Warsaw, Poland’s capital and most vibrant city, has been changing and developing very rapidly. Nowadays, it is full of innovative and unique places, ranging from jazz clubs to archival cinemas to a neon museum. If you want to explore the lesser known spots and venues, check out this list of the 10 best-kept secrets of Warsaw.
Take the backstreet to the right-hand side of the Warsaw Barbican Gate entrance and you’ll uncover this gem. With over 15 craft beers on tap, Restauracja Maryensztadt Craft Beer & Food is a new bar that specialises in craft beer in a cosy and modern setting. The venue has an excellent range of locally crafted beers, all detailed on a blackboard style menu. Beers range from hoppy ales to frothy stouts. The food menu focuses on unusual dishes, as well as quality over quantity. Elegant little plates are filled with fine vegetables and bites of masterfully prepared meats, including corned beef with carrots, potato and broccoli or the kapusta (black pudding) with spices and vegetables. The venue has indoor and outdoor seating, as well as free WiFi.
A little hidden treasure across the river from Warsaw’s Old Town is Bazar Klub in the up-and-coming Nowa Praga (New Prague) district. Bazar, which is in a renovated building, advertises itself as the only place on this side of the river where you can get food and drink 24 hours a day on the weekends. This means you can grab a shot and a bit of Polish food at four in the morning. The bar itself also specialises in whiskey and cocktails. The staff members are very welcoming and speak good English.
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