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Friday, 16 October 2015

Krakow - La Petite France

Good morning everyone!

"There is an admirable fact about the psychology of France: she knows no half measures, loathsome or sublime, she forges the thought and the beauty of a world or of a dung heap; her destiny is never to be mediocre" - Josephin Peldon
When you think about Poland and visiting it, you also think about trying the traditional, local food. But if you stay longer, if you are an expat like myself, you will want to sometimes change and try something different. Or maybe, let's say you come from France and after a day of traditional meals in Kraków you find out that it is not quite your thing and you wish to get back to some light nibbling, you may want to try out the Charlotte (my personal favourite place for creme brulee) or La Petite France.
La Petite France is located extremely close to the Main Market Square, so wherever you are hosted it is easy to reach.  The street is called Saint Thomas ( ul. Swietego Tomasza ) number 25th. The bistro is open Mondays to Fridays between 9 am to 10 pm & Saturdays to Sundays from 9 am to 11 pm! :) The place is described by the locals as "a small French bistro in the heart of Kraków" and you can find all the times locals dropping by for some sandwich or a coffee.
La Petite France is open for breakfast - lunch - dinner and anything in between! The bistro is located on one of the less crowded and less circulated small cobblestoned streets that leads to the Planty area. It has a minimalistic decor that somehow makes you feel at peace and welcomed. There are small tables - for 2 or 4 - but also a bar area with small tables merged with the window, where you can enjoy looking at the passer-by people - that is what I love doing :) The walls are decors with black and white photos of bistros and there are shelves with French products - from wine to sweets. There are also huge fridges with several types of cheeses and you can order a platter ;) I also love the music there - one time they were playing Zaz's new cd and another time they were playing Frank Sinatra's best hits... magical!
During the summertime you can also sit outside. The small tables are perfect for 2, but I always prefer the inside location, at the bar table. The portions are not huge but the food is good and the serving is nice and the waitresses know English language. As it was breakfast time, this time, I took the scrambled eggs - if you wish for bread you must order it and pay extra 2 zloty - and a tea. I heard though that the best choice, also if you like something sweet, is to try the "cafe gourmant" - 3 little deserts and a coffee. I heard only good things about that one, so I must come again to try it! (even if I don't like coffee that much)...
- scrambled eggs, omelette - 12 zloty
- toast, baguette - for the eggs - extra 2 zloty
- cafe gourmant - 15 zloty
I payed cash but I saw you could also pay by card. La Petite France holds on TripAdvisor the #228 of 988 Restaurants in Kraków and #247 of 1062 places to eat in Kraków. With 53 reviews it holds 4.5 stars out of 5!

P.S. The sandwiches always look amazing & fresh and they cost between 12 and 15 zloty. They look like a quick-good-bite-to-go :)

Yours truly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug