During my stay in Milano earlier this year, I met the most amazing – twin – girls. We – my sweet friend Vane and I – knew then and there we needed to see them again. No sooner said than done, Vane and I flew off to Warsaw this summer to stay with them for four days. I didn’t have a lot of expectations for Poland since I really had no idea what it was like there, but I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. Krakau – which we visited by train – was definitely the prettiest with all of it’s old architecture, cozy streets filled with typical Polish shops and big town square as a podium for a weekly market filled with handmade goods. Warsaw on the other hand was a big city, and with big I mean BIG. Since it was bombed during the war, they basically built it back up from scratch. A lot of skyscrapers, big streets, harsh architecture – meaning very clean, cold, straight, communist – and very busy as well. Though if you know where to be it also has a lot of charming places like a beautiful park and a nice neighborhood for having drinks. The place where our friends lived was also very quiet, domestic, had a river, charming old buildings, you get the idea. In conclusion, I will be back.
Now for the most important part, food and drinks. Having locals as guides means visiting only the best – and hipster – places. Unfortunately due to our four-day time limit the list isn’t very long, but the places we did eat and/or had drinks were amazing! So read on for five must-visits in Warsaw and Krakau.
W A R S A W
B U L K E P R Z E Z B I B U L KE
Zgoda 3, Warsaw, Poland
For all you fit-girls and health freaks out there, this breakfast bistro will blow up your tastebuds. Granola, porridge, homemade jam, they’ve got it all. Though they also make a mean omelette and sweet pancakes.
A Ï O L I
Świętokrzyska 18, 00-052 Warszawa, Poland
More breakfast goodness with homemade jams, brioches and some good coffee. If you’re looking for a place to eat dinner or even drink cocktails, this place will also serve your every desire.
G R E E N C A F E N E R O – U N I W E R S Y T E T
Krakowskie Przedmieście 20/22, 00-332 Warszawa, Poland
You’ve probably heard of cafe nero before, they have coffee shops all over the world. Just in Warsaw are about eighteen of them. The one we visited had a very cozy, living room style, a very typical nero interior. If you happen to pass one, be sure to stop buy and grab a coffee!
K R A K A U
C H A R L O T T E
plac Szczepański 2, Kraków, Poland
This place. I can’t even. I would like to spend all my days there, industrial yet domestic interior with food to die for. If there is one place you MUST visit in Krakau – or Warsaw since there’s one too – it’s this one. They serve breakfast and lunch, but they are open all day for a small dinner as well. I recommend the ‘Tartines’, which are toasted sandwiches, in particular the ‘Jambon Gruyère’ or the ‘Chèvre Chaud’. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
Have you ever been to Warsaw and/or Krakau? If not, do you want to now?