I will traveling to Krakow in mid-May and will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn (Marii Konopnickiej 33). Any suggestions for nearby restaurants. Thanks
I do not know the area of your hotel off hand, but I can tell you the Jewish Quarter in Krakow is where you should go for a dinner and drinks - Kaczimez (I'm pretty sure I've spelled it incorrectly). Also, there is a "fancy" place with traditional feel on the main square in Krakow on the same side of square as the Great Hall near the corner and facing directly across to the big church - St. Marysk...? Cheap-ish and delicious. Also, a mention of a traditional Polish restaurant strewn with farm implements - well known favorite - near Kaziemecz. Sorry, Rick's book isn't at hand at the moment. These locations are in his book. Do order the lard and bread! The food in Krakow is wonderful and cheap. You will eat like a king! Try, if you can, to catch a dinner with traditional Jewish music.
Kazimierz. Options are plentiful and great! City transport will take you there in easy fashion.
Lew Best source of info and an interactive map can be found by googling up "in your pocket guide krakow". You can find your hotel on the map and then identify nearby restaurants. I did a quick look and looks like you are on the wrong side of the river for dining choices, so I would taxi over to Kazimierz or the old town for dinner. There are a zillion good restaurants in the old town square area, and Kazimierz - walk down Szeroka Street there.
I had a great meal at Hotel/Restaurant Esther in Kazimierz. There are lots of choices in the area.
We were never at a loss for great places to go for food in Krakow. We stayed near the square, so often ate dinner there and while I do not remember any specifics, we always asked at our hotel for good places. We had great food and it was always very reasonable.
Krakow has some nice place to eat and drink. I go there about every 3 months or so from Warsaw.
I put some pictures with place names here on pintrest http://www.pinterest.com/walkabout68/polish-food-and-drink-i-like-an-american-in-poland/
I love this place just off the square Restauracja Cechowa
Lots and lots of places to drink and eat. Do avoid the areas near the train station and get further into town. There is an info office on the main square than can provide map and directions in English. I also recommend the excellent archaeology museum that is located UNDER the main square.
You are close to Kazimierz, with lots of restaurants (Rick has listings in his books, or you can just walk around and see what appeals).
I have two favorites in central Krakow, which I also got from Rick's book. This is a long walk or short tram ride from your hotel, but you'll be there a lot for your sightseeing. First is Aqua e Vino (warning - link plays music automatically), which had delicious high end Italian food at much lower prices than comparable quality would cost in Italy, not to mention New York City. Second is Polskie Smaki ("Polish flavors"), a milk bar serving delicious versions of traditional Polish foods in a very pleasant setting, very inexpensively. Be sure to try the zurek (translated as sour soup, as it's made from a sourdough base) - heavenly. I had zurek in other, more expensive places, but it didn't taste as good as the version served here.