Poland, Warsaw

Warsaw

Recommended days: 1

***Never ever visit Warsaw on a Tuesday! All the museums are closed 😦 We didn’t know till we got there, and it was really such a bummer because we only had half a day in Warsaw to spend, and that day had to be a Tuesday, damn.

Otherwise, we wanted to go to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is supposedly really interactive and interesting to visit!

Getting around:

If you’re flying in to Warsaw, you have to get an airport bus transfer, because the airport is about 45 minutes away from Centrum!

Book in advance online (Modlin Bus) just in case the bus is full and you don’t get a seat! Being stranded at the airport certainly isn’t fun at all. When we were boarding the bus, some people wanted to buy tickets from the driver itself, but the driver curtly brushed them off and told them it was full and that they had to wait for the next one. Worse is that the bus only comes once per hour, so it’s much safer to book ahead!

If in a large group, a taxi may be cheaper because then you can split the cost by 4 and then directly arrive at your place.

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It was a pity that we only had half a day to cover Warsaw; I would have liked 1 full day because there were certain landmarks we didn’t get to see. I would have wanted to visit the Marie Curie museum as well as Frederick Chopin’s museum! I didn’t know they were polish! I also really wanted to go up to the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture, you can’t miss it, and it’s probably the biggest and most iconic landmark in Warsaw. I would have loved strolling along Lazienki Park too! But the weather didn’t allow for it 😦

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I’m so proud of myself though; I walked more than 10km all over the city! But of course I had aching legs the next day. We walked along the different embassies, onto the main shopping street and then into Old Town.

Keep your eyes peeled out on the left as well as on the right, because there are so many pretty buildings around! However, after awhile it got a little bit boring for me because there were just soooo many churches, it was just church after church after church. Especially for me, because I wasn’t a Catholic, I couldn’t really grasp the significance or appreciate it.

Our airbnb host was really lovely as well, because she had this file that recommended us all the good places to eat, and what to do. It was about a 10-minute walk to Centrum so not too shabby!

Food to eat:

Bobby Burger: This was the lifesaver at night. Because we arrived really late, at like 12.30 due to a delayed flight, it was amazing that it was still open past midnight! It’s a franchise chain, so perfect for when hunger pangs strike. It’s about 14 PLN ($6 SGD) I think?

Charlotte cafe:

This was in our host’s recommended places to eat, and came in highly recommended by tripadvisor as well! It’s more of a breakfast place, selling breads and jams and croissants, and is a French bakery. I really liked the croissants; it was crispy yet soft, and you have to try the butter!! It has a vanilla-ish taste to it, and doesn’t taste like your typical butter. It opens at 7am so it’s really great if you have a long day ahead.

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Other recommendations my airbnb host gave but we had no time to try are:

Butchery and wine: Really good steak

Beirut: Music bar/Mediterranean food (sells seafood/hummus)

Nolita: Fine dining

Signature: Fine dining

Sofra: Mediterranean/Turkish

Miedzy nami: Hipster café

My friend also recommended me to try Cukiernia Pawlowicz, which supposedly sells the best donuts everrr but I didn’t have time to go find it! The reviews sounded absolutely amazing though, rose almond and chocolate filled donuts wowww. It’s like the Krispy Kreme of Poland, go try and tell me how it is!

Traditional Polish food that is really popular and can be found all around are:

  • Pierogi: dumplings (not sure if I went to a bad restaurant, but I didn’t really like it, it tastes kind of soggy)
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