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Welcome Note

Dear Friends, This issue of TOP Krakow will take us to the midst of the winter through the festive season. These two months of December and January are indeed always a time of family get togethers during the holiday season and the onset of colder temperatures once the festivities and New Year celebrations give way to the seriousness of the year ahead. We at TOP wish to always highlight the fun and good life that makes every season exciting in its specificity, there is after all the warmth of a fireplace alongwith a glass of mulled wine! Our partnership with the AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in Poland, which mails both TOP KRAKOW and TOP WARSAW out to its entire membership is working extremely well and to our corporate readers we extend our hearty welcome. Our effort continue towards making TOP a more resourceful tool not only for planning social activity, but also for obtaining information about essential services as well as important business events. As you will hopefully notice, our publication strives to maintain a high quality which we believe to be essential in order for it to be used by family members, friends and colleagues, as well as visiting business folk especially from outside the country. Our efforts are focused so as to identify and pre-select the finer service providers from amongst the lot, and then to accurately describe these for your benefit. Some of our featured partners present in this issue have happily offered discounts for their services exclusively for the readers of TOP. Our sincere hope is that you make use of these while having a great time. In order to do so you must carry your copy of TOP with you, so please don’t leave it behind! Once again, on behalf of TOP, our heartfelt welcome to you! Dominika Penderecka Pushkar Butani Founders, TOP Magazines


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TOP RESTAURANTS

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Aqua e Vino

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Amadeus

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Amarylis

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Ancora

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Aperitif

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Buddha Indian Restaurant and Lounge

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Da Pietro

Italian Polish traditional Polish Fusion

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Wentzl

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Wierzynek

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Zen

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Wesele

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Via Otta

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TOP CASUAL & AFTER DINNER

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Russian Enso

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Scandale Royal

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Sushi Square

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Ul Lala

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Słodki Wentzl

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Wierzynek

French / Polish Polish traditional Asian Nouvelle Polish

International Polish, Continental Indian Italian

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Farina Italian and Polish

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Edo Fusion Asian

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Edo Sushi Asian

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Grande Grill Steaks and Barbecue

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La Campana Italian

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Modern Quality Club Fusion & Cocktails Japanese Cafe and Dining Large choice of unique desserts Chocolates and Condiments

Il Calzone Italian

Jarema Polish traditional

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Leonardo

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Manzana

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Metropolitan

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Mamma Mia

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Miód Malina

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Paese

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Pepe Rosso

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Pimiento

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Rubinstein

Italian

Marmolada Polish, Italian International International Italian Italian / Polish

Milano Italian Mediterranean / Corsican

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TOP ESSENTIALS

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Boutique Montblanc

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Kreo Gallery

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Galeria Niuans

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Bull Pub

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Boutique Vanita

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Jubiler Aurum

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Ora Gallery

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Likus Home Concept

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Pasaż 13

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Autodirect

Writing instruments, leather, watches Original design jewelry Art for a beautiful table Old-English style pub Original Italian clothes Jewelry, Watches Modern jewelry Interior Decor 30 of the top world’s brands Buy cars via internet

Mediterranean Argentinian International

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Unicus Polish/International

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SomePlace Else

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The Olive

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Szara Kazimierz

Top Sports Bar Mediterranean

Szara International International

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Taco Mexicano El Pueblo Mexican

Italian

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TOP CULTURE

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Top Culture

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Dianne Reeves

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Historical Interest

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Culture Interest

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Important information

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City Map *places offering discounts to readers of TOP


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Aqua e Vino Restaurant Located a few steps from the Main Square, one can almost sense Aqua e Vino’s special-ness as one descends down—here a labyrinthine Krakow cellar becomes a mere backdrop as it gets married to an elegant, modern décor.

Aqua e Vino Ristorante Italiano – Lounge Bar Krakow, Wiślna 5/10 phone: +48 12 421 2567 www.aquaevino.pl

Aqua e Vino with its Venetian cuisine has been acclaimed for its variety of dishes, fresh ingredients such as its seafood, and its wines selelected solely from leading Italian vineyards. We must make special mention of the faultless service staff and a management that pays a sincere attention to the minutest of details. Owned by native Italians, Francesco and Roberto, Aqua e Vino is uniquely genuine and is a must visit for great dining, or for a fine cocktail or coffee in its lounge. It now offers a special on lunch for 35 pln until 4.30 pm from Monday to Friday and invites patrons to follow it on Facebook!

Amadeus Restaurant Restauranta Amadeus is situated in the centre of Krakow on Mikołajska Street, just steps from the Main Square. The restaurant, part of the same-named hotel, is located in the cellars of this restored 17th century townhouse which has a richly ornamented façade and an interior filled with frescoes and paintings giving the place a unique character. Offering a combination of Polish and pan-European dishes, the place has received numerous culinary awards; the Amadeus House Specialties bear testimony to this – dishes such as the mackerel in speck served with spinach and green peas; duck breast with orange and red onion chutney; and the lamb shank baked in aged ham served with broad beans and with whole-wheat bread soufflé with pumpkin seeds. Desserts are outstanding, such as the crème brûlée with bananas and peach sauce; and cheese cake with pumpkin served on a bed of coriander and lemon sauce. With an extensive wine list, a ceremonial ambiance, and a sophisticated eager-to-please staff, a visit to Amadeus is always a highly appreciated culinary experience!

Amadeus Restaurant Krakow, Mikołajska 20 phone: +48 12 423 0340 www.restauracja-amadeus.pl 08

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Amarylis Restaurant

Amarylis Krakow, Józefa Dietla 60 phone: +48 12 433 3333 www.queenhotel.pl

Ancora Restaurant Sometimes something really good happens! This time it is in the form of Amarylis. Within the brick arches of a cellar, it is best described with one word—exhilarating! This is fusion at its best, with a foundation based on the finest Polish culinary traditions tied to other cultures. Familiar dishes appear with sophistication such as the duck breast in rose mousse served with currant sauce and polenta. There is emphasis on the freshest ingredients, flavors enhanced by a choice of carefully selected wines and spirits. Spread over three chambers, its atmosphere makes it the perfect place for business lunches or dinner with family and friends. It also specializes in banquets, receptions, corporate events, and catering services. As a special attraction, for every dinner bill over 100 PLN the wine is for free—this is excellence indeed at all levels!

Ancora is located opposite the famous Dominican church, on the corner of Dominikańska and Poselska streets. This church, by way of reference, is the place where all the young in Krakow go to due to the appeal of its modern services. Ancora has achieved the same from a culinary standpoint—redefining the sometimes-staid Polish cuisine by fusing it with distinct Mediterranean, Asian, Pan Europe influences. Here is an original menu created by Chef Adam Chrząstowski, who brings his many years of international experience which even includes heading fine restaurants in Shanghai. He maintains an “open-kitchen” policy where he welcomes one and all to meet with him. This has produced a menu that is exhilarating—from appetizers and soups such as the trio of tartar with beef, venison and tuna, and the White fish soup with forest mushrooms. Examples ofmain dishes that hit a high note include the grilled beef tenderloin with goose liver medallion; the lamb Provencal served with potato gratin and a sage-rosemary sauce; and the monkfish fillet baked in Jamón Serrano and served with mustard sauce. Desserts such as the chocolate and blue cheese soufflé served with grapes chutney, are proof of the special-ness of this place. With a very broad selection of over 400 wines, reasonable prices, and a soft elegant décor, Ancora is a place where one keeps coming back to!

