Warsaw

Capital reinvented.

Warsaw had to reinvent itself way too many times and to this day feels like the city under construction. Despite its troubled history, it gives a great sense of brimming positivity, burgeoning culture and such momentum that we hardly manage to keep pace with it.

The old town, almost completely destroyed in WW2, has been meticulously rebuilt into a picture-postcard architectural treat. Vacant warehouse spaces filled with creative types and a new wave of hi-tech interactive museums such as the History of Polish Jews have sprung up across the city adding some inspiring design to its Soviet-era cityscape.

Warsaw has been making strides gastronomically, with its famous milk bars through to unique Michelin starred menus, making it a great culinary destination. Mixed with its many bars, indie shops and creative neighbourhoods Warsaw has slowly became a city to be savoured and not just for a brief stopover.

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Warszawa

Double rooms from 336 zł

Hotel Rialto

Warszawa

Double rooms from 315 zł

Klub Mila

Serock, Zegrzyńskie Lake

Doubles from 260 zł

Mamaison Hotel Le Regina

Warszawa

Double rooms from 295 zł

EAT

Atelier Amaro
Agrykola 1, 00-460 Warszawa, tel. 22 628 57 47

The first Michelin star in Poland and a culinary workshop creating Polish cuisine of the 21st century. www.atelieramaro.pl

Krem
Śniadeckich 18, 00-656 Warszawa, tel. 664 418 036

Krem is a French style cafe and bistro that serves the most delicious Croque Madame in town, great breakfast and lunch classics, very good coffee, and later in a day drop by for a glass of wnie with cheeseboard and homemade pate. The interior is modern minimalist with a lot of warmth to it and we love the black and white checked floor, green sofas, illuminated mirror and a few botanical accents. www.facebook.com/Krem-266214853813807

Brasserie Warszawska
ul. Górnośląska 24, 00-484 Warszawa, tel. 22 628 94 23

The elegant restaurant, decorated in soft, simple colours, serves European specialties.www.brasseriewarszawska.pl

Butchery and Wine
ul. Zurawia 22, 00-515 Warszawa, tel. 22 502 31 18

Come for a meat feast at this modern bistro where waiters wear butcher's aiprons and the emphasis is on beef cuts. www.butcheryandwine.pl

Mod
ul. Oleandrów 8, 00-629 Warszawa, tel. 570 205 746

An original restaurant that perfectly combines several concepts into one delicious whole. During the day it's an artisan doughnut bakery, whilst in the evening, the place transforms into an excellent restaurant with Asian-French cuisine. The classic French menu next to the ramen and laksa bowls may sound unusual, but tastes great especially in the beautiful surroundings of blush interiors full of plants.moddonuts.com

Regina Bar
Koszykowa 1, 00-564 Warszawa, tel. 22 621 42 58

Another unusual place on the culinary map of Warsaw combining sourdough pizzas, cocktails and Chinese cuisine in an eclecting setting of chandeliers, mirrors and space. The idea was inspired by the streets of Manhattan where Little Italy meets Chinatown and the concept seems to be hitting the spot judging by how popular it is. www.facebook.com/Reginakoszykowa1

Quchnia Artystyczna
ul. Jazdów 2, 00-467 Warszawa, tel. 22 625 76 27

Beautifully set in the smartest part of town with amazing terrace overlooking the park this contemporary establishment is bright and airy and serves inventive Polish cuisine.www.qchnia.pl

Raj w Niebie
ul. Nowy Świat 21, Warszawa, tel. 502 959 996

Authentic Hawaiian cuisine might not be what you expect to find in Warsaw but this place seems to have taken the capital by storm. An array of poke bowls brought to you in exotic tropical interiors full of edible flowers and lush palm trees. www.facebook.com/rajwniebie

A Nuż Widelec
ul. Dobra 14/16, 00-388 Powisle, Warszawa, tel. 507 367 520

The restaurant is a culinary project of two brothers who run their own on site fish smokery and serve a seasonal menu with plenty of fresh produce and variety. http://anuzwidelecwarszawa.pl

