Sipping gluhwein at Kraków’s Christmas markets, taking in midnight mass on Christmas Eve, watching folk music in Zakopane… we’ve kept things fairly traditional during our time here in Poland. We’ve also focused a bit on food and drink, from learning how to make pierogi to learning all about the local homemade liqueurs. so I thought I’d stick to the theme and go for traditional treats with a twist for my Take-Home suggestions too.
For foodie souvenirs, head to the wonderful delicatessen Krakowski Kredens on Grodzka street, just a minute from the main market square, Rynek Glowny. Actually, don’t leave it until the last day, go as soon as you arrive, as they have plenty of things you’ll want to try during your stay: the local lards served with bread in the restaurants, terrines, pates, cold cuts, sausages, cheeses, rollmops, pickles, mushrooms, mustards, and even soups.
For edible souvenirs, you’ve got a choice between beautifully packaged honeys, preserves, syrups, teas, coffees, confectionary, and of course, chocolate. I love their chocolate, which is fine and creamy but comes with a twist, such as the sample I bought above, which is Żubrówka-flavoured chocolate with pieces of bison grass throughout. Delish!
If you’re keen to take a bottle of something home, your first inclination is probably to reach for the local Żubrówka, but you’ll probably find that in most duty free stores or your local bottle store at home. Head to Szambelan, instead, for some homemade liqueurs that you’re guaranteed to not find anywhere else, as they’re made by the owner or other local producers. You can read about my tasting and guide to the local liqueurs here. The staff also make the bottles look very pretty.
ul. Grodzka 7
012 423 8159
ul. Gołębia 2 (corner of Bracka)
012 628 7093