Warsaw’s stunning Old Town is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site and one of the most popular places for tourists to visit in Poland. From the Royal Palace to the Old Town Square to the famous mermaid statue, this is a beautiful part of the city to explore. It was destroyed during the Second World War but has since been magnificently restored to its former glory. Delve into the culinary delights by paying a visit to one of these recommended restaurants.
It often comes as a surprise to visitors that just metres from the walls of Warsaw’s Old Town, you can eat a full lunch with a drink for under 10 złotych (US$2.70)! Welcome to the Bar Pod Barbakanem, with its distinctive orange-walled exterior and good Polish food at cheap prices. This place can get busy in summer months, but it is worth it – a really good place to visit to understand what a Polish Bar Mleczny (Milk Bar) is all about.
Location-wise, Restauracja Przy Zamku is as good as it gets. Translating as the ‘restaurant in front of the castle’, you will be eating directly in front of the famous Royal Palace in Castle Square. Views aside, the menu contains some truly epic options, at an expected high price due to the location. Starters cost upwards of 27 złotych (US$7), with main courses from 48 złotych (US$12). For a starter, try the game pâté (made from the meat of deer and wild boar) served with cranberry and horseradish sauce or the selection of Polish craft cheeses with buckwheat honey. For the main, indulge in the expensive but delicious roasted quail with traditional polish apricot stuffing, which is served with Polish pierogi fried in butter. There is also a fantastic range of desserts, wines and Polish beers and spirits.
Take the backstreet to the right hand side of the Warsaw Barbican Gate entrance, and you’ll uncover this gem of a place. With over 15 craft beers on tap, Restauracja Maryensztadt Craft Beer & Food is a new bar that specialises in craft beer and European food in a cosy and modern setting. The venue has an excellent range of locally crafted beers, all detailed on the wall on a blackboard-style menu. Beers range from hoppy ales to frothy stouts to sour beers. The food menu focuses on unusual dishes, and quality over quantity. Elegant little plates are filled with fine vegetables and meat dishes including corned beef with carrots, potato and broccoli or kapusta (black pudding) with spices and vegetables. The venue has indoor and outdoor seating as well as free Wi-Fi.
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