A Detailed Guide to Warsaw: Where to Live, What to Eat, and How to Relax

Warsaw Old Town

If you’ve been planning to go to Warsaw for a long time or you’ve found yourself here by chance, meet the guide to the Polish capital: we tell you how to use public transportation, where to eat, and where to satisfy your spiritual hunger.

Immediate life hack: A free city guide—Miejska ścieżka—is a walk around Warsaw with headphones; on the website, you can download audio guides to the main places of the Polish capital. From the guides, which are related to different epochs and events, you can not only learn the history of the city but also plunge into the atmosphere of Warsaw and hear how ordinary citizens live.


From Chopin Airport, which is located within the city, you can reach the center by bus (No. 175, 188, and the night bus N32) or by S2, S3, and RL trains. Bus No. 148 takes you to the Mokotów and Praga-Południe stations, and Bus No. 331 takes you to the nearest metro station, Wilanowska.

From Modlin Airport, where low-cost carriers fly, the shuttle and the Koleje Mazowieckie (RL) train run on a single ticket for the whole journey: with only one change at the railway station, you can get to the Central Station (Warszawa Centralna) for €3.9. The carriers will take you to the city center – under the walls of the Stalinist Palac Kultury i Nauki (Palace of Culture and Science).

Further around the city, you can travel by metro, buses, streetcars, or bicycles. Public transportation tickets start at PLN 3.40 (€0.80) for a 20-minute ride. You can also buy a ticket at a machine in the bus cabin (by card). If you plan to ride, it is better to take an unlimited daily ticket (dobowy, €3.5) or a weekend ticket (weekendowy) for €5.5 for one person or €9.3 for a group of up to 5 people (weekendowy grupowy).

To get around Warsaw, use the jakdojade smartphone app—you can also buy tickets there. Or use Google Maps—it most often shows routes that include walking.

The subway starts running every day at 5:00 and ends around 23:00.

As for cabs, the Uber and Bolt apps are used in Warsaw. The average price for a 15-minute trip outside of rush hour is 20 zlotys (€4.25).

You can rent apartments not only on Airbnb.com or Booking.com but also through local services such as Noce.pl, Housetrip.com, Nocowanie.pl, and Warsaw4you.com. Websites for finding long-term rentals—Olx.pl, Otodom.pl.

Warsaw streets



There are about 1,200 budget hostels in Warsaw. You can find the best option for you—in the center, in the forest, or even in an abandoned factory. And to avoid wasting time drowning in a sea of pages here or there, here are a few interesting places ready for you to check in.

  • Hostel Chmielna 5 on the street of the same name in the center—two floors, seven rooms, and 40 beds. Pros: cheap (from 70 zloty (€15) per night, breakfast included), kitchen, Wi-Fi, game room, and even its own spa.
  • In Warsaw Hostel Centrum (Emilii Plater 36a) for €52, you can rent a neat and cozy room for two with all the usual amenities (and even towels). At the same time, you can get to know the history of Poland: the walls have pictures of important historical figures, and there are even QR codes with additional information.
  • Hostel LL20 (Londyńska 20) is housed in a pre-war villa and has a small garden with a terrace. Just like itself, it is located in the Saska Kempa neighborhood, a revered spot for local bohemians, among equally interesting buildings and cool establishments.
  • In the green and lively Saska neighborhood, a little further away from the noisy and crowded center, look for Adventura Hostel (ul. Francuska 11 a/10). Rooms are clean and tidy, as they should be.
  • Moon Hostel (Foksal 16) is located in an old tower 50 meters from the tourist street Nowy Świat—the most famous street in Warsaw. Rooms for 1 to 8 people, TV, DVD movie collection, table soccer, darts, and PlayStation, playground for children, and free Wi-Fi.
  • Oki Doki City (Plac Dąbrowskiego 3 and Długa 6) is also in the heart of the city center: one is near Stalinka, and the other is practically by the Old Town. The hostel goes far beyond the basic tourist needs—a roof over your head and a chance to eat. The rooms look great, and the branch at Długa 6 also has a lovely café.


