Nice place for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in-between. In the summer, they extend the restaurant out into a lovely garden. The interior is clearly influenced by the Hamptons and the menu includes staples like pizza, steaks, burgers, soups and salads. This is where the posh Warsaw crowd hangs out.
Has been described as a small Berlin in the heart of Warsaw. Nice bistro and deli with organic, homemade products. After you are done with the meal you can buy the homemade meringue or jams to go. Serves breakfast throughout dinner.
Great place for breakfast! The American pancakes and Eggs Benedict are especially good. Cozy, communal tables and bare brick walls. Has several locations.
Situated in the same street as the Swedish embassy, so my work meeting place. Very nice bistro, somewhat off the beaten path, with a small but enjoyable menu, mostly sandwiches, soups and omelets. Good coffee.
Beautiful big park consisting of three differently styled gardens, hosting several museums, restaurants and cafés. The Fryderyk Chopin monument is located in the Modernist Garden and is the most well-known Polish sculpture in the world. The deck chair area is situated near the New Orangery. For information about the Chopin concerts visit http://tifc.chopin.pl/index.php?DOC=koncerty_lazienki_wwa
The summer residence of King Stanisław August. Modeled on Italian architectural structures, such as the Villa Borghese, it was intended to symbolize the dream of an ideal, modern and sovereign state. Today the museum displays works of art from the King’s vast personal collection. The beautiful interiors are well worth a visit. Tickets can be bought on site.
A large space housing a store and a coffee shop. The owner travels around the world and brings back pieces she likes. Good mix of Scandinavian, Italian and French fashion. Sells everything from clothes, accessories, bags and shoes to underwear.
The two women that own the place left their corporate careers and wholeheartedly invested in their passion. Their pieces are beautiful, they mostly sell their own design and one can find everything from dainty bracelets to statement earrings and cuffs.
Beautiful jewelry store which carries mostly dainty gold and silver jewelry, of their own design. A little pricey but the pieces are marvelous.
In 2015 the Palace turned 60 years old. Probably the most renowned landmark in all of Poland, gifted to the country by the Soviet Union. Hosts several theaters, museums, event venues, a cinema and a pool. The observation deck is worth going up to for a 360° view of Warsaw.
The Warsaw Uprising is such a big part of Polish history and in the city of Warsaw in particular it would be difficult to omit. The museum opened on the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising and depicts the fighting and everyday life during the uprising in 1944 with photographs, films and sound recordings. On the anniversary of the uprising, August 1, at 17 o’clock each year, the whole city stops to the sounds of sirens that mark the beginning of the rising, paying tribute to the fallen.
This place entertains old and young alike: an interactive museum, a planetarium, a rooftop garden, a cinema, a concert venue and conference center all in one. Always has a fun exhibition going on. Try buying tickets in advance if possible, as queues here are always long.
Big warehouse housing high-end fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, YSL and Gucci. The café/bar/restaurant Concept 13 at the top floors is worth a visit, especially for the view of Warsaw. Food is good, a bit on the pricey side.
Probably the best coffee place in Warsaw right now. Small and a little out-of-the-way, but will be crowded nonetheless. Expect delicious coffee and homemade sandwiches and cakes. You can buy coffee, tea and their own cups to bring home. Make sure to try the Sandra when it’s hot outside!
An urban space designed to give inhabitants of Warsaw a space to relax, take a walk and just take in the city. Newly opened, it’s a part of a bigger project aiming to revitalize the yet unused lands around the Vistula on both banks.
The oldest, most well-known patisserie in Warsaw, established in 1869. Since then, they have been providing Varsowians with the best doughnuts and éclairs. But really, pick any of the mouthwatering cakes - you will love everything and you will want to come back!
Very cool space in the middle of the Soho Factory serving Polish cuisine in an updated form. Run by a family of well-known restaurateurs. Worth booking a table in advance to be able to sit next to the open kitchen, where you see the chefs prepare your meal. You absolutely must try the steak tartare.
