Once branded as the cheapest city for culture in Europe, Warsaw offers a substantial amount of things to see – definitely more than can be visited in a day. But if you are travelling within Poland and you’re up for a day of walking, grab the opportunity with both hands and spend the day in Warsaw.
The Polish DO breakfast. Bread, cold cuts, eggs and oatmeal are some of the common foods usually found at a breakfast table in Poland. Before starting your day, head for breakfast at Latawiec. Whether you’re a sweet tooth or your taste buds crave something savoury, you’ll find some appetising food there.
Head up to Łazienki Palace, also known as the Palace on the Water. Situated in Warsaw’s largest park it was designed by artists from all over Europe throughout the Baroque period. The park can be visited for free but the Palace costs around 20 złoty (open Mon-Sun from 10 am to 5 pm.
Walk up to the Fragment of the Ghetto Wall (between Złota 60 and Sienna 55). Although this is a long walk away, I always believe the best way to explore a place and really see it, is on foot. A must see as and a place for reflection to remember those who died during the German occupation.
For lunch, head to Stara Kamienica (Widok 8) you might want to book in advance as it can get fully booked. Exceptional ambience and service, and succulent and delicious dishes. Above all, the prices were cheap costing approximately 15€ per head.
Wander up to Nozyk Synagogue, the only surviving pre-WWII synagogue. A historical site which many people skip over, but this hidden gem. With a small tourist fee, you can visit the holy site.
Get lost in Stare Miasto Old Town. Just walking around you’ll discover beauty on every corner you turn. If you are around in the Christmas period, you will come across elegant and bright decorations light up the streets of Warsaw. There is also a Christmas market (near Podwale) selling everything from furs to traditional food and mulled wine. But don’t fill up on food as dinner is around the corner.
Dine at Portretowa, big portions and unbelievable prices. A small restaurant with an intimate atmosphere. The hostess/waitress goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome. Be sure to try their grandma’s desserts, the apple pie is truly delicious.
Where to stay
Although there are many places to stay in Warsaw, I recommend Apartment in the Centre of Warsaw. A stone throw away from the central station, the apartment will make you feel like you are at home. The owner is super available to answer any questions and is flexible with your arrival time.