  • Villa Art Novis—apartments for one, two, or three people. There are options for different classes, also rooms with balconies.
  • Αutor Rooms (Lwowska 17/7) is a stylish apartment in an old building in the center of Warsaw. You can rent one, several or even the whole 200 square meters room for 12 people. In addition to the design, you can order an author’s breakfast if you want.
  • Sleep Well luxury apartments (Ordynacka 14 and Nowy Świat 62) offer not only a sweet sleep but also an equally pleasant wakefulness. You can choose the studio that best suits your needs. In the mornings, enjoy a hearty breakfast served on the first floor of the buildings.
  • The boutique hotel Hotel Indigo (Smolna 40) is waiting for you almost on Novy Svat Street, shining in all its 4 stars. If a comfortable room isn’t enough, a 24-hour gym and sauna are at your disposal. A great option for solid business travelers.
  • H15 Boutique (Poznańska 15). Five-star apart-hotel in the very center: spacious rooms renovated like from interior design magazines, hearty breakfasts, and the most attentive staff.
  • Hotel Moxy Warsaw Praga (Zabkowska 29), unlike its luxurious neighbors, has crawled over to the other, range around, the side of the Vistula. But it hasn’t lost any of its luster: the hotel proudly occupies a 19th-century building.

Cultural program

Warsaw harbors many green spaces: parks, squares, gardens, playgrounds, and other places where you can sit down and watch the ducks leisurely floating by. All this is surrounded by sculptures and fountains, bicycle paths, Gothic churches, and palace-park complexes. And also in Warsaw, there is a whole darkness of not boring museums and galleries, which you will want to visit (and return to) not for the sake of a check mark, but because they are interesting. Almost everywhere has free admission days, and Museum Night, when each of them spoils you with performances, usually falls in mid-May.

Tourist classic

A Stalinist building that never goes unnoticed and helps visitors not get lost is the Palace of Culture and Science (plac Defilad 1). The palace was built in the 1950s as a gift to the Polish people from Comrade Stalin, which is why it is still a source of local controversy. This is the tallest building in Poland, and there is an observation deck at the top (full ticket 20 PLN, reduced ticket—15 PLN). But citizens don’t recommend visiting it: Warsaw is better viewed from below. If anything, there is a great observation deck in the roof garden of the University Library (the garden is closed for the winter, though). It’s free!

Palace of Culture and Science Warsaw
Palace of Culture and Science

On your way to the Old Town, be sure to walk along Krakowskie Predmieście Street, where almost every building is a landmark. Here you will find the main campus of the University of Warsaw, the Presidential Palace, the Krasiński Palace, and the Potocki Palace. Why so many palaces? Don’t be surprised; in Warsaw, any small or large noble house is called a palace. But pay special attention to the Basilica of the Holy Cross at the beginning of the street: firstly, it was built in the late XVII century, and secondly, in the column of this basilica, the heart of Frédéric Chopin is buried according to the will of the composer. By the way, along the whole street there are small interactive musical benches with buttons. If you press the right one, Chopin’s melodies will flow out of it.

Nearby is the popular tourist street Nowy Sviat, where restaurants, bookstores, and mass-market stores cluster.

Old Town Market Place in Warsaw
Old Town

Barbakan (Barbican), a striking and well-preserved fortification in Warsaw, stands as a testament to the city’s rich history and architectural heritage. This imposing structure, built in the 16th century, served as a crucial element in Warsaw’s defense system during turbulent times. The Barbakan’s distinctive circular shape, massive walls, and characteristic turrets offer a glimpse into the city’s past as a fortified stronghold. Today, this iconic landmark serves as a captivating historical site and a gateway to bygone eras, inviting visitors to explore its corridors, ascend its towers, and immerse themselves in the stories of valor and resilience that it holds within its stone walls.

