While I write this post drinking my coffee and eating a piece of traditional Polish poppy-seeds cake, I am just remembering my several visits to the one of my favorite cafés almost at the edge of Zakopane in Tatra montains area, “Cukiernia Amarena“.
In Polish, “Cukiernia” is a place where you can buy a variety of cakes, pasties and sometimes also coffee, tea and other non-alcoholic beverages. In case when they also sell drinks, there are at least a few tables for people to sit and enjoy what they buy there. In such places you can purchase cakes and pastries to take with you as well. Some cafés, including this one, can also make cakes and pastries for special occasions like weddings, birthdays etc.
Cukiernia Amarena is located close to Zakopane border, beside the road leading to the famous beautiful Tatra valleys – Dolina Koscieliska and Dolina Chocholowska, I have written here before a few times already. A modern church – Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (Sanktuarium Matki Boskiej Fatimskiej), to which many pilgrims arrive, is located just a couple of minutes walk from there. This church is pretty famous in Poland and Tatra mountains since it was visited by Pope John Paul II (Jan Pawel II). There is about life-size sculpture depicting him standing in front of the church, commemorating this important event.
The address of Cukiernia Amarena is Krzeptówki 36, 34-500 Zakopane and you can find out more about them on their website here.
If you are driving from Zakopane center along very busy Krzeptowki road, or take the local bus, once you pass the above mentioned church, you are already very close to Cukiernia Amarena, which is about 100 m down the road, on the same side as the church. Cukiernia Amarena is located in a small side road, but you can’t miss it since it is well visible from Krzeptowki road.
While in Zakopane last year, I was living about 1 km from this place and I was passing by it usually in the morning while on my way to the center of Zakopane and Tatra mountains. It was often too big temptation to just pass it by, so I loved to stop there for some morning coffee and cakes to help me to fully awake. If I was not able to stop then, I might have stopped at this café on the way back home.
This is a small café, but very nice, clean and serving a variety of great testing, cakes, pastries, ice creams, tea, and delicious, freshly ground coffee. You can sit either inside, or if weather permits, outside in a small front patio surrounded by a fence and decorated with a few plants.
You order what you want and either get it right away, or you might need to wait a bit while your order is prepared. You can just relax at the table and pick up your order when ready, of if you sit outside, they might bring it to you.
Here on the picture below is one the desserts and espresso coffee I have ordered there. If you like some milk or cream with your coffee, it is served on the side and you pay extra. It is usually served in this way at most of Polish cafés.
An average price of espresso is about 5.50-6 zl. I think it is quite expensive comparing to the medium salary in Poland, or even prices of most of the cakes and pastries. For example here you can see some quite delicious cakes for only 4.50 zl each. When I was there 1 Canadian dollar was about 3 Polish zloty and you will get about 4 zl for one American dollar. So I think the average price of such coffee with extra milk or cream is about the same as in Canada at Starbucks.
At least the cakes are usually much cheaper than in Canada and often quite delicious. There is a huge variety to choose from and they are most of the time much less sweet than in Canada or USA.
Cukiernia Amarena is a family run business and the desserts they sell are made by them, so the products are really very fresh and delicious. While you are at this cafe you can also admire and buy some original silver jewelry on display, which is produced by the family as well.
I encourage you to visit this place if you like sweets and small cafés with a friendly atmosphere. I must add I am not related to the owners in any way or paid by them to write this article. I just thought these place deserved to be mentioned on my blog and maybe you will like it too.
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