Cracow Christmas Market

December in Poland

places to visit in Poland in December

Places to visit in Poland

Go south to Zakopane for Goralskie culture and mountain scenery.

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Skiing and snow

Sleigh rides complete with jingle bells are still a reality in Poland in the winter. Fur coats and rugs are sold in the shops and markets.

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Travel Guide

The various ways of getting to Cracow and around Cracow.

Polish Food

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Food is an important part of every holiday - good food and we're happy.

The trick with making sure that food is enjoyable in Poland is to understand what the different options on the menu actually are.

Almost every waiter in Cracow will speak English and be able to explain the menu to you. Most tourists prefer to eat recognizable foods.

Take a little time to find out what's available and you'll easily find your way around a Polish menu. If it all gets too much for you, there are branches of KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonalds in Cracow, Zakopane and other large Polish cities and towns.

The Polish menu tends to be based on seasonal food.

Pavement restaurant CracowVirtually every restaurant will have chips(frytki) and small grated salads as the ones shown above. A selection of salads called zestaw surowek will contain a grated version of whatever salad vegetables are in season.

Pork and chicken are almost always available in the form of flattened filets coated with a batter. The pork version is called schabowy. The photograph above shows a kebab. In Poland this will be called a shashlik.

Many Polish meals are based around meat or fish, potatoes (chips, boiled, mashed or cooked then baked) and a grated salad.

Apart from this there may be bigos which is the traditional dish and is a sauerkraut and meat stew, often served with bread.

Pierogi which are described on menus as dumplings. Think of these as heavy ravioli. The better tasting ones to the British palate are meat, cheese and potato. They are an acquired taste. They also often come sprinkled with small pieces for fried fatty pork or bacon. Vegetarians beware.

If you are vegetarian do let your waiter know because little bits of fried bacon tend to be included in cabbage dishes, with pierogi, in soups and even on potatoes and there probably will not be any warning on the menu!

Soup is frequently eaten at lunch and dinner. Polish cream of tomato, and chicken noodle are most likely not to offend non-Polish tastes.

Desserts tend to be cake and ice creams and tend to be appealing to anyone with a sweet tooth. The Polish apple cake, szarlotka, is very good.

Cracow has about five hundred restaurants for visitors to choose from and many foreign cuisines are represented. There are some excellent Italian restaurants. Read the menus which are displayed outside the restaurants to check that there will be something that you will enjoy, and if not, move on to the next one which will be only a few metres away.

During the summer, tourists like to eat at the pavement cafes and restaurants in the main square in Cracow old town. It tends to be lively and busy with a good buzz.