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Warsaw

Poland

Warsaw Restaurants

  • Cheap bite (€15 and under) (32)

    Biosfeera

    Diet-conscious travellers will love this chic spot offering mouth-watering yet healthy food. Bonus: the menu marks vegetarian/vegan options. read more

  • Affordable treat (€15 - €35) (34)

    KOM

    Located in Poland's first telecommunications building, KOM serves up fusion cuisine with a sense of humour. Try Silence of the Lambs, a lamb and chickpea salad with chilli and feta. read more

  • Fine dining (€60 and above) (36)

    Gar

    You'll feel like royalty at this luxurious, cream-coloured restaurant run by Warsaw's star restaurateur Magda Gessler, where Mediterranean staples rub shoulders with Polish classics like steak... read more


Warsaw Nightlife

  • Chilled (34)

    Wayne's Coffee

    This café is part of a chain imported from Sweden. Original it ain't, but with coffee and snacks this good, you certainly can't complain. read more

  • Upmarket (31)

    Lysy Pingwin

    Check out the other side of Warsaw at the laid-back Praha artist favourite, Lysy Pingwin (The Bald Penguin). Local musical talent performs on weekends. read more

  • Clubbing (33)

    Opera Club

    House DJs keep the party pumping all night at this posh Asian-themed club. Feeling peckish? Check out the sushi bar. read more


This Month in Warsaw:

By Dana Dramowicz/www.warsaw-life.com

Do: Dig into the fascinating collection of literature, in both Polish and English, at café-bookshop Czuly Barbarzynca. Moleskin journals, rare in this part of the world, are also available (31 Ulica Dobra. czulybarbarzynca.pl, Polish only).

Sightseeing: Celebrate midsummer at Wianki. Live music and fireworks are just some of the attractions at this massive bash by the Vistula River (20 June).

Key areas: Following its recent makeover, former Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street is now a real stunner. An evening stroll is almost obligatory.

Day trips: Kampinos National Park is just a few minutes' drive away, north-west of Warsaw. It's possible to spot elk, beavers and cranes from one of the many cycling and walking trails.

Warsaw Trivia

  • June: Jaywalking may be a favourite sport in some parts of the world, but Warsaw's cops are not amused. Avoid a fine (and getting squashed) by finding a crosswalk and following the traffic lights.

  • May: Before you pass judgement on the seemingly incongruous architecture of Warsaw, don't forget that the city's inhabitants quickly and successfully rebuilt their city after a staggering 80% was destroyed in World War II.

  • April: Don't be surprised if you see mermaids all over the city: they're Warsaw's guardians! The symbol of the city, they are on the coat of arms.



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