W oparach absurdu ( ‘In the haze of absurd’) is an interesting place where nothing is the way you would expect, from the market at its entrance to the unusually large size of the shot glasses. This place is full of historical meaning, and the menu could not be more local-centric. Offering such exceptional dishes as herring with onion, bread with lard, or bigos, it is as much a place for dining as for alcohol-tasting. When it comes to the latter, W oparach absurdu serves a huge variety of beverages, including flavored vodkas, Polish, Ukrainian and Czech beers, and liquors.
Address & telephone number: W Oparach Absurdu, ul. Ząbkowska 6, Warsaw, Poland, +48 660 780 319
This restaurant is decorated in a modern and spacious way, but located in an historical tenement house. The interior has been designed in such a way as to resemble certain parts of the Praga quarter, such as a metro station or a balcony. Moreover, Centrum zarządzania światem is not only a restaurant, but a concert venue and a gallery as well. It often hosts various music concerts, book signing events, artistic exhibitions, and other cultural happenings. The menu changes from day to day, revolving around the Polish cuisine with several international additions.
Address & telephone number: Centrum Zarządzania Światem, ul. Stefana Okrzei 26, Warsaw, Poland, +48 22 618 21 97
This new restaurant in located in the artistic space known as the Soho Factory. It is extremely charming, with modern white design mixed with colorful, flowery decorations. The whole place is very green and friendly, suitable for families and business meetings alike. The predominantly Mediterranean menu features, for example, blue goat’s cheese baked on a brioche with apricot, honey and chili sauce, black tagliatelle pasta with seafood and bisque, and chicken breast served with parmesan, new potatoes and carrots.
Address & telephone number: Szklarnia, ul. Mińska 25, Warsaw, Poland, +48 610 59 10 21
A cozy and tiny restaurant and cafe, Skamiejka serves the finest Russian food, which is known to be delicious. The charming tables are surrounded by various Russian decorative additions, such as samovars, folk music instruments, paintings, and many others. The recommended dishes are the traditional pielmieni dumplings stuffed with meat, brine soup with meat, and a soup made on the traditional kvas. This unique restaurant is run in a friendly way by a Russian woman who has collected the featured artwork over the years.
Address & telephone number : Skamiejka, ul. Ząbkowska 37, Warsaw, Poland, +48 570 151 570
This restaurant is a combination of the old Polish cuisine and French fare. What is more unique about this place, however, is that it is open at all times – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also participate in the ‘self-cooking’ workshop, where you choose recipes yourself and create the dishes yourself, too. The menu offers, for example, grilled lamb with nut polenta, pumpkin cream soup with roasted almonds, and an avocado salad.
Address & telephone number: Warszawa Wschodnia, ul. Mińska 25, Warsaw, Poland, +48 22 870 29 18
This cafe, located just next to the famous Vodka Factory ‘Koneser’, attracts passersby with its neon sign and, once you enter, displays the old-fashioned features of Polish decor. This place is great for brunch, dinner, and evening drinks alike. The rich and varied menu offers breakfast sets, Polish dishes (soups, hamburgers, toasts, and pierogi dumplings) and Mediterranean dishes (pastas, tortillas, salads), as well as a large selection of coffee, cocktails and beers, and ice-cream desserts.
Address & telephone number: Mucha Nie Siada, ul. Ząbkowska 38, Warsaw, Poland, +48 501 620 669
La Strada is an authentic Italian restaurant that resembles the charming Italian streets, and keeps visitors entertained with the equally authentic musical background. The restaurant specializes in wooden oven-baked pizza, meat and fish dishes, and pastas. The menu looks identical to any menu you can find in Italy, featuring for example the red tagliatelle pasta with zucchini, shrimps and cream sauce or pork riblets served with prosciutto crudo ham, onion and mushrooms. The dessert list presents unique halvah-flavored ice-cream and the classic Italian tiramisu.
Address & telephone number: La Strada, ul. Alojzego Felińskiego 52, Warsaw, Poland, +48 22 633 03 84