Nolita
ul. Wilcza 46, Warszawa tel: 22 292 04 24

Inventive modern cooking with bold flavours inspired by dishes around the world, all cooked in open style kitchen surrounded by stylish monochrome interior. www.nolita.pl

Charlotte Chleb i Wino
Plac Zbawiciela, Warszawa, tel. 662 204 555

A French bakery and cafe serving throughout the day, from morning patisserie to a late evening bistro. www.bistrocharlotte.pl

Warszawa Wschodnia by Mateusz Gessler
na terenie SOHO Factory, ul. Mińska 25, 03-808 Warszawa, tel. 22 870 29 18

Great lunch set menu in a spacious modern interior set within SOHO factory. www.mateuszgessler.com.pl/en/restaurants/warszawa-wschodnia

Serwus
ul. Chocimska 33, Mokotów, Warszawa, tel: 797 361 660

Zapiekanka is a strictly Polish fast food of open baguette, traditionally served with mushrooms and melted cheese topping. www.facebook.com/Serwus.Zapiekanki

Tuk Tuk
ul. Mokotowska 17, 00-640 Śródmieście, Warszawa, tel: 22 415 32 47

Delicious Thai street food with fresh and aromatic ingredients with pleasant surroundings. www.facebook.com/tuktukbar

Krowarzywa
ul. Hoża 42, 00-516 Warszawa, tel: 516 894 767

Vegan superfoods burgers accommpanied by healthy juices and nettle shots. www.facebook.com/Krowarzywa

DRINK

Bar Pacyfik
ul. Hoża 61, 00-681 Warszawa, tel 577 616 162

Any tequila lover will appreciate this little venue full of 80's Mexican resort charm. The atmosphere is unpretentious and agave based drinks are authentic and include a wide selection of tequilas and mezcal. www.facebook.com/barpacyfik

Małe Piwo
ul. Oleandrów 4, Warszawa, tel 510 905 592

Wide selection of craft beers accompanied by interesting tapas style snacks.www.facebook.com/malepiwko

Weles
Nowogrodzka 11, 00-513 Warszawa, tel. 602 773 997

One of the best hidden bars in Warsaw. Loved for inspiring interior and trendy signature drink menu.www.welesbar.pl

Cafe Bristol
Krakowskie Przedmieście 42/44, Warszawa, tel. 22 551 1828

This legendary cafe once served as a meeting place for Warsaw's artists and kept its character of a twenties Viennese coffeehouse. Attached to a historic Hotel Bristol and overooking a park it is a perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee. www.cafebristol.pl

Etno Cafe
ul Marszałkowska 87, Warszawa, tel. 533 779 255

It is a small chain of cafes, where coffee is approached both artisanally and ethically (they claim to know all their growers). We love the beautiful interiors and delicious snacks.etnocafe.pl

Cud Nad Wisłą
Bulwar Flotylli Wiślanej, 00-439 Warsaw, Poland, tel. 530 212 718

A sesonal bar by the river is a cult spot and a perfect summer in the city experience, perfect for a relaxing drink blended with a bit of culture. www.cudnadwisla.com

Pani Wina
ul. Wilcza 11, 00-538 Warszawa

One can rely on fashionable Wilcza Street for delivering great venues that avoid snobbery and focus on delivering authentic (in this case) drinking and dining experiences. This cozy place serves excellent wine accompanied by equally excellent selection of small plates. www.facebook.com/PaniWina

SEE

Warsaw Uprising Museum
ul. Grzybowska 79, 00-844 Warszawa, tel. 22 539 79 05

The Warsaw Uprising was a major resistance movement during WWII against German occupation and approaching Soviet Union's Red Army, which sadly failed. The interactive museum set in a former tram power station tells the story of the city during the uprising with plenty of digital displays and short films. www.1944.pl

Museum of the History of Polish Jews
ul. Mordechaja Anlelewicza 6, 00-157 Warszawa, tel. 22 471 03 01

Built on a site of former Warsaw Ghetto this museum features a multimedia exhibition about Jewish community that lived in Warsaw for the centuries up until the Holocaust. Awarded European Museum of the Year in 2016, it is architecturally stunning and an important landmark on the map of modern Warsaw. www.polin.pl

Zachęta Gallery
pl. Małachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warszawa, tel. 22 556 96 00

