I was led to Bar Mleczny by two Polish teenage girls that were in Krakow for vacation. One of them suggested we should eat here, which is around Market Square on our way to Wawel Castle, as it serves wholesome traditional Polish fast food.
Once you walk into the cafeteria, also known as “Milk Bar”, the menu is on the wall. Choose what you want and order at the cashier. It’s kind of like Poland’s version of McDonald’s. I was delighted to find the menu has a vegetarian section and was tempted to go for pierogis again. In the end, I ordered the Placki Ziemniaczane, which is translated as Potato Pancakes with Mushrooms.
Since I love potatoes this was a treat and they actually cooked it fresh for you – not some frozen patties, despite being a fast food cafeteria. I was glad to join the girls and ventured here for authentic Polish food.
Dessert – can’t read Polish but looks like Apple strudel and cheese cake. Because the potato pancakes were so filling and I had a cup of Kefir – unfortunately, have to give these a miss.
Bar Mleczny might not be a vegetarian cafe but it’s worth a mention for the authenticity of its food if you’re travelling with carnivorous friends.
Bar Mleczny: Ul. Grodzka 43, Krakow 31-000, Poland