Hamsa Krakow (or Hummus & Happiness Israeli Restobar) is one of the top choices for Middle Eastern food in Krakow.
Hamsa is one of the top bets for Middle Eastern eats in the city. A menu bursting with vegetarian and vegan delights beckons visitors strolling along Szeroka Street and Miodowa outside, while the aromas of cumin, tahini and hummus twist and turn below the vaulted ceilings and around the open deli indoors. A hot topic of debate is whether this one’s much-lauded hummus lives up to the quality of the other dedicated hummus eateries in Kazimierz, while there’s no question that the sprawling platters of mezze and Middle Eastern finger foods are some of the best in town.
Diners can choose between a whole host of small Israeli and Levantine tapa to add to their plates, like deep-fried jibneh cheeses and falafel bites. And then there are the larger mains, encompassing the likes of Moroccan mackerel and beef burgers doused in mint-packed mayo. Breakfast is to-die-for; a medley of baked eggs peppered in paprika and smothered in vegetables, washed down by mint teas and herbal concoctions. There’s also a strong beer offering, with regularly changing house bottles that bring out the best of local Polish, Czech and Eastern European Breweries.
Hamsa touts a charming and stylish interior décor that’s part Kazimierz-boho part traditional Greco-Turkic and Middle Eastern. That means whitewashed tables and chairs, exposed wood floors and a lively open kitchen setup. The piece de resistance though has to be the al fresco terrace, where beanbags and low-rise palette chairs play host to spectacled yuppies and chatty types right throughout the weekend.
In short, Hamsa Krakow is a great choice for a chilled out breakfast or lunch while strolling the fascinating district of Kazimierz. If in doubt try the jibneh cheese with sesame seeds!