Smak Ukrainski - Krakow
Are you a business owner in Krakow?
Promote your business 365 days a year with the #1 Guide to Krakow.
- Gain MAXIMUM EXPOSURE with a 'Dedicated Business Profile'
Directions to Smak Ukrainski
On the oldest, and what many regard as the most beautiful, street in Krakow - Kanonicza Street, which lies at the foot of Wawel Castle - you'll find a pair of blue shutters and a heavy door that lead into the world of Ukrainian cuisine. Down in the cozy brick cellar, woven fencing embedded with sunflowers, rough wooden furniture and gaily-patterned embroidery, together with a splash of traditional music, seep you in Ukrainian folk culture. With an eye for detail, even the thin paper napkins are bordered with traditional red needlework patterns, and the ceramic dishes are hand-painted in colourful style. The staff, decked out in Ukrainian national costume, are friendly and helpful. The outdoor courtyard seating area can become quite festive in the evening, and the rich aromas of traditional Ukrainian dishes is irresistible.
The menu is a good introduction to Ukrainian cuisine for novices, as well as satisfying for real connoisseurs. Guests rave about the excellent borscht, imported Ukrainian beers and flavourful meat dishes, of which there are plenty to choose from, although a rich selection of vegetarian options is also available. High on the list of favourites is the 'zarke', a thick beef and vegetable ragout served in a warm loaf of bread. Also given high recommendation are the various meat roulades, such as beef rolled with pickles, pepper, bacon and sausage. You can find very generous portions of pierogi, golabki (rice and meat rolled in cabbage leaves), and potato pancakes. Besides tasty beers, the drinks menu offers Georgian, Ukrainian and Crimean wines, as well as rich-flavoured teas, and the traditional favourite, kvass.
The whole establishment is unpretentious, relaxed, and friendly - something you don't expect in such a high-class, central location. The prices are surprisingly reasonable, and the portions are very filling. In the summer, the outdoor seating is especially popular, but the place is rarely over-filled and the atmosphere is always relaxing and cheerful. If it's just a quick drink you want, drop into the adjacent café, where you can sample some sweet Ukrainian treats, as well as some excellent traditional sand-heated coffee.
You may also like
Pod Zlotym KarpiemOld Town, Krakow
Pod Zlotym Karpiem restaurant is located in a historical tenement on Krakow’s Main Square. Its name derives from the characteristic element of the facade, i.e.: a golden carp
CK BrowarOld Town, Krakow
C.K. Browar is a place whose origins date back to 1996, when in the historical cellars a pub with its own Mini Brewery, Restaurant and Club was established. It is the old...
Pod AniolamiOld Town, Krakow
One of the shining stars in Krakow's restaurant heaven, Pod Aniolami (literally "under the angels") at 35 Grodzka Street offers one of the finest traditional Polish menus...
Scandale Royal Resto & Vodka HouseOld Town, Krakow
Building on the success of the original "Le Scandale" in Kazimierz comes a new offering for Krakow's Old Town. Opened in 2008 on Plac Szczepanski, Scandale Royal is a "dr...
Pod BaranemOld Town, Krakow
Pod Baranem, or "under the ram", open since 1997 and situated just a couple of hundred metres from Wawel Castle opposite the Planty gardens is fine example of proper Poli...
Browar LubiczOld Town, Krakow
With over 170 years of history the Lubicz Brewery is an integral part of the spirit of Krakow. After 14 years of lying dormant, the brewery has been restored and reopened...
Szara KazimierzJewish Quarter, Krakow
Following in the footsteps of its elder sister in the centre of Krakow's Old Town comes Szara Kazimierz. Located on Szeroka Street, one of the most important locations in...
On the north east side of the Rynek, facing the statue of Adam Mickiewicz, is the beautifully restored Kamienica Szara, or Grey Building, whose interior dates from the 13...
RzezniaOld Town, Krakow
Rzeźnia (The Butchery) – two restaurants conveniently located in the heart of Cracow. Menu is sure to satisfy every meat lover. At The Butchery you will find the best and biggest ribs in Cracow smothered in our epic homemade sauces. Steaks prepared by sous vide method are just outstanding. You can choose from Ribeye, Filet Mignon or classic New York Roast Beef grilled to perfection.
Pod NosemOld Town, Krakow
“Pod Nosem” is an elegant and beautifully designed restaurant located in the historical tenement house at Kanoniczna 22. Here, you can treat yourself to traditional Polish cuisine with a modern twist, while enjoying the atmosphere of the Old Town. Carefully selected menu composed by our recognised and valued Cracow Chef Przemysław Bilski is changed every month to provide the best quality of seasonal products.