Klezmer Hois

Located in a former bathhouse in the heart of Kazimierz, the Klezmer Hois is a unique Kraków institution that cannot be missed. Situated just 100 meters from the Remuh Synagogue, adding an evening visit to the Klezmer House – complete with traditional Jewish music and Polish cuisine – is an easy way to experience a slice of the old Jewish traditions of Kraków.

Authentically decorated and home to a large menu of delicious, hearty Galician Jewish food, the atmosphere of the Klezmer house is one-of-a-kind. Reviving the pre-war feel of Jewish Kazimierz by hosting nightly concerts, the Klezmer Hois has made a name for itself among international artists, actors, musicians, poets and painters. Celebrity guests of this culinary institution include Stephen Spielberg, Prince Charles, Roman Polański and many other notable visitors.

At Klezmer Hois, you’ll find delectable classics including an array of zupa (soup), knische (a Russian Pierog Pie), Litvak-style herring and scrumptious kreplach, to name just a few. The restaurant has no shortage of teas and coffees, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages thanks to its fully-equipped bar and you can enjoy your food (and the delectable decor) as you listen to live traditional klezmer music which starts at every evening at 8pm. While reservations are not necessary they are suggested for large parties or special occasions.

Once Upon a Time

Step back in time to the Kazimierz of yesteryear with a visit to Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz. From its ancient floorboards to the authentic wood furniture and adorned with artefacts of Kraków’s past, this restaurant is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for your stomach. Merging the histories of Polish and Jewish culture, Once Upon a Time pays a real tribute to the culture-rich past of Kraków. From the outside, the restaurant is decorated like the shopfronts of the past with weathered window shutters, shabby window displays and peeling shop signs that proudly display their names. The interiors of each shop front is preserved to look as it would’ve in the past, a glimpse at the grocers of the early 20th century but the cultural tributes go beyond that. The Once Upon a Time menu is decorated to look like an antique newspaper, and is stocked with traditional fare like pierogis (Polish ravioli), cholent (a thick meat stew) and borsch (a beetroot soup). They offer a wide selection of beers, liquors, traditional meads and ciders, as well as soft drinks for everyone’s liking. On top of the traditional lunch and dinner menu, Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz offers a special breakfast menu with a mixture of typical Polish and Jewish breakfast feasts, such as shakshuka, ‘omlet’ and grilled lamb. It’s a great place to fill up on a hearty breakfast before starting a day of touring and exploring. In the evening, the restaurant hosts live music concerts paying tribute to the klezmer and traditional sounds of the region. Whether you make it a pitstop or a focal point of your evening, Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that truly speaks to the souls of its guests, whether local or international. Visit Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz for every day from 10am until midnight for an unforgettable Jewish-Polish cultural experience.