The Polish capital is just waiting for you to discover it. Musement shares some things to see and do when you’re in Warsaw.
This guide to 33 things to see and do in Warsaw encompasses everything from the city’s modern take on vegan dining to eating pierogi at milk bars. From literary days out to late nights in fashionable districts, this guide offers a fresh take on the Polish capital.
1. Pączki, or filled doughnuts, are a staple of Polish cuisine. Get to a bakery first thing in the morning for a fresh batch.
2. Trace the story of the historic old town’s postwar restoration through a network of boards that depict the actual paintings used as reference points for how the city once looked.
3. Wander around the Warsaw Palace of Science and Culture and reflect on the city’s troubled history of Soviet influence.
4. Read Flights by Olga Tokarczuk in one of the city’s gorgeous bookshops.
5. Drink vodka in one of the hip areas of urban regeneration.
6. Check out the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art.
7. Get vegan pierogi at one of the city’s fashionable new vegan spots.
8. Alternatively, head to a milk bar and eat pierogi the traditional way.
9. Jazz up your Instagram feed at the Royal Castle.
10. Brush up on your Chopin at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum.
11. Take a trip back in time on a retro minibus tour.
12. Visit the Neon Muzeum and find out about the history of these Soviet Era signs.
13. Shop at one of the city’s numerous amber stalls.
14. Drink coffee at the long-standing Pożegnanie z Afryką.
15. Take a stroll around Śródmieście and check out some street art.
16. Seek out locations from Roman Polanski’s The Pianist down back alleys that haven’t changed with time.
17. Take the Lux Express bus to Vilnius for 10 euros and continue your exploration of Eastern Europe.
18. Try one of 100 varieties of beer at Piw Paw.
19. Take a vodka tour and visit the Polish Vodka Museum located in a former distillery.
20. Listen to Warsaw by Joy Division, an English post-punk band that toyed with the idea of naming itself after the city.
21. Visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum to learn about all aspects of this fascinating World War II operation led by the Polish underground resistance.
22. Check out Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle for often perplexing and challenging exhibits.
23. Confuse yourself at the Museum World of Illusion.
24. Rent a bike and take in the sights at the Vistula River Bank.
25. Avoid Polish super lagers at all costs, unless you have a day free to spend recovering in bed.
26. Sip some java in one of the hip third-wave coffee shops.
27. Eat cold borscht the Lithuanian way (at least once) and learn how to make authentic pierogi at a cooking class.
28. Take a stroll or, weather permitting, enjoy a picnic in the exquisite garden at Warsaw University Library. While you’re there, head up to the roof for a beautiful view.
29. Check out the Museum of the History of Polish Jews for an interesting and informative day out.
30. Did you know Warsaw has one of the world’s best vegan scenes? Get a sense of how Poles are putting their own twist on veganism by visiting one of the city’s vegan restaurants.
31. And of course, don’t forget to sign up for a food tour to sample traditional Polish cuisine.
32. Read In Warsaw by Czeslaw Milosz in one of the city’s verdant parks.
33. Indulge your inner night owl and go party at BarStudio, the club in Palace Culture and Science.