The Lajkonik is one of the unofficial symbols of the city of Kraków. It is represented as a bearded man resembling a Tatar in a characteristic pointed hat, dressed in Mongol attire, with a wooden horse around his waist (hobby horse). It is the subject of the Lajkonik Festival (Polish: Lajkoniki) that takes place each year on the first Thursday after the religious holiday of Corpus Christi. To no surprise there is a bakery shop, with the same name, here in Krakow - make that a chain of bakery shops, opened since 2012. The owner has shops both in Krakow and in the nearby industrial town - Katowice. But Lajkonik is not only a bakery, but a coffee house as well! The perfect combo, you can buy there fresh bread and wait for it to be cut into slices, while you have your morning cup of coffee / milkshake (in my case...).
Their asortiment has 5 main branches: bread, sandwiches & salads, beverages, sweet rolls & cookies, cakes & desserts. I especially like their milkshakes - with the fruits of the season. They make it right in front of you, with milk & fresh fruits (strawberries, usually, in my case) and the lovely part is they put in only brown sugar - of course, that does not make it very sweet but in this way you can actually feel the taste of the fruits and not the sugar. If you really want the extra sugar kick, you can always go to the table with the sugar - white & brown - and serve yourself to your hearts desire. The latest price for the milkshakes is around 10 zloty (almost 3 euros), and you can pay the check either with cash or by card (only Visa and MasterCard).
But I also suggest trying out their sweets: the fruit tarts are finger-licking good! and they cost around 12 zloty (about 3 euros). You can eat there - they always have nice spaces with good seating options, be it for couples or for groups - or you can takeout - pick and choose and eat in the town :) Also, a thing to be noted, is the fact that they have free WIFI - and not once, but a couple of times! have I seen teenagers doing their homeworks there, while having a sandwich. They also have a cute English - Polish presentation page of their products, which is quite nicely done :) but they are not active at all on Facebook, and that is a pitty... social media can do wonders in terms of advertising. If ever you are in the area of a Lajkonik and you need a refreshment, remember to go in and have a fresh milkshake & fruit tart ;) and then think of me fondly!
P.S. Pictures were taken with the Samsung S4 and I ate the sweets too fast so I cannot show you, but I guess you get the idea from the first picture, with the yummy yummy tarts :) For your information, there are 5 locations of Lajkonik in Krakow:
- Kraków Basztowa Street 15 tel. +48 533 335 281
- Kraków Bratysławska Street 4 tel. 533 335 286
- Kraków Dominikański Square 2 tel. +48 533 335 282
- Kraków Karmelicka Street 22 tel. +48 533 335 284
- Kraków Starowiślna Street 1 tel. 533 335 287
**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love! Prices given were valid in July 2015 - but don't worry, the zloty is one of the most ferm and unchanging currencies and Poland loves to keep a good eye on its economy! so the prices will not change much. **
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