While I was in Warsaw I got quite a few questions regarding the places we ate (no wonder, since we ate most of the time), and as promised here is a little post about just that; fooooood!
My friend Mikaela had done a great job researching beforehand, so we had actually booked most of the places upon arrival. A good idea, since it often can end in taking the first thing you see if hunger kicks in while on the road. Not always the best.
On our first day we had booked a table for lunch at Belvedere, a beautiful place in the heart of Łazienki Park. The building is over 150 years old and is filled with tropical plants and old palm trees. They had a small selection of vegetarian food and for appetisers I had grilled and marinated vegetables with herbal oil, truffle croutons, Parmesan cheese and butter lettuce hearts, for main course a velvet beetroot cream with wild rose and lastly, the best dessert in a long time: brownie with pistachio ice cream and vanilla Chantilly. Sadly the soup wasn’t really my taste, but I ordered some of the best potatoes I have tasted and that, combined with the appetiser and dessert made my belly more than happy! For all that and a glass of wine, I think I payed around 450 SEK, which is very expensive to be Poland, but super cheap for a lunch like that, in a place like that.
Mikaela said she had found this “secret” bar and it was for sure not easy to spot, seeing as the door was covered in dark curtains and there was no sign. We had to ring a doorbell and when we got inside it was very small and I had to laugh a little. I found the whole thing so bizarre and stupid. But turns out they had the best drinks, a super friendly and very talented staff and the best playlist I have heard in a long time. Seriously, a must go when you are in Warsaw.
The Alchemist Gastropub
Afterwards we headed to a Gastropub located in the Metropolitan building at Pilsudski Square. It was a trendy place with lots of tapas and other good dishes, and they also had self-service taps, where you can pour any of the craft beers, cider or Prosecco, yourself. The vibe was a bit more after-work and we were a tad tired, so I recommend going there when in the mood for lots drinks and yummy food. I had a halloumi salad with spinach, quinoa, cherry tomatos, dried cranberries, sundried tomatoes and marinated beetroot. On the side we shared sweet potato wedges, served with house dips: sriracha mayo, curry mayo and garlic dip.
Hotel Bristol Wine Bar
On our second day we woke up to 16 degrees and sunshine and I got to enjoy my first outdoor Bellini this year. We sat down by the beautiful Hotel Bristol´s wine bar and spent about two hour soaking up sun and enjoy cold drinks. I had one orange and one passion fruit bellini, and both were very yummy! The hotel also serves brunch on Sundays, which we badly wanted to go on, but it was sadly full.
This place we actually stumbled upon on our way to another place and it just looked so cozy. Very simple and a little rough interior, delicious vine list and good vegetarian options. I had quinoa with beetroot creme, sweet potato and mushrooms. So good the camera of course had to eat first.
Next to our hotel I found this lovely chocolatier, and after having drooled over every single piece of chocolate in there, I ended up buying a macaroon. So damn good! The place itself was pretty big, you could sit down there, but sadly always very full, making it a bit too noisy and crowded. But definitely worth buying to bring with you.
On our last day we had planned a big brunch at Bristol hotel, but sadly it turned out we never had a reservation (long story), so we had to improvise. We decided to try out Aioli, a restaurant we had passed the day before, where the line out in the street was so long it caught our interest. The place was so cool, with good music and a good vibe (and of course lots of people). I had a greek feta salad with cherry tomatoes, chioggia beetroot, marinated yellow beetroot, mixed lettuce, kalamata olives, green peas, cipollini onion, zucchini chips, marinated black carrot, marinated roasted pepper, roasted sunflower seeds and aïoli nachos topped with lemon-mint vinaigrette. YUM!
Hope this can inspire you if you ever travel to Warsaw! Have to go get something to eat now, got so hungry writing this post.
Lots of love from Henriette Sophia