7 TOP VEGAN & VEGAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS IN CRACOW

7 vegan friendly restaurants in Cracow is a yummy way to spend your time in one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. Are You ready to discover all of them?

WELCOME TO MY LITTLE GUIDE OF AMAZING PLACES WHERE YOU CAN EAT DIVINELY!

I decided to write this article during my last week vacation in Poland, right after an invitation from Mazaya falafel. I know this place since almost 2 years, but living abroad wasn’t so easy to step there often. What captivated me – is the kidness and humilty of owners and manager. Of course it couldn’t influent me when it comes to food and restaurant review, which is the main reason we are here! But here we are with MAZAYA on the first place and thanks to fact, there’s no boundries with the best arabfood in town!

1. MAZAYA FALAFEL – best arab food in town

Best arab food and mazaya falafel are the closest words, when it come to pick the best option, between all other places in Cracow. And believe me, that is worth of your attention! It’s not stricte vegan food, but I can insure you about the perfection in every bite of each dish! When someone puts simply a heart in what’s doing, goes over the real humble pleasure!

THE STORY

The Story of MAZAYA is really hearttouching and I will let myself to bring it closer. The owner had a little dream about having his own place, but never realized it’s possible until live put infront of him lack of work and problems with money. Dreams come true, when you realize the difficulties are only the test for you, so nothing is impossible to reach, when you believe in it! Passed few years since he opened the first local toghether with his friend in the center of Cracow! Begginings were horrible and the society wasnt’t so helpful, but when you put a pure heart, you can be sure, others will appreciate!

The simplicity of home dishes have revolutionized Cracow and all turists from all over the world! Because in their edition is just – OH MY GOD!

So after a while they growed and now you can find them in 5 locations! About every detail takes care a gorgous menager Polina. So when you have possibility to visit Cracow for more than two days, I advise you to step more often!

ZAYTON

A little part of Mazaya with all goodnesses of arab world. You can find all their specialities like coffee, spices, many tipes of olives, fresh dates and sweets like for example baklava. This possibility you will have at Krupnicza 22 and Legionow jozefa pilsudkiego 2!

 

MENU & OTHER ATRACTIONS

So! It depends on the location, but mostly you can find breakfasts beside lunch/dinner dishes! I had the pleasure to try CLASSIC HUMMUS for breakfast and also dinner… and I have to admit – I’ve never eaten it so good! Of course exist few ways to make a good hummus, also I have mine (that is special, saying immodestly), but the MAZAYA HUMMUS wins. I discovered that the only one person from all the staff is able to make it so good. So I would like to say again huge thanks for putting in all his heart, every time since the beggining!

AS A WHOLE MENU – you can find few kinds of hummus with different addictions, like vegan meat, babaganoush. You can try all of them in many mixes also. Beside every day you will find a seasonal soups… Main dishes are really interesting and diverse, like arab kind of dumplings and many diffrent veggies meat substitutes. There are also famous salads like tabbouleh, fattoush.

Since there’s a FALAFEL in the name of this place, you will be surprised how many kinds of falafel dishes you can find! Beside, salty dishes…one of the most interesting deserts is BAKLAVA (witch is vegan, withour honey!) and every day some new vegan and normal cakes!

HERE’S WHAT I’VE PICKED

CLASSIC HUMMUS WITH VEGGIES, PITA BREAD WITH MUTABBAL AND MUHAMARA

(mutabbal-smoky eggplant dip, muhamara – pepper dip)

SAMBUSAK WITH SPINACH, POMEGRANATE, ONION AND GARLIC WITH VEGAN YOGURT DIP

MUSAKA WITH BULGUR

BAKLAVA

ARAB SPICED TEA

If you are going to mazaya on Krupnicza 22, you will find sometimes many atractions like live concerts, and artistic events!

 

PRICES

Here your wallet will be satisfied together with your stomach! You can spend around 20-30 euro for two and have a rich meals with drinks and deserts. Really conveniet, specially because in the center of Cracow you won’t find the place with a great atmosphere, amazing food and low prices!

LOCATION

  1. RYNEK KLEPARSKI, 5
  2. STAROWISLNA 10
  3. STANISLAWA ZOLKIEWSKIEGO 5
  4. LEGIONOW JOZEFA PILSUDSKIEGO 2
  5. KRUPNICZA 22

LINKS

instagram https://www.instagram.com/mazayafalafel/ 

MAZAYA INSIDE

2. VEGAB – the first vegan kebab in Poland

The idea and passion together! This place is an invention of a young italian man who decided to come to Poland about 15y ago. The love for cooking and eating in a plant based way have a huge influence on this creative mind, so he creates a vegan kebab. With the structure, the look and the taste goes really close to the imitation of a normal kebab. At the beginning of his carrier I had a pleasure to meet him personally on one of the biggest vegan festivals in Poland (we were colleagues as exhibitors).

