Anatewka is a Jewish-style restaurant located in the city of Łódź, Poland. Here you can experience the unique and enchanting flavors of Jewish cuisine.
The décor of Anatewka brings to mind a warm atmosphere of an early 20th-century bourgeois home and it has that certain something that the Łódź of olden times had. The interior is convivial, and the dining experience is rounded off with live music some nights.
Are you planning to visit Łódź? In this article, you will find information not only about Jewish-style restaurant Anatewka but also about the history of the Jews in Łódź. Note: This is not a sponsored article, it includes purely my personal experience. All photos were taken by me.
Where is Anatewka?
Anatewka now has two locations, one in Manufaktura and another one on 6 Sierpnia. I visited the latter and had an impressive and memorable experience.
Address: 6 Sierpnia 2/4, 90–422 Łódź
Coordinates: N 51°46 ‘6.739, E 19°27 ‘19.355
Altitude: 200 meters (656 feet)
Phone: +48 519 303 635
Anatewka restaurant cuisine
Israeli, Polish, Eastern European
Vegetarian, Vegan, Kosher, Gluten-Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
The history of the Jews in Łódź
Łódź held one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe, second only to Warsaw. Prior to World War II, one-third of the 650,000 inhabitants of the city were Jewish.
In 1806, Łódź joined the Napoleonic Duchy of Warsaw and two years later it was home to over 400 people, almost 60 of whom were Jews. The first (wooden) synagogue was built in Wolborska street in 1809.
At the end of the 19th century, more than 1/3 of manufactures were in the hands of Jewish industrialists (one of them was Izrael Poznanski). Łódź attracted Jews from throughout Poland, also Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, therefore, the city’s Jewish population increased from about 10,000 in 1873 to nearly 100,000 in 1897.
During the first six months of the Second World War, more than 70,000 Jews left Łódź. In 1940, the Łódź ghetto was established and about 200,000 Jews were forced to live in the ghetto; the majority of them were later sent to the death camps. About 43,000 victims from the ghetto, who died from hunger and consumption, are buried in the New Jewish Cemetery.
In 1950, Łódź had fewer than 15,000 Jews. Its Jewish community now numbers only 400.
This was the first time I had visited a Jewish restaurant. I like different cultures, different people, so, for me, Anatewka seems to be a good place to remember the life of several generations of Jewish people who lived in Łódź with their culture and traditions.
The interior and the atmosphere generally pleasantly surprised me and did make me feel as if I was in the early 1930’s Łódź. Jewish folk songs were played and there was one, Tumbalalaika (a Russian Jewish folk and love song in the Yiddish language), I remembered from my childhood in Lithuania (its capital, Vilnius was once known as the Jerusalem of the North).
The food was good and the service was friendly and impeccable. I recommend this restaurant to everyone. In conclusion, I will make a point to visit Anatewka every time I am in the city.
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