Where to eat in Warsaw? This is where you will discover the flavours of the capital
Warsaw is the culinary capital of Poland. There are plenty of elegant restaurants listed in the Michelin guide, atmospheric pubs for meetings with friends, casual milk bars and outdoor breakfast markets. Apart from regional restaurants offering local Polish dishes, you can find food from all over the world, including vegetarian and vegan. Check which places you mustn’t miss while in Warsaw.
You want to try typical Polish dishes? Be sure to try pierogi, dumplings stuffed with meat, tripe soup, sour rye soup or beef tartare. Modern takes on regional Polish dishes can be found in restaurants around the Old Town and on Nowy Świat Street as well as in milk bars, which are famous for their low prices and home-made food.
In the Art Nouveau Hala Koszyki and in the century-old Hala Gwardii (friday-sunday) you will find dozens of fashionable restaurants and bars. In these two restored indoor markets you will find under one roof dozens of bars with Polish, Mexican, Thai, Indian and fusion cuisine. Also go to the Koneser Center in Praga or to Elektrownia Powiśle, where post-industrial buildings are now filled with elegant restaurants and stylish drink bars that every foodie should know.
Street food in Warsaw is on the up. Family-friendly food festivals, food truck meet-ups and breakfast markets are great places to spend time. In the open air, try American burgers, Asian dumplings, gluten-free desserts and other original dishes.
Be a Local
If you want to feel part of the city, go to places that are popular among locals: restaurants with cuisine from around the world, eateries for every budget and occasion and pubs with atmospheric interiors. The largest variety awaits you in the very centre of the city (Poznańska, Hoża, Krucza and Wilcza Streets), in Old Praga (Ząbkowska Street) and Saska Kępa (Francuska Street).
Warsaw is a paradise for those with a sweet tooth. Discover the taste of traditional local pastries: wuzetka and zygmuntówka cakes as well as plump donuts with rose jam filling you can try at Zagoździński and Blikle, both pastry shops with years of tradition. For a cup of warm chocolate, go to the cosy E. Wedel cafe at Szpitalna Street.