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Aperitif Restaurant

Aperitif Restaurant Krakow, Sienna 9 phone: +48 12 432 3333 restauracja@aperitif.com.pl

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Buddha Indian Restaurant Located steps from the Market Square, Aperitif is a place that delivers quality and sophistication in an environment that is uncomplicated yet elegant. A wonderful menu emphasizes freshness of ingredients and offers Polish and pan-European fare. There is true passion in the kitchen where Chef Martin Lorek updates his menu a few times each year with the seasons. The fish dumplings served with a chanterelle and white wine sauce; or the classic carpaccio with arugula, are outstanding precursors to main dishes such as the lamb cutlet served with Foie gras; or the crispy duck confit with cranberries and potato gratin. The white chocolate parfait with wild cherry sauce is ideal for those with a sweet tooth. An extensive wine card offers wines from over twenty countries. A truly wonderful culinary experience! Savings Note: 10% off on Early Bird Menu from 5 pm to 7 pm every day.

Here is some good news—the search for original chicken vindaloo is now finally over in Krakow with the recent opening of Restaurant Buddha! With an impressive range of Indian dishes, and a section on the menu for Thai and Chinese, the place offers versatility for those that want to visit in a group with diverging requirements. These are true, traditional recipes skillfully modified by a kitchen staff that hails from the same places from where the dishes do! In its interiors which reflect warm Indian hospitality, the staff is eager to please with colorful culinary presentations that are as tempting to see and smell as they are to eat, and advice to order Indian wine that never fails to impress. With live Indian dance shows every Friday and Saturday, the restaurant opens from 12 noon until the last guest. Buddha also caters both for private parties within its four elegantly appointed rooms as well as for outside events.

Buddha Indian Restaurant and Lounge Krakow, Grodzka 9 Entry from Hotel Rezydent phone: +48 12 422 2310, 430 0733 mobile: +48 782 111 222 krakow@buddha.info.pl www.buddha.info.pl

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Da Pietro Restaurant

Da Pietro Restaurant Krakow, Rynek Główny 17 phone: +48 12 422 3279 www.dapietro.pl

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Farina Restaurant Longevity, especially amongst restaurants, is a sure sign of wellearned success. Ristorante Da Pietro opened its doors in 1992 and retains the honor of being the town’s first purveyor of fine Italian. It continues to impart genuine culinary satisfaction within its cellared home on the Main Square with its entrance leading down into three hall-like rooms with high bricked ceilings lit with softly-illumined chandeliers. Da Pietro’s encompassing menu is a careful blend of old standards as well as ongoing innovation yielding something for all palates such as the risotto with shrimps and tallegio cheese; ravioli with spinach and ricotta; and desserts such as the profiteroles and the panna cotta. With a wine list which carries a selection over 200 derived from all wine-making parts of the world, this is indeed a perfect place for both lunch and dinner!

The creative brilliance of Monika Turasiewicz, the brainchild behind Farina, has placed this restaurant within the top echelon of Krakow’s restaurant scene. To be found at the quiet corner of St. Marka and St. Jana, a splendid location in the Old Town, Farina’s reputation has grown due to its marvelous sea food, impeccably executed Italian dishes, and innovative yet traditional Polish standards. This is indeed the season for mussels, with sea food and fresh fish flown in directly from Italy and French Brittany. Those with Polish inclinations should taste the duck with apples glazed in honey, the herring in truffle oil, the fragrant forest mushroom soup, or the cheese and potato filled pierogi ruskie. With spacious candle-lit rooms, and service par excellence Farina stands firm as one of the Krakow greats. Complimentary aperitif welcomes guests carrying TOP.

Farina Restaurant Krakow, Św. Marka 16 phone: +48 12 422 1680 www.farina.krakow.pl

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Edo Sushi Restaurant

Edo Fusion Restaurant Edo Sushi, the oldest existing sushi place in Krakow is located in historic Kazimierz. This is an inspired effort by owner Piotr Zajczkowski with typical Japanese rooms and a menu designed by the finest sushi masters working in Poland. Examples include nigiri, fish toppings on rice; futomaki and hosomaki, large and small rolls in nori or the flat seaweed; uramaki, with the rice outside; and various sashimi and sushi. Of course, these may be washed down perhaps with sake chosen from an impressive list, or the very sweet Choya plum wine, or just Japanese beer, or tea.

Edo Sushi Restaurant Krakow, Bożego Ciała 3 phone: + 48 12 422 2424 Zakopane, Droga na Bystre phone: +48 72 471 0724 www.edosushi.pl

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With a Japanese attired friendly staff, the experience at Edo Sushi promises to be marvelous indeed! If visiting Zakopane, there is an Edo Sushi here as well under the supervision of sushi master Katsuhiro Kudo who hails from the island of Hokkaido – the winter capital of Japan.

Edo Fusion, the sister restaurant of pure Japanese Edo Sushi, is as the name suggests an excellent locale for much sought after Asian fusion, where dishes created with a wide canvas of flavors especiallyfrom the recognized cuisines of Japan and Thailand are juxtaposed with flavors and techniques from the Mediterranean, Italy, and even Mexico; this is creativity in the kitchen at its very best. A stunning interior implements the idea of modern-fusion firmly in the mind, preparing one to appreciate and savor delicacies such as the black tiger shrimp batter fried with cilantro and shitake mushroom; cod marinated in sweet miso paste; halibut in sake served on cucumber Carpaccio; and the fried wheat noodles with chicken in curry sauce. An outstanding journey of flavors is what one experiences here at Edo Fusion!

Edo Fusion Restaurant Krakow, Bożego Ciała 3 phone: + 48 12 422 2424 www.edosushi.pl

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Grande Grill Steakhouse & Bar

Grande Grill Steakhouse & Bar Krakow, Rynek Główny 16 phone: +48 12 424 9600 restauracja@grandegrill.pl www.grandegrill.pl

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Grande Grill has quickly achieved the reputation of the best true steakhouse in Krakow, located in a verdant courtyard setting in the Main Square. An ideal place for a barbecue outing with friends and family, this is the place for succulent grilled meats and seafood to be washed down with an outstanding selection of drinks and cocktails that are offered here. This roofed summer garden in the very centre of Krakow is made all the more special with top quality service that helps water away the mental pressures with positive energy, relaxation, and an awayfrom –the-bustle feeling right in the center of this sometimes noisy town! Recommendations include the house specialty which is the T-bone steak to be accompanied with any of the several crisply fresh salads, allowing one to make a truly healthful combination of an outstanding dining experience!

Kraków, Pijarska 13 phone: +48 12 627 37 49 email: rezerwacje.hotelfrancuski@gmail.com


Il Calzone Restaurant Located minutes away from the Main Square, Il Calzone is somewhat hidden away behind the Pugetow Palace on Starowiœlna Street. Once you discover it in its hidden enclave, you could very well become part of its regular patronage that faithfully converges here for fine Italian flavors, great wine, and its wonderful ambiance. A slightly rustic décor, with soft mood music noticeably lays claim to the idea that atmosphere is perhaps just an important ingredient as all else. Evenings and weekends is when you’ll find Il Calzone’s congenial atmosphere in full bloom with its regular clientele that includes long-time residents as well as new visitors to Krakow.

who for years have added to this locale’s refreshing uniqueness—from the Chef Grzegorz Graboś to the steady crew of friendly bartenders and wait staff. Il Calzone is one of those places that quickly becomes part of one’s select stable of restaurants—if you live in Krakow you will find yourself periodically here for a casual lunch or dinner indulging in its Mediterranean fare. Excellent for pizza—try the outstanding pizza bianca—and calzone at reasonable prices, you will marvel too at their grilled sirloin and beef steaks, lamb in herbs, or dishes such as chicken liver in or-

ange and balsamic sauce. Its wine selection, well supported by a foundation of Piedmont, Tuscany and Sicilian varieties, carries names from elsewhere around the world as well. Everyone finds something to suit their tastes here, and we are sure so will you!

