Warsaw: Food

Maybe I'm a little biased, but Poland has some of the best food around. Fresh, homemade, full of flavour and texture. Although some of the meals we ate were with family and prepared by family, there were a few restaurants/cafes I wanted to visit while in the city.

Bar Prasowy

Milk bars were popular cafeteria-like food joints during the Communist Era (post-WWII). This one has been open since 1954 and has been renovated to have a cool + hip interior. You pick up a tray, order your food, and head over to the chefs who heap it on.

Two reasons to go here:
1) It's ridiculously cheap
2) It's ridiculously delicious

Be sure to order "Oranżada", a classic Polish soft drink. It's really hard to find nowadays because it's another relic of Communist times. Mom said it tasted "just like her childhood."


Located in Plac Zbawiciela (hipster mecca), this cafe serves sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and freshly squeezed lemonade. A perfect place for breakfast or brunch.

I recommend sitting down for the main part of your meal and then grabbing one of their pastries to go.

I ordered a "Croque-Madame", which came with melted Gruyere cheese on top. Guys. Gruyere is the best. I would have eaten this sandwich a million times just to experience that happiness over and over again.

They have a wonderful patio right on the sidewalk where you can eat your meal and people watch. 

Mom grabbed a pastry to go and didn't realize just how ginormous it was. Here she is struggling to finish it.


Eating ice cream is our national pasttime. Seriously. Poles eat it even in the winter, but in the summertime, it's an obsession. I swear Mom ate two or three ice creams a day. 

Grycan is a national chain in Poland, considered to have some of the highest quality ice creams in the country (they've been around for generations). There are at least 40 flavours in each parlour, and you can order by the scoop or enjoy one of their sundae creations. 

Słodki Słony

We weren't planning on dropping in to this well known restaurant created by famous Polish icon Magda Gessler. But during one of our strolls through the city, we walked right by it and Mom was fangirling pretty hard so we had to go in. 

This place is so, so, so expensive. If you're looking to buy a cake, you need to dish out 300 polish złoty ($100!! Ridiculous!!). So don't buy a cake. Settle for one of their pastries and a coffee, which brought our bill to $10 (much more manageable!) 

The decor in the restaurant is feminine and chic, with beautiful antique pieces mixed in with modern ones. This would be the perfect spot to meet up with your girlfriends and hang out. The pastries are absolutely delicious and vary based on the season (mine was filled with sweet plums!).