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aussiedreamer Feb 2nd, 2013 05:37 PM

Favourite Eats in: Budapest, Krakow, Prague & Frankfurt?
We are off to the above locations in April/May, after I asked this question late last year for Amsterdam & Paris, we had a couple of really special dinners. So I'm trying my luck again for our upcoming trip ;-)

We like special: Doesn’t need to be ‘expensive’ to be special , but a great location or authentically local. But don’t mind paying for ‘special’.
We LOVE: Degustation/set menus, as these usually offer seasonal specialties.
We LOVE: Seafood but there’s not much we won’t try.

Love to hear your suggestions.

Michael Feb 2nd, 2013 07:01 PM

Take a look at my trip report on Krakow; click on my name to find it. I mention a few restaurants where we ate, and we liked the braised vegetables on the main square.

Aramis Feb 2nd, 2013 07:42 PM

Krakow = Pod Baranem

Polish cooking greatly exceeded my expectations (sorry for doubting you, Poland!) and Pod Baranem was the best restaurant we ate at in Krakow. Traditional Polish cuisine in a retro, somewhat funky, setting. What these folks can do with wild mushrooms will amaze you.

And I would walk 10 miles - right now - for a good "Zurek" - a soup made from a sour rye base with smoked sausage, potatoes, vegetables and a (or two) hard boiled quail eggs. Yup, Pod Baranem had the best one.

aussiedreamer Feb 2nd, 2013 08:05 PM

YUM thanks

lavandula Feb 2nd, 2013 08:26 PM

We enjoyed a floating restaurant called Marina in Prague, on the river:

Nice views, nice food, what I'd call semi-casual dining.


SloJan2 Feb 2nd, 2013 09:23 PM

Prague SaZaZu - fusion cooking at its best.

Toucan Feb 2nd, 2013 10:12 PM

In Krakow, Pod Aniolami located just off the main square toward Wawel Castle.

This was one of the best dining experience we have had on any of our travels in Europe. Partly because it was at 15:00 and we had the Garden room practically to ourselves for the 2.5 hours we were there. Partly because our group of 8 was fantastic company and partly because the food and service was excellent. Capped off with a very reasonable tab of about $25-30 (US) for a full dinner with desert but no wine.

The perogies were great and the Polish shortbread desert was fantastic.

I measure all other European dining experiences against this one but for us all things came together that day.

eMGeographer Feb 4th, 2013 12:45 PM

I'll write as a former Krakow student:) If you want to taste something that almost every person living in Krakow knows try this:

It's not a restaurant, it doesn't have tables, even chairs...but it gathers many people what creates a special atmosphere:) Especially at 1 or 3 AM, when after a beer or two it is the only place where you can eat something warm and tasty. I always recommend it to my friends visiting Krakow.


eMGeographer Feb 4th, 2013 12:53 PM

And another one, also with a special atmosphere:

Once gained the award as a best restaurant without a room in Poland ;)


laurie_ann Feb 4th, 2013 12:58 PM

For Budapest have a look at this website. She is an American food and wine writer who lives there. We enjoyed her suggestions last spring. We stayed at Cafe Gerlozcy which is a hotel and a lovely little restaurant.

RobIm Feb 4th, 2013 01:50 PM

You might take a look at my trip report from 2011 -

In Prague the U Horcha for lunch was a hoot.
In Budapest Bor la Bor was quite good and reasonable.

aussiedreamer Feb 4th, 2013 09:43 PM

Fantastic, thank you all.

tom18 Feb 5th, 2013 07:03 AM

Aussiedream - about 10 years ago we took a trip to Budapest and stayed at a hotel near a square that was then called Moscow Square but is now called Szell Kalman Square. For dinner one night, we and another couple wandered through some side streets off the square and decided to try a little restaurant we just happened upon (whose name, unfortunately, I did write down). Nobody in the establishment spoke English and none of us spoke Hungarian, but we were somehow able to communicate and had one of the best meals of our life for under $10 USA. A memorable dinner, indeed! So - if you are near Szell Kalman Square, I suggest you wander around and try one of the little local restaurants in the area.

unclegus Feb 5th, 2013 11:38 PM

for Prague have a look at this Blog .lots of great resturant reccommendations in there.

aussiedreamer Feb 6th, 2013 01:18 AM

You guys are great, please know that all your suggestions will be looked at,

Thank you.

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