Il Calzone Krakow, Starowiślna 15a phone: + 48 12 429 5141 www.ilcalzone.pl

For its owner and proprietor Marcin Pierożyński, Il Calzone is the embodiment of a long-term fascination with Italy—the country, the people, and its cuisine. His desire was to recreate in Krakow a „little part of what [he] misses every day”, a restaurant where good wine isn’t necessarily synonymous with large expenditures, and where competent service doesn’t have to be accompanied by stilted gestures and mannerisms. Each successive trip to his beloved Italy sees him returning to share new ideas and experiences with his guests—delivered through innovative recipes and well suited wines selected and imported directly from Italy, without the expense of middlemen which allows the prices to be reasonable in the restaurant. Marcin is proudly and enthusiastically aided by Il Calzone’s personnel 20

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La Campana Restaurant

Trattoria la Campana Krakow, Kanonicza 7 phone: +48 12 430 2232 www.lacampana.pl

Michelin Guide recommended Italian restaurant La Campana is located on Kanonicza, the oldest street in Krakow. Refreshing to the senses, its dĂŠcor is best described as warm and immensely elegant, in complete union with an impressive back garden viewed through its windows. A comprehensive menu ensures that there is something for palate. Special mention must be made of the careful selection of the finest prosciutto, from San Daniele for example, to be had with fresh figs, melon, or fresh mozzarella. An impressive array of pasta, such as the rigatoni with tenderloin, garlic and tomatoes are great precursors to main courses such as the tender lamb chops in sage and pine nuts; or the zander fillet served with vegetable ratatouille in orange and saffron sauce. As expected, the wine list, desserts, and coffee are all outstanding. Fine indeed!

Jarema Restaurant Plac Matejki, where Jarema is located, is named after 19th century painter Jan Matejko who enshrined many of the glorious traditions of Polish kings and their victorious armies. Jarema enshrines yet another Polish tradition—kresowa, the cuisine in focus here. Originating from the eastern borders of historical Poland, an area known as Kresy, Polish and Jewish dishes combined under further eastern influences to constitute what is served here in forms such as exceptional lamb cutlets, quail stuffed with figs, pierogi with liver and grits, and standard favorites such as the bigos served under the inspiring title of Great Master of the Royal Hunt Bigos! The feeling of a traditional Polish manor is immediate at the entrance, where one is greeted by Polish nobility captured in paintings that adorn the walls, alongside what seem to be their hunting trophies and accessories. A three-roomed interior provides a cozily matched setting to the various gastronomic delights of the kitchen, with friendly, polite staff enhancing the flavor with period attire. The menu varies with the seasons and marks the traditions that are tied to them. With Michelin’s two forks and spoons rating, summer garden seating, Jarema is an excellent experience, especially with a cuisine that succeeds with its special uniqueness!

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Leonardo Restaurant

Leonardo Ristorante Krakow, Szpitalna 20-22 phone: +48 12 429 6850 rezerwacja@leonardo.com.pl www.leonardo.com.pl

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Marmolada Restaurant Full of grace and warmth, Ristorante Leonardo is located in the exact center of town a few steps from the Main Square. It offers a specialtybased Italian and Polish menu with varied selections, especially of fresh fish and seafood. The restaurant spells class from the oustet, with a decor that clearly conveys the special attitude of the place in terms of its seriousness in being a culinary landmark New flavors and exciting new compositions by Chef Krzysztof Jaśko—which are regular winners at prominent culinary contests—has been the hallmark of Leonardo! With the sommelier guaranteeing the wine selection from its well-stocked wine cellar, Ristorante Leonardo stands out as being amongst the finest in Krakow. And for corporate clients, Leonardo offers the opportunity of organizing trainings and conferences amidst its outstanding hospitality!

Marmolada located in the Main Square is designed to evoke childhood memories of visits to grandma, family dinners, and tasty pancakes gobbled down with marmalade. The combination of flavors and nostalgia is an alluring platform where a PolishItalian menu filled with the rich aromas of spices and a fruits has come alive to delight in many ways. The encompassing menu offers items such as the golden spareribs marinated with plum vodka, topped with fruit ratatouille; beef tenderloin with pears fried in red wine and honey; Zander fried in butter and olive oil, with leek and mushrooms; cannelloni with spinach and creamy ricotta, served with a velvety tomato sauce; and an array of crispy pizza from a wood-fired oven. Intensely flavorful desserts such as the traditional Krakow cheese cake served with bitter chocolate complete this marmalade of flavors and a happy time!

Marmolada Restaurant Krakow, Grodzka 5 phone: +48 12 396 4946 www.marmoladarestauracja.pl

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Manzana Restaurant

Manzana Restaurant Krakow, Miodowa 11 phone: +48 12 422 2277 www.manzana.com.pl

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Metropolitan Restaurant Located in the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, Manzana’s Mexican Chef Jeronimo Carrillo has created an authentic menu from Mexico and Latin America. Within its elaborate bar on one side, and the open cantina-type kitchen on the other where all of the kitchen action adds to one’s appetite, the outstanding fall/winter menu offers delicious staples such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas,and items inspired by flavors which are typical of meat, steak, and fish dishes in Latin America. Volcano Rock is one such example, served piping hot in a stone bowl with the very traditional Yucatan Tacos. A world class wine menu, outstanding selection of cocktails, and a substantial tequila collection have made Manzana a top class bar outing as well. A beautiful outdoor garden enables enjoying the warmer weather, and a well attentive staff has indeed made Manzana the apple of Krakow’s culinary eye! Note: Dessert free when bill over 30 PLN.

Metropolitan Restaurant & Bar opened over a decade ago in 2000. Located just 50 meters from the’s Main Square, it is best described as a place which has set the standard for what an international bistro restaurant should be! Catering to a stringent audience of international visitors and top locals, Metropolitan never fails to impress. Chef Grzegorz Szpik changes his menu with the seasons; renowned for his steaks, fresh fish, and menu favourites such as the Caesar salad and Thai pasta! A long favourite in town for English and American breakfast, and weekend brunches with eggs Benedict and French Toast, Metropolitan also offers an outstanding bar with a vast selection of world-class cocktails. With an attentive, English speaking staff, Metropolitan is a reminder of class. Note: Dessert free when bill over 30 PLN!

NEW WINTER MENU BEGINS 5th OCTOBER

Metropolitan Restaurant Krakow, Sławkowska 3 phone: +48 12 421 9803 www.metropolitan-krakow.com

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Mamma Mia Restaurant

Mamma Mia Restaurant Krakow, Karmelicka 14 phone: +48 12 430 0492 tel./fax: +48 12 422 2868 www.mammamia.net.pl

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Minutes from the Main Square, Mamma Mia offers authentic Italian in a dolce vita setting with its wood burning stove, warm colors, and photographs from the home country. Credit goes in large part to its chef Robert Koczwara, whose allegiance to Italian culinary traditions is the reason for its enormous success. Here a wide variety of pizza is always a winning choice, and soups such as the cream of broccoli with salmon bits; the gnocchi with parmesan in mushroom sauce; mussels in tomato sauce; the veal cutlets stewed in white wine sauce; and desserts such as the semifreddo—partially frozen, made with whipped cream and amaretto, are all excellent. An extensive wine list from Spain, France, Italy, Chile, Argentina, ensures a wonderful balance with what is ordered. Mamma Mia—a great choice always for a splendid time!

Miód Malina Restaurant Miód Malina—“Honey Raspberry” is a term used in colloquial Polish to express delight! This Michelin Guide recommended Polish restaurant excites at all levels. Spread over two hall-like rooms, its warm rustic interior is made cozier by a large wood-burning oven, and fresh flowers illumined in an abundance of candlelight. Menu highlights include the special oscypek cheese with cranberry jelly; the savory duck with mushrooms and plum sauce; succulent tenderloin; delicate lamb chops served with blueberry sauce and roasted garlic; and desserts such as the racuchy, which is a homemade apple pancake served warm with a tempting vanilla and caramel sauce—all wonderfully outstanding. With a carefully chosen wine list, a wide selection of liquors, and a friendly staff, Miód Malina offers true delight indeed!

