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Monday, 18 April 2016

Krakow - Matras Cafe - The Cheesecake

Dearest hearts,

One of Kraków's hidden gems, when it comes to adorable and cozy coffee shops is for sure the Matras Bookstore and Coffee Shop - located on Rynek Główny 23 (Main Market Square number 23). Some locals may know this but some will not (if they are not interested in the story of the city) that this particular bookstore is the oldest bookstore in Europe, dating from 1610. Of course along the time it has changed its owner and it's look - now it even holds at the end of the bookstore a 2 room coffee shop - but the bookstore has been here for over 400 years! So if you live in Kraków, near Kraków or you are planning your trip in the Malopolskie voivodship of Poland, I really recommend you to have a short break there. There are some nice English books as well (nothing fancy) but we love going there to the coffee shop - and if you are my reader for quite a long time, you may remember me mentioning about it before ;)
The prices:
- shakes, smoothies and frappe's - around 10 zloty
- Vienese coffee - 7,5 zloty
- Caffè latte - 9,5 zloty
- oriental latte - 10 zloty
- cappuccino - 8,5 zloty
You can also have some really yummy and fingerlicking cakes (homemade). We usually like to have the cheesecake, which  in this case is just heavenly! Of course it is never "just a piece of cheesecake" as always it comes with a great flavour, like the orange one. Only thinking about it makes my mouth water... the softness velvety soft cheese inside + the thin and soft crust + the delicious layer or marzipan on top, sprinkled with pieces of orange skin. One slice will boost you up and keep you filled for a long while due to the caloric bomb intake ;) The homemade goodies/sweets cost between 10-15 zloty but they are worth the try ;) 
You can pair the sweets intake with some coffee (like my better half always does) but if you are not a fan of coffee, like me, you can have it with some freshly squeezed orange/grapefruit/mix juice or with some delicious tea. I like having it, if the weather is chilly, with some good tea. I really recommend you a cup of tea - white tea with pear flavour. Smells amazing and tastes great as well, warming you up from the inside. It combines veey well with the orange flavoured cheesecake ;)

We love spending time there, at the Matras Bookstore and Coffee Shop, as it is a very nice and relaxing place in the middle of the city, perfect for small (or bigger) stops ;) it's (of course) a non - smoking place, no outdoor seating, but great music and atmosphere. There are hangers for coats and umbrellas and you can even take books from the bookstore and check them out before buying them. The process of buying a book should never be a mindless one ;) so if ever you are in the area, make sure you drop by and let me know what you think of it - would love to hear your opinion!

Yours truly,
A LadyBug In Love With Books & Tea & Krakow City Center = Matras Cafe/Bookstore