place: krakow poland


Have I mentioned that I spent almost half a year living in Krakow, Poland, last winter?

Well, anyway. It’s a gorgeous, marvelous city, and I miss it a lot lately. The one thing I miss most about Krakow, though, is Massolit. Massolit is a cozy cafe-bookstore in the very heart of the old town. You go inside, see a couple of bookshelves, a counter, and some tables. It looks pretty much like a regular coffee-shop. Then, you take a look at the sign above one of the doors behind the counter which says “MORE BOOKS”. What is that? Are you even allowed to go in there? By all means. So you order a cup of coffee, open the mysterious door, and that’s where the magic begins. 

Suddenly, you find yourself in a labyrinth of bookshelves. Each room is different, with a variety of cozy chairs, sofas, and bean bags. Just grab a book and take a seat wherever you like. 

Speaking of books, there are more that 50,000 of them, and guess what? They’re all in English. You can find virtually anything in there, be it a contemporary novel, or a scientific book. Since Massolit is a bookstore, all books are for sale with prices ranging from $2 to $10; however, you are welcome to spend as much time as you like reading whatever you want in there, without actually buying it. 

The place is magical. I used to spend most of my evenings in there, and, in the end, I had to buy an additional suitcase for all the books I bought from Massolit. You just have to be there and experience it for yourself. It’s magical. Really magical.