Oscypek and Bryndza

Oscypek and Bryndza. Krakow’s proximity to the Tatra Mountains, the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains (and natural border with Slovakia on the south) means lots of things. A wide range of them has to do with its culinary tradition. Lots of the ingredients in Krakow’s kitchens come from that area. Oscypek is a smoked cheese made of salted sheep milk exclusively in the Tatra Mountains. Since 2007 it is a protected trade name under the EU’s Protected Designation of Origin geographical indication.

The first written mention of this product dates back to the 15th century & definitely, a delicacy worth trying. The second cheesy delicacy made in the Tatra Mountains is called Bryndza and is considered part of local cuisine in both South Poland and Slovakia. It is a creamy white ship milk cheese with a strong smell & taste that is characterized by a crumbly, tangy & slightly moist texture. Both of them are worth trying.


If you don’t want to hit the food markets (Plac Nowy Flea Market is a must anyway) then you need to pay a visit to Enoteka Pergamin. Cheese plates to die for and amazing wines to pair them with.  Most of the ingredients in their cuisine come from organic markets, the chef is top notch and the bartenders can mix cocktails likes pros. The cigar room and a huge wine cellar complete the ensemble. More