Scoring an average traveller rating of 5
out of 5
based on the last 24 recent reviews
Even if you only have limited time in Krakow, I would 100% recommend Olgierd's cooking class. You really get that intimate, small-group feel and he is an expert on all things pierogi! After spending three days in Krakow and eating more pierogis than I’d like to admit, I can honestly say the pierogis we made during Olgierd’s cooking class were hands-down the best I had in the city by a landslide! The man is truly an artist.”
Madison K • Submitted 23 Oct 2019
AnnaMarie was our host. She made the outing fun starting with buying the ingredients at the market and then going in to her home to make pierogies. Highly recommend this class.”
Cynthia M • Submitted 21 Oct 2019
This being our first time in Poland, we wanted to do something to accentuate our visit and make it unique - this class clearly met the criteria! Our chef took us to the local farm market where we picked all of the ingredients needed for our polish dinner. This included conversing with the sellers in polish -- with our chef close by to help us say the right things! After the market, we went to his apartment to make perogies. He provided detailed instructions and demonstrations -- and then let us make our own. This included preparing the vegetables, mixing the dough, and assembling and cooking the perogies. Also included were appetizers, drinks and dessert (all pre-made) along with his personal history living in Poland -- which we found fascinating. For some, it might seem a little unnerving to enter a private residence, but it really turned out to be a really unique experience -- one that should not be passed up. If you like cooking -- this is a great thing to do in Krakow! Highly recommended!”
Thomas T • Submitted 08 Oct 2019
Our Hostess Anna made our experience positive with her personable manner and straightforward explanations. We enjoyed learning about Polish traditions and actually visiting a market and store through this hands-on approach. Making the pierogis from scratch ourselves was great instead of just watching. Lots of fun!”
Diane B • Submitted 20 Aug 2019
This was the very best and memorable way to learn how to make perogies in a Polish home ... Olga was the best hostess and teacher!”
carmichael.colleen • Submitted 13 May 2019
Dominique was my guide and she was perfect. Young and enthusiastic and above all, enjoyed cooking! We visited the market first to buy the produce needed to make Pierogi Dumplings and some cheesecake for afters. We also got some varieties of polish cheeses, and samples from the kind lady on the stall, to enjoy. After shopping, Dominique welcomed me into her very traditional polish home and we set about making the filling and the dough for the Pierogi. Great fun and very very delicious, but we made far too many! At least Dominique's Mexican flat mate will enjoy her dinner later, and apparently they freeze well too.......just as well. I also enjoyed fermented beetroot juice, also bought at the market, and sauerkraut as well as some home made cucumber pickles and fabulous raspberry vodka. Thanks Dominique for making the day so special, and for your kind hospitality.”
Irene Stewart • Submitted 18 Apr 2018
I absolutely loved this experience. It was me and another couple. We were greeted by our guide who then took us to the old Polish outdoor market. He explained some foods and we tried a few things. He then had us shop for ingredients for our pierogis and made us each order the items from the vendor in Polish. Not easy, but fun! and the locals got a kick out of it. WE stopped to buy dessert at a local bakery and he explained some neighborhood sites along the way. We arrived at the apartment, took off our shoes and introduced ourselves to the woman who was our host and instructor. How lovely that she let us in her home. She didn't speak English but she gave us great instruction and our guide translated. It was like cooking with my great grandmother who didn't speak English but man she gestured to what i was supposed to do. I was a natural! We each had tasks, made the final product and then enjoyed the dish. I brought some wine so everyone could share. What a wonderful day.”
Angela P • Submitted 21 Jan 2018
This cooking class was such a delight! We had the pleasure of meeting with Anna, who took us to a great outdoor market and let us order the ingredients as she taught us how to say them in Polish. Than we had a lovely stroll to her home. She provided us with some cheese a appetizer as she got to know us a little better. Than she taught us step by step how to make homemade delicious pierogis! We had such a blast, and she was very friendly and made us feel comfortable. We really enjoyed being in her home and learning how to make such a staple in Poland. After we were all done we sat down and enjoyed them together. It was a really great day, and I would recommend this clads to anyone who is interested in learning a new skill, and enjoys cooking or just learning something new!”
