French products in the heart of Krakow
As a Frenchman expatriated in Krakow, la Petite France (translate as "Little France") is a temple of gastronomy and delight! We are proud people when it comes to our regional products such as wine, cheese or meats and this place brings all this in one place. It is located on Swietego Tomasza street, which is very central position just a few steps away from the Main Maket Square. You have the name of the street and it will also be easy to find as you have a big French flag at the top of the entrance! :)
The place is not only a restaurant, but also a grocery shop, a brunch place and a bakery / pastry shop. The only two things I would be able to complain about this place is that it is very smal : in total I would say a maximum of twenty people can be sitiing on the chairs or the tall uncomfortable bar-chairs giving directly on the street. Second thing is the price of the french products, I understand exported products are more expensive but for Polish standards when you have to pay typical french cookies three times the price you would pay in France, I think this is a too much. But I guess you have to pay the price for being nostalgic of your birth country!; )
I strongly recommend the breakfasts at "La Petite France", you have two formulas, either typical French brekfast where you will have hot drink, classic hot baguette with butter and good quality jams. i usually add an extra "pain auc chocolat", or the World famous" croissant"! It really fills you up and you're ready to start the day with a good mood! The second formula I never tried as it is more Continental breakfast with ham and cheese but it looks also very tasty.
If you're lucky enough to live near-by you can have you daily fresh and excellent bread. The pastries are home made, beautiful in the eye and excellent when tasting it. You will find among many others lemon tarts with meringue or typical regional pastries, especially from Britanny.
As a lunch or brunch you have also mix of french cheeses, hams and even snails from Burgundy! :) And after lunch when comes the moment to pay you usually have a small tour among the many typical products. Not only French by the way despite the name of the place, you will find Italian cheese and wine.
I doubt I am very objective speaking about this place, this is true I sometimes feel nostalgic about french gastronomy and this is a great place for me to visit especially with french colleagues. Some of the staff speak french also and I am also certain the owners are french eventhough I never met them. Definitely a place to visit whether you are french or not! I am even starting to get jealous you might go there without me!; ) Bon appétit!