You need to check out this secret gem in Krakow

 

Sometimes when you walk aimlessly around in a city you’ve never been to before you can come by an absolute gem you probably wouldn’t have found no matter how strong your google-fu is. And let me tell you, Restauracja Klimaty Południa is one of these gems.

 

 

Me and this stunner came to meet while my holiday crew and I were pacing along Św. Gertrudy street in Krakow on our recent holiday. It was a blistering hot day, we’d all been up since around 4am so we could catch our flights to this thoroughly awesome city and we were all starving. We were planning to get to the hotel to have a seat and to furiously google the area to find somewhere to grab some grub when I saw it.

 

 

Well, that’s not entirely true. I saw a sign that pointed to what seemed like a courtyard of a rather cure block of flats. The restaurant was there, sitting like an oasis in the sunshine, inviting the four of us to enter.

 

 

Inside of Restauracja Klimaty Południa reminds me of an Italian casa. The old beams (Tudoresque? Perhaps) in the ceiling look sweet AF and the tiled floors and warm colours just add to the first impressions. I mean, we’re in Poland, right? I kinda have to check myself here.

 

 

I double check myself when we were seated to their little secret garden. It might have been the heat (it was so, so hot) but it looked like I was whisked to more southern parts of Europe by just walking through their double doors. The restaurant themselves describe this as a “beautiful Provencal terrace with herbs and flowers” and they’re not wrong. They have actual wine grapes growing on their veranda and all.

 

 

And on that note, came the wine list – and on the wine list the greatest shocker I have experienced for a while when trying to decide what to fill my glass with: Polish wine. First of all, I had no idea Poland did wine (apparently, they’ve got 44 wineries. Who knew!) and second, I had no idea they did wine so well. Winnica Plochockich and their glorious white wine called Hibia have completely transformed how I view European wine and I swear to any entity listening that if I don’t find a way to get my hands on some more while out of Poland I will be insufferable (more so than usually – you have been warned).

 

 

How about the food menu then? Now, these guys only use local and family run suppliers and businesses for their produce and that’s something that’s super important to me and hubby (who is a chef). Overall, the menu is a jolly concoction of super classic Italian dishes (like tagliatelle and prawns in garlic sauce) and traditional Polish ones (pierogis anyone?) and somehow they gel together like they’re long lost cousins. Same goes for the drinks – they have beautiful Italian (and Polish) wines, local beers and vodka too. Crazy, eh? The food is delicious, there’s plenty of it, and it’s served with great pride and love. I always love it when the staff in an eatery are super proud of their produce. And these guys have every reason to be.

 

 

Guys, if you’re ever in the area, you just have to visit here. If for nothing else, then you gotta try the wine. I didn’t come across it anywhere else while I was in Krakow and trust me: it’s a bloody revelation. I may never be the same.

 

Now, give these guys some online love y’all. They deserve it ❤

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  • What a special find! Krakow has been on my travel bucket list since I was a child! 🙂

  • whitney

    This looks like so much fun! I love the pasta; I would be all over that!

  • caitylis

    Oh wow this all looks amazing. A wonderful place to spend time with family and friends. Loving the outside eating area, can just imagine myself here!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

  • I’ve never been to Poland but would love to visit! Not really tried any Polish food before, and definitely did not know that they made wine! So many revelations! The restaurant looks gorgeous – great review! 🙂