Miód Malina Restaurant open: Mon–Fri from midday to midnight; Sat, Sun from 11am to midnight Krakow, Grodzka 40 phone: +48 12 430 0411 www.miodmalina.pl

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Milano Restaurant

Milano Ristorante Krakow, św. Jana 1 phone: +48 12 374 1300 mobile: +48 694 44 01 99 www.milanokrakow.pl

Paese Restaurant Milano Restaurant brings to mind many things; foremost amongst them is redefining the idea of a fine dining experience. This is an Italian restaurant pulsating with a rare vitality. Located on a corner in the Main Square, its warm earth interiors, crisp white-linen draped tables adorned with the soft glow of candlelight all come together in highlighting a menu which is illustrative of the tremendous thought and effort that has been put into it by Chef Grzegorz Fic. Items such as the tuna carpaccio; Tuscan fish soup; the pizza with Napolitano ham and arugula; the saddle of deer with foie gras sauce; and the Ossobuco alla milanese, are all incredibly outstanding. Desserts such as the crème brûlée and chocolate soufflé become sweet exclamation points to a wonderful meal. With an extensive wine list and a warm, attentive staff, Milano tops on all levels!

As with Corsica the island gem in the Mediterranean, Restaurant Paese continues to be its own island of culinary heaven on the quietly pretty and lazily meandering Poselska Street in the center of town. The word ‘paese’ means “country” in Corsica, and the authenticity of country warmth and conviviality has been recreated here with an immense sense of sincerity. If longevity is tangible proof of success proof then Paese’s being around for over 15 years is a huge feather in its cap. This is French Mediterranean in feel both for the eyes as well as to the palate where outstanding creations from the kitchen never fail to thrill. Chefs leave no stones unturned in doing justice to a menu that is replete with seafood and healthful dishes that emphasize the freshness of ingredients. Fresh asparagus in vinaigrette; Corsican bean soup with bacon and garlic; grilled sea-bream, mullet, shrimp and calamari served with garlic spinach and potatoes; the sliced leg of lamb with garlic and herb sauce; desserts such as Fiadone which is Corsican ricotta cheese cake with rum and pumpkin puree, or the nougat ice-cream with caramel and mandarin orange all achieve heights of epicurean delight. Paese’s wine list contains a rich selection; they are imported directly from family-owned vineyards in France and Italy. A perfect location indeed for a romantic dinner, business meetings and private parties.

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Krakow, Poselska 24 phone: +48 12 421 6273 restauracja@paese.com.pl www.paese.com.pl

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Pepe Rosso Restaurant Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter of Krakow is on its ascendancy: its track from bohemian to trendy is well on its way here with the opening of new, refreshing places such as Italian restaurant Pepe Rosso. With the advantage of considerable visitors to this part of Krakow, its excellence has already begun to garner rave reviews. Modern and yet rooted-in-tradition, this restaurant is the culmination of spirited efforts and vision of owners Marcin Seweryn and Łukasz Przybylski. Mr. Przybylski, the creative force in the kitchen, owes his success in pleasing our palates to his generous vigor in applying many an individual twists to otherwise traditional fare. No wonder the King prawns served here with garlic, olive oil, and courgette are unrivaled (courgette is French for zucchini). It is worth noting that fresh shipments of Mediterranean seafood arrive each Wednesday, illustrative of the focus here on quality. Dishes such as the ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta, or the grilled beef seasoned with rosemary and served with wild mushrooms and cherry tomatoes are delightful. For dessert if your Italian restaurant reflexes kick in and you begin to ask for the tiramisu, do pause and venture towards the Sardinian pardulas which combine the delicate flavor of pastry with the taste of fresh, sweet ricotta. Excellent food, great atmosphere in a light and elegant setting, and all this embedded in extraordinary Kazimierz— what more than Pepe Rosso can one ask for!

Pimiento Restaurant A culinary tribute to at least an aspect of Latin America cuisine was much awaited in Krakow. With the arrival of Pimiento in historic Kazimierz, the first ever Argentina grill restaurant, this wait may now be considered over. When one mentions “Argentinean”, what immediately comes to mind are juicy grilled meats, thick and charcoal-brazed, cooked over the unique “asado”—a slow cooking grill, where the natural wood and coal embers are carefully spread to ensure all of the meat’s natural flavors are preserved. Moreover, since Argentinean cuisine has heavy influences of Mediterranean cultures, one also expects a wide variety of healthful, robust dishes and flavors. Under the brilliant ownership of Marcin Seweryn, all of this is very much true here; the kitchen staff ensures special care is taken such that each cut of meat, Pampas grass fed and imported from Argentina, is individu-

ally seasoned to give customers a truly authentic dining experience. The most popular cuts are the bife de costilla, similar to the T-bone and is the largest cut of beef, and bife de chorizo, a steak cut off the rib and equivalent to rump or sirloin. Various other cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and chorizo are served with special sauces, rice, salads and vegetables. With great desserts, a diverse wine list, and friendly “Latin-inspired” service, Pimiento offers a wonderful detour from Krakow to Gaucho country!

Pimiento Restaurant Krakow, Józefa 26 phone: +48 12 421 2502 pimiento@pimiento.pl Krakow, Stolarska 13 phone: +48 12 4226672 stolarska@pimiento.pl www.pimiento.pl

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Rubinstein Restaurant

Rubinstein Restaurant Krakow, Szeroka 12 phone: +48 12 384 0000 recepcja@hotelrubinstein.com www.hotelrubinstein.com

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Unicus Restaurant Located in a 15th century building in Szeroka Square, the Hotel Rubinstein is brimful with style and elegance. The famous cosmetics mogul, Helena Rubinstein, was actually born on this very square, and the hotel’s name is an inspired note to this famous one-time neighbor. The Restaurant Rubinstein, located within the hotel combines traditional Polish, Jewish, and pan-European cuisine with nouvelle elements to thrill gastronomically. Dishes such as the marinated ostrich carpaccio accompanied by lettuce and boletus mushrooms; the roast duck with currant sauce on spinach served with potato purée; the pork tenderloin with calvados accompanied with potato and apple mushrooms, are all excellent. With desserts such as the chocolate gâteau, and a wonderfully varied wine list, this elegant restaurant is yet another feather in Krakow’s culinary cap.

Restaurant Unicus’ chef Rafal Targosz is the winner of several culinary competitions and an elite member of the association of leading chefs. The innovative menu he has designed offers a combination of traditional Polish and international selections derived from his own travel experiences. The place itself redefines the Krakow “underground”, medieval cellars converted with breathtaking sense of modernity for both social get-togethers as well as business or corporate events. Items on the menu such as the wild mushroom pierogi with braised cabbage; the salmon and cabbage strudel in wine and shallot sauce; and the Roe deer saddle in a chocolate and cranberry sauce served with potato dumplings describe the sense of culinary achievement. Unicus is a wonderful Krakow experience that comes as a gift to those seeking culinary excellence!

Unicus Restaurant Krakow, Floriańska 35 / Św. Marka 20 phone: +48 12 433 71 11 restauracja@hotelunicus.pl

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SomePlace Else Restaurant Every once in a while, one has a carving to just let loose in an ultra casual setting, and perhaps a sports bar comes to mind; SomePlace Else is just that place!

SomePlace Else Restaurant Krakow, Powiśle 7 phone: +48 12 662 1670 Open: monday midday to 11 pm tuesday – thursday midday to midnight friday – saturday midday to 1 am sunday midday to 11 pm Happy Hour – everyday 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm

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The executive chef has focused on an outstanding tex-mex menu—the Chicken Wrap with grilled strips of chicken; the Slim Figure Salad with an assortment of greens, tomatoes, mozzarella, and grilled chicken breast; the Big T-bone steak served with garlic and herb butter are all enjoyable! Along with delicious drinks and cocktails this has become the ultimate place to relax with family, friends, and colleagues, and sports fans have 9 plasma screens to enjoy exciting events.

