A downtown art gallery, a retro-futuristic bistro, or maybe a restaurant dedicated to the diversity of Vietnamese cuisine – this season, many promising places appeared on the capital’s map, just in time for long summer evenings.
Gunia Nowik Gallery, ul. Bracka 18/62
Art historian, translator, sailor and skier Gunia Nowik is a woman of many talents. Life is divided between Warsaw and Berlin. After eight years of working with the Pola Magnetyczne gallery in Warsaw, she decided to open her own space. In the newly opened gallery you can see the exhibition by Iza Tarasewicz “Full Circle Ahead!”. The artist, who comes from Białystok, lives and works in the countryside of Podlasie. Her medium is metal, from which she builds monumental installations. Gunia Nowik also collaborates with artists such as Teresa Gierzyńska, Agata Bogacka, Anna Orłowska, Katarzyna Korzeniecka and Jakub Gliński.
Letnisko Żoliborz, ul. Gdańsk Coast 2
The starting point for the creators of the new holiday space in Żoliborz was nostalgia. Located on the Vistula beach on the edge of the forest, Letnisko takes us back in time. During the day, we will rest here from the heat in the shade of the trees, eating fruit picked straight from the bushes and reading our favorite book. In the evening, we will drink drinks with a Polish twist, eat dinner served by Bracka 20 (formerly No Problem) and dance to the rhythm of Polish hits of the 70s, 80s and 90s. drawing lessons in the open air here, and soon summer cinema, concerts and open-air theater will also start.
Paloma Inn, ul. Poznańska 21
Paloma on the Vistula had a younger sister in Śródmieście. – Paloma Inn, because we are like a hotel bar, without a hotel – say the creators of the concept. The interior of the restaurant was inspired by the space age style, travel to the moon and nostalgia for the “Jetsons” era. In the neon green bistro, we can feel like the heroes of “The Fifth Element”. The retro-futuristic atmosphere is complemented by the menu – colorful cocktails, Hawaiian toasts on a fluffy brioche, vegan caviar or cheesecake sheikhs with a cherry look like movie props from the 80s. The dishes here are as Instagramlike as they are tasty.
La Bàn, ul. Krucza 6/14
A proposal for fans of Asian cuisine. New premises at ul. Krucza specializes in the flavors of Vietnam. The La Bàn menu has been divided into three parts corresponding to different regions of the country, which will allow us to discover the diversity of the local cuisine. A must-have item here is the traditional pho soup in several versions. We also like the fried catfish in turmeric, won ton dumplings in broth and young mango salad. Everything is densely sprinkled with coriander and mint, and topped with soy sauce.
Smashny Burger, ul. Wilcza 26
If you’ve always dreamed of trying some real American burgers like the ones from Pulp Fiction, then you’ve finally got the chance. The menu of Smashny Burger includes classic smash burgers, i.e. fluffy brioche rolls with a juicy Black Angus beef cutlet. We can choose from three variants with different side dishes and sauces, and a veg option with Beyond Meat. For greater hunger, we recommend choosing a large portion of crispy fries with the selected burger. If the Tarantinian hit had been shot in Poland, this is where Mia and Vincent would have come over for dinner.
Bottega Napoli, ul. Oboźna 9/105
There are never enough places with good pizza. But when three Italians are responsible for the menu, who know the native cuisine inside out, success is almost guaranteed. Bottega Napoli is a joint idea of Mattea, Robert and Antonio, three friends who left the Apennine Peninsula to live on the Vistula River. Now they have decided to smuggle a bit of Italian cuisine to Warsaw. At Bottega Napoli, of course, we will eat classic Neapolitan pizzas, in two versions: rosse and bianche (without tomato sauce), as well as local delicacies such as crocchè di patate, i.e. crispy potato croquettes, pasta frittatina di pasta or a plate of specialties brought straight from sunny Naples . Viva l’Italia!
Szamot, ul. Koszykowa 47
We stay in Italy but move to the back of the Constitution Square. While walking around here, you may come across a place filled to the brim. Inside, we are greeted by a phenomenal mural designed by Bartek Bojarczuk. Color reigns in Szamot not only in the interior, but also on the plate – pasta with the power of additives, aromatic seafood and holiday salads are a real feast for the senses. Fireclay is also a great lunch destination, every week we will find different suggestions based on local ingredients (currently broad beans reign in all possible variations). The local garden will be perfect for an evening out with friends and a first date.
Kpodonou Studios, ul. Tamka 49
Sandra Kpodonou started her adventure with hairdressing when she was only 17 years old. Today, she is considered one of the best colorists in the industry. She loves working with a free hand (without using foil when dyeing), and the colors she creates are unique. She values naturalness, so she always chooses her colors to emphasize all the best features of a woman. Parallel to her hairdressing career, she also developed a passion for fashion – she designed, among others for MISBHV, and also created the proprietary brand Kpodonou. Her clothes are worn by stars such as Bella Hadid, Cardi B and Sevdaliza. Now both her passions have met in a newly opened studio in Warsaw’s Powiśle.
Bota Bistro, ul. Okrzei 11
Bota Bistro is a green oasis in the heart of Prague. The local interior and garden are planted with plants that allow you to break away from the hustle and bustle for a moment. Plants also dominate the restaurant’s menu – during your visit, be sure to try cauliflower wings with BBQ sauce, tacos with oyster mushroom and sweet potato fries with chives mayonnaise. Bota’s signature dish are the local sandwiches served in a fried, butter chowder filled to the brim with toppings. We also recommend the bowls here, especially the one with fired salmon, coconut rice and kobe sauce. Add a laid back atmosphere and great service and you will get the perfect place.
Picador, Plac Konstytucji 6
After the success of the craft bakery in Mokotów and Anin, the time has come for Śródmieście. The small place resembles a charming Parisian boulangerie. Through high windows, we can see the local pastries – from classic bread with a crispy crust, through very buttery croissants, to addictive buns and brioches. The Picador team makes sure that the smell of freshly baked bread greets us every morning on the doorstep. You will come back here.