Warsaw

 

SEE

Warsaw Jewish Cemetery- is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe and in the world. In parts it is an overgrown forest. It is a place of transcendental reflection, and a place to mourn the victims of the Holocaust. 

Holy Cross Church- I came here to see the resting place of Frédéric Chopin's heart.  His eldest sister, Ludwika, smuggled it to Warsaw in a crystal jar filled with cognac after his death in Paris. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be."

Poster Museum- The success of Polish School of Posters art can still be seen today when walking the streets of Warsaw, and in it's effect on design.  This museum is the world's oldest poster museum, and it has great poster art exhibits. Cyrk posters by Hubert Hilscher are some of my favorites. 

Neon Museum- An impressive and cool collection of vintage neon signs from all over Poland.

EAT

Prasowy- Old-style self-service milk bar (low-priced cafeteria selling traditional food).  The handmade pierogi were some of the best I tried in Poland.

Pierogi from Zapiecek

Pierogi from Zapiecek

Zapiecek- I guess this restaurant is a chain in Warsaw, but the food sure hasn't suffered because of it. I loved the pierogi here just as much as anywhere else, and they are homemade. Supposedly the dough comes from their grandma's recipe, and it sure tasted like it. The location I went to in Old Town was very quaint, and the service was great!

Słony- I came here for the homemade sausage, and it was everything I hoped it would be.  I could taste the quality of the meat, and the side of horseradish went perfectly with the kielbasa.

Pracownia Cukiernicza- A tiny bakery with some history, and a kind woman with a glint in her eye serving the pastries. I came here for Paczki (basically a Polish doughnut), and it was oh so tasty! I would not miss it if I were you.

DRINK

I am sad to say, that I did so much running around looking at amazing museums, cemeteries and Chopin monuments that I grabbed a beer/coffee wherever I could, and don't really have any amazing cafés or bars in Warsaw to report on.  I know they exist, and I will have a list when I return.  

STAY

Hotel Rialto- First boutique hotel in Warsaw. It's inspired by the era of Art Deco, and the building itself is from the early 20th century, which is rare in Warsaw due to most buildings being destroyed during WWII.  I must say, they did a fantastic job renovating this hotel, and making it feel like you slipped back in time. The decor is special, and the designers really paid attention to detail. The hotel is super comfortable, and the staff were professional and polite.

EXTRA

Listen to Graveyard Sonnets while walking around. It's the perfect soundtrack for the city.