The Olive Restaurant Krakow’s Sheraton Hotel, situated perfectly on the banks of the Vistula offers a stunning panorama of Wawel Castle, is a 10-minute walk from the Main Square, and is not much further away from the old Jewish district of Kazimierz. But if you are a lucky resident here, there is no walking necessary and no time needed whatsoever to reach The Olive, Sheraton’s spectacular atrium restaurant. Dominating the interior of the 1200 sq. meter glass roofed lobby, The Olive serves Mediterranean fare and welcomes guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner in this year-round “courtyard.”

The 12-metre-high olive tree at its centre helps anchor us down in an otherwise “float-away”, uplifting atmosphere brought about by its huge space and its overall brightness. For dinner with a larger group of friends, family, or business associates, consider making a reservation in the Wine Cellar.

The Olive Restaurant Sheraton Krakow Hotel, Powiśle 7 phone: +48 12 662 1000 open: 6.30am–10.30am; midday–4.00pm; 6.00pm–10.30pm www.sheraton.com/krakow

A wonderfully large summer garden, and a professional staff makes the fun all the more cheery!

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Szara Restaurant

Szara Kazimierz Restaurant Located in the Main Square steps from Krakow’s grandest cathedral, St Mary’s Basilica, Szara delivers as much of an experience for the senses, as its erstwhile neighbor does for the spirit. This Michelin Recommended restaurant offers elegance at its best with aproned waiters groomed to please in a gothic arched interior replete with starched white table linen and ornate silverware. This photoshoot setting has always been the choice for those in the know, and for those who wish to make a ceremony out of a culinary outing. The international menu here may be best described as a reflection of the well-heeled clientele that converges from all over the globe. Appetizers such as the Swedish style marinated herring served with potato, or the classic foie gras with truffle sauce, convey the global aspirations of the kitchen. The flavor-rich Salad a la Szara with marinated salmon, egg, shrimp, and avocado is an ideal prologue to dishes composed of succulent meats and fish in the form of, for example, the Plankstek, which is beef sirloin served on an oak plank with pommes duchesse and yellow string beans wrapped in bacon; or the Halibut served on a bed of beetroot and carrots. Desserts such as the panna cotta with forest fruits and a comprehensive wine list help complete the vision of this gastronomic delight! And not to forget—Szara also serves a delightful breakfast daily from 8 until 11, and lunch between 12 to 3 p.m. at prices that are indeed quite reasonable.

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Szara Kazimierz is an encore performance by the owners of the gracious Szara in the Main Square, and has come as a culinary ornament gracing this historic Jewish enclave. Opened in 2006 in the neighborhood’s most prominent square, it has already received three Michelin Recommendations three years in a row, and the comparison to its elder counterpart have yielded but one answer—just as classy! The feel here is elegant as well, but with a tinge of informality, which fits well with the more relaxed attitudes of this arty, bohemian district. Within its spacious venue the décor is tastefully reflective of the fact that the place promises to deliver the highest quality. Evidencing this further is the menu which is international in scope, and has elements similar to the menu in its sister restaurant. Appetizers such as the mozzarella with strawberrys and baby spinach, and the salmon tartar with capers and mustard sauce, are great precursors to outstanding main courses such as the leg of duck glazed with honey and lime; and the out of the ordinary, the sole rolls with salmon mousse and a lobster sauce. Equipped with an elaborate bar, the restaurant can rightfully boast about the quality of its drinks and wonderful coffee. This is indeed the type of place that transforms one’s time here into a precious memory.

Szara Restaurant

Szara Kazimierz Restaurant

Krakow, Rynek Główny 6 phone: +48 12 421 6669 www.szara.pl

Krakow, Szeroka 39 phone: +48 12 429 1219 www.szarakazimierz.pl

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Taco Mexicano – El Pueblo

Taco Mexicano – El Pueblo open from midday to midnight Krakow, Poselska 20 phone +48 12 421 5441 www.tacomexicano.pl

Taco Mexicano El Pueblo located steps from the Main Square on nearby Poselska street is the first Mexican restaurant in Krakow, having opened its doors to taco enthusiasts over 20 years ago! Spread out in a spacious setting, the unquestioned ruling elements of the tables here are the best from the diverse cuisine of Mexico: various paellas, fajitas, and of course tacos. Here in this two storied place, the sounds of Latin music and the aroma of traditional Mexican dishes combine to make any fiesta as fiery as what’s being made inside the kitchen! As far as Mexican food goes, this is perhaps the only place in town that comes close to true genuine authenticity, and leaves no stones unturned in ensuring one’s complete satisfaction. And one leaves the restaurant with this impression even without the effects of tequila, which of course this place has the best of as well!

Wentzl Wentzl Restaurant, situated upstairs at No. 19 in the Main Square, brings forth to this day a culinary tradition that reaches back to the late 18th century when Jan Wentzl located his eatery here. The house itself, known today as “Pod Obrazem”, which means “Under the Painting”, was built nearly 400 years ago. Blessed by its history and a great location overlooking Krakow’s center, guests continue to pour in. The French and Polish menu designed by Chef – Anthony Lelievre brings to mind adjectives such as spectacular and wonderful, the experience made whole by a choice of wines that hail from known and acclaimed vineyards in France and Italy. Culinary creations of the highest order are revealed during the course of dinner; it is very likely that a state of bliss will be attained with the delightful desserts! With spacious interiors, unique views, a marvelous collection of Ecole de Paris paintings, and perfect service, Wentzl has over the years become the meeting place for personalities that belong to the world of art, politics and business. And for all those of us who stress the importance of ambience as much as the treatments of our palates, this gratifying place leaves really nothing more to be desired!

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Krakow, Rynek Główny 19 phone: +48 12 429 5712 www.wentzl.pl

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Wierzynek Restaurant

Zen Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant Wierzynek Restaurant brings 14th century renaissance to the present day in the form of one of the most elaborate multi-halled, culinary settings in Krakow. Its classic interiors with ornate beams, period art and frescoes, have hosted distinguished heads of state such as Emperor Akihito, Queen Elizabeth II, George Bush Sr., and a host of celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Robert De Niro, and Sophie Marceau. This is indeed a unique setting for traditional Polish cuisine from the kitchens of the courts and nobility in the past. Items such as the homemade pate, a Wierzynek speciality served with glazed apples and honey and marjoram sauce; the veal shank with Polish potato dumplings and beetroot in sour cream; the pikeperch flamed in mead honey wine with pear in a sour cream sauce; and the traditional sour rabbit soup with quail eggs are all outstanding.

Zen has finally brought to Krakow a unique interpretation of Japanese cuisine. Chef Tomasz Łapiński’s menu includes traditional dishes as well as those with ingredients that may not be typical of the Japanese kitchen. The sushi is always made of fresh fish and appetizers such as the gyutataki which is slices of juicy beef, marinated in sake, served with fresh garlic and ginger; or the beef carpaccio with arugula and parmesan served with Japanese wasabi, are great precursors to dishes such as the Kobe steak; or the duck marinated in orange and cinnamon, served with teriyaki sauce. The first floor offers a more casual “sushicanal”, while the second floor has tables and the traditional “tatami” floor-mat seating. Drinks include Japanese wines, beers, and original green tea. Zen is indeed a great addition to Krakow’s culinary scene! Savings Note: 25% off on sushi from midday to 5 pm Monday to Friady.

Zen Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant open from noon to midnight Krakow, Św. Tomasza 29 phone: +48 12 426 5555 www.zensushi.pl

Desserts include handmade pastries and confectionery made with age-old recipes and techniques, as well as the pralines created out of love and passion for chocolate! These delights along with traditional liqueurs and vodkas can even be taken home from the restaurant’s outstanding souvenir shop. The American bestseller “1000 Places to See before You Die” has indeed mentioned Wierzynek as one of those places that are a must whilst in Krakow!