Warsaw Barbican in the summer
Warsaw Barbican

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (stop Kawęczyńska) is worth seeing even if you have a cool relationship with religion. It’s the main church of the Szmulowizna district, built in the 1920s but resembling very early Christian buildings. The architecture is striking: it’s worth going inside and taking a good look around.

The Royal Castle (Plac Zamkowy 4) awaits you for free on Sunday. At the end of the exhibition, if you have enough energy, you will see two original paintings by Rembrandt.

Archcathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist (Warsaw)
Archcathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
Royal Castle, Warsaw

The most famous and visited palace and park complexes in Warsaw are former royal and aristocratic residences: Ogród Saski (Śródmieście, Marszałkowska on the corner with Królewska Street), Łazienki Królewskie (Śródmieście, Agrykoli Street 1)—here you can interact with peacocks—and Wilanów (Wilanów, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego Street 10/16). Museums in Łazienki—Palace on the Island and Old Orangery (Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie w Warszawie – Pałac na Wyspie i Stara Oranżeria).

Free day for museums in Łazienki is Thursday, and from March to October, every Sunday at 12:00 and 16:00 famous pianists play Chopin in the park. There are also theater performances right in the park complex, but tickets sell out fast: Be on the lookout!

Stretching gracefully across the Vistula River, the Świętokrzyskie Bridge stands as a modern marvel and a vital link in Warsaw’s urban landscape. This iconic cable-stayed bridge, completed in the early 2000s, serves not only as a key transportation route but also as a symbol of the city’s progress and dynamism. With its sleek design, illuminated cables, and elegant pylon, the Świętokrzyskie Bridge exudes contemporary elegance, creating a stunning contrast against the backdrop of Warsaw’s historic and architectural landmarks. As pedestrians and vehicles traverse its span, the bridge offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s skyline and riverfront, embodying the seamless fusion of innovation, functionality, and aesthetics that defines modern Warsaw.

Swietokrzyski Bridge in Warsaw

The Warsaw Mermaid, a cherished symbol of the Polish capital, encapsulates the indomitable spirit and enduring identity of the city. This mythical figure, depicted as a beautiful mermaid holding a sword and a shield, is a testament to Warsaw’s historic resilience and unwavering determination. Legend has it that the mermaid emerged from the waters of the Vistula River to protect the city and its inhabitants, symbolizing courage and steadfastness in the face of adversity. The Warsaw Mermaid can be found gracing various monuments, sculptures, and emblems throughout the city, serving as a constant reminder of Warsaw’s past struggles, triumphs, and its people’s unyielding commitment to preserving their heritage and forging ahead into the future.

The Mermaid of Warsaw

National Stadium (Stadion Narodowy). Even if you’re not particularly interested in soccer, don’t be lazy and go on a group tour. It hosts sports competitions, book fairs, Lego exhibitions, fashion shows, track motorcycle races, and concerts by all sorts of big stars.

stadium in Warsaw before concert of P!nk
stadium in Warsaw before the concert of P!nk


The Fryderyk Chopin Museum (Okólnik 1) is located in a castle on the banks of the Vistula River. It is probably one of the most modern biographical museums in Europe. The exhibition consists of 15 rooms, and each of them is a separate mini-museum. Here you can see how Chopin lived and then walk around Warsaw of his times, look into “his Paris”, listen to birds chirping, smell violets, Chopin’s favorite flowers, and look at the women the composer loved. There is also a hall of death, where you can even see the composer’s posthumous wax mask and curl. You can go to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum for free on Wednesday.

The Copernicus Science Center (Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20) is a museum where you can and should touch everything in sight. There are board games, experiments with water, the sun, and robots; educational seminars on physics, chemistry, and biology; pilates and tai-chi, photography exhibitions and movies; even a planetarium. Not only children will be interested. There are classical music concerts under the stars and educational lectures for adults. 

