Last Updated on September 17, 2020 by Nina Ahmedow
Last year, I spent a very short weekend in Warsaw. During my stay in Poland’s capital, I didn’t get to taste all the vegan food that was available. That’s why I was excited to spend more time in Krakow and try as many vegan restaurants as possible.
Many people (Polish and non-Polish) thought Krakow would be difficult for vegans, but it is very vegan-friendly (like many other Eastern European cities). If you’re planning a trip to Poland’s second-largest city, this vegan Krakow guide is going to help you choose where to eat vegan food in Krakow – from traditional Polish dishes to burgers.
Since I first wrote this vegan Krakow guide some Krakow vegan restaurants have closed down so I’ve updated it and will continue to do so.
Vegan Food in Krakow
There are a lot of vegan food options in Krakow both in terms of Krakow vegan restaurants as well as non-vegan ones with vegan options. First things first, you’ll find a lot of fast food on this vegan Krakow guide. Burgers seem to be the main item on Krakow’s vegan restaurants’ menus, and we couldn’t avoid them at all during our time in the city. Keep that in mind.
While my focus is on Krakow vegan restaurants, there are some dessert options from non-vegan places in this vegan Krakow guide as well.
Krakow Vegan Restaurants
Let’s start with my favorite of all Krakow vegan restaurants we went to. Sufeat is located in the Podgorze district which means it’s not on everybody’s radar, but I implore you to check it out. The atmosphere is lovely with several couches in the rooms, and because it’s not in the center of the city, it doesn’t get as packed as some of the other vegan places.
When we inquired about their breakfast choices, they said they didn’t usually make breakfast, but they ended up making unbelievably delicious pancakes for us. This alone could have made them my favorite Krakow vegan restaurant! From what I could make out on the blackboard, all their dishes are gluten-free as well. If that’s the case, I have to say I’m impressed because these were by far the best vegan pancakes I’ve ever had.
In my opinion, Sufeat is the best place for vegan food in Krakow, and I would recommend making the trip here for some more traditional Polish food. Sufeat is without a doubt my highlight in vegan Krakow.
Długosza 2. Open Monday to Sunday 11 am to 7 pm.
The pancakes kept us full for quite a long time, but eventually, we had to have lunch, and we ended up going to an “Indian” place called Hariprasad Samosa & Curry. Indian food may not be an obvious choice when in Poland, but a fully vegan Indian restaurant seemed quite intriguing. The “restaurant” turned out to be a tiny kitchen with very few seats and also didn’t seem very authentic as we only saw Europeans working there. Hariprasad specializes in samosas and curries as the name suggests. They also have daal and chapati.
We went for the full plate with rice, the curry, chapati, daal, and salad (which was only tomatoes with coriander). The taste was decent but nothing special. I also ordered a mango lassi as this is something I miss a lot as a vegan in South Asian restaurants. However, the taste of soy was too pronounced so I can’t recommend this as a vegan version of the traditional mango lassi. The worst part, however, was that they didn’t have any plates or cutlery, and everything was single-use.
I want to mention this place in this vegan Krakow guide because it’s one of the best-rated Krakow vegan restaurants on HappyCow. And at least this adds more variety in terms of vegan food in Krakow. But personally, I don’t really recommend it as they create a lot of waste, and the food isn’t even authentic.
For dinner, we finally managed to have some Polish food at another Krakow vegan restaurant. We went to Free Farma right in the center of the city which is a vegan burger place but has some traditional Polish options like zapiekanka and pierogi as well. While the burgers looked extraordinary, we wanted to use the opportunity to go for the veganized versions of typical Polish dishes. After all, it was a bit disappointing that so much of the vegan food in Krakow was basically American-style fast food.
I ordered the classic zapiekanka, and my partner had the pierogi. The taste was a bit of a letdown, to be honest, and the pierogi didn’t remind me at all of traditional pierogi. It was nice to be able to order these dishes, but I would probably try the burgers next time instead as they looked excellent.
Ulica Wiślna 6. Open Monday to Sunday 12 pm to 10 pm.
Vegan Fast Food in Krakow
On to the fast-food side of vegan food in Krakow. Mihiderka is a cute little place in the former Jewish district of Kazimierz. The place is rather small, but we were lucky and got an empty table. I gave in to the fast food temptation and tried their classic burger.
Even though they don’t have a fast-food atmosphere, they do incorporate aspects of it in that you choose your burger and then the sauces and side dishes you want to order. My salad only consisted of carrots, but I have to say that the burger was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. My partner was slightly disappointed that he hadn’t ordered a burger himself, but he was happy with his delicious Middle Eastern bowl.
The only thing that put us off going to Mihiderka a second time was that the door was extremely noisy. It squeaked loudly every time somebody opened the door to the tiny place which was enough to make us not want to go back. Make sure to give Mihiderka a try though as the food was excellent, especially since I hope they fixed the door.
Jozefa 22. Open Sunday to Thursday 12 pm to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm.
The next day, during the Free Jewish Tour, we were able to grab lunch at Vegab on the busy New Square in Kazimierz. This square is the center of nightlife in Kazimierz and features several fast food places for people to grab a bite before, during, or after hitting up the many bars in the area. Vegab was the only entirely vegan stall there, and they specialize in kebab-like wraps. I got the Hamster which has a peanut-coconut sauce. Perfect for me, as I love both peanut and coconut. My partner got the Greek-style Olymp and loved it so much that we went back to Vegab a second time.
