The First Bike Rides in Kraków – Part I – Good Morning!

The first weeks that I have been in Kraków I solely took transit and walked everywhere. Here that is a relatively simple and quick way to get around the city. There are many bus and tram lines everywhere that someone would need to go, connecting both sides of the river and out into the surrounding neighborhoods.

However this week I’ve attained a dutch style cruiser and have been out and about all over the place so far. Checking out the amazing bicycle infrastructure that Kraków has. More about the bicycle infrastructure in subsequent blog entries. For now, here’s a short story of my adventures, this Tuesday in Kraków.

Good Morning!

Morning rolled around and I got out of bed at about 8:45am. I fiddled around for a little while, got a shower to wake up a bit, and then went down to retrieve the bicycle. I pulled it from the storage area and off I went. Here’s a quick draw of my route in the morning.

Cargo Coffee Route (Click for Strava Site Map & Stats)

Cargo Coffee Route (Click for Strava Site Map & Stats)

I traveled primarily on Mogilska over the Białucha and into the Rondo Mogilskie. The Rondo Mogilskie is a major transit and biking hub. The center is lowered where the cycle-tracks cross and around 20 tram lines intersect going north, south, east, and west. It’s an impressive little hub. This massive throughput of people is traveling through the center, while the outer ring which is about 2-4 meters above the center, is a round about design of several intersecting major roadways. On this outer ring there are several major bus lines that converge and stop on outer pullouts to provide transfers to and from the tram lines. The northern tram lines also leave Rondo Mogilskie and travel into one of the tram tunnels that lead to the primary train station downtown.

Rondo Mogilskie (This image I found on the internet and don't know who took it, if you want credit or for me to take it down, just let me know - click for wikipedia page on Rondo Mogilskie)

Rondo Mogilskie (This image I found on the internet and don’t know who took it, if you want credit or for me to take it down, just let me know – click for wikipedia page on Rondo Mogilskie)

To get a good blueprint of Rondo Mogilskie there is this image on the .

Rondo Mogilskie top down view (Click to check out the Encyklopedia Komunikacja site)

Rondo Mogilskie top down view (Click to check out the Encyklopedia Komunikacja site)

Once I traveled through Rondo Mogilskie I then continued south down Kotlarska. I made one incorrect u-turn to the other side of the street (from one cycle track to the other cycle-track) at Aleja Pokoju but then corrected and headed south along Kotlarska again. After a few moments I reached and crossed the Vistula River and followed the cycle-track down onto Zabłocie. There I looped around and onto Przemysłowa and found my destination of Cargo Coffee.

At Cargo Coffee I found what has got to be the most awesome, hipster, tasty, excellent select of brew options for coffee in the city. If not outright all of Poland. This place was superb. But that wasn’t all, this place had the most wicked cool atmosphere I’ve ever seen for a coffee shop and roastery.

Let’s take a look at some of the design of this place. The first thing worth describing is the outside door leading into the inside of Cargo Coffee is very nondescript. On the door hangs a simple piece of paper with the times on it, in a plastic sleeve kind of like what students put notes in that they want to protect. There is no clue outside what epicness lies in wait once inside.

The first thing you see when walking in is this overwhelming feeling, like maybe something is out of sorts. As things started to get ordered in my mind and I realized what I was seeing, I realized the counter to order coffee was to the left inside of a shipping container. Of course this would be the first thing I noticed since I had not had my coffee today.

The first view coming inside. (Click for full size image)

The first view coming inside. (Click for full size image)

Immediately before me were cable spools that are setup as tables with wooden chairs around them. To the immediately left in the corner was a table. Currently there were about 5 people sitting at that table doing some business and enjoying themselves.

I walked forward upon entering, somewhat slowly, as I took everything in. I realized there were other spaces in the area that were all made of cargo containers. Here’s a wide angle panoramic of the space from the ground floor upon entering.

Wide angle shot. (Click for full size image)

Wide angle shot. (Click for full size image)

In this shot you can see steps that go upstairs. At this point I also realized there were numerous areas to sit up stairs too. This included a spot just above the cargo container that housed the brewing and coffee ordering area.

One of the conference rooms in a cargo container! (Click for full size image)

One of the conference rooms in a cargo container! (Click for full size image)

Upstairs also offered a great panoramic view. I also took a few other pictures while I was up there with a birds eye view.

Bird's Eye view from upstairs! (Click for full size image)

Bird’s Eye view from upstairs! (Click for full size image)

I walked up and stumbled into a slightly awkward ordering process. It wasn’t because I didn’t speak Polish, but because I was still taking in all of the awesomeness of this place. I ordered slugishly, as if I couldn’t understand what they were saying to me as I ordered, even though both of the people working immediately just switched to English from Polish once I said “hello”. I finally managed to order a cappacinno and a filtered coffee, which was really a very large chemex brew. This of course was perfect, it was exactly what I needed.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia – Galana Abaya

I had ordered the blend of coffee based purely off of the staff’s flavor descriptions. As one would have it, they gave me my favorite, Ethiopian! That would figure. Again, I was happy with the way this adventure was going. The roast was exceptional by the way, if you’d like to look into the roaster, check out Coffee Proficiency.

Angle 2 (Click for full size image)

Angle 2 (Click for full size image)

Angle 1 (Click for full size image)

Angle 1 (Click for full size image)

I received the coffee in the following awesome format. A large glass container that maintains the temperature of the coffee pretty well, with a glass in the top with a small pour already in it. A second glass came with it, as if someone was going to drink this with me. But nope, this was all for me, the Transit Sleuth needs his coffee in the morning!

Before Coffee, in the aluminum elevator cage. Before Coffee, in the aluminum elevator cage.I sat there at the coffee shop, enjoyed my cappacinno and chemex brew, hacked away and worked on this very blog entry. In the next entry, I’ll provide you the deets on my adventure – indirect as it was – to go get vietnamese food in Krakow!

So meanwhile, from Czyżyńska 21 So keep reading, subscribe, and enjoy the ride!

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