After spending a week in Budapest and Prague enjoying A LOT of amazing vegan food, it was time to move on to Poland – first stop, Krakow! We only had two days in Krakow before moving on to Warsaw, where we had just 24 hours, so I wasn’t able to sample ALL the goodies that these two cities have to offer, but I did my best! Oh, and I did manage to eat a monstrous kebab which was bigger than my head… More on that in a minute!
Starowislna 6, Krakow, Poland
Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri 11:00am-11:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-8:00pm
We stumbled upon the first vegan eatery by accident as it was on the way from our hostel to the Old Town. Vegab is a tiny restaurant/ cafe selling homemade vegan kebabs. Yes, kebabs. Uber-realistic-on-the-rotisserie kind of kebabs! I assumed it would be some kind of seitan, but after chatting with the girl behind the counter, I found out they actually make it themselves using beans! Awesome. I ordered the ‘bap’ which was the cheapest option at around £2.50. I was expecting a normal palm-sized roll but after a short wait, was handed a ginormous breaded cradle stuffed to the brim with kebab ‘meat’, salad, pickles, garlic mayo, houmous and a whole load of other things I can’t remember! It was very tasty – I’m a sucker for sauces so I was especially pleased with the excessive amount of sauce – and the meat was full of flavour and wasn’t too chewy which I liked. Just a little on the large side for me!
Plac Wolnica 3/2, Krakow, Poland
Mon-Thu 12:00pm-9:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sat 10:00am-11:00pm
Situated in Plac Wolnica (along with Cafe Mlynek and a vegan gelato stand, both mentioned below), this burger joint offers a number of different organic, homemade burgers with fillings including tofu, falafel, seitan, quinoa and millet. You can choose to add in different fillings and/or sauces from a large list of extras. I wasn’t feeling a burger when I visited, so I tried the beetroot soup which, although not so pretty to look at, tasted great! I did see other customers enjoying the burgers though, and they looked delicious – and huge!
Slawkowska 8, Krakow, Poland
Mon-Thu 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-11:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-12:00am
Potentially overtaking Nova Krova in the battle of the burgers is Krowarzywa which can be found in both Krakow and Warsaw. Like Nova Krova, they offer a decent selection of burgers with options to add different fillings and sauces (two come included with your burger anyway). I went for the marinated and grilled tofu burger on a regular roll with vegan mayo and spicy tomato sauce. I’m still deciding whether it’s the best burger I’ve ever had, or a close second to the tofu burger I had in ‘Vegan Love’ in Budapest!
Wolnica Square 7, Krakow, Poland
Although not a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, this Bed and Breakfast does offer quite a few meat-free options. There are more options for vegetarians as a lot of the meals seemed to include dairy somewhere, but they do have one or two vegan dishes. It wouldn’t be my first choice due to slightly unexciting vegan options, but it could be a good idea if you are going out with non-vegan/vegetarians AND they have a nice outdoor terrace in Plac Wolnica which is lovely when it’s sunny!
Vegan Ice Cream!
This was another happy accident – Gary had walked down the road to grab an ice cream and I had lingered back, assuming there wouldn’t be a vegan option. Next thing I know, he’s yelling ‘there’s vegan ice cream!!!’. Skipping past a few strange looks, I had to see it for myself. Sure enough, amongst the dairy ice cream, there were a good 6 or 7 options labelled with a vegan symbol.. HURRAH! I sadly did not make a note of the name of the place (probably due to being overcome with excitement at the prospect of chocolate brownie ice cream…) BUT I do know it was just off Plac Wolnica – I think on the corner of Krakowska Street. If you walk away from Cafe Mlynek (with it directly behind you), walk through the square and it’s on the right side when you get to the first road after the square. I hope that helps you find it – the ice cream was INSANELY good!!
Wielopole 3 (at Starowislna), Krakow, Poland
Situated in the basement of the Wielopole Hotel, this veggie restaurant focuses on healthy food; mostly traditional Polish cuisine. Although not 100% vegan, there are a good range of vegan options which are clearly marked on the menu. You can choose from soups, salads and main courses – gluten free and raw options are also labelled. I didn’t get a chance to eat here myself sadly (I liked the sound of their cauliflower steak served with mayo, potatoes and greens!) but I’ve heard some good things from others who have eaten here.
49 Dietla, Kazimierz (at Bozego Ciala), Krakow,Poland, 31-054
Named after a type of Tibetan dumpling, this cosy vegetarian (although mostly vegan) restaurant offers a selection of soups, pancakes, salads and healthy main courses. They are known mostly for their delicious signature dish of Momos, although get there early if you would like to try them! I arrived for a late lunch around 2.30pm and they had already sold out 🙁 They also have a salad bar which you can mix and match to create your own plate.
We only had 24 hours in Warsaw, so we didn’t have much time to taste test Warsaw’s vegan options. However, we DID discover some of the best vegan sushi (ever) AND we found a vegan restaurant themed around mango – happy days!
Hoża 62, Warszawa, Poland
Tue-Thu 12:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 1:00pm-9:00pm
With a craving for sushi, I was very surprised to see discover there are actually two 100% vegan sushi places in Warsaw! One is called Edamame and the other Youmiko. We didn’t have time for both, so we decided to try Youmiko – mainly because we had just walked miles and that one was the closest! It turned out to be a great choice; we opted for the lunch menu which gave us a mixture of 15 pieces for the equivalent of £5/$7 – a bargain! It was the BEST sushi I’ve ever eaten. So imaginative and creative; as the waitress delivered each set of 2/4/6 pieces, she would describe exactly what was inside and how it was prepared. Some of our fillings/toppings included marinated tomato (to replicate tuna nigiri), sweet potato, spring onion and mushroom, crispy shiitake mushroom (like soft shell crab), a seaweed wrap filled with spinach, and grilled aubergine filled with avocado. One of the rolls even had passion fruit on top! It works, trust me…
Wilcza 11, Warsaw, Poland
Mon-Thu 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm
Edamame looks equally as amazing as Youmiko and I’m a little sad we never got to try it! The don’t have a menu on their website but they post food updates on their Facebook page. They also offer lunch deals and you can even pop in for a takeaway box if you’re in a hurry. If you go, please let me know if all tastes as good as it looks!
Each restaurant has slightly different opening hours – you can see the address and opening time on their website
Mango Vegan Street Food is a small chain of vegan fast food restaurants. They now have three restaurants dotted around Warsaw and, as you can probably guess from the name, are themed around mangoes! Their menu isn’t in English but the lady behind the till helped us translate as best she could! They have a range of falafel/pitta style choices and burgers – I tried the curry burger with homemade mango chutney and it was great; a crispy burger with a hint of spice, a decent helping of mango chutney and some salad thrown in for good measure. YUM.
Warsaw is also home to two Krowarzywa burger restaurants (like the one mentioned in Krakow) which can be found at:
Hoza 29/31, Warsaw (Mon-Thu 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-11:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-12:00am)
Marszałkowska 27/35, Warsaw (Mon-Thu 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-11:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-12:00am)
I do love a good Loving Hut, and I’ve managed to find branches in most of the European countries we’ve visited so far! Warsaw has two:
Al. Jana Pawła II 41A, lokal nr 8, Warsaw (Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-8:00pm)
Warynskiego 3 (at Nowowiejska), Warsaw (Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm)
There are quite a few other options- check out Happy Cow for the full list!
Both Krakow and Warsaw have some great vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and I’d definitely recommend them both as awesome places to visit! Even if just for a Krowarzywa burger…