Kraków
Those looking for old-school Polish cooking will find plenty of places serving pierogi (stuffed dumplings) and bigos (a hunters' stew heavy on cabbage and great as a winter warmer). But it would be a mistake to think that Polish chefs are merely repeating their grandmother's recipes. Several high-end restaurants offer creative new dishes at very affordable prices, and the quality and variety of modern European cuisine is in keeping with Krakow's place on the premier international tourist route. And while Polish vodka remains a popular tipple, there is a growing beer scene in the city with some excellent pubs and several microbreweries opening in recent years.