"The Jewish District Budapest" Budapest Local Custom Tip by budapest8

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  Kazinczy utca Mikve
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Head back to Rumbach utca and proceed down that street. Take a right onto Király utca, which forms the northern border of the historic Jewish district. At Király u. 13, head through the long series of:
Connected courtyards........
These courtyards emerge onto Dob utca, back in the heart of the Jewish district. This kind of complex -- residential buildings connected by a series of courtyards -- is typical of the Jewish district. As you can readily see, these courtyards are in extremely poor condition, dirty and run-down with graffiti-covered walls and abandoned apartments, though the appearance in recent years of several flashy retail shops may presage a general improvement.
Take a Break--Frohlich Cukrászda, Dob u. 22, is the only functioning kosher cukrászda (sweet shop) left in the district. Here, you can purchase pastries, rolls, or ice cream. (Be aware that the shop closes for 2 weeks at the end of Aug.)
Half a block to the left off Dob utca on Kazinczy utca, at no. 41, is the:
Kosher Salami Workshop (Szalámi és Kolbászáru üzem).
Salami, famous throughout Hungary, is handmade here with ancient machinery. If you make a purchase, be sure to admire the equally ancient cash register in the corner. The sign outside directing you to the entrance is deceptive; simply enter via the doorway in front of you. Open Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm, Friday from 8am to 1pm.
Back on Kazinczy u., no. 29 is the Orthodox Kazinczy Synagogue
Built in 1913 and still active, this synagogue is being slowly and beautifully restored. It has a well-maintained and lively courtyard in its center. There are a number of apartments in which members of the Orthodox community live. While hundreds of travelers visit the Dohány each day, far fewer make the trip here.
Go all the way through the courtyard, emerge onto Dob utca, turn right, and head into Klauzál tér This is the district's largest square and its historic center. A dusty park and renovated playground fill the interior of the square.

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  • Written Nov 5, 2005
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