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Krakow, Rynek Główny 15 phone: +48 12 424 9600 e-mail: rezerwacja@wierzynek.com.pl www.wierzynek.pl

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Wesele Restaurant

Wesele Restaurant Krakow, Rynek Główny 10 phone: +48 12 422 7460 www.weselerestauracja.pl

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Via Otta Restaurant In Polish, “Wesele” means “wedding party”. This Michelin Guide recommended restaurant is exquisitely arranged and adorned with a 16th century ceiling and floral arrangements. Located on the Main Square, this is where nouvelle Polish is winning accolades from both the locals as well as visitors. The carpaccio of venison with fresh berries, capers and parmesan cheese; the mixed salad with duck, orange, and pistachio with basil-garlic dressing; and venison with gingerbread sauce, made with red wine, honey and mandarins; are all ethereally delightful. Desserts touch a high note as well with items such as the warm cheese pancakes with vanilla and caramel mousse. With an elaborate wine list, a staff that is eager to please, and live concerts every evening from Wednesday to Saturday, Wesele indeed is a marriage of exquisite elegance and a good time!

Located in the center of Krakow, near Wawel Castle and adjacent to the picturesque banks of the Vistula, Via Otta is a chic, modern-urban restaurant offering an outstanding interpretation of Italian cuisine, one that emphasizes old standards prepared with an utmost focus on fresh, carefully selected ingredients of the highest quality. The menu is comprehensive with a wide selection of sumptuous salads, pastas, meat dishes and home-made desserts. A perfect place for lunch, evenings with friends, or even business meetings, Via Otta combines a modern urban lounge bar esthetic with the benefit of a classic menu; and outstanding service makes it all even better. The place offers the facilities to organize small get-togethers, banquets, conferences and other special events with customized menus. Indeed an oasis of relaxation in a bustling part of town.

Via Otta Restaurant Krakow, al. Krasińskiego 8 phone: +48 12 427 1052 www.viaotta.pl

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Russian Enso Club & Restaurant

Russian Enso Club & Restaurant Krakow, Karmelicka 52 phone: +48 12 633 6520 www.russianenso.pl

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Russian Enso has quite successfully imbibed all of the great adjectives and sentiments that come to mind when one thinks of great fun and great times! Located on Karmelicka Street, a few minutes from the Main Square, this unique club and restaurant, intimate and incredibly stylish, is spread over two levels, offering chic opulence with an underground dance floor as a backdrop to great drinks, cocktails and even a cup of outstanding coffee in the morning. The kitchen, serving a mix of Italian, Russian, and Polish cuisine is open all night from Thursday to Saturday, especially helpful if one is partying until dawn with diverse themed events such as Fiesta Mexicana, Bahama Mama, and Russian Style PartyGastro Pleasure. A great dance floor with side seating, great quality audio and video which allows for the organization of mini-concerts, artistic performances, and even fashion shows, makes this an outstanding venue!

Scandale Royal Scandale Royal located at Plac Szczepański is becoming increasingly popular due to its remarkable versatility combined with a natural elegance—the place is great equally for a sophisticated dinner as it is simply for some cocktails with friends. The menu is primarily French nouvelle along with Asian accents—the chef indeed hails from France and his creations well reflect his origins from that culinary wonderland. Dishes and appetizers such as the Provençalstyle tuna steak, the tenderloin of beef with morel mushroom sauce, delight on all levels. The shrimp tempura, as well as Polish classics like pierogi and the fillet of duck with apples add to the spectrum of flavors. Guests converge here also for cocktails from it’s rather well appointed and well tended bar. A rich décor with romantic reds and purples offers

an ambience that is spread over two floors, with the upper level akin to a grand balcony offering a view of the action down on the main floor. With patio seating in a summer and an exciting dance floor ready in the basement, Scandale Royal is a place for all seasons offering something. The place prides itself as a leading venue for private parties, ranging from smaller birthdays to larger corporate events. With the kitchen open until midnight during weekdays and until 2 a.m on weekends, this is indeed a wonderful place, offering great quality and wonderful times at a reasonable price!

Scandale Royal Krakow, Plac Szczepański 2 phone: +48 12 422 1333 www.scandale.pl

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Sushi Square

Sushi Square Krakow, Rynek Główny 15 phone: +48 12 424 9600 rezerwacja@wierzynek.com.pl www.cafewierzynek.pl

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Ul Lala Cafe & Lunch Time Sushi Square is an outstanding quick visit to Japan right from the heart of Krakow’s Main Square! Affording a wonderful glimpse into Japanese culture, through its cuisine and a décor that reflects modern Tokyo, the restaurant serves the spectrum of fresh fish and seafood based sushi, sashimi, and warm dishes that all emphasize authenticity and their ways of preparation. Options within the menu surpass the idea of the place just being one for “sushi”, with its range of Japanese soups, appetizing tempura, and desserts. With regular lunch and special menus, Sushi Square provides takeaway for those on the go. It boasts the only Japanese garden of its kind in the city and is perfect for both the sushi connoisseur as well as the complete beginner; the friendly staff delights to assist any and all with the pleasant intricacies of the world of Japanese cuisine!

This spring witnessed the opening of the extraordinary Ul Lala Cafe and Patisserie. Located on a classy corner on the Main Square, with its abundant and super elegant terrace seating and a remarkable interior décor, it serves 100% natural and home-made delicious pastries, cakes, sweet cocktails, fine coffees and teas, as well as salads and sandwiches. With healthy breakfast which includes various options—traditional Polish with scrambled eggs, cheese and rustic meats; Mediterranean with tomato, feta cheese and olives; and French with omelets, fruit preserves, and croissants. A great place for lunch and casual dining, one can partake from a wide selection of salads, soups, and main courses. Of course right through the day the place is an outstanding café serving up all of its pleasures. A class act is indeed the only way to describe Ul Lala!

Ul Lala Cafe & Lunch Time Krakow, Rynek Główny 42 phone: +48 12 374 13 07 mobile: +48 694 44 01 99 e-mail: ullala@ullalacafe.pl www.ullalacafe.pl

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Słodki Wentzl

Wierzynek Souvenir Shop Life begins from the dessert!—this rather sweet motto suggests that a visit to Słodki Wentzl, which means Sweet Wentzl, is nothing short of returning to the realms of childhood with its sumptuous layer cakes, refreshing sorbets, ice-creams and crème brulée.

Słodki Wentzl open from 10am to 11pm Krakow, Rynek Główny 19 phone: +48 12 429 5712 Galeria Krakowska, Pawia 5 phone: +48 12 628 7203 www.slodkiwentzl.pl

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Depending on the weather, you can take refuge in the cosy interior or choose to sit outside and add to the flavors by enjoying the finest views of the Main Market Square. Its other location at the Galeria Krakowska shopping center is making life sweeter for the many more that seek the soothing pleasures that Słodki Wentzl has to offer. And now Bistro Wentzl welcomes guests to its Renaissance cellars where delicacies prepared in Krakow under the watchful eye of chef Anthony Lelièvre can be enjoyed!

Wierzynek’s Souvenir Shop is located at the ground floor of the Wierzynek Restaurant. It offers hand-made chocolate pralines in several flavors with each piece crafted from traditional recipes by experienced chocolatiers whose passion ensures the intensity of flavors. Also available are confectionery products and cookies made with the best quality natural ingredients, as well as traditional Polish alcohols with unique recipes such as tinctures, meads, vodkas, and slivovitz. All packages are hand-crafted and elegant,and in themselves are commemorative of one’s visit to Krakow, and for special occasions such as for gifts to take home. Over the two biggest Polish holidays, Christmas and Easter, the store becomes a special fair where one can buy traditional festival dishes straight from the Chefs of Resturant Wierzynek, a landmark within Krakow’s culinary landscape!

