Krakow: Potato Pancakes from Bar Mleczny

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 MlecznyUl. Grodzka 43, Krakow 31-000, Poland 

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  1. I took overnight trnias between Prague/Krakow with few problems. Nothing got stolen, but be sure you’re sitting in the right car. On my way to Krakow, I was yelled at in Polish(?) and there was no one else who spoke English in the car who could explain what was going on. It turned out that I was in the wrong car and the train was splitting. Going back to Prague (about a month later), the train was full of young backpackers, so it had a much different atmosphere. It was a very friendly, safe train ride. On all the train rides I was on, I just put my backpack overhead and kept my purse/passport/important documents on my person. I didn’t have any hassles or problems with theft. This was in second class, not sleeper beds either.I bought point to point tickets the day or two before I needed to travel. It wasn’t a problem, and the language barrier wasn’t as high as I expected. Be sure to bring your passport and explain clearly the day you want to go, and the time of the train as well. The train schedule is usually posted in the station, but you can always ask the ticket sellers too.Hope that helps. Good luck with your travels!

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