Savor the flavors of Krakow on this 2.5-hour evening walking tour with a food-loving guide. Uncover Poland’s rich culinary history and customs as you roam the Small Market Square (Mały Rynek) and Main Market Square (Rynek Główny), stopping at hidden foodie haunts to sample treats such as ‘pierogies’ (stuffed dumplings), ‘oscypek’ (smoked cheese) and hearty Krakovian soup. Try some refreshing Polish beer and finish in the buzzing, bar-filled Kazimierz district over traditional Jewish fare and a shot of crisp, clear ‘bison grass’ vodka — a near-national institution in these parts.
Meet your guide in central Krakow in the early evening and set off on your 2.5-hour walking tour, hearing about Poland’s eclectic culinary influences and history as you walk.Try some oscypek — smoked cheese made from salted sheep’s milk — or other delicacies at Small Market Square (Mały Rynek) and hear how the Poles’ love of soup, stew and pierogies was born from the need for cold-busting foods during the country’s freezing winters. Pair your food with some authentic Polish beer, and then walk to the Main Market Square (Rynek Główny).Follow your guide to a hidden eatery and try some typically hearty Krakovian soup. As you dig in, hear about the importance of soup such as barszcz (beetroot soup) to Polish cuisine, and how Krakow celebrates this national love affair with an annual soup festival.Follow the 'Royal Way,' passing Wawel Royal Castle (Zamek Wawelski) and Katedra Wawelska (Wawel Cathedral), and pause to savor some authentic, hand-made pierogies. If you think you’ve tasted these Polish delicacies before, think again — the dumplings you’ll try here are the genuine article. Dig in and hear about their medieval origins and how they can be stuffed with potatoes, meat, sauerkraut, cheese and even fruit.Continue to the former Jewish district of Kazimierz, now a buzzing, bohemian area where many restaurants keep age-old Jewish culinary customs alive. Enjoy some typical fare and a shot of ‘bison grass’ vodka, the unique Polish vodka that contains a blade of grass from the Białowieża Forest to add freshness.Your tour ends here, leaving you free to enjoy more of Kazimierz independently. Alternatively, walk back to the center with your guide and get their inside tips on restaurants and bars for whiling away the rest of the evening.