Warsaw’s culinary explosion is well under way. The Polish capital’s foodscape encompasses everything from Communist-era milk bars that have survived into the 21st century to trendy cafés to the pinnacle of haute cuisine in Poland. Including quirky well-decorated venues, this list not only shines a spotlight on the best restaurants in town, but highlights how some chefs and proprietors are shaking up the local gastronomy. These are ten local restaurants in Warsaw you need to visit.
Bar Mleczny Pod Barbakanem
If you mention the words “Zakład Mięsny” to Polish people, they will tell you “Oh, it’s a butcher shop,” which is exactly what the term means. However, this bar mirrors only part of the real meaning of its name, and is housed in what is an old-school Polish building in the city’s up and coming Praga neighbourhood. What you get when you enter the corner door of Zakład Mięsny is a surprisingly quirky venue that showcases contemporary Poland more than most places in the city. The place has an actual butcher’s counter at the rear, 12 beers on tap (always changing), and a peculiar seating arrangement where you can eat and drink in a dentist’s chair, a high stool, a builder’s bench, or a cozy sofa. The bar also has daily promotions like Tatar (raw beef with egg and vegetables), vodka promos, and pizza. This is more than its title of “Butcher’s Shop” suggests, and is yet more proof of the trendy revival in Praga. It feels like another world here. As a bonus, the bar has fast WiFi, friendly staff, and, of course, no television.
Krowarzywa Vegan Burger
Bar Mleczny Prasowy