Wierzynek Souvenir Shop Krakow, Rynek Główny 15 phone: +48 12 424 9600 e-mail: rezerwacja@wierzynek.com.pl www.wierzynek.pl

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Top Essentials


Top Essentials Renowned for its high quality writing instruments and more recently for extraordinary leather products and watches, Montblanc’s range has now further expanded to include fine jewellery and eyewear.

Boutique Montblanc

A purveyor of exclusive products that reflect exacting standards, it differentiates with quality, tradition, design, and master craftsmanship. This truly international brand has operations in more than 70 countries with its products available at select authorized stores and at over 300 Montblanc boutiques worldwide. The outstanding boutique here in Krakow is a delightful glimpse into the entire world of Montblanc! Great for those who wish to combine their visit to Krakow with the buying of something treasureable—Montblanc could be it!

Galeria Kazimierz Krakow, Podgórska 34 phone: +48 12 433 0160 butik.krakow@legic.com.pl www.montblanc.com

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Top Essentials Kreo Gallery

Top Essentials Galeria Kreo excels in providing those with a passion for jewelry, the best shopping experience. Owner Kinga Łodzińska says “for me, jewelry means small works of art.” This sentiment is perhaps the reason why one finds here pieces of the highest quality and original design made by top Polish artists. Each piece here is individually selected, to present one with a truly exceptional choice of bracelets, brooches, ear-rings, necklaces, and rings. It is clear that the owners of the gallery want everyone to partake of their passion, an honest motivation that translates into great prices which suits all budgets! Galeria Kreo Krakow, Sławkowska 23 phone: +48 12 432 6640 www.galeriakreo.pl

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Galeria Niuans, with stores in Krakow and Warsaw, came into existence in 2003 to become one of the most prominent in Poland to represent the “art of the beautiful table.” It offers its customers objects made of china, silver, and crystal glass, as well as accessories for interior decoration. Manufacturers such as the Swedish Kosta Boda and Orrefors are presented here with limited edition glass articles, art glass, that add exquisiteness to everyday life. There is Haviland and Raynaud china from Limoges, silver from Christofle and Ercuis, and crystal from Baccarat. Galeria Niuans has indeed become a trendsetter in the Polish market with the brands and products that it carries often chosen by the top interior design magazines such as Elle Decoration. It also offers wedding registration services. Indeed a great place for the finest things for one’s table at home!

Galeria Niuans

Galeria Niuans Krakow, Rynek Główny 39 phone: +48 12 429 5446 Warsaw, Al. Witosa 31 (C.H. Panorama) phone: +48 22 842 9159 www.galerianiuans.pl

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Top Essentials Bull Pub

Top Essentials An old traditional English pub situated in the heart of old Krakow, where an almost Victorian décor helps create a pleasant and a thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere. Bull Pub offers its guests a well equipped bar with a wide selection of whiskeys including single malts and a wide range of beers, from Irish and English to Polish barrelled beers. Your drinks would be well accompanied by the exquisite snacks, or topped of with a Cuban cigar from its well equipped humidor!

Krakow, Mikołajska 2 phone: +48 12 423 1168

Boutique Vanita

In the heart of Krakow’s Old Town this charming women’s boutique is to be found with its selection of original Italian clothing and accessories fashioned to attract those with the most exacting of tastes. Boutique Vanita is a fashion store where both high quality and modern designs come packaged together with great service. This is, in our view, most definitely a place for the woman who values elegance, comfort, and things unique. Do not forget to ask for your TOP discount at the store! Krakow, Stolarska 6 phone: +48 12 421 6060 Mon–Fri 11am–7pm Sat 11am–3pm

Jubiler AURUM

Tradition and prestige are to be experienced in this old-fashioned jeweler with a 50 years of history. ituated on the Main Square in Krakow, Aurum Jeweler has catered to generations of Cracovians. It is the exclusive representative of Chopard and Toy Watch in Krakow. Aurum also carries a wide selection of gold and silver jewelry for every occassion, as well as creations from many renowned Polish artists. It is indeed a perfect destination to find this special something for a loved one in a tranquil atmoshpere of pre-war charm. Krakow, Rynek Główny 39-40 phone: +48 12 423 20 50 www.aurumjubiler.pl

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Top Essentials Jola Wrona’s ORA Gallery is an art jewelry collection. Every piece here is hand-made by the finest Polish artists, and most are creations from her own design. Here one can find traditional amber in non-traditional settings as well as a wide spectrum of pieces made with natural stones, glass, ceramic, and metals. This is indeed the fascinating world of modern jewelry!

ORA Gallery

Galeria Biżuterii ORA Krakow, Św. Anny 3 phone: +48 12 426 89 20 www.galeria-ora.com

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Likus Home Concept Likus Home Concept

Krakow, Rynek Główny 13 on the first floor phone: +48 12 617 0223 www.likushome.com.pl

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This interior décor gallery located in a historic Renaissance building in the Main Square is a must-have experience. This expansive store or “art gallery”—both terms describe it well—is a consequence of a long-term collaborative effort with Baxter and Richard Ginori where everything is evaluated from a different perspective, where furniture and porcelain collections posses an overriding idea of art, where every object is both utilitarian and artistic. Designer Paola Navona reigns here with her stimulating avant-garde style which, in 1983, gained her the prestigious Osaka International Design Award. She is also the creator behind several of the works presented in the porcelain section of the Gallery. And Baxter’s vintage products created by internationally acclaimed designers Drag Obradovic and K. Aurel Basedow are incredible to say the least!

Top Essentials Located in the Main Market Square, this historical building is home to a one-of-a-kind retail complex named Pasaż 13, an architectural masterpiece that has now become the backdrop to elite stores and shopping catering to the quality conscious customer. It is clear at once that this is indeed a retail heaven, with the great quality of stores and brand names resonating perfectly with the outstanding location. From Batycki to Miss Sixty from DSQUARED2 do YSL, and from Cerruti to Lantier, all these and more reside side by side together at Pasaż 13. Located within this are gourmet stores such as Delikatesy 13 and Vinoteka 13; the unique Delikatesy offers a variety of high-end Polish and international produce, and Vinoteka provides a similarly rich palette which includes hundreds of quality wines. Extremely inviting to be sure!

Pasaż 13

Pasaż 13

Krakow, Rynek Główny 12–13

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Top Culture What?

4th Divine Comedy

When? 8th-15th December 2011 Where? Łaznia Nowa Theatre or Juliusz Słowacki Theatre or National Stary Theatre Why? The 4th Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival is a journey through all parts of contemporary theatre from Poland and around the world. One is invited to see the top Polish plays of the last season, and outstanding performances and premieres from the younger generation of directors. More at: ww.boskakomedia.pl

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Antonio Vivaldi - L’Oracolo in Messenia - world premiere

When? December 8 Where? Philharmonic Hall in Krakow, Zwierzyniecka Street 1 Why? The world premiere of Vivaldi’s opera L’Oracolo in Mesenia, will be aired by 17 radio stations! It will be the second Polish edition of the Euroradio Opera Season 20112012. The Euroradio Opera Season enjoys huge popularity and its participants include 24 radio stations associated under the European Broadcasting Union banner. More at: www.operarara.pl

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Halka – national polish opera by S. Moniuszko

When? December, 16, 18 Where? Krakow Opera, Lubicz Street 48 Why? This will be a premiere performance of Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka at the Krakow Opera. The attraction of this amazing piece, for many generations of performers and viewers, lays primarily in its very Polish message, both in the musical sphere and in its manner of portraying reality. The director Waldemar Zawodziński has strived to maintain the traditional values while, at the same time, shying away from the common trappings of genre and overly-folksy stylisation. More at: www.opera.krakow.pl

Top Culture Dianne Reeves is one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today due to her virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B talents. Reeves is the recipient of several accolades including having been awarded the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings—a first in any vocal category. The soundtrack of Good Night and Good Luck provided Reeves her fourth Grammy in 2006 for Best Jazz Vocal. Reeves has recorded and performed extensively with Wynton Marsalis, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic, amongst many others. In this concert Dianne Reeves is sure to meld her timeless grace, elegance and charisma into unforgettable jazz renditions of Christmas favorites such as Little Drummer Boy, Carol of the Bells, Christmas Waltz, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and Let It Snow.

