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Cracow – Your Gluten Free Guide

Some time ago, I had applied for an Erasmus+ grant in order to further my studies abroad. Soon after, I was packing my bags for a five-month journey in Cracow, Poland. I fell in love with the city from the very first day and that is the reason why I keep on returning to it every single year. Apart from its rich history, culture and views, I am in love with their gluten free food!

Arriving at the city centre square from Cracow airport is very fast and simple. You can pop in into one of the waiting taxis or alternatively buy a bus ticket and find yourself at the city in less than 45minutes. Once you’re in the square you will then get to see the beauty of this city, as well as its trumpet guy who plays his trumpet every hour from the window on top of the tower. The square also  has various restuarants and sitting areas that will surely grab you attention.

If you’re into trying traditional Polish food at a typical Polish ambience than you definitely need to visit “Restauracja Pod Baranam”, which is 5 minutes by walk away from the square. This restaurant offers a whole gluten free menu and to top it all up, it also offers gluten free Pierogi – one of Poland’s most popular dishes!

Restauracja Pod Baranem – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

There are a number of other restaurants who provide gluten free options in case you would like to go for lunch or dinner at the city square. Two of my favourite are “La Grande Mamma” which also offers gluten free pasta dishes and “Dobra Kasza Nasza” which has very unique meat and side dishes.

Dobra Kasza Nasza – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

Dobra Kasza Nasza – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

If you’re visiting Cracow, don’t just visit the place but learn about its rich culture. In order to do so in the most entertaining way, you can join one of the many free walking tours departing from the square. These tours are free of charge and you are free to join and leave during any part of the tour. You will also learn about the Jewish Quarter in Cracow. This is another area close to the city square where there are numeruos restaurants, bars and cafeterias. I also have my favourites here and these are “Youmiko Sushi” and “WOK”. As the name suggests, “Youmiko Sushi” is a Japenese cuisine restaurant specialising in fresh sushi. In fact, you will get to experience sushi making just in front of your eyes.

Youmiko Sushi – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

Youmiko Sushi – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

On the other hand, “WOK” is a Thai and Asian cuisuin where I’ve tasted one of the best Pad Thais in my life. The whole menu is marked with gluten free symbols and the staff is very helpful too!

WOK – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

WOK – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

If you like this type of cuisine, then you should also try out “Hurry Curry”. This restaurant is closer to the city square and again, the menu is marked with gluten free options with a variety of dishes from all over the world.

Hurry Curry – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

For a sweet tooth or for desert after lunch or dinner I suggest “Cupcake Corner”. As the name suggests, this tea and coffee place serve cupcakes and some of them are also gluten free!

Cupcake Corner – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

Alternatively you may opt for a warm waffle or a cheescake from “Cakester Cafe Kraków”. Almost every option on the menu is gluten free with some options more helathier than others. This is also a very nice place for breakfast.

Cakester Café Cracow – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

Cakester Café Cracow – Gluten Free Restaurant – Cracow

I hope you will get to enjoy these places and their food as much as I did and still do every single time I visit. Smacznego!