Szeroka Street, ancient heart of the Jewish Quarter
Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish Quarter, is filled with funky and vibrant cafes welcoming locals and tourists alike. Where to spend your time becomes an important question as Kazimierz has much to offer, many streets being lined with establishments fighting for your attention.
Nowadays there is a much smaller Jewish Community presence. That said, Kazimierz maintains the Jewish atmosphere in hopes of remembering a different time. One place offering a taste of Jewish cuisine is Szeroka Street – pronounced Sheroka, in English. Szeroka Street boasts some of Kazimierz’s best examples of Jewish, Polish and Israeli food. Included in these is Dawno Temu na Kazimierzu – translated as “Once upon a time in Kazimierz” – which offers a menu of traditional Jewish cuisine as well as an interesting décor, with the outside disguised as 20th century Jewish shops. A few other restaurant options are Ariel for Jewish delicacies and Hamsa for modern Israeli dishes.
The majority of the Jewish Community resettled in this area in the 14th century after a decree given by King Jan Olbracht, which forced the Jews out of Krakow, though your guide with have more details on the Jewish history of Kazimierz. The elongated square that is Szeroka Street was once the Market Square of the Jewish Town, and it still preserves the ambiance of the old days. With its colorful buildings, it is a great sight even if it is just for an evening walk. As well as restaurants and cafes, it is home to a Jewish bookshop, where books can be found in a multitude of languages, alongside antique stores and galleries. The street lies between two synagogues; the Remuh Synagogue, which is the most active in the Jewish Quarter, and the Old Synagogue now acting as a museum.
Szeroka Street Info
Address: 31-053 Kraków, between Na Przesciu Street and Miodowa Street
Map Ref: 50.052649, 19.948042
Images by Stefanie Auger-Roy for Absolute Tours