The Warsaw culinary scene is actually much more diverse than just the stereotypical pierogies. The city is developing a very vibrant lunch scene, in particular, probably due to the large student population who call this city home. Small cafes serving great coffee and delicious food are constantly opening in the city, and many also cater to vegetarians and vegans. Read on for the best spots to grab a great midday meal and a perfect espresso.
1. Ministerstwo Kawy
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
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This place really takes the craft of coffee seriously, and you can tell this from the range of different methods they use to create the perfect cup. Ministerstwo Kawy also serves some seriously delicious baked goods and sandwiches, too. Their food menu is constantly changing and is updated with new creations daily, so you’re sure to find something that appeals to your taste buds!
Address: Marszałkowska St 27/35, 00-639 Warszawa, Poland
Website: Ministerstwo Kawy
2. Organic Coffee and More
An amazing selection of coffee and fresh tea is what you’ll find at Organic Coffee and More. They have a few different locations across the city, but this one is perfectly located close to the Old Town and Old Town Walls, making this cafe the ideal place to stop for lunch, after immersing yourself in Warsaw’s history. They have a lot of nice healthy meal options too, and the friendly atmosphere will have you losing track of time.
Organic Coffee and More
Address: Stanisława Żaryna 5/3U, 02-593 Warszawa, Poland
Website: Organic Coffee and More (in Polish)
3. Edamame Vegan Sushi
Sushi is a great lunch option, as it’s light, fresh, and tasty, and Warsaw has many sushi places to choose from. Edamame Vegan Sushi makes this list because their creations are unique, and not only a treat for the taste buds but also for the eyes! The service is speedy and friendly, and with quite an extensive menu, you’ll probably find yourself coming back until you have tried everything they have on offer.
Edamame Vegan Sushi
Address: Wilcza 11, 00-001 Warszawa, Poland
Facebook: Edamame Vegan Sushi
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4. Falafel Bejrut
A delicious place to grab a falafel had to be on this list, with falafel becoming such a popular dish across Europe, in recent years. Falafel Bejrut is great, and their menu is entirely vegetarian and vegan but will appeal to meat lovers too. They have so many options to choose from, including a selection of sandwiches, plates, and sides, such as the creamy hummus. Falafel Bejrut is an ideal place to go for a tasty, filling lunch, which won’t set you back much in terms of time or money.
Address: Nowolipki 15, 00-151 Warszawa, Poland
Facebook: Falafel Bejrut
5. Miedzy Nami
Dziś w naszym jaglanym menu- zupa krem z pomidorów z kaszą jaglaną, awokado, granatem i czarnuszką. Rozgrzewa i poprawia samopoczucie!Posted by Miedzy Nami on Tuesday, 14 February 2017
This cafe is open from 10am - 11pm most weekdays and even later on weekends. It’s a great lunch spot, and they serve a lot of hearty and filling dishes, including soups and pasta. Many of their plates have eastern European influences, so it’s perfect if you want a taste of local culture. Miedzy Nami Cafe has a long established history, having been open for 20 years. It also serves as a gallery and event space, too, making it a vibrant place to hang out and relax.
Address: Bracka 20, 00-028 Warszawa, Poland
Website: Miedzy Nami (in Polish)
6. TO LUBIĘ
This place is popular for its fantastic breakfast, but they also serve a varied lunch, which is worth checking out. You’ll notice the tasty display of cakes and other baked goods, when you enter, which are perfect to have with a cup of coffee. You’ll probably want to stay a while to enjoy the nice ambience and cosy atmosphere, so sit down, relax, and take in the delightful aroma of coffee.
Address: : Freta 10, 00-227 Warszawa, Poland
Website: TO LUBIĘ (in Polish)
7. Krowarzywa Vegan Burger
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Grab a tasty and filling vegan burger for lunch, and you’ll be ready to take on the rest of the day. Krowarzywa offers a casual dining experience, and they pride themselves on using only the best and freshest ingredients. A burger will set you back 15.50 PLN (3.90 USD) here, and you can also choose from a range of sides and zesty smoothies. Not only is this place relatively healthy (as far as burgers go) but it’s also great for the wallet, too.
Krowarzywa Vegan Burger
Address: Marszałkowska 27/35A, 00-639 Warszawa, Poland
Website: Krowarzywa Vegan Burger
8. The Cool Cat
This cafe is open from 8.30am - 10pm, most days, so you have plenty of time to take advantage of their delicious food. The Cool Cat has a hip interior whilst managing to still be cosy, and it’s no wonder it tends to attract a young student crowd. They serve a variety of dishes from scrambled eggs, to quinoa and veggies, and many other creative and wonderful options, such as a special donut filled with matcha ice cream! The weird and wonderful creations here are what seem to bring people back for more.
The Cool Cat
Address: Solec 38, 00-394 Warszawa, Poland
Facebook: The Cool Cat
Trendy and affordable cafes
As you can see, there are some great trendy cafes close to Warsaw’s city centre, where you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a variety of lunch dishes. Trendy cafes may not have been the first thing to spring to mind when thinking of Poland’s capital, but it is certainly building a reputation for itself, in regards to delicious and inventive dishes. For such affordable prices, it makes sense to take advantage of these places when visiting Poland’s capital city, so be sure to fit them into your sightseeing itinerary.
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