Warsaw Restaurants and Dining
(Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland)
Home to the biggest selection of restaurants than any other city in Poland, Warsaw has a well-developed wining and dining scene. All price brackets are accommodated for those eating out at Warsaw, although in general, prices are slightly higher than at other Polish cities.
If traditional Polish fare is not your thing, there are countless international eateries spread around the city serving many different ethnic dishes. The majority of the most upmarket restaurants in Warsaw generally feature foreign-language menus and these are often clearly displayed on the door, along with any specials.
What to Eat
The Polish cuisine available at the city's restaurants definitely has a Warsaw twist and those wining and dining out can expect to see at least some of the following appearing on the menus:
- Barszcz / Borscht - beetroot broth
- Bigos - traditional Polish stew
- Chlodnik - Polish version of gazpacho
- Golonka - stewed pork, with beer and honey sauce
- Pierogi - filled dumplings
- Placki Ziemniaczane - potato pancakes
- Rosol z Kury - chicken broth
- Zurek - chicken and vegetable stew, with egg
Where to Eat
Many top restaurants reside around Warsaw's 18th-century Rynek Starego Miasta (Old Town Market Square), often being housed within historical buildings and featuring outside tables.
Also close by are a series of neighbouring dining venues, lining streets such as Ulica Bednarska, Ulica Jezuicka and Ulica Piwna. However, do look out for tourist traps with overly inflated prices on their menus.
Within the very heart of Warsaw city centre (Centrum), some of the most conveniently located restaurants await your business. On the Krakowskie Przedmiescie, the restaurant at the stylish Bristol Hotel is amongst the best offering Sunday lunch, while for more of a Polish tavern (karczma) feel, head to one of the countless eateries surrounding Warsaw's Plac Trzech Krzyzy (Trzech Krzyzy Square).
Further restaurants lie along Ulica Krakowskie Przedmiescie, close to the main Warsaw University campus, and around the neighbourhood of Ulica Mazowiecka, and also Ulica Senatorska, within walking distance of the National Theatre and therefore a popular spot for pre-performance dining.