Kimberly S • Submitted 03 Nov 2017
Excellent..do not miss this one. What made this experience memorable our tour guide opened up her private home for our pierogi cooking class.. First - the market to buy what we needed including beer and wine...then off to our instructor's home. We had a couple from Orlando and a couple from the UK that were traveling together. Sampled regional cheese and pickles as well as local fruits. Great group...a lot of fun! According to our instructor's husband we scored an 8 10 being his mother's pierogi! so pretty good!”
renee • Submitted 31 Oct 2017
What a fun, unforgettable experience! We were first met by Thomas, who's enthusiasm is contagious, and we were given maps that included basic Polish vocabulary. We were told that we were going to visit one of the oldest market places in Poland the Stary Kleparz and that we were going to ask for our ingredients for the pierogies from the vendors at the market in Polish! We were a little nervous at first but with some helpful tutoring from Thomas we all did very well and it was a lot of fun too. We learned more about Polish foods as we walked about the market and picked up a few more items before heading off to Thomas' mom's house. Yes, we really went to his mom's house and she was so very welcoming that you immediately felt like you were visiting old friends or family. We cleaned up and were put to work peeling and cutting potatoes and onions. While we waited for the ingredients to cook we sampled some Polish snacks purchased from the market as well as sampled Polish beers. Everything was delicious, our favorite was the smoked cheese. Yum! We discussed where items were made and the history of the foods and even talked about where we were all from our small group of six was from California all the way to Denmark. Next, it was pierogie dough making time. We each took turns, rolling out the dough, cutting the circles and filling the pierogies. The finished pierogies went into the boiling water and soon it was time for the big reward, eating! Our finished product was fantastic! This was a very fun, hands-on experience that we would do again. If you truly want to feel like you are part of Poland, you must step away from the tourist crowds for a bit and into the welcoming home of the locals. You will be so happy that you did!”
Heather H • Submitted 01 Oct 2017
This is so much more than a cooking class.
Tomasz and his mother Anna were the highlight of our whole trip to Poland. Anna is very sweet and talented Anna and Tomasz is a perfect guide and host. We felt like we were visiting friends and cooking and eating an amazing meal together.
Tomasz was early, waiting for us when we arrived, and promptly began to teach us the Polish language skills we would use in the market when we shopped for the ingredients of our Pierogi. His english skills are excellent and his enthusiasm is infectious. The trip to the market was fun and interesting, and soon we were in Anna's home cooking. We asked a million questions and talked while cooking and we got to know so much about Poland that we could not have without having visited our new friends. The numerous appetizers, Pierogi, and desert were truly amazing.
We did many things on our trip to Poland. My group voted this to be the best thing we did on the whole trip. Tomasz and Anna have our sincere thanks and admiration.”
Paul S • Submitted 20 Sep 2017
Monica and Stefano were great hosts, experts about the area, and cooking teachers.The trip through the farmers market was fun.The cooking was fantastic. Will make the dishes for friends at home.We appreciate that they answered all our questions about Krakow and its history.We highly recommend the class.”
Bridget D • Submitted 10 Jul 2017
My fiance and I came to Krakow for part of our honeymoon and took this class. It was absolutely amazing! Our guide took us through the local farmers market, taught us a few Polish phrases, and even talked to us about this history of the city and country. Making the pierogi's was such a fun time!!”
Staci A • Submitted 16 Jun 2017
I highly recommend taking a Polish cooking class with Urban Adventures in Krakow. Our host family was excellent in every aspect.
Monika Prylinska was the main host of our trip. Transportation was provided and we also went on an open market grocery run to get our supplies for making homemade Pierogi. The highlight of the day!!!