Dianne Reeves

December 7, Warsaw – Palladium Club

What?

Carnival concerts: Music, Carnival, Song, Jan 7 Let Us Walk Down Memory Lane, Jan 21

Where? Krakow Opera, Lubicz Street 48 Why? As per tradition during the Carnival, the Krakow Opera invites one to its Carnival concerts. The first concert will feature the greatest hits of operettas, musicals, and Neapolitan songs. January 21 will be a day of the music of the first half of the 20th century. The title of the concert Let Us Walk Down Memory Lane, gives an excellent idea of the evening’s atmosphere. This promises to be a journey through the music of these past years with two valued artists of the screen and stage, Sonia Bohosiewicz and Jacek Wójcicki. More at: www.opera.krakow.pl

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Historical Interest Wawel, The Royal Castle

phot. Artur Żyrkowski Municipality of Krakow, City Promotion and Marketing Office

Churches

Wawel lies on a small hill above the Vistula River where the first settlements began thousands of years ago. There are some real jewels here, amongst them: the exquisite cathedral chapels, the renaissance courtyard and the State Rooms themselves. In the chambers of the castle one will find collections of Oriental art and military trophies, collections of Flemish tapestries of amazing beauty, as well as archaeological specimens. Wawel is open to visitors from 9.30 am to 5 pm, from Tuesday to Friday; on Saturday and Sunday it is open between 11am to 6 pm. Normal admission is 17 pln, and discounted is 10 pln. Tickets are issued for definite entrance hours so one has to comply with the entrance times printed on the ticket.

The permanent exhibition ‘Kraków under Nazi Occupation 1939–1945” is a story about the city and its Nazis occupiers who arrived here on September 6, 1939, brutally disrupting Polish-Jewish relations. The history of this war intersects here with everyday life, and the experiences of individuals overlap with this giant tragedy. The motto of this exhibition and of the entire branch of the Historical Museum here is “the factory of memory”. The space of remembrance created at this former Enamel Factory offers the visitors an opportunity to confront the past in a very personal manner. Krakow, Lipowa 4 phone: +48 12 257-10-17 www.mhk.pl

Krakow has about 360 churches and cathedrals— seeing them all would be a great challenge. However, to understand their historical meaning for this city, one can definitely concentrate on the ones located in the center. Visiting the Mariacki Church, which is the central point of Krakow, is a must; here one can find the famous altar of Wit Stwosz, made between 1477 to 1489. Other venues close by not to be missed are the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on Grodzka street; the Church of St. Wojciech in the Market Square; and the Church of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist on Jana Street.

MOCAK – a new museum of Polish and international contemporary art The Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow is the first such museum in Poland to be constructed from scratch. The building was erected on the site of the former Schindler’s Factory, in the post-industrial district of Zabłocie, which in recent years has recently undergone a vigorous renaissance. The building was designed by the Italian architect and interior designer Claudio Nardi. MOCAK has complied an international collection presenting the art of the last 20 years which relates the recent artistic phenomena to the tradition of conceptual art. Krakow, Lipowa 4 phone: +48 12 263 40 01 fax: +48 12 257 10 34 email: office@mocak.pl, www.mocak.com.pl

phot. Artur Żyrkowski Municipality of Krakow, City Promotion and Marketing Office

Kazimierz district

phot. Artur Żyrkowski Municipality of Krakow, City Promotion and Marketing Office

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Culture Interest

The Jewish district Kazimierz is indeed a unique place, historically shaped by close relations between Poles and Jews up to the time when this was one of the important centers of Jewish society. The most important aspects of this part of Krakow are its unique tenement house architecture, cozy streets, and its many synagogues— Stara located at 24 Szeroka street, Remu at 40 Szeroka street, Wysoka at 38 Józefa street, Izaaka at 16 Kupa street, Poppera at 16 Szeroka street, and Kupa located at 8 Warszauera Street. Nowadays, Kazimierz serves as a great entertainment center with its several cafes, restaurants, and hotels, and many interesting annual events such as the Jewish Culture Festival.

In the archaeological park located 4 meters below the surface of Krakow’s Market Square, a section of medieval Krakow has come alive in this outstanding new museum; a place such as this has so far been unprecedented in Europe. One can witness here the evidence of the continuity of trade, pursued uninterrupted for over 800 years. The exhibition “Following the traces of European identity of Kraków” is a multimedia show as well as a journey through time – allowing visitors to not only see the history of the origins of the legendary city, but also to become part of them! Krakow, Rynek Główny 1 phone: +48 12 426 50 60 info@mhk.pl

Schindler’s Factory

„Architectural design and interior architecture: prof. Andrzej Kadłuczka with the Studio Archeon team; the concept and content-related scenario: dr. Cezary Buśko with the Archeologia B.C. team; the tour management: artists - Marcin Pietuch, Mieczysław Bielawski, Tomasz Salwierz, with the Konsorcjum Trias team.”

MOCAK – The Museum of Contemporary Art

The MOCAK Collection

Rynek Uderground

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Important information International prefix for Poland: +48 Krakow area code (when phoning from other regions of Poland): 12

Emergencies:

All emergencies, phoning from a mobile telephone: Ambulance: Police: Municipal Police:

Taxi:

RadioTaxi City Taxi

Transport:

Polish Railways (PKP): Polish Airlines LOT:

24-hour pharmacies (apteka): Apteka Galla, Galla 26 Apteka Pod Opatrznoscia, Karmelicka 23

Consulates:

Austria: Krupnicza 42 Denmark: sw. Anny 5 France: Stolarska 15 Germany: Stolarska 7 Russia: Biskupia 7 Japan: Grabowskiego 5/3 Lithuania: Chlopickiego 10 Norway: Mazowiecka 25 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: sw. Anny 9 USA: Stolarska 9

Tourist Information:

Tourist Information Centre Wyspianski Pavilion Plac Wszystkich Swietych 2

Guide & trips: AB City Tours :

Language School:

Accent School of Polish, KÄ…cik 10 PROLOG Language School, Bronowicka 37

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Jarema Restaurant p. 23

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Some Place Else p. 36

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Amadeus Restaurant p. 9

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Leonardo Restaurant p. 24

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The Olive Restaurant p. 37

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Słodki Wentzl p. 52

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Amarylis Restaurant p. 10

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Marmolada Restaurant p. 29

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Szara Restaurant p. 38

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Manzana Restaurant p. 26

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Aperitif Restaurant p. 12

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Metropolitan Restaurant p.27

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Taco Mexicano – El Pueblo p. 40

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Kreo Gallery p. 58

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Buddha Indian Restaurant and Lounge p. 13

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Mamma Mia Restaurant p. 28

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Wentzl Restaurant p. 41

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Galeria Niuans p. 59

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Da Pietro Restaurant p. 14

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Miód Malina Restaurant p. 29

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Wierzynek Restaurant p. 42

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Bull Pub p. 60

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Farina Restaurant p. 15

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Milano Restaurant p. 30

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Zen p. 43

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Boutique Vanita p. 60

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Edo Fusion Restaurant p. 16

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Paese Restaurant p. 31

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Wesele Restaurant p. 44

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Jubiler Aurum p. 60

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Edo Sushi Restaurant p. 17

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Pepe Rosso p. 32

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Via Otta Restaurant p. 45

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Ora Gallery p. 63

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Pimiento p. 33

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Russian Enso p. 48

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Likus Home Concept p. 64

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Il Calzone Restaurant p. 20

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Rubinstein Restaurant p. 34

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Scandale Royal Restaurant p. 49

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Unicus Restaurant p. 35

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