Food tours are always a great way to discover a new city and experience local culture. By allowing you to experience the city through the eyes of a local, you're sure to discover hidden gems that most people would miss out on. Daily Polish food tours are now organized in Krakow and Wroclaw (and soon in Warsaw) by Delicious Poland—a small company run by Kamila and Göksel, a couple with a passion for food, drink, and travel. In a span of just 3 or 4 hours, you'll be given the opportunity to try the most famous local specialties while learning the stories behind them.
While it's true that you could just pick random restaurants in the main tourist areas and order traditional types of food, a food tour is certain to be a much better experience. Because, let's be honest—discovering authentic places with great local food is not always that easy, even with guidebooks and food apps.
If you don't happen to know a trustworthy local who really knows the city, you might just find yourself stuck in a tourist trap paying too much money for mediocre food. And while you might think you can rely on a guidebook, cities are always changing and you can't ask a book "Where is the best Polish dumpling in Krakow?" or "Who serves the best kielbasa?" On top of that, food tours are not just about eating and enjoying amazing food. They also give you the chance to really get to know a place and culture, while satisfying your appetite for local cuisine.
1. Visit the most authentic local venues and sample the most traditional dishes
Who knows a city better than the locals? If you decide to go on a food tour, you will be guided around the city by someone who really knows their way around, and they will be sure to take you to the places with the best quality food. In a city like Krakow, there is an overwhelming number of different places to eat but only a few that are really worth a visit. If you're only visiting the city for 3 or 4 days, you're going to have a difficult time navigating all these choices if you want to try a wide assortment of great Polish food. A food tour gives you the opportunity to try the best food from the best places in town, all in the span of a few hours.
2. Small groups sizes create a great atmosphere for getting to know each other, the city and its culture
Generally, food tours are a mix of culture, history, and current trends. Group sizes for food tours are generally small, nothing like those standard sightseeing tours where one guide leads 50 people. On a food tour, you'll be able to chat with your guide about all sorts of topics and you'll likely learn a little bit about everything. At the end of the day, you'll feel like you've made a new local friend who has shared their best recommendations with you.
3. You'll get personalized tips that will help you to make the most of the rest of your stay
It's a great idea to take a food tour on your very first day. Not only will you immediately get to eat some great food, but you'll receive personalized tips and advice that will help you to make the most of the rest of your trip. You can skip the tourist traps that just aren't worth it. You'll also have the chance to revisit the restaurants you loved the most for a second serving of your favorite dishes.
If you're planning to visit Poland soon and this post has convinced you that a food tour would be a worthwhile way to spend some time, we recommend that you look into the small tour company Delicious Poland. This company is run by Kamila and Göksel, a couple with a passion for food, drink, and travel that they're eager to share with you. They currently operate daily food tours in Krakow and Wroclaw and will be beginning tours in Warsaw soon. Their tours focus on traditional Polish cuisine, and throughout the tour you'll get to sample 14-15 different Polish dishes, accompanied by tastings of Polish craft beer and vodka. In addition to the food tours, Delicious Poland also offers craft beer and vodka tastings as well as cooking classes. Below you can find their website address for more information.