Once we arrived to our destination kitchen, we had some Polish appetizers before we began our cooking adventure of the homemade Pierogi. We were able to sample other Polish cuisine before our class which I thought was a fantastic idea.
If you enjoy doing something a little different, love food and want to experience the Polish culture, I highly recommend taking this cooking class with Urban Adventures.”
cas.stubblefield • Submitted 30 May 2017
Anna was terrific. She took us to the market and we shopped for the ingredients we neeed to make really fantastic pierogies. My wife and I enjoyed talking with her and learning about Krakow and Poland. A great four hours.”
Robert W • Submitted 06 May 2017
Do not miss this enjoyable authentic opportunity to experience first hand Polish culture and cuisine. Our guide Magda and her grandmother are five-star ambassadors. The tour begins with a type of 'scavenger hunt' at a Saturday morning neighborhood market. Shopping for the our lunch ingredients included numerous fun surprises. This tour is a must do - you feel immediately at home and not only do you learn how to make a very delicious Polish dish but you also gain new friends in Poland.”
Jean H • Submitted 05 Nov 2016
The cooking experience was well planned. Tommy is very experienced with polish cuisine.”
Daniel F • Submitted 26 Jun 2016
Had a great time with my family learning to cook and interacting with local Polish people. If you are looking for something different to do and experience real Polish culture then give it a try.”
Conor R • Submitted 22 Jun 2016
Fantastic class with wonderful hosts! Monica and her husband are so welcoming and patient. They prepared us a light breakfast before starting our cooking class and showed us how to make delicious pierogi which we enjoyed for lunch after as well as some other samples of traditional polish food they had prepared. Highly recommend spending a morning enjoying this great class!!”
Justin R • Submitted 16 May 2016
Wow....this was the best experience of our trip so far. Magda, our beautiful host met us at the agreed location then took us to the local market. She gave us a list of food to buy in order to make the Pierogi and then let us use a little Polish and a lot of sign language to get the ingredients. Once we had achieved our first task, she took us to her flat where we met her gorgeous grandmother. We the learnt how to make Pierogi and learnt a lot more about Polish culture and food. It was an amazing experience and we came away feeling very happy and full. Highly recommend this tour and greatly appreciate the time that Magda and her grandmother gave us.”
slodecki • Submitted 23 Nov 2015
A home cooking class is a sensational way to meet new people as well as locals, experience their culture, and of course learn about Polish cooking. With a fantastic guide Tomasz, he lead our small group through the markets where we had to flex our Polish language skills whilst learning about different foods. The day was a sensational experience, with our guide's mother playing host in her home - Anna. It was a brilliant combination and truly made the day a far richer experience. I definitely recommend this cooking tour/class - you won't be disappointed.”
Oliver • Submitted 11 Sep 2015
I REALLY enjoyed this class! And would recommend it to anyone who would like a different sort of travel experience. There were a lot of side benefits to the class. For one thing, we went to a large and colorful market that I otherwise would have missed to buy our ingredients, we took public transportation to a community outside the normal tourist areas, we went to someone's home where we were greeted by her grandmother who helped a lot with the cooking,. The end product was delicious and I was sorry when it was time to leave.”
Alison M • Submitted 03 Sep 2015
This Cooking Class was a highlight of our visit to Krakow.
Our very helpful, charming, perfect English speaking Guide Monica waited for us at the given time and place. We got money to go to the market, lovely and lively market! And we shopped for our lunch, which was fun.
At home Stefano greeted us kindly and learned us how to make the Russian Pierogi and we made them and we had a very nice lunch with more goodies from the market. Our hosts go out of their way to tell about Krakow history, family life and Monica brought us back to the Hotel.
Wilhelmina v • Submitted 02 Jun 2015
This was a fantastic way to experience true Poland. Our guide Monika was superb in every way - she welcomed us in her home as if we had been long time friends. I highly, highly recommend this tour!”
Stephany O • Submitted 21 May 2015