Grandma’s Kitchen with Raspberries (Kuchnia u Babci Maliny)

We fell in love with Krakow, Poland on the very first day that we set foot into this beautiful Eastern European city. It has an elegant, resplendent vibe to it, and seems to echo of old-school glamour down every street that we took. Kuchnia u Babci Maliny , meaning Grandma’s Kitchen with Raspberries (such a friendly, welcoming name!) was recommended by our hostel’s receptionist as a good place for lunch to fill our hungry tummies after a few hours of travelling out from Leeds. It was here that we had our first encounters with the magic of Polish dumplings, otherwise known as pierogis.

It was located just a few streets away from the main train station where our hostel was located near, and right opposite it was the majestic Juliusz Slowacki Theatre.

We loved dining in Poland for so many different reasons; being in Eastern Europe, prices are very much lower than what you usually encounter in Western European cities, and the servings are amazing as well. Furthermore, Polish cuisine just feels so hearty, comforting and exudes a vibe of eating someone’s homecooked food. Even now I can feel the nostalgia for these meals that we had months ago.

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Nowa Prowincja (Krakow, Poland)

Of all the cafes that we have visited in Europe thus far, the historic Nowa Prowincja in Krakow could possibly be the one that fits the bill perfectly for my ideal cafe : wrapping my fingers around a cup of their unique hot chocolate, sitting at one of the rustic tables inside and soaking up the laid-back, chatty atmosphere, catching up with a good friend over meaningful conversation.


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Barbakan

Barbakan was the first cafe we visited when the Spring term started and it could possibly be our favourite cafe in York by far. Serving up delicious authentic Polish cuisine for lunch and dinner, it is a small cosy establishment located along Walmgate (right beside the popular Il Paradiso del Cibo, and not too far from The Blue Bicycle as well).

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