Eating and Drinking our way through Warsaw, Poland: Top 10 Food Finds on a Weekend City Break in Summer

Potato pancakes with sugar in Warsaw, Poland
When we travel, food memories always linger the longest and Warsaw was no exception. We recently spent 48 hours in Poland's capital and in that time managed to eat and drink our way across the city. Here are our top 10 food finds on our city break in Warsaw.

Orange and Rose Doughnuts

Orange and Rose Doughnuts from Cukiernia Pawłowicz in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw is an easy place to sate a sweet tooth. We stumbled upon Cukiernia Pawłowicz along pedestrianized Chmielna and were drawn in by the lovely smells wafting from the place and the long queue. Queues usually indicate that there will be something good at the end for those with patience. In this case, we sampled an orange and rose doughnut. This glazed confection was topped with candied orange pieces and filled with sweet rose jam. The flavor combination was unusual but yummy.
Cukiernia Pawłowicz in Warsaw, Poland
Orange and Rose Doughnuts from Cukiernia Pawłowicz in Warsaw, Poland

Sip a Beer in a Warsaw City Center Beer Garden

Polish beer taps in Warsaw, Poland

Hidden in the back alleys behind Chmielna are a number of beer gardens. Sip a Polish beer at prices you'd never get at home (2-3 EUR a pint) while enjoying a bit of sunshine.

Experience Traditional Polish Food and Folk Music at Warsaw's Restauracja Dawne Smaki

Restauracja Dawne Smaki in Warsaw, Poland
I love Polish food although it can be heavy so bring your appetite! Restauracja Dawne Smaki combines the best of Polish food with a side of folk music in a garden setting for a lovely al fresco dining experience in Warsaw. We sampled perogies filled with cheese and topped with bits of lard. 
Perogies at Restauracja Dawne Smaki in Warsaw, Poland
Potato pancakes with mushroom sauce were definitely a highlight.
Potato pancakes with mushroom sauce at Restauracja Dawne Smaki in Warsaw, Poland
To help our digestion, we were served a complimentary shot of cherry vodka (tasted a bit like cherry cough syrup...yum).
Shot of cherry vodka at Restauracja Dawne Smaki in Warsaw, Poland

Sample Lody Tradycyjne (Traditional Polish Ice Cream) in Old Town Warsaw

Lody Tradycyjne ice cream menu in Warsaw, Poland
Summer in Warsaw is the perfect time to sample Polish Lody Tradycyjne (traditional homemade ice cream). We stumbled upon an ice cream shop and were lured in by the low prices: about a euro for 2 scoops! I tried cream and wild strawberry and Scott sampled forest berry.
Lody Tradycyjne ice cream in Warsaw, Poland
We stood and ate our ice cream on the Old Market Square admiring the reconstructed buildings and reflecting on Warsaw's history.

Smoked Cheese and Cranberries for a Taste of Moden Warsaw

Smoked cheese and cranberries in Warsaw, Poland

The New Market Square in Warsaw features lovely sidewalk cafes serving up modern Polish cuisine. We sampled smoked cheese and cranberries at Freta33 washed down with a pint of old fashioned Polish beer.

Warsaw's WakeCup!

WakeCup! Coffee House in Warsaw, Poland

The food in Poland can be a bit heavy so a dose of caffeine is in order at least a couple times a day to keep energy levels up. We discovered Warsaw's WakeCup, an artisan coffee place serving a well-crafted cuppa. Try a cappuccino with a slice of blueberry cake for a perfect afternoon treat.
WakeCup! Coffee in Warsaw, Poland

Sample Polish Craft Beer and Cider at JaBeerWocky

Cider at JaBeerWocky in Warsaw, Poland
After dark, we made our way to JaBeerWocky a popular craft beer bar with an outlet that also sells craft cider and whiskey. We enjoyed a Polish cider made with locally sourced apples for a refreshing treat and then walked next door to the main bar where more than 15 taps featuring beers from around the world greeted us. Since we were in Warsaw, it was a no-brainer to stick to the local beers.
Craft beer menu at JaBeerWocky in Warsaw, Poland
A frothy saison hit the spot.
Craft beer at JaBeerWocky in Warsaw, Poland

Eat on the Cheap at a Milk Bar, A Communist Era Throwback

Bambino Bar milk bar in Warsaw, Poland
Milk bars are a quintessential Polish eating experience. Harkening back to the communist era, milk bars serve up hearty Polish cuisine at rock bottom prices. We tried Bambino Bar located between the city center and Łazienki Park.
Bambino Bar milk bar in Warsaw, Poland
Hearty borscht with filling dumplings...
Borscht at Bambino Bar milk bar in Warsaw, Poland
potato pancakes served with sugar...
Potato Pancakes with Sugar at Bambino Bar milk bar in Warsaw, Poland
and traditional dumplings (Russian style with cheese) cost us the equivalent of about 5 EUR in total.
Russian Perogies at Bambino Bar milk bar in Warsaw, Poland

High End Refreshments at Warsaw's Niezłe Ziółko

Warsaw's Niezłe Ziółko Cafe

Our experience at Bambino Bar stood in stark contrast to Niezłe Ziółko. This airy cafe standing just up the street from the milk bar features high end snacks and beverages. The sun was shining in Warsaw and it was extremely warm when we visited so we stopped for a homemade lemonade and gourmet soda. The floor to ceiling windows were open for an al fresco dining experience.
Homemade lemonade and gourmet soda at Warsaw's Niezłe Ziółko Cafe

Lody Szronowe! Handcrafted Summer Snow cones

Lody Szronowe! Handcrafted Summer Snow cones in Warsaw, Poland
No summer visit to Warsaw is complete without a snow cone! (lody szronowe). We noticed a queue outside a small window just to the side of a local liquor store. 
Shaving ice for Lody Szronowe (Handcrafted Summer Snow cones) in Warsaw, Poland
The ice is freshly carved from a huge block and then doused in sweet syrup. We sampled a 'Good Morning Sunshine' which was a combination of watermelon and blood orange for a fantastic refresher in the afternoon heat.
Lody Szronowe (Handcrafted Summer Snow cones) in Warsaw, Poland
As you can see, you can easily eat and drink your way through Warsaw on a long weekend city break. From savory to sweet and everything in between, you definitely will not go hungry!

Check out the map of Warsaw below for locations of the food and drink places covered in this post. Have you been to Warsaw too? What are your favorite eating experiences?


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