The Spoiled Queen went to Warsaw!
I spent the entire day walking numerous km through this super busy city, with the one aim of showing you the best designers boutiques, hip bars and busy food joints!
Are you ready?
We start our trip from Chmielna street, which is located in the core city center, surrounded by many little bars, cafes and restaurants. It leads to Nowy Świat – one of the most posh streets in Warsaw. There are plenty of shops on this street but when you walk a bit further, you will find yourself in front of Charles de Gaulle roundabout and a lovely, huge artificial palm! Once you cross the street and walk in the direction of Plac Trzech Krzyży, you will finally reach Mysia3 street, and a nice boutique – SHE/S A RIOT
. I adore this shop for its unique home items, gorgeous perfumes and candles, a lot of international magazines and some pieces of really trendy clothes!.
credit: SHE/S A RIOT
Right after, we are going to Mokotowska street and here, attention! You shall better prepare your wallet, as you going to spend a lot of money! It’s one of the most exclusive streets in Warsaw, surrounded by many high end fashion boutiques and concept stores. You will be able to find luxurious interior concept stores with the finest home decorations. Pay attention to the buildings – marvelous architecture and in some cases, you will be able to notice a little sculpture holding or supporting balconies (very similar design to the one you can find in Budapest). Moving on further, you will reach Koszykowa street and almost at the end you will discover an absolutely amazing concept store KYOSK
. This concept store promotes slow fashion and gives you an amazing opportunity to find brands from Stockholm or Milan, which are characterized by great quality and unique designs. You feel fashion by just looking at the window decoration! Inside the store, you can count on a strong delicious coffee! KYOSK is also one of the main points on the Warsaw fashion map. You can be sure to meet the fashion stylists from Elle magazine or Harper’s Bazaar.
When you make a u turn, you will eventually reach Plac Zbawiciela – Warsaw hipster mecca. Fashion crowd can be found at any hour during a day or night. You will pass Charlotte cafe where all those people love to show off, but if I have to be honest with you I don’t encourage you to pop in to this place. It’s overpriced and I was served the worst lemonade I could ever imagine, also paying 2,5 eur for croissant is more than ridiculous! However I can imagine that after this pretty extensive walk you might be hungry, and since a pricy croissant is not an option, your next stop should be a milk bar – Mleczarnia
at Nowowiejska street, a stone throw away from Plac Zbawiciela. You are going to get the most amazing home made Polish food including our national treasure – pierogi! I ordered one with spinach and feta cheese, absolutely recommended. For 6 of them you are going to pay only 1,5 eur! Looks like they are cheaper than this hyper fancy croissant from Charlotte!
I was eating my pierogi in a bit hurry, as I had 8 min to catch my bus to Saska Kępa which is on the other side of Vistula river. You need to get off at Francuska street and you will find yourself in this old charm of pre war Warsaw, with little restaurants and amazing old villas! I was walking through this street until I reached a massive park right next to National Stadium. Once you cross the park you will find yourself in the center of Prague district. A lot of people say it’s one of the most dangerous districts in Warsaw, but for me this is just the old Warsaw with old school buildings and this vibe which is hard to find on the other side of the river. When you reach Ząbkowska street, you will find few renovated, tenement houses still mixed with the ruined buildings. Ząbkowska street has its own charm, which is also visible in nearby bars. My favorite includes W Oparach Absurdu
, which I can strongly recommend you. This whole district with its a bit dogy surrounding offers a lot underground clubs and it can remind you of old Berlin and a bit of Budapest as well. If you would like to join some good parties with electronic music and be the part of interesting crowd, I guess it’s one of the best places.
credit: W OPARACH ABSURDU
After a bit exhausting walk we reach metro at Dworzec Wileński, which takes you to Świętokrzyska
street. You need to walk for a while and reach Kredytowa street, find nr 9 and you will find one of my favorite bar(including patio), called Miłość
(it means love in English). Fantastic interiors with great music and really positive vibes! Good food during lunch hours and amazing cocktails in the evening help you to relax after a crazy day!
Any questions? Drop me a line!
Happy to provide you with more details about other interesting places in this super busy city!