Vegans – don’t settle for walking around Krakow with a rumbling tummy! There’s tons of meat-free, dairy-free food in the Polish city of kings these days. From Middle Eastern falafel joints to holes-in-the-wall touting the best hummus you’ve ever tasted, fully vegan salad bars to fast food joints with on-the-go vegan kebabs, you certainly won’t be disappointed in these parts.
Yep, vegan Krakow is very much alive and kicking. That wasn’t always the case. Back 10 years ago and you might be hard-pushed to find creative vegan eating in southern Poland. But a diversifying array of people and foods have really had an effect here, so much so that some are now touting the big K as one of Europe’s upcoming vegan-veggie destinations.
This guide will outline all you need to know about vegan Krakow, with a special focus on the very best eateries that have animal-free foods. Let’s begin…
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What are the best vegan restaurants in Krakow?
Our guide to vegan Krakow wouldn’t be complete without Vegab. Since opening a couple of years ago, this fast-food joint has revolutionized Krakow’s vegan market. Their speciality is kebab with tasty vegan “meat” chunks. Be aware that the portions are huge, so unless you’re uber-hungry, think twice about going maxi! You can save yourself some cash if you go for one of their sets. We loved their fat-free Belgian fries and veggie hot-dogs. You’ll find the spot on the bustling Starowiślna Street.
Mazaya is a unique place on the vegetarian-vegan map of Kraków. Although not touting a 100% vegan menu, you’ll find plenty of delicious plant-based dishes. For a start, the falafel is surely one of the best in the city. Expect crunchy on the outside, gooey in the middle. We recently ordered a whole mezze set from Mazaya and were amazed at what we got for our money. For under 50 PLN there were plates of mint-tomato salads, hummus, tahini, wraps – you name it! These guys are on Uber Eats and other ordering apps and now have several outlets around town.
If you’re looking for the best hummus in Krakow, this one’s a must-taste pitstop. We might be biased since we head there every single time we’re in town, but we gotta’ say that Amamamusi’s hummus is absolutely delicious! It’s but a bijou spot where you can sit and have a chat with owners while devouring all manner of pickles and breads and crudites. The whole lot is matched with a thick type of hummus that’s heavy on the sesame and can be ordered with chili, caramelized onion, and all manner of other spices. Say hi to the lovely resident lurcher if you head by.
Vege To Tu
In the last couple of years, Krakow has been filling up with loads of food trucks of all stripes and cuisines. One of them is a 100% plant-based Vege To Tu, located in the heart of Kazimierz. From hummus to falafel, their veg-filled crispy wraps are tasty and fresh. They also have a restaurant on Zwierzyniecka Street, but we’ve yet to sample it (let us know if you do!)
Fancy a burger? Krowarzywa has a wide range of them, all of which are vegan. From tofu and seitan to chickpea patties and even the coveted Beyond Burger, you can pick your base and add-ons to create your favourite packed bun. They also have vegan cheese and mayo! A quirk: The food is served on edible plates. Oh, and you can opt for a wrap or bowl if you’re skipping the bread to boot. There are now two locations of Krowarzywa in the city, one in Kazimierz and the other in the Old Town. We like the former because you can grab a takeaway and walk just five minutes to eat it on the side of the Vistula River with a view of Krakow Castle, which is cool.
Although not a fully vegan or even vegetarian restaurant, Hamsa is so tasty that we decided to give it a place in our guide to vegan Krakow. It’s another Middle Eastern eatery with lots of tasty plant-based mezzes to choose from. From muhammara (a lovely walnut-pepper dip) to babaganoush and falafel, you can pick a mix-and-match set together with middle eastern bread, olives, and veggies. All vegan dishes are labeled on the menu.
It might not be the cheapest, but Pod Norenami‘s vast menu has plenty of dishes to satisfy most pant-based folks. From Thai to Japanese, there is a mix of cuisines from across the Asian continent. Tasty varieties of veggie make-believe “meat” served with rice, Thai curry, or sushi – you will find it all there. If not originally vegan, most dishes can be made dairy-free on request. Just ask.
Hariprasad Samosa & Curry
Hariprasad is a cute, compact vegan restaurant on Dietla that serves Indian food. From delicious samosas to chapati with dahl, there are all the usual suspects of the subcontinent. Oh, and it’s a great value! Come here for lunch or a quick snack, and try their samosas that cost as little as 6 PLN (£1.20)!
There’s a real buzz about the small and unassuming dumpling joint of Przystanek Pierogarnia. It’s been a Kazimierz staple for some time but came onto the meat-free map of the city by offering some of the first – and best – vegan pierogi in Krakow. That’s a gift amid a national kitchen that’s highly cheese dependent. The little pockets of joy are made here with lentils and carrots, and served as you would have standard ruskie pierogi on a plate with a topping of onions and oil. The joint is super-casual but really welcoming, You can sit inside or grab to go if you we’re planning on exploring the Jewish Quarter that extends just to the west.
No Bones Vegan Food
No Bones Vegan Food has made some serious waves in the vegan Krakow community since opening its doors some years back. It’s been one of the first places to perfect the art of vegan pizza in Krakow but also does plenty more than that, from platters of cauliflower sticks and curried mayo to vegan tartare that’s better than even the meat-heavy original. The location is perfectly placed for lunches in the Old Town area and the interior is one part kitschy cool, one part hipster. We love it.