After walking around looking for a place to have lunch we realised that some places were still closed due to the recent flood of the Vistula river. This is why in front of this veranda restaurant the road was also very wet.
The food at the Bar Weranda was quite nice and very reasonable priced. There were constantly new local people showing up for their meal.
You actually order at the counter and pay there too. Then you take your seat outside and the lady shouts out which dishes are ready. There is a clean toilet inside.
Favorite Dish: I chose a schnitzel with pineapple and french fries. We both ordered fries and I think the fries were included already but we paid one additional lot. Either we got more or got fries instead of some other potatoes. Since the menu was in Polish only and the lady didn't speak any English we simply didn't know but quite often in Poland you need to order your fries etc. extra. My dish cost 18 PLN.
The restaurant is located in a wooden building which at first appears to be on the small side. Once you get inside though there are some winding stairs that lead to an upper area too. It feels like being in a country cottage and is decorated in an apporpriate style. There are candles on the table adding to the ambience.
Favorite Dish: Pekelflajsz - Beef brisket with a hint of garlic served with eye watering horseradish and beetroot. There must have beenhalf a kilo of beef on my plate. I managed to eat two of the three slices ... little brother was on hand to demolish the third one. The meat was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth.
We'd eaten so much with the starter and main course that there was no room for dessert ... so we rounded off the meal with a shot of sliwowica.
There's lots of cafes, bars and restaurants in Kazimierz Dolny, but you'll miss out on quite a few interesting ones if you stick just to the market ...
Frankly, I do prefer the places that are off the centre... The ones in the market are OK but I find them to be oriented at quantity rather than quality. If you spread out to Krakowska St. or Nadwislanska St., you'll be rewarded with really nice places that care for quality and pleasant ambience for your meals.
The town is really tiny so you can reach all these places on foot within a matter of minutes. Check the little map for directions.
TIPPING IN POLAND tip:
When you pay your restaurant bill, DO NOT say "Thank you" till the waiting staff brings your change, and only then decide how much you want to tip them.
If you thank when handing them the money, it means they can keep ALL THE CHANGE as a tip!
You probably already know that for hundreds of years Kazimierz was the home of numerous Jewish society. That is why this Jewish-style restaurant is so popular among visitors.
Favorite Dish: When I visit Kazimierz I am hosted by my local family so I don't go to restaurants and I cannot give you an honest recommendation. I however took a few pictures of the menu (both in Polish and in English) so you can check what's available:
Menu Part 1
Menu Part 2
Menu Part 3
Menu Part 4
All prices in Polish Zloty so if you wish to compare:
US$ 1 = PLN 3
EUR 1 = PLN 4
I believe that Faktoria is the best coffe house in Poland. Actually the best one I've visited ;-)
It used to be a small place with only 7 or 8 tables, warm and inviting. Recently it was throughly refurbished, made more spacious but it never left its unique atmosphere.
A huge variety of coffee is listed in a menu on the wall. You can also have a cup of tea or hot chocolate there (it's so thick, you'll need a spoon to have it). While waiting for your coffee you'll have the opportunity to see all the magic of coffee making.
Every time I visit Kazimierz I go to Faktoria at least once.
Favorite Dish: Great variety of coffee is available so I do my best to test all they offer :-)
As the title says, Zielona Tawerna (The Green Tavern) is one of the most popular restaurants in Kazimierz. This could be thanks to its location - on the way from the Main Market to the Vistula promenade, but also thanks to the cuisine.
In full tourist season the Tavern is overcrowded and you need to be patient as your order may be a bit late or inaccurate.
The restaurant is open Monday thru Friday 12:00-21:00 and between 10:00 till 21:00 on weekends.
Favorite Dish: I must admit that I never had the opportunity to dine there. This is because my parents-in-law live in Kazimierz so for me there's no use visiting restaurants.
Here's an extract from the menu:
- shrimp avocado 18 zl,
- delicate fish soup 15 zl,
- broccoli soup 15 zl,
- tagliatelle gorgonzola 19 zl,
- mozarella tomatoes 17 zl,
- spinach with potatoes and egg 18 zl,
- steak with green pepper sauce 49 zl,
- vanilla ice cream on fruit mousse 11 zl,
- espresso 6 zl,
- hot apple pie with ice cream 12 zl,
- tea 5 zl.
Restaurants and bars similar to this one are extremely popular in Kazimierz. They are located by the banks of the Vistula and usually open in full season.
Here you can have a glass of beer, grilled sausage or fish. Prices are reasonable but the conditions for your meal could be better.
This is one of the most popular tea houses in Poland and definetely the most popular one in Kazimierz. "U Dziwisza" is visited by tourists from all over the world.
Here you'll find a very special atmosphere, ecclectic interiors (i call them messy), usually crowds of people and a wide variety of tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
The prices are acceptable and the service is very good.
This is the most charming place to relax over a cup of tea in all of Kazimierz Dolny. It's a popular spot....with good reason. Each table has a different set of cream and sugars, there is a variety of tea pot and tea cup styles...very ecclectic and delightful. Table covers vary from rugs to lace.
Another view of the entrance to the little Rooster restaurant. Definately visit...for breakfast, lunch, or supper. I don't think you will be disappointed with the quality or the price. Center of town...can't miss it. You can have your lunch in the patio area with a cold beer in the warm weather.
This dumplings place is in the side yard by the U Fryzjera restaurant, and what a selection of dumplings (pierogi) it has! At less than 20 zloty ($5) you have a portion big enough to satisfy your hunger.
Try the ones with meat or wild mushrooms and have some Polish beer to go with tem :-) Or if you prefer a sweet version of pierogi, the best choice is the ones with blueberries... yummy!
This is definitely my favourite restaurant in Kazimierz Dolny! It is in a lovely old house with a garden, so you can sit inside, on the porch or in the garden (weather permitting).
Each table is different, and you may find that even the chairs at your table are all different. Old furniture and interior design makes you feel like you are back in the 1920s. Great cuisine and excellent service!
The Green Tavern sirloin is at 38 zloty ($10)
Pierogi (dumplings) at 18 zloty (around $4)
We took breakfast in this delectable little restaurant / bakery. I wished that I could have eaten a little of everything in their display cases. One of their specialties is a bread which is made in the shape of a rooster...like the statue outside the restaurant. It's traditional. I was told the legend but I'm afraid the story made little sense to me...so I just enjoyed the fact that there was a legend which seemed to bring joy and good business to this little establishment.
On the menu: various meats and grilled fish dishes, a lavish salad bar and delicious soups. The restaurant is located in a side pavilion of a manor house but, when the weather is nice, one can take the meals in the colorful garden.
OK, the name is long, so what? :-) Just remember the last word SARZYNSKI, the name of the owners. Plus, you'll recognise the place easily for the huge gander outside.
I selected only the 'local' theme for this restaurant but they do breakfasts, lunches, dinners and they have a cafe-bar and their own bakery for delicious bread and pastry. The Sarzynskis have been keeping up the baking tradition since 1915!
Very nice interior, with all their bakery displayed so you can point your finger at what you want to buy ;-) The staff is young, nice and chatty... in Polish.
Last time I was there for breakfast - bacon & eggs with yummy bread was 6 zl ($1.5), coffee at 4.50 zl (just above $1).
In summer they also open a garden with grilled dishes and beer. During my first visit I had late lunch there - grilled meat, salad, baked potato and a beer was around 32 zl ($8).