What this man is able to cook, you can discover by buying one of his many versions of plant based vegab and poke bowls with colorful fresh veggies and sauces! But be careful only for the huge portions! You risk to be satisfied…

MENU

LIMITED EDITION – ITALIAN

With pesto rosso and dried tomatoes, basil and green olives

BEIRUT

With hummus, tahini and pickles

OLIMP

Sanflower tzatziki, dried tomatoes, black olives

VEGAB CHEESY

Nachos and cheese based on potatoe

ALOHA

Mango sauce, pineapple marinated in soy sauce

BURGER ONE

Bbq sauce with smoked paprika, pickled cucumber

 

YOU CAN CHOOSE INSIDE A VEGAN MOZARELLA OR FRIED SWEET AND NORMAL POTATOES WITHOUT OIL

POKE BOWL

LOCATION

STAROWISLNA 8

PRICES

You won’t spend too much, taking under consideration, the center of the city and the fact that for now is the only location. So tourists in cracow can feel fortunated! Anyway I don’t think 6-8 euro for 400g of VEGAB is too much!

LINKS

website https://www.vegab.pl/en/

instagram https://www.instagram.com/vegabofficial/ 

 

 

 

 3. KROWARZYWA – the vegan burger in it’s best meaning

Plant based burger in these times is more than popular. Unfortunately, to find the great one is a little bit harder. Fortunately there are such places like Krowarzywa – the restaurant where vegan burgers are totally upgrated on the right level of satysfaction! Since the opening of the first local, now, tourists in Poland can find them in many other cities! What distinguish them, is a high quality plant burgers and burger buns! Beside burgers, you can find WRAPS, SALADS and KEBABEX – wich is a vegan kebab in burger way!

Someone can combine to MC Donald’s. But would make a huge mistake. Cause under the name of plant burger hides more than healthy and ethic food. Rich in more healthy proteins and other nutrients the all MAC BURGERs in one. So no worries, but only your appetite will be unsatisfied, because you will want another!

 

MENU

BURGER/WRAP/SALAD

BEYOND

BEZMIESNY

CHICKEN
made with pea protein

VEGAN PASTRAMI
with marinated seitan

TOFEX

CIECIOREX
chickpea and herbs

ZIEMNIOREX
potatoes

KEBABEX IN 5 EDITIONS – polish, liban, korean, greek, veggies only

LOCATION

SLAWKOWSKA 8

PRICES

With 6-11 euro you will go out really satisfied. So go for it!

LINKS 

website https://krowarzywa.pl/en/

instgram https://www.instagram.com/krowarzywa/ 

4. VEGAN AF RAMEN – MIYAZAKI WOULD BE PROUD of a VEGAN VERSION of JAPANESE GLORY

Ramen is known as tipical japanese soup based on wheat noodles served in meat or fish broth, flavoured with soy sauce or miso and garnished with dried seaweed, eggs, corn, mushrooms and raw veggies. Now it has changed and we can enjoy with a vegan version and guys at Vegan AF Ramen have nailed it completely! Have you ever heard about vegan egg or plant meat? So they make it taste like a real! So huge compliments! Donburi, dumplings and tempura are other propositions and the diversity of tastes are impressive. Wait, cause you will find there also vegan sweets, japanese vegan sweets like mochi and tayaki! Beside they serve a special and natural kombucha….

Don’t hesitate and try these japanese plant based treasures!

MENU

APETIZERS

WAKAME, EDAMAME, KIMCHI and CHILI CUCUMBERS

RAMEN

VEGAN AF RAMEN

The classic ramen with vegan egg, beetroot becon, crispy lotus, grilled mushroom shimea, erynga, nori

MISO BBQ

Miso broth with vegan bbq strips, sunflowers sprouts, sweet potatoe chips, marinated bamboo, green onion, nori

TERROR TANTANMEN

Sesam-peanut broth with chili oil, vegan minced meat, coriander paste, pak choi, fried onion, green onion, nori

BLOODY ALUCARD

Beetroot tare with seasoning and chili oil, sweet potatoe in tempura, grilled eggplant, fried sprouts, vegan creamj, peas, grilled radish, nori

CRAZY CREAMY CHEESE

Creamy miso bulion, seitan kebab, ginger tomatoe sauce, vegan cheese made with potatoe, green onion, nori

VEGAN PAD THAI

Rice noodles, peanut tamarin sauce, marinated tofu, green onion, carrot, red onion, corriander, peanuts, marinated ginger, lime

CORIANDER INARI MADNESS

Light broth with sea salt, lemon grass and ginger, tofu inari, corianger oil, marinated calabash, spaghetti vermicelli, red pepper, nori

STIR FRY UDON

VEGAN KATSU CURRY

LOCATION

KRUPNICZA 28/1

PRICES

One ramen costs 7-11 euro and with one portion you can enjoy the energy for all the day!

