Ambasada Śledzia (The Herring Embassy)

There’s a vodka and śledź bar on seemingly every corner in Kraków these days, and we’re gonna go ahead and blame Ambasada Śledzia for this fishy fad. They were first, and if we’re judging by food, they’re also the best. In case you’re wondering, pickled herring (śledź) is a ‘delicacy’ in these parts in the same way that vodka is local parlance for ‘medicine.’ The two go great together and for 12zł it’s a cheap fling with foreign culinary culture. Presumably after trouble with the neighbours, the primary ‘Herring Embassy’ now closes at midnight, but the all-night shenanigans that once characterised this cult hipster haven have simply moved down the street to ul. Stolarska 5 (‘Śledź u Fryzjera,’ open 11:00 – 05:00); there’s also a tiny second location (‘Mały Śledź’) in Kazimierz at ul. Bożego Ciała 11 (open 16:00 – 02:00; Thu, Fri, Sat 16:00 – 05:00; Sun 10:00 – 02:00).

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