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An adventurous girl cooks, eats and explores in Europe.

Krakow Highlights: The Jewish Quarter

Outside of the old town, the much more evidently tourist area, we spent most our time in the Jewish quarter. We stayed here in the B&B Kolory and were right on a lively platz with bars, food and excitement. It was an amazing location and a great place- nice rooms with a friendly, helpful staff and great breakfast spread.

Breakfast at B&B Kolory

The blocks surrounding us were all restaurants, cafes, bars and lounges. It was definitely a big area for going out. The area was filled with interesting people and unique places. There were plenty of options and a spot for any mood.

One of my favorites was Finka, a bar with almost a healthy juice bar twist. They had homemade lemonade, lots of fruit in drinks and some nonalcoholic fruit drink options. With outdoor seating and big windows, it was a nice spot for the bit of nice weather we got Sunday evening.

One of the livelier bars we went to was along Plac Nowy. Known for the very nice and pretty ladies bartending, they welcome you in for beers or vodka shots. They do serve food (which everyone seemed to have a shot of vodka with) and have homemade pickles as well. It is divided into the bar area, a large dance floor in a separate room and outdoor seating (where we sat until the rain started).

Another very different bar we went into had a darker, grungier vibe- PUB Propaganda. It was filled with communist era paraphernalia complete with the Fiat hood on the wall.

Past night life, there were plenty of small boutiques with arts, crafts, and clothing. There are old synagogues and some churches. You can also see a remaining section of the ghetto wall.

All the way on the edge of the quarter is a large shopping mall filled with typical European stores like Zara, H&M and Mango as well as some Polish stores I’d never seen before. It was nice to do a short shopping trip in a new area.

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This entry was posted on June 30, 2013 by in Travel, Travel Tips and tagged , , , , , , .

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