My favorite bar located in the old HQ of the communist party. Order some cheap but great prosecco and observe the Warsaw nightlife. You can either sit inside, or (much better) on the huge patio. If you get hungry, order one of their delicious pizzas.
This is a real nightlife institution in Warsaw. Just follow the crowds through the archway and discover a maze of small, one of a kind, bars, clubs and of course fast food joints. This is the kingdom of beer, vodka shots and French fries. Cash is king here. Not to be missed.
This is the prime hipster hangout but also one of the best places to experience Warsaw’s nightlife. Many small cafés, restaurants and bars vie for the guests’ attention and it’s always crowded. Also home to the (by now iconic) art installation which is simply called the Rainbow. Supposed to be an apolitical symbol, Catholic and far-right nationalists have identified it as a LGBT symbol and it has been vandalized several times. I would avoid Charlotte if you want a pleasant experience, everything else is a go.
If you have a sweet tooth this is the place to go. In recent years, Warsaw has found itself in the middle of a cupcake craze and this is one of the best places. Try the red velvet or the crunchy cookies with homemade marmalade. Fair warning, they look so good, you don’t know whether to eat or photograph them.
Stylish store, very fashionable clothes and shoes.
Classic and chic women’s clothes. The two young designers only started their label in 2009 but are already quite well-known.
Funky, sexy and just so damn cool!
Another boutique belonging a talented Polish designer who really understands how to draw attention to the female body with his great dresses.
The café/bar/restaurant Concept 13 at the top floors is worth a visit, especially for the view of Warsaw. Food is good, although a bit on the pricey side.
A neighborhood which is not only home to one of Warsaw’s largest urban parks, the Park Skaryszewski, but also to a lot of artists, actors and nouveau riche community in general.
The place where the cool kids go to party.
I like to come here for enjoying a casual lunch or fancy drinks in the evening.
Wine shop, wine bar and restaurant in one. Hidden in a backyard so careful you don’t miss it! The staff is very skilled and always has really good recommendations.
My thoughts about Warsaw
Warsaw has transformed a great deal during the last five years I’ve been living here and has become a living, breathing, pulsating city which I miss when I am not here. It’s most definitely not like other European cities and has much more to offer than you might expect at first sight. What it lacks in looks it makes up for in other fields.
Chopin of course! Natalia Przybysz. And the swallows that always accompany the Warsaw dusk.
Take a vacation into My life
Born in Poland, raised in Sweden, NYC mindset.
The four strong women I consider my best friends. People who turn their passions into something real. My parents.
Independent, intelligent, funny, charming, loud, bon vivant, wine lover, open to new experiences.
Different than a year ago.
Books: currently the Cormoran Strike novels by Robert Galbraith (also known as J.K. Rowling), actually anything by J.K. Rowling, Donna Tartt, "The Little Friend and A Personal History, a Bio" by Katharine Graham. I don’t discriminate any genres and I’ll read anything that strikes me as interesting.
Newspapers & mags: the dailies, the leisure section of the FT, The New Yorker, and some fashion magazines.
Series: House of Cards is my absolute favorite. Mad Men during the good seasons. And Friends, always Friends.
Films: the “Before…” trilogy by Linklater, Boyhood, Lost in Translation, Station Agent, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Begin Again, Once, A Single Man, the Grand Budapest Hotel... to name a few.
Hmmm… tough one. Currently I would love to chat up J.K. Rowling but if Ryszard Kapuscinski was still alive, that would be a real treat.
NYC, Istanbul, Amsterdam, London, Venice, Vienna, Hamburg, Warsaw, San Francisco.
A friend once joked "better crazy than lazy." She has a point—enjoy life and cut the crap.
I turn into a hobby bartender after dusk. Being the author of a published book is on my bucket list. I recently got that second piercing I always wanted. I do NOT share food. I love my freckles. I’ll never think Pink Floyd is the best band in the world. I would love to have a great singing voice.
something I long for when I’m not doing it.
currently a bit up in the air.
Photos by Veronika Ilchenko, https://www.instagram.com/godsend_v