Cosmos Muzeum (Łucka 15/3) is an interactive museum of optical illusions and physical experiments. Suitable for entertainment, satisfying curiosity, and creating beautiful photos.

The Neon Muzeum (Mińska 25) is a museum of neon signs that were painted on the streets of Warsaw in the last century. It’s definitely worth going once to see the shining space.

University of Warsaw Library
University of Warsaw Library

Contemporary Art Galleries

In the shopping center on Mysia 3, there is Leica Gallery, an independent gallery of contemporary photography.

LETO Gallery (Dzielna 5) is a private contemporary art gallery that has become a platform for cooperation, education, and the development of the modern generation of Polish artists, most of whom were formed after the systemic transformation in 1989. Their works are characterized by brutality and crudeness. Admission is free.

HOS Gallery (Dzielna 5) is another private gallery at the same address. The focus is also on works by contemporary Polish artists. Entrance is free.

Soho Factory (Mińska 25). Another active art venue is “on Prague”. It hosts concerts, exhibitions of famous artists, dance festivals, markets of young designers, and organic food markets.

The Warsaw Museum of Contemporary Art (Pańska 3) is located in the modernist pavilion of the former House of Furniture. The museum’s collection consists of works by contemporary Polish and foreign artists. Exhibitions are constantly changing and being updated. The museum also organizes film screenings, lectures, and discussions. The Boiler Room was once held here. There is a bookstore-café with a large selection of photo albums and art history books.


Warsaw is famous for its parks—they are literally everywhere, and they are very nice. We have already written about Łazienki above—now we will point out other places for strolling.

Park Skaryszewski (Praga-Południe)—one of the most beautiful locations in the city with many water bodies and hiking trails. There are special huts for hedgehogs and “dormitories” for birds. In summer, you can rent kayaks and visit the Przystań coastal café.

Pole Mokotowskie (Śródmieście)—Warsaw residents and tourists like to relax here. On weekends there are picnics and breakfasts on the grass.

Park Szczęśliwicki (Ochota)—a park with an outdoor swimming pool, outdoor fitness equipment, a soccer field, and a slide for skiing or snowboarding.

Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły Park (Śródmieście)—a large park with sculptures, fountains, bike paths, a playground and a skate park.

Park Moczydło (Koło)—a park with many hills and an observation deck overlooking the center of Warsaw. There are ponds and a playground, and a water park nearby.

Park Edwarda Szymańskiego (Wola)—a neighborhood park with cascading fountains, outdoor sports equipment, a tennis club, and a skate park.

Park Ujazdowski (Śródmieście) is another picturesque park in the city center with ponds and playgrounds. Nearby is a nice neighborhood with embassies—we recommend walking there too.

In our opinion, the nicest neighborhoods for walking are Saska Kępa and Żoliborz. Low buildings, plenty of greenery, and silence—just what you need for a leisurely walk and admiring the surroundings.

There is a roof garden on the roof of the University Library (Powiśle, Dobra Street 56/66)—one of the largest and most beautiful roof gardens in Europe, designed by landscape architect Iryna Boerska. If the park is not enough fun for adults, look out for the plans to build an XL playground in Warsaw.

Vistula embankment in Warsaw
Vistula embankment

Food and drinks

National cuisine

Take the path of least resistance to Zapiecek. The chain of restaurants is scattered all over the city, and it won’t be hard to find them. The food is excellent; the prices are average or slightly higher, but the flavor can only be felt in this way.

Radio Cafe (Nowogrodzka 56) is an authentic establishment opened by a former journalist from the Polish service of Radio Liberty. His photos are hung all over the place, and Stanisław Pruszynski himself is a frequent visitor. The café specializes in Polish cuisine with international elements.

Have a meal at Czerwony Wieprz (Żelazna 68)—even Bruce Willis and John Malkovich have visited this place.

