Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is home to almost two million people and is visited by thousands of tourists each year. Despite its near complete destruction after WWII, this city has since been restored to its former glory and is one of the country’s most attractive destinations. Apart from the fantastic buildings and architecture, there is also a marvellous selection of restaurants and and cafes many of which are in fact French. French restaurants are extremely popular in this city and with such an amazing quality of dishes it is not hard to see why. Here is our pick of the top 10 French restaurants in Warsaw.
Located in the heart of Warsaw, Bistro de Paris has been a local favorite since opening in 2004, and even earned itself a place in the prestigious Michelin Guide. Chef and co-owner Michel Moran is in the kitchen, showcasing his many years of experience. His dishes include onion soup, salmon ravioli, roasted duck breast and apricot cheesecake. With elegant decor to complement the food, this is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to experience the phenomenal taste of France whilst staying in Poland.
Located in Warsaw’s sophisticated Sofitel Hotel, Le Victoria Brasserie is a sophisticated take on classic French cuisine. The menu may look plain and simple but the taste is far from it. The flavorsome dishes include salmon gravadiax, entrecote steak and salade nicoise, among many others. Customers can enjoy these meals within the restaurant’s bright and spacious room that makes a dining experience here all the more pleasant and relaxed.
Styled like a classic French bistro, Saint Jacques is deceptively low-key. Courses here go above and beyond that of other restaurants in the area with a real emphasis on French cuisine. Anyone seeking authentic French food will not be disappointed with dishes including snails, frog’s legs and crème brulee. Classic dishes are recreated here and served in a modern and sophisticated manner.
Mônsieur Léon may not be the largest restaurant in Warsaw, but rest assured it is one of the best. Situated on a small, quiet street, this is the perfect place to unwind after a hectic day of sightseeing and traveling. Customers can even enjoy their meals on the little patio outside the restaurant and watch the world go by. Apart from the lovely surroundings however, there’s the delicious food. Mônsieur Léon prides itself on the use of the freshest ingredients. Food on the menu includes salads, sandwiches, meat and cheese platters, all enjoyed with a glass of wine or cool beer.
At Le Bistro Rozbratclassic French dishes are served with a modern twist. Think sea bream marinated in citrus and served with lentils, salmon tartar and, of course, classic French snails in garlic butter. Along with an extensive wine list, this is the perfect restaurant in which to enjoy a peaceful dinner and reminisce over a marvellous day enjoyed in Warsaw. The decor is also classic and contemporary, and alongside the friendly service, creates a lovely, welcoming atmosphere.
Bistro Charlotte is well known in Warsaw for its amazing breakfasts. Despite serving a wide variety of courses and well-loved dishes, breakfast at Bistro Charlotte is what customers come for. Located on Plac Zbawiciela, it’s the ideal way to start the day. This traditional French affair consists of home-baked bread, croissants, sandwiches, quiche and jams. With such a large variety of home-made goods to choose from, it is no wonder this establishment is so popular among locals. Despite only opening three years ago, it has become renowned for its spectacular breakfasts and brunches and is a definite must-try for anyone looking to start the day right.
L’Arc Varsovie is a firm favorite within the city. There are a variety of dishes to choose from and each course is served with a classy and sophisticated modern twist. This keeps dishes fresh and contemporary. However, the lobster is L’Arc Varsovie most iconic dish and is a definite must try for anyone who wishes to dine in Warsaw. Although slightly more expensive compared to other main courses, it is well worth it.
Despite its small size, Prowansja is a well-loved cafe located at the end of Koszykowa. The decor here is homely and cozy. However, the food is what makes dining here truly memorable. With so many delicious and traditional dishes, visitors may be mistaken for thinking they are actually in France. Traditional courses are served with immaculate presentation and include snails cooked burgundy style, frog legs in tempura and of course, onion soup. Desserts are equally as appetizing with white chocolate cheesecake and crème brûlée being just two of the options.
La Maison was established by Sandra Massoud and is described as selling some of the best French pastry in Poland. The beautiful restaurant and cafe is decorated true to French style, while food is a fusion of French and Mediterranean cuisine. A fine selection of home-baked breads, croissants and ice cream is on offer here. La Maison brings the glamour of Parisian dining to Warsaw.
Situated in the stylish and contemporary area of SOHO, the modernity of this restaurant is a pleasant change from the historic surroundings of Warsaw. Warszawa Wschodnia resides within a beautifully renovated train station which adds plenty of character and is certainly a special dining experience. With a fantastic open kitchen, customers have the opportunity to watch their meals being prepared in front of their very eyes. A fantastic terrace area is also included so that guests can enjoy their meals outside whilst taking in SOHO’s wonderfully energetic atmosphere. This is definitely the perfect restaurant for families and large groups, and with such large portions, customers had best arrive hungry.