Selfie with Warsaw in the background

Marcin Tyszka

Warsaw’s lifestyle is reverting to the old days more and more – the decadent capital of the interwar period or the era of socialism, when a lot of design and architecture pearls were created. Let’s take the Havana cafe in Żoliborz, for instance, which has lost its famous mosaic, but was reborn as a very beautiful example of minimalist modernism. A trip to the Sady milk bar is like a going back in time – highly recommended. As is hunting for old engravings and magazines at the Kosmos Antique Shop. It’s a goldmine of inspiration.

Another fantastic experience is a visit to the National Museum – an interesting building, great art collections and usually very peaceful. There is nothing nicer than the impression that you have the whole museum to yourself.

I like to stop by Zushi Sushi in Żurawia st. and visit Zbawiciela Square (plac Zbawiciela). Especially during the day. You sit in Charlotte’s, looking at people, you order your first glass of wine and all of a sudden, it’s 1 a.m. and the place closes. Then stroll down to Koszyki and grab a bite in Mateusz Gessler’s Ćma – at the bar, without fail. Late evenings or early mornings in the week are the funniest, when everyone drops in for a delicious cutlet before bed.

Champagne with a view of the whole capital also works very well as a sleeping draught. The secret Belle Epoque bar on the roof of the Bristol Hotel is a unique place for an intimate meeting. I don’t know a better spot for a selfie with Warsaw in the background.



Restaurants

U Fukiera

Rynek Starego Miasta 27
every day 12-24
www.ufukiera.pl

A restaurant in the tourist epicenter of Warsaw, in the heart of the Old Town. Polish cuisine served in interiors straight from the still-life paintings of Dutch masters.

Dyspensa

Mokotowska 39
open from midday until last guest leaves
www.dyspensa.pl

Many Varsovians believe that if you eat at Dyspensa, it is difficult to find a better version of that dish elsewhere. It also brings back many memories from your family kitchen. Worth a try.


Cafes

Słodki Słony

Mokotowska 45
Mon. 11-22, Tue.-Fri. 10-22, Sat.-Sun. 10-22 / 23-24
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ww.slodkislony.pl

Magda Gessler’s kingdom. During the day, we can eat sweets and have a delicious breakfasts, and in the evening, there’s tartare, liver and pork chop. Yummy!

Charlotte

pl. Zbawiciela, pl. Grzybowski
Mon.-Thu. 12-24, Fri. 12-2, Sat. 10-2, Sun. 10-24
www.bistrocharlotte.pl

They serve food from the early hours of the morning, bake their own bread and carefully select places for new venues. That is why it is one of the preferred breakfast places of Varsovians and their guests.


Nightlife

Hala Koszyki

Koszykowa 63
Mon.-Sat. 8-1, Sun. 9-1
www.koszyki.com

The longest bar in Warsaw in a carefully restored Art Nouveau market hall. The hall itself is open until 1, but you can visit Ćma, located here, around the clock.

Niebo

Nowy Świat 21
www.klubniebo.pl

If you’re up for a party in the vicinity of the Royal Route, come to Niebo (Heaven). There is also Piekło (Hell) worth dropping by. And a pub called Raj w Niebie (Paradise in Heaven), serving Hawaiian poke bowle.


Hotels

Autor Rooms

Lwowska 17/7
www.autorrooms.pl

A showcase of Warsaw, created by Mamastudio in a historic tenement house in Lwowska street. Much more than just a place to stay. Home atmosphere and exclusively Polish design. Part of the prestigious Design Hotels chain.

Hotel Warszawa

pl. Powstańców Warszawy 9
www.warszawa.hotel.com.pl

The iconic Prudential building, converted into a hotel. An excellent showcase of Warsaw. Visiting the local Warszawska restaurant to taste modern Polish cuisine is also a treat.