Krzysztof Żurek, Cracovian by birth, who honed his culinary skills in restaurants in Poland and Italy, has for years now been proving that modernity in Polish cuisine is only working to its advantage. There’s one condition, though: trusted, very good products. The rest depends on the craftsmanship and creativity of the chef – and he’s got plenty of that. Trzy Rybki is an elegant restaurant which takes up a part of the ground floor of the Stary Hotel located near the Szczepański Square. The restored Renaissance era tenement house combines tradition with modernity. Ribbed vaults, beautiful stone floors and fragments of old wall ornaments correspond interestingly with contemporary paintings. The same goes for the plates. The menu mostly offers traditional Polish cuisine with a modern twist, which changes with the seasons. Apart from traditional dishes from the fixed menu, we recommend ordering the tasting menu with a selection of wines. Could the amuse-bouche with Antonius sturgeon caviar be Poland’s major export good? Of course! Or perhaps the refreshing pickled beetroot foam served with fleshy salmon and cheese from Podhale? And on top of all that – expertly prepared fish and carefully selected meats. Finally, desserts – inspired by international cuisine, such as mascarpone cheesecake or cr?me br?lée, but with truly Polish, season’s best produce like rhubarb or strawberry. PSST! Digestive – a “must” after dinner – it’s best to drink it on the hotel’s terrace on the roof, which offers a lovely view of Kraków’s Market Square.