Another example of traditional Polish food are stuffed cabbage rolls. In Polish, they are called “golabki” which means little pigeons. Typically, they are stuffed with rice and ground meat (pork or beef) and cooked in a tomato sauce. For the vegetarians, there is a version where meat is substituted by mushrooms. Preparation of this dish requires some skills as the whole cabbage head needs to be pre-cooked or steamed and large enough leaves separated so that they can be stuffed and rolled, then slowly cooked in tomato sauce till ready.
Both tourists and locals love to sit in the open air restaurants around the whole huge Main Market Square in the historic old city of Krakow. This picture was taken on a nice sunny day in November but even this December, which is unusually warm for Poland, many open air restaurants in Krakow remained opened with gas heaters and blankets for each chair making sure that the guests remain nicely warm.
Polish food is much more than kielbasa (sausage) and pierogi (stuffed dumplings). One of the best places to sample traditional Polish food is the city of Krakow, the old capital of Poland, located in the south of the country, about 188 miles (300km) from Warsaw. There are over 300 restaurants around the Main Market Square, the heart of Krakow’s old city, place where all tourists flock but also the locals consider their place to meet and go for the traditional cup of coffee. In fact, a Polish guy who tries to invite a girl for a date, would ask her out for a coffee, not for a drink. Here on the picture the historic Krakow’s Main Market Square, in the center the building called Sukiennice or Cloth Hall as it served for cloth merchants in the Middle Ages and currently is full of stalls selling local handicraft to tourists.