To visit a prosperous house from interwar times, enjoy lunch in its garden, and enjoy good local cuisine, choose the Różana restaurant (Chocimska 7).

At the Stary Dom restaurant in Puławska 104/106, sitting on a wooden bench, you can go back a couple of centuries in the country’s gastronomic history.

Kameralna (Kopernika 3). A classic restaurant of national Polish cuisine, where you should go to meet your date’s parents.

Polish dumplings (pierogi) at Zapiecek
Polish dumplings (pierogi) at Zapiecek

Milky bars

A special place in Warsaw’s gastroculture is occupied by “milky bars”, i.e., city canteens. Everyone goes there: pensioners, students, homeless people, and clerks (the list of visitors is open). A bar is not the same as a bar, but in any of them you can eat for a small amount of money and it is often quite tasty.

The Prasowy bar is a legend of Warsaw’s canteens. After many changes it got a new life on Marszałkowska 10/16. Here you can not only eat, but also organize discussions, exhibitions, thematic exchanges of things (vinyl, handmade), concerts, film screenings, chess competitions and events for the elderly.

The Bambino canteen (Krucza 21) is considered one of the best in Warsaw. It’s cheap and tasty. On the menu are dishes from the PRL times: zhurek, pancakes, sloths, meat, porridge, soups.

What fans of authenticity and hardcore can find in Mleczarnia Jerozolimska (Jerozolimskie 32, Bagatela 15, Nowowiejska 6, E. Plater 47, Sienna 63, Świętokrzyska 20, Jerozolimskie 148, Ostrobramska 75C, Górczewska 124, Powstańców Śląskich 126). It still has the same PNR atmosphere with old people, queues, very low prices, and unpretentious but tasty food. You can try everything that the local cuisine is proud of: perogies, należniki (thin pancakes), żurek, and tomato soup, about which they even write songs.

Mleczarnia Jerozolimska in Warsaw, Poland
Mleczarnia Jerozolimska

Street Food

A quick snack in Warsaw is primarily kebabs. The most famous is King Kebab (Aleje Jerozolimskie 42): fast, relatively tasty, 24 hours a day. Next around the corner is one of the oldest kebab houses—Sahara (Krucza 51). When ordering a sandwich, you get a traditional Turkish cinnamon tea for free. There you will also find a lot of salads, baklava, vegetarian falafel with hummus and bonus—hookah. Another good 24-hour kebab shop Faraon can be found on Rondo Waszyngtona, on the other side of the Vistula River. In summer, crowds of hungry people from the city beach flock there, so be prepared for a pretty diverse crowd.

Look for vegan kebabs at Mango Vegan Street Food (Bracka 20, Dobra 53, Koszykowa 63, Żelazna 58/62).

Okienko (Polna 22, Dobra 53). A casual window where you can order the popular Belgian fries, sandwiches, doughnuts, buns and coffee. Everything is prepared on the spot.

Lody (ice cream) and Gofry (waffles) on the fast food side are Poland’s sweet must eat. Small eateries peek out from around every corner and offer waffles with whipped cream, fruit and syrup or a very tasty high ice cream sundae (it’s called Lody włoskie, “Italian ice cream”). There are so many small places in the city, especially in the center, that you can hardly pass by them without falling for this sweet marketing ploy.

interesting houses in Warsaw

Vegetarian/vegan food

Iluzjon (Ludwika Narbutta 50A). Here they regularly experiment with the menu, update lunch offerings, and make themed dishes for Easter, Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek) and other holidays. The café is located in the same building as the Iluzjon Cinema, which has a 60-year history and hosts special screenings and meetings with filmmakers, shows classics and novelties, and organizes festivals.

Słuszna Strawa (Żuławskiego 4/6). An institution with home cooking that works only as a takeaway. Migrants and migrant women work here exclusively, mostly from Belarus, Middle Eastern countries, Congo, Jamaica, Mexico, and India. Accordingly, the cuisine is varied and very tasty.

