating area and a stylish interior of woods and natural hues with a cool mezzanine.
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 (from Grodzka Street near the Wawel to the Old Town’s heart). Wherever you find it, those sweet-smelling cupcakes will do their best to draw you in from outside.
True to its name, these joints are packed with mouth-watering little cakes decorated in various colours and toppings. Flavours range from butterscotch to chocolate to toffee. The coffee is also top-notch and the interiors of glossed wood, living-room 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 oozes and Old World charm. Inside, you’ll even find leaflets and information points unravelling the more than 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 most accomplished sourdoughs, local loaves and wheat breads in town!
Beera Meiselsa 6, +48 12 422 95 34
Homegrown Lajkonik is surely one of the best-known bakeries in Krakow. The brand has risen to boast no fewer than six separate locations in the city. They each serve a mouth-watering selection of sweet pastries, open sandwiches and homemade breads. That latter selection even includes crispy ciabattas straight out of Italy!
One of the major pulls here are the filled baguettes, which come in a whole host of creative and affordable manifestations. There’s warmed-up mozzarella and pesto. There’s breakfast omelette and lettuce. Oh, and there’s budget-friendly coffee that’s fine to match.
Dominikański 2, +48 533 335 282
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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 are made in-house and the team exude a real passion for everything baked. Władysława Syrokomli 22 , +48 503 033 412
Across the river on Barska Street is a small and unassuming joint that’s said to cook up some of the best cinnamon buns in the city. Cue Zaczyn. It’s a real artisan baker’s with an eye for quality. People wax lyrical about their sourdough and poppy-seed buns especially.
If you have the time, be sure to linger around for breakfast. Sweet pastries glazed in icing meet creative French toast dishes topped with fruit. There’s also coffee and tea to match, along with savoury Italian bruschetta with a range of topping options.
Barska 4, +48 537 488 532
Do you know of any more top-notch bakeries in Krakow? If so, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below. Anything goes. Could be a sweet-toothed pastry shop. Might be the master of French baguette making in south Poland. Seriously, we want to share it!