LINKS

website https://www.veganaframen.pl/

instagram https://www.instagram.com/veganaframen/ 

 

5.VEGANIC – a vegan gourmet restaurant’s aspiration

There are many things which create a perfect restaurant. The quality of products, the immagination and skills of a chef, the heart left in every detail in the kitchen, but also outside. Because who sells for first the dish? The connection of a waiter and the way of treating a client by the owner. Yes the owner, because he/she has an imput on how waiter behaves. I think here, we arrived to put a plus on every point.

Every plate the cook created went my expectations! Every detail, cooking time, treating vegetables, forms and tastes arrive on 10! The portions are satisfying together with every bite of even simple slice of sordough bread!

The list of desserts is huge and are mostly cakes in every desired taste!

Breakfasts have the same spektrum of choice like sweet and salty, so everyone can pick his preffered one! What’s more you can buy their homemade specialities like –

Żurek – SOUR RYE SOUP WTH FOREST MUSHROOMS AND SMOKED TOFU,

OYSTER MUHROOM TRIPE WITH GINGER,

HUNTER’S STEW WITH WILD MUSHROOMS AND PLUM,

CHILLI SIN CARNE,

MADRAS CURRY WITH CHICKPEAS,

KIMCHI and HOMEMADE PICKLES

 

MENU – my picks

ITALIAN CAPPELLETTI DUMPLINGS WITH MUSHROOMS AND TRUFFLE, creamy sauce with kale pesto, baked red onion

SMOKED TEMPEH ON ROASTED PEPPER PUREE WITH ALMONDS Wild broccoli, mini potato gratin, Maldon salt, micro herbs

LASAGNE WITH GRILLED EGGPLANT AND ZUCCHINI, tomato sauce with basil, cashew bechamel, arugula, vegan parmesan

PRICE

Adequate to the quality of every dish. Like in every high quality restaurant around the world on a medium level you can spend around 40-60 euro for two people.

LOCATION

KARMELICKA 34

LINKS

website https://veganic.restaurant/en/menu/

instagram https://www.instagram.com/veganic.restaurant/

 

 

6. PIERWSZY STOPIEN – vegan friendly and bio restaurant

Family, nature and homemade – this is the atmosphere surrounding this place. Kindness and humilty of one of the waitress intrigued me so much, that being there I wanted already to come back there again! Of course the food is also the reason, but the good restaurant means to make your client feel more that a client. When you hear vegan friendly, you cannot be sure if vegan can have the taste like an option. Here we are sure, because the chef is able to create the perfect level in every detail. AND THE APPLE PIE! This is a portion for two definitely. And I am glad to have met the perfect vegan apple pie. No worries! Vegan doesn’t make you put on weight, do you rememeber?

MENU – MY PICKS


Pierwszy Stopien appetizer

vegan pate with cranberry/ vegan oyster mushroom herring/ homemade pickles with chili and garlic/ homemade radish and cauliflower pickles/ bread

Green burger with vegetable beef

green bun/ vegetable meat/ tomato/
pickles/ romaine lettuce/ mustard/
roasted onion/ Marie Rose vegan sauce

Vegan rolls
phyllo dough/ red lentil stuffing/ coriander/ mint/ nigella seeds/ eggplant with herbs/ cherry tomatoes/ kale chips

Apple pie

vanilla ice cream/ caramel sauce/ fruit mousse/ blueberries

 

PRICES

40-60 euro for two is really affordable, when you meet this kind of taste and big portions!

LOCATION

KRAKOWSKA 17

LINKS

website https://pierwszystopien.pl/en/

instagram https://www.instagram.com/pierwszystopien/ 

 

7. PIEROGARNIA KRAKOWSCY – best polish dumplings

Here I must to admit, that I followed my childhoods memories. So as you can see I’ve tried to variate and give you the best choice of really different restaurants. When You hear dumplings, you can say – I don’t know, is this so special? Comes on mind italian ravioli, but it’s completely different. Starting from the dough and finishing on the way of preparation and milion types of fillings. I need to say that this place deserve to be tried on your list when you decide to come to Cracov! My preffered are with cabbage and mushrooms (cause smells like christmas for me) and the one with fruit filling, apples and cinnamon are my preffered!

 

ON THE MENU YOU’LL FIND MANY SWEET AND SALTY DUMPLINGS, LIKE ALSO SOUPS AND TRADITIONAL POLISH DISHES (cabbage roll with meat and tomato sauce or hunters stew in bread bowl.

 

PRICES

PORTIONS ARE FROM 8 TO 12 DUMPLINGS AND YOU CAN FIND PRICES LIKE 6 TO 9 EURO

LOCATION

SLAWKOWSKA 13/15

LINKS

webesite https://slawkowska-pierogarniakrakowiacy.business.site/

 

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