Here is a quick guide for anyone visiting Warsaw for a weekend. I’ve actually loved the time I spent there thanks to my friends and the below things that Warsaw has to offer. I won’t give you my friends’ contact details but I can recommend a few things:)
1. Places to visit:
You can’t miss it. It’s pretty and it’s expensive. You can take a stroll and enjoy the narrow streets, little cafes, buildings from different eras and many churches. It’s worth mentioning that during the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, more than 85% of Warsaw’s historic centre was destroyed by Nazi troops. After the war, a five-year reconstruction campaign by its citizens resulted in today’s meticulous restoration of the Old Town, with its churches, palaces and market-place. It is an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century. It’s a UNESCO Heritage Site now.
If you love jewellery, you will be tempted by many Amber Shops.
The Neon Muzeum is based in Soho Factory on ul. Minska 25, Praga – the creative heart of Warsaw. The museum is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of Poland’s cold war era neon signs. All the descriptions are in English and Polish so it’s foreigners’ friendly. You can buy yourself a hipster mug or a T-shirt. Open: Wed-Sun, 12pm-5pm. It should be on your ‘must see’ list.
2. Don’t forget about food!
Breakfast & Lunch
Tel-Aviv on ul. Poznanska 11 has loads to offer including many variations of hummus and amazing fresh squeezed/pressed juices (perfect for detox after a good night out). I ate there everyday when in Warsaw. They have a very good value lunch sets (soup +main 22.50 PLN – approx. €5.5). I had there a beetroot soup which I still remember (for the good reasons). Loads of gluten free, lactose free and vegan options. Definitely a place I will come back to.
Gemba is a newly opened place on ul.Wilcza 50/52 (off Poznanska Street). It has two floors and is very cosy. Check out the toilets, the walls are all made in plywood. I’ve never seen anything like that before. It attracts all sort of people. You will find in Gemba an interesting selection of cocktails and beers (including gluten free one!!!). Prices for a pint from 10 PLN (€2.5) and cocktails from 18 PLN (€4.5) which is not too expensive in this area.
I think it’s the only place that serves ‘polish tapas’ – you can try boar pate or a pike dish – authentic home made and reasonably priced (from 9 PLN – €2). Open from 4 pm till late.
My fav gluten free beer so far!
All you need to know:
Flights: Ryanair, Aerlingus, Wizzair and many more. It’s easy to find a flight from €100 return.
Getting around the town: public transport is very good, you can use buses and metro. 24 ticket costs 15 PLN (€4)
Currency: €1 will get you approx. 4 PLN.
Language: Polish but loads of people especially in their 20s and 30s can speak some, if not fluent, English.
Weather: Winter can be cold, even -20 C degrees. Summer over 30 C degrees. Just google it before leaving!
Warning: be careful when drinking vodka with locals, you can never win.
Credits for inspiration: Agnieszka Rusinowska, Ewa Solecka, Bartosz Szczesiul, Sylwia Krawczyk. Thank you guys!