Vegan Ramen Shop (Finlandzka 12a, Jana Pawła II 52/54, Kazimierzowska 43) is a chain of compact Japanese establishments that specialize in ramen. Waiting in line can take half an hour, but it’s worth it.

Dom Sklep (Czarnieckiego 55). A café and ready-to-eat food store in the Zsoliborz neighborhood. The cooks’ imagination can be admired: cabbage steaks, fish-flavored tofu, lentil zeppelins and much more. The menu is constantly updated. Extremely cozy place in one of the most beautiful areas of the city.

Bistro Eden (Jakubowska 16) is a vegetarian bistro in a building built in 1928, which can be called the pearl of the modernist Saska Kępa district. We recommend accompanying your meal with orange wine.

Tel-Aviv (Poznańska 11). Kosher vegetarian bistro in the center. Many kinds of Jewish appetizers: pita with various seeds, salads, soups, and hot dishes with vegetables, couscous, and soy latte. You can try other Middle Eastern specialties and excellent kosher wine. Some of the best hummus in town.

The Krowarzywa chain is a veggie burger bar with patties made from beets, lentils, and other vegetables. For the same vegan delights, head to Chwast Food Burger (Emilii Plater 8).

Other places

In Warsaw, you can satisfy any gastronomic needs with pleasure. Gluten-free, ecological, organic, vegan, experimental or any other kind of cuisine is not a caprice or a gimmick today. You can easily find everything from Balkan burgers to ramen and udon on the map of cafés and restaurants. In addition, check out the local markets with trendy food courts: Hala Koszyki (Koszykowa 63), Hala Mirowska (Plac Mirowski 1), Hala Gwardii (plac Żelaznej Bramy 1), Fabryka Norblina (Żelazna 51/53).

Burgers are especially honored in Warsaw. The biggest chain is Bobby Burger (Żurawia 32/34, Koszykowa 67, Marszałkowska 28, Zwycięzców 17, etc.). Also juicy burgers in different versions with French fries can be found in Barn burger (Złota 9), Warburger (Brazylijska 22, ul.Dąbrowskiego 23, Stawki 02), Aioli (Świętokrzyska 18, Chmielna 26), Między Bułkami (Aleje Jerozolimskie 23), Bydło i Poidło (ul. Kolejowa 47, Francuska 14). The last two establishments are also good steakhouses where you can eat an honest piece of meat. And Między Bułkami also has vegan options.

MOMU (Wierzbowa 9/11). Traditional Polish cuisine with a modern twist. The price is quite affordable, there are breakfasts.

Café Mozaika (Puławska 53)—an institution with 60-year history and a wide choice of both vegetarian and meat dishes. It specializes in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisine. The service is like being hugged with words. Nearby is Morskie Oko Park, where you can take a stroll after a hearty lunch.

Uzbek restaurant Bukhara (Żelazna 51/53) will fill you up with the best pilaf of your life. It is located in the Fabryka Norblina space, where you can go to a museum, a concert or a biomarket.

Yatta Ramen (Bartoszewicza 3) is a place with a decent selection of ramen. There are vegetarian options.

At Cafe Hygge (Belwederska 26/30) you can try perogies with smoked tofu a la mackerel, black pasta with shrimp, baked yams with feta cheese and pomegranate. There are vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Mąka i woda (Chmielna 13)—an institution with a decent selection of Neapolitan pizzas, homemade pastas and organic bread.

Trattoria Ruccola (Miodowa 1, Krucza 6/14, Francuska 6, Plac Inwalidów 10, etc.)—Italian cuisine chain. Pizza on very thin dough, original desserts, and wine at affordable prices.

A legendary place in Warsaw is the Manekin chain of pancake houses, with inexpensive and almost half-kilogram portions. There is almost always a line at the door, but no one leaves hungry or dissatisfied.

