Hamsa Hummus & Happiness
Touting sprawling mezze platters of hummus, olives, baba ghanoush, flat breads and plenty, plenty more, this cool little eatery is a fine spot for lunch in Kazimierz. The interior is stripped-down and stylish, with hints of the earthy Middle East about it, while the real piece de resistance is the shady garden out back, where comfy palette chairs abut low tables to the tunes of Arabic dub. It’s all very hip!
Szeroka 2, 31-053 Kraków, +48 515 150 145
Walk along the Vistula
Take a walk along the banks of the Vistula River that ring Kazimierz to the south and the west. Here, spy out the soaring Wawel Castle that marks the meeting point of the neighborhood and the Old Town, or settle down in one of the bobbing boat bars that pepper the waters for an al fresco beer in the summer. During the winter, the grassy lawns next to the river are iced over and covered in snow – a truly pretty sight to behold.
Church of Corpus Christi
An architectural landmark of the neighborhood, Corpus Christi Church is one of the most impressive ecumenical structures in town, and a dazzling combination of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. The church was meant to host a monastery, yet its function remained as a church for centuries. Every alcove has something of interest and curiosity here – from the vaulted ceilings to the chapel extensions and the soaring Gothic tower outside.
Corpus Christi Basilica, Bożego Ciała 26, Kraków, Polen, +48 12 430 59 95
Local market at Plac Nowy
The historical pavilion at the center of Kazimierz, Plac Nowy has been a bustling commercial place since its inauguration in the early 1900s. Today its function continues, with sprawling trinket and craft and antique stalls setting up shop right throughout the week here, along with an enticing farmers market every weekend. Also, don’t miss the chance to dine on traditional zapiekanki (pizza breads packed with toppings) from the holes-in-the-wall in the middle – they are hailed as the finest in all of Poland.
Galicia Jewish Museum
A commemorative, sobering and compelling exhibition center that’s dedicated to chronicling and re-telling the histories of Polish Jews, the Galicia Jewish Museum is arguably one of the finest in all of Krakow. The centrepiece of the collection is unquestionably the acclaimed photography set Traces of Memory and An Unfinished Memory by Chris Schwarz, while plenty of temporary exhibitions and events keep the calender interesting right throughout the year.
Galicia Jewish Museum, Dajwór 18, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 421 68 42
One of the last active synagogues in the neighborhood of Kazimierz and certainly one of the smallest, the Remuh Synagogue traces its roots back to the 1550s, when it was built in honor of the family of Rabbi Moshe Isserles. Worth noting are the striking inscriptions on the exterior courtyard walls commemorating the death of the Krakow Jews in the Holocaust, along with the exquisite Torah Ark inside, with its art deco stylistic touches.
Remuh Synagogue, Szeroka 40, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 429 57 35
No jaunt through Kazimierz could possibly be complete without at least a stop at this quirky little bar. Bursting at the rickety wooden seams with over-dripped candles and haunting portraiture, Alchemia has long been hailed as the finest bar in the city. The menu has oodles of Czech beer and Polish brews, along with an all-new selection of dishes, vegetarian friendly to the hilt – haloumi burgers, hummus platters et al.
Estery 5, Kraków, +48 12 421 22 00
Church on the Rock
The Church on the Rock was established near the Vistula River, making its location particularly pleasant. The structure seen today was completed between 1740 and 1762, built on the site of an older Romanesque church that was razed during the Swedish invasions of the 17th century. There’s also a serene garden here to see, complete with the ubiquitous effigy of Pope John Paul II (Yep, he was from Krakow!).
Skałeczna 15, Kraków, +48 12 421 72 44
City Engineering Museum
The Engineering Museum is home to various types of break-through objects from the history of the field, going from 15th century printing presses to motors and vehicles. The old tramways of Kazimierz are also there to be seen, still criss-crossing the floor of the old depot where the museum is housed. In short: a perfect little stop off for any travellers interested in the industrial history of the town.
City Engineering Museum, św. Wawrzyńca 15, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 421 12 42
Sprawled out across the roadway of Beera Meiselsa, the small street connecting plac Nowy with the western side of Kazimierz, Mleczarnia is a perfect manifestation of the area’s penchant for everything vintage, beatnik and quirky. Antiques adorn every crevice and cove of the interior, while a gorgeous beer garden comes alive in the summer, complete with wrought iron tables and makeshift benches to boot.
Mleczarnia , Beera Meiselsa 20, Kraków, Poland, +48 12 421 85 32