Kraków’s Jewish Quarter
After spending a couple hours at the Schindler Factory, I decided to keep with the cultural theme of the day and head back across the river to the Kazimierz District – the Jewish Quarter of Kraków.
(Spot the Smart!)
The Jewish District felt a little ramshackle, but in a very quirky way. The streets had so much character and charm.
I stumbled upon this place, Cheder Cafe, and decided to grab a coffee.
It was like stumbling into your Grandma’s kitchen. So homey and warm.
I ordered a “red cappuccino,” which is made with Roobios tea leaves instead of coffee beans. I’m not sure I’d get it again (I love my caffeine too much) but it was interesting to try.
I only spent about 25 minutes in Cheder Cafe before I got that itch to explore some more.
My wanderings took me to Introligatornia Smaku. I actually had dinner reservations at this little hole in the wall, but I was LE HUNGRY so I decided to push it up and just eat “linner” instead.
It was barely 2pm, so they weren’t busy at all cause of the off hour. I was able to grab a seat easy-peasy.
Amuse bouche on the house to start.
And then the most AMAZING cheese-and-potato stuffed Russian pierogi. I could’ve easily eaten three more orders of these guys.
My main: salmon over zucchini fritters.
And a mini, complementary alcohol shooter to finish things off.
This place was really highly rated on TripAdvisor (#1 restaurant in Kraków!) and I can see why. The food was legit, and the value was amazing. The whole meal was less than $20 – including tip! I can barely make it out of a Copenhagen coffee shop with a latte and a pastry for less than $20. Hah.
I skipped on desserts at Introligatornia Smaku cause I knew that there was a macaron place literally down the block. And macarons will ALWAYS win out.
Praise be – airy, sugary disks of happiness.
With the treats in tow, I braved the cold 25 minute walk back to the apartment.
And said hi to the horsies on the way, of course.