A. Hawełek - A. Hawełka

The A. Hawełka is a traditional restaurant on Krakow's Market Square 34 in Poland.


A. Hawełka on Kraków's Main Market Square
Interior view of A. Hawełka
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Entrance to the Hawełka with a pastry shop

It was founded by the businessman and restaurateur Anton Hawelka (1840-1894). Hawelka initially ran a grocery store Pod Palmą ( Under the Palm ), which over time became successful, and then a snack bar. He made his clerk Franz Macharski his heir. He died childless. In 1909 Macharski bought the Spiski Palace, which was adjacent to the Krzysztofory Palace. Like his predecessor, he was appointed purveyor to the imperial court for his services . [1] [2]

In 1913 Franz's nephew, Leopold Macharski, relocated the company to its new headquarters and opened the “Hawełka” restaurant. The interior was elegantly furnished and the kitchen enjoyed a good reputation. In a short time, Hawełka became a popular meeting place for intellectuals, academics from the Jagiellonian University and the Mining Academy . It is said to have been in Hawełka, where, after a stimulating discussion, Professor K. Morawski directed the author Henryk Sienkiewicz's attention to the figure of Petronius, one of the main characters in the masterpiece Quo vadis. Sienkiewicz is said to have liked to visit Hawełka. Another anecdote tells the way in which the waiter served the Nobel Prize winner his cigars: He put the cigar, the cutting device and matches on the tray and usually said: "My master, now with fire and sword!" [2]

In the hall on the first floor there are paintings by the Young Polish painter Włodzimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer . The artist combined impressionistic influences with folk motifs and the Secession's preference for Art Nouveau ornaments. The coffered ceiling is decorated with geometric plant ornaments and the frieze depicts the story of Pan Twardowski . In the years 1935–1939, satirical puppet games were performed in the so-called Tetmajer Hall , which were very popular. Two pairs of authors were responsible for the games: first it was Magdalena Samozwaniecand Artur Maria Swinarski , later Irena Szczepańska and Zbigniew Grotowski. [2]

The Hawełka survived the Second World War, but was expropriated by the communists after the war. In the years 1945 to 1950 it was under the management of the processing and trading cooperative “Przełom” ( Spółdzielnia Przetwórczo-Handlowa “Przełom” ). Until 1991 the restaurant was managed by the Krakow Gastronomic Works ( Krakowskie Zakłady Gastronomiczne) operated. Since 1991 the two restaurants have been run by the Hawełka company. The premises were restored under the direction of the preservation of monuments, including the ceilings and glass windows created by Tetmajer. The walls got their original color from before 1912. In 2002 the entrance area was redesigned and a pastry shop was set up. The Hawełka Group continued to expand and two more restaurants were opened on Sławkowska Street: the “Pierogarnia” ( dumpling house ) and the “Szlacheckie Jadło” restaurant. In May 2003 the "Pan Tadeusz" was opened. [2]

During his last pilgrimage to Poland, Pope John Paul II was served dishes from Hawełka. It is also responsible for catering for the LOT airline's business class . [2]


The good reputation of the house was not limited to Krakow. Leopold Hawelka, the founder of the legendary Café Hawelka in Vienna, is said to have been a relative of Anton Hawelka. [2]

A former clerk named Klimek immigrated from Krakow to Warsaw around 1900. There he opened his own restaurant "Waldschlösschen" with recipes that he had learned from Hawelka. With the growing success he was able to employ other sales assistants and specialists for bread rolls. Among them were the Szuberl brothers. The older of them founded the “Cristal” bar on the corner of Bracka Street and Aleje Jerozolimskie, which sells sandwiches made from Hawełka recipes. [2]

House meals have also been served in the Hawełka-Wiejska restaurant in the Polish parliament, the Sejm , since 1997 . The lobby bar and Hawełka Trezor were opened in the building where the Warsaw Stock Exchange is located . [2]


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Court and State Manual of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy for 1903 . KuK Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, Vienna 1903, p. 390.
  2. a b c d e f g h History of Hawełka. In: hawelka.pl. A. Hawelka, 2010, archived from the original on November 16, 2012 ; accessed on July 8, 2013 .

Coordinates: 50 ° 3 ′ 45.6 ″ N , 19 ° 56 ′ 12 ″ E