Contemporary art at its best and one of the leading galleries in Poland. www.zacheta.art.pl

Chopin Museum
ul. Okólnik 1, 00-368 Warszawa, tel. 22 44 16 251

Another stunning modern museum that takes you through Chopins life using art, original documents and interactive and audio-visual displays. chopin.museum

Copernicus Science Centre
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20, 00-390 Warszawa, tel. 22 596 41 00

Set on the banks of Vistula River the visually attractive Science Centre, is the largest in Poland and one of the most advanced in Europe, a must for both children and adults. www.kopernik.org.pl

Neon Museum
Budynek 55, Soho Factory, Mińska 25, 03-808 Warszawa, tel. 516 608 881

The glowing museum of iconic post war neon advertising signs. www.neonmuzeum.org

Poster Museum
ul. St. Kostki Potockiego 10/16, 02-958 Warszawa, tel. 22 842 48 48

The world's oldest poster museum housed in Wilanow Palace features two large halls of fabulous posters by both Polish and international artists.www.postermuseum.pl

Chopin concerts
Łazienki Królewskie, Ujazdów, 01-999 Warszawa

Free outdoor Chopin concerts at the Łazienki Park are held every Sunday at 12:00 and 16:00 from May to September at the foot of the Monument to Chopin. Hear pianists of worldwide renown, including outstanding musicians of the younger generation. A must!www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl

BUY

Best souvenirs are most often scoured at your favorite museums and galleries, below are a few fashion and interior recommendations.

Mysia 3
ul. Mysia 3, Warszawa, tel. 603 767 574

Mysia 3 is a unique shopping destination that places some of the best local and global brands side by side, think small Polish indie designers (we love Balagan) mixed with the likes of Cos and Muji. mysia3.pl

Hala Koszyki
ul. Koszykowa 63, 00-667 Warszawa

This is Warsaw answer to the global trend of "food courts". Interiors from the beginning of the 20th century have undergone a total metamorphosis and are eagerly visited by everyone curious of culinary novelties, Polish designs and more.www.koszyki.com

Makutra
ul. Oleandrów 5, Warszawa

A good selection of homeware, kids and lifestyle items by Polish and international brands all on the trendy side. www.makutra.com

Graphic Art and Poster Gallery
ul. Hoża 40, 00-516 Warszawa, tel. 22 621 40 77

Not only an interesting gallery but also the biggest selection of Polish posters, graphics and drawings which can be bought both framed and unframed. www.galeriagrafikiiplakatu.pl

Femi Stories
ul. Browarna 4 lok. 1a, 00-338 Warszawa, tel. 506 054 815

A great Polish brand run by two sisters who focus on patterned prints, lush colours and references to nature.https://femistories.com

Risk
ul. Szpitalna 6/9, 00-031 Warszawa

Sporty casual ware designed and made in Warsaw.riskmadeinwarsaw.com

Safripsti
ul. Oleandrów 3, 02-629 Warszawa, tel: 22 627 18 05

A carefully selected vintage collection that focuses on quality and uniqueness. Beautifully presented products and professional service encourage thoughtful shopping.safripsti.com

Wearso
ul. Mokotowska 62, Warszawa, tel: 22 627 18 05

Strictly organic cotton clothing as well as a selction of shoes and home accessories, great quality indie designs. www.wearso.com

Soho Factory
ul. Mińska 25, 03-808 Warszawa, tel. 22 323 19 00

The old factory space transformed by artists into art galleries, restaurants, fashion and interior shops. www.sohofactory.pl

Mielczarek-Kulak Artistic Lighting Workshop
ul. Emilli Plater 36, Warszawa, 00-113, tel. 22 620 43 76

The family run company, founded in 1941, is a continuation of the old tradition of artistic craftsmanship and produces period lighting in the variety of styles such as Gothic, Rococo, Baroque, Secession, Empire, Duchy of Warsaw, Louis XV and XVI.www.oswietlenie.strefa.pl

Jan Kielman i Syn Footwear Workshop
ul. Chmielna 6, 00-020 Warszawa, tel. 22 828 46 30

Fine quality leather footwear since 1883. www.kielman.pl