Library of the Warsaw University


HAŁAS Vinyl+Coffee (Elsterska 10) is the first Warsaw coffee shop with specialty coffee. Here you can also buy beans, brewing equipment and vinyl records. It is located in the charming Saska Kępa neighborhood.

Coffeedesk (Wilcza 42 / Próżna 7 / Tamka 2)—a chain of establishments with everything for coffee lovers: various types of beans, devices, online store.

Balance (Banderii 4). While many coffee shops close around 6pm, this place is open until 21. Come for coffee from European roasters and mind-blowing desserts.

Na bank (plac Bankowy 4). This coffee shop is open until 10 p.m. Alternative coffee, hearty vegan food, cold drinks, sweets, and a terrace.

Unique Choice (Międzyborska 10a) is a coffee shop where beans are roasted by themselves. There is tea and an online store.

STOR (Tamka 33, Bracka 18). A coffee shop whose history began in 2014. In addition to the quality fulfillment of their main task, the team regularly gives part of their profits to charity and runs an eco-friendly business.

Kawiarnia Czytelnia (Aleja Zjednoczenia 50). Coffee house in Bialany – a district on the outskirts of Warsaw. All the classics: drinks, beans, desserts.

Będę później (Słupecka 4). A decent selection of teas and desserts. In the evenings, you can switch to wine.

Wrzenie Świata coffee house and bookstore (Gałczyńskiego 7). The first reporter’s bookstore is located in the courtyards of Nowy Świat Street. A meeting place for writers, journalists, photographers, and filmmakers.

Coffee Desk in Warsaw

Bars and clubs

Młodsza Siostra (Dobra 14/16). Cozy bar with two rooms and a huge terrace. You can not only drink, but also eat. There are parties, movie screenings, and tea parties. 

Regeneracja (Puławska 61) is a very old bar where people from the theater crowd often hang out. You can also eat vegetarian dishes and seafood here. Open from 10am until the last customers.

barStudio (Plac Defilad 1)—an institution in the very center of the city, in the most famous “stalinka”, where you can drink right on the steps and admire the capital. Breakfasts from 9 am turn into dancing until late at night.

Bar Pacyfik (Hoża 61) is a trendy bar with frequent beats. Specializes in tequila, mescal, and Latin American cuisine.

Natural Rascal (Hoża 61 wejście od Emilii Plater, Moliera 6). A wine store at the first address and a secret bar at the second. Here, you’ll find a collection of organic wines from independent producers.

Świetlica (Marszałkowska 17). A two-story beer bar that is always noisy, crowded, but very cozy.

Cuda na Kiju (Nowy Świat 6/12). Multitap bar in the former Party House. Three floors, 16 taps of draught beer, Prosecco, wine, a large selection of soft drinks, snacks—nuts, olives, pizza.

Kufle i Kapsle (Nowogrodzka 25). Many varieties of rare imported beers are available. Similar establishments with taps of hops all over the counter stretch along Nowogrodzka Street, so it’s impossible to miss them. If you’re looking for a good craft beer, check out Drugie Dno (Nowogrodzka 4) or Jabeerwocky (Nowogrodzka 12).

Chmielarnia (Twarda 42) is another multitap where beer pours in a tight stream. You can order Thai-Nepalese food.

Karmnik (Piwna 4). In our humble opinion, the most decent place for a Friday night in the Old Town. The cocktail list seems endless; there are vegetarian options on the menu, but there is very little space.

Kieliszki na Próżnej (Próżna 12) was opened by the same team that conquered the gastronomic scene of Warsaw with Butchery & Wine. Everything here has been brought to perfection: a great wine list is complemented by a cool interior and no less stylish and tasty tapas.

Plan B (aleja Wyzwolenia 18)—bar for after-parties, open until morning. Loud music, standard price for beer, smoking room with slot machines. 

I hope this guide has been helpful to you. Share your favorite places in Warsaw in the comments.

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