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Feeling like a vegetarian meal? You have to visit Glonojad in Cracow! Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Culture

Are you vegetarian, vegan, or possibly not a big fan of meat? I’m sure you find yourself researching vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants near the place of your destination.

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I have to say that you will be pleasantly surprised at the number of vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants in Poland. Not only that, you can also easily find 100% Vegan restaurants at the bigger cities and main tourist destinations as well!

I’m not a vegetarian (I have to admit: I like the meat), but some of my friends in Poland are and I often ask them for opinions about new restaurants in Poland.

More and more people are learning about animal rights and are making the switch and virtually overnight vegan restaurants have been popping up everywhere in Poland! And menus are usually amazing, with a lot of dishes to choose from.

You can try vegan pierogi with potato, lentil or spinach, etc. You can also find sandwiches, soups, cold-pressed juices, salads, food bowls, burgers, vegan sushi and amazing array of desserts including some very unique ice-cream flavors. Typically menu changes based on what is currently in season. Each place is different and staff is very well informed about vegan products.

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Some of the restaurants sell vegan shoes, belts and other accessories, t-shirts with different vegan quotes as well.

Recently I heard of a nice, budget friendly vegetarian bar in Kraków: Glonojad (literally translates to “algae eater”) Wegetariański Bar.

Glonojad Cafe in Kraków, Poland. Image by Dima Lysenko from Pixabay

All the dishes are vegetarian and those that are vegan are clearly marked. This place has some great reviews and I hear that food is really delicious.

It is a self-service vegetarian casual dining bar. According to the bar owners, they prepare meals and salads freshly, every day. Majority of their vegetables, fruits, and herbs come from small, family-owned and local farms in Lesser Poland. Their pastries do not contain artificial substances that “refine” their flavor and look. Also, in a cooking process, they only use free-range eggs, GMO free. Soups, sauces and curries are not condensed with flour and their dishes do not contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) (glutaminian sodu).
It definitely sounds like a place worth visiting!

Here are few helpful words, just in case you have to explain your vegan food preference at the Polish restaurants:

I am a vegan – Jestem weganinem

I don’t eat… – Nie jem…

milk – mleko

eggs – jajka

cheese – ser

whey – serwatka

cream – śmietana

honey – miód

fish – ryba

meat – mięso

seafood – owoce morze (literally “fruits of the sea”)

poultry – drób

Has any of our readers been to Glonojad?

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.