Hamsa Krakow (or Hummus & Happiness Israeli Restobar if you insist) is one of the top choices for Middle Eastern food in the city!
Hamsa is one of the top bets for Middle Eastern eats in the city and a top venue for eating in Kazimierz district. A menu bursting with vegetarian and vegan delights beckons visitors strolling along Szeroka Street and Miodowa outside. Yep: you’ll almost be able to smell the cumin and tahini coming from 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 dips spots in the district. However, there’s no question that the sprawling platters of mezze and Middle Eastern finger foods are some of the best around.
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The food in Hamsa Krakow
Diners can choose between a whole host of small Israeli and Levantine tapa. Personal favourites include the deep-fried jibneh cheese, the in-house falafels, the muhammara dip (a lovely concoction of walnuts and red pepper). In addition to that, there are larger mains. They encompass the likes of Moroccan mackerel and beef burgers doused in mint-packed mayo.
Breakfast at Hamsa Krakow is also to-die-for. You can discover a medley of baked eggs sprinkled in paprika and smothered in vegetables. That’s washed down by mint teas and colourful smoothies. Basically, it’s a top way to start the day in Kazi!
There’s also a strong beer offering, with regularly changing house bottles and labels. They bring out the best of local Polish, Czech and Eastern European breweries. You can also select from some curated wines from across Europe and Israel.
The setting at Hamsa
Hamsa Krakow touts a charming and stylish interior that’s part Kazimierz-boho part traditional Greco-Middle Eastern. Expect whitewashed tables and chairs, exposed wood floors and a lively open kitchen setup. The best part has to be the al fresco terrace, though. That has beanbags and low-rise palette chairs – perfect for chilling and sipping one of those banging homemade lemonades!
There’s more seating out front on Szeroka Street that we love in the midday sun come the summer. You’ll be able to sit there, share a mezze plate, and people watch on what’s actually one of the oldest streets in the city.
The drinks menu
These days, Hamsa is just as good a drink hangout as a food stop. If you can score one of the lazy seats in the patio space out back, then there’s hardly any reason not to settle in for an afternoon of radlers – they are surely one of the in-house specialties. The card here also now includes a range of local craft beers and a variety of wine labels from all over the Levant.