I had some really wonderful meals in Krakow. My top finds included:
Szara Kamiencja: Right on Market Square, at Rynek Glowny #6, this is a beautiful old-world restaurant with really excellent food. I had a superb duck breast, with a sauce of figs and red wine, served with potato and spinach croquets and apples. This is a great fine-dining spot.
Camelot Cafe is a perfect spot, at Tomasza 17, for a break from sightseeing and walking. Here you can have a coffee, a pot of tea, a pastry, a glass of wine and more. I had a wonderful pear tart after a long day of traveling.
Wesele Restauracja: This is a traditional restaurant in food and decor that has been in business since 1921. I decided to have dinner before a classical concert and loved my meal. I had a wonderful pork dish with creamed apples and a wonderful sauteed beet side that is a traditional Polish dish. At Rynek Glowny 10, just off the Market Square.
I enjoyed really good lunch at Zachcianka at Plac Wolnica 11 in the Kazimierz neighborhood, the former Jewish quarter. It had been opened just four months when I was there. I had a great chicken roulade stuffed with mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach gnocchi. They had a few tables upstairs and a cozy downstairs with brick walls and arched ceilings.
Pod Aniolami Restauracja: Located 2 blocks from Market Square at Grodzka 35, this is a traditional restaurant featuring Royal Krakow specialties from the 17th century. It is located in a house from the 13th century with a lovely upstairs dining room and a gothic cellar below. There are great antiques throughout. I had a wonderful meal of mountain trout fillet roasted over an open beech wood fire with herbs and butter. It came with a baked apple with warm cranberries in the center along with roasted potatoes and herbs and a wonderful horseradish. They also have a large assortment of beef, duck and pork dishes along with many traditional dumplings.
Massolit Books & Café: A short walk from Market Square, at Felicjanek 4, is a small English language new and used bookstore and coffeehouse. They feature Polish literature and history, Jewish studies and humanities. It is a charming spot that is worth the walk. The store is warm and cozy. Around the corner on Smolensk is their new, larger bakery and café in a more contemporary setting.
Restauracja Copernicus/Hotel Copernicus: After my morning at Auschwitz and Birkenau, I enjoyed a lovely lunch in this lovely hotel that was recommended by friends. I had the perfect salad. At Kanonicza 16, it was across from the Museum of the Archdiocese.
Café Restaurant Europejska: Located on Market Square, this is an old-world café and the perfect setting for a cup of tea, coffee and snack after a long day of exploring Krakow.