I liked the Hamster so much that I ordered it again, but my partner got a hot dog the second time. We also got a bounty cake which was a bit too rich for me, but if you ask my partner, Vegab is one of the best vegan places in Krakow. It surely is your best option for a quick and cheap bite when you’re out and about. I’d even say it’s one of the places that really defines the vegan Krakow experience, but there seems to be only one location on Starowiślna now.
Ulica Starowiślna. Open Monday to Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.
But there’s more vegan fast food in Krakow. We had heard a lot about Krowarzywa which is a Krakow vegan restaurant that also has several locations in Warsaw but which I wasn’t able to try when I was in the capital last year. Like several other places in Krakow, Krowarzywa was a bit of a letdown. The burgers we got (chickpea and pastrami) were decent but nothing spectacular. We couldn’t even order the combo as they had run out of fries (the main side dish).
From the way you order to the seating and atmosphere, Krowarzywa is pretty much a fast food joint. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re in the center and hungry. It’s nice that there are vegan eateries like this as well, but of course, you can’t expect mind-blowing food at such a place. It still belongs on this vegan Krakow guide because it has such a large fanbase, and a lot of people really seem to like it.
Ulica Sławkowska 8. Open Monday to Sunday 11 am to 11 pm.
Vegan food in Krakow has some really surprising highlights. Aside from several Krakow vegan restaurants, there are some street food spots that will really surprise you. Vege To Tu is one of them and is located in a small square in Kazimierz. The small vegan food truck had not been open the first time we were there, but we were lucky to be able to try it on our last night in Krakow. Their wraps not only look delicious, but they also taste absolutely amazing! We each got one of the tasty pâté wraps with lentils and mushrooms and were not disappointed.
Most street food places use meat replacements in their dishes, so it was refreshing to have these wraps with much more “natural” ingredients. The square is nice and quiet, so the atmosphere was lovely as well. We also had a lemonade as in many other places in Krakow, but like most of them, it was a bit bland. I would, however, definitely consider this the best vegan street food spot in Krakow.
Zwierzyniecka 8. Open Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 7 pm.
Vegan Desserts at Non-Vegan Places in Krakow
After all these Krakow vegan restaurants let’s look at some non-vegan places with vegan options for dessert. Because I don’t want this vegan Krakow guide to only revolve around main meals. After all, we all like to indulge in sweets when we’re traveling, right?
Słodki Wentzl is a Viennese-style café that has been around since 1792, only three years before Krakow came under Austrian control. I don’t tend to go to restaurants or cafés that are located in a city’s main square or near a major tourist attraction. These places are usually overpriced and not even that good, but the vegan cakes we saw looked too good not to try.
We were not disappointed, and the atmosphere was lovely. I have to say that the service was rather slow though. Nonetheless, if you want to enjoy a delicious vegan cake while people-watching on Krakow’s main square, I recommend Słodki Wentzl as a great vegan Krakow experience. It would be great if some of the Krakow vegan restaurants had the kind of desserts we could get here.
Rynek Główny 19. Open Monday to Sunday 10 am to 10 pm.
Strolling around Kazimierz many times, we came across a Thai ice cream truck called Frozen Rolls. If you’re not familiar with the new trend that is Thai ice cream make sure you watch a video of people making it.
I wasn’t really in the mood for ice cream, but my partner asked for one serving of vegan ice cream. The guys seemed to understand quite well which ingredients were vegan, but the fact that they make the vegan ice cream on the same surface as the non-vegan one may be an issue for some people. I tried a little bit, and it was quite good though different from what you might expect. If you’re curious and not put off by cross-contamination, you should try these frozen rolls.
Ciemna 4. Open April to October, Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 8 pm, Sunday 11:30 am to 9 pm.
And then there’s Italian-style ice cream: Who would want vegan food in Krakow but not have some delicious vegan ice cream as well? While none of the Krakow vegan restaurants seemed to have their own ice cream, there are a lot of ice cream places in Krakow, and most of them have several vegan flavors. I got two flavors (don’t remember which ones) from Lody z Lodziarni at Ulica Floriańska 6. Again, nothing mind-blowing, but a decent choice for cooling off in the summer.
Vegan Krakow for Self-Caterers
I couldn’t write this vegan Krakow guide without adding an option for those who want to self-cater. Preparing your own vegan food in Krakow can be a very good way to keep with a smaller budget. And a combination of checking out a few Krakow vegan restaurants as well as cooking your own meals is probably a smart idea.
There is an exclusively vegan store in Krakow called Roślinny that sells food items. It’s not close to the center and honestly not worth the trip as it doesn’t offer a many products. You can mainly find bars made of dates, marmalades, liqueurs, as well as some plant milks and cheeses, but not many of the products I see in other vegan stores.
Krakow also has a vegan bakery called Zaczyn, but when we went, they looked empty and didn’t seem to have any of the sweets that I had seen on the pictures on HappyCow, so we didn’t buy anything.
If you’re planning to make your own vegan food in Krakow it may be a better idea to visit an organic store and look for vegan products there.
Overall, I must say I was a bit disappointed with the vegan food in Krakow. Many Krakow vegan restaurants focused on mediocre tasting fast food. I had expected a bit more after my trips to other cities in Eastern Europe. There are a ton of vegan places in Krakow but I would have liked to see more variety.
Have you been to Poland’s second-largest city as a vegan? Do you disagree with my sober assessment of the vegan food in Krakow? And what’s your favorite Krakow vegan restaurant?