Updated: Feb 3, 2019
If I had to use four words to describe Warsaw they would be "great parks, great food". Despite being the capital city of Poland, Warsaw is not really regarded by the travel books or blogs as a must see city which actually makes it quite nice to visit as it isn't trawling with tourists.
After a hot and sweaty hour long walk from the bus station to our accommodation, we headed down the street for a bite to eat. Luckily we happened to be staying right in the hipster area of town so there were numerous cool cafes and eateries on our doorstep. First stop was Krowarzywa Veganburger, an amazing takeaway vegan burger eatery. Tom went for the chickpea patty and I opted for the marinated tofu and we can both confirm it was the best burger, meat or not meat, we have had in our lives.
The following day was spent visiting the beautiful Lazienki Park and Palace. This 74 hectare space is immaculately manicured and features a parlance (obviously), huge orangery, restored amphitheater, Chinese garden and numerous monuments. A perfect place for a picnic or a run. Just stunning.
We followed this up with a lunch at W Gruncie Rzeczy, another vegan restaurant. Following its motto: Green. Locally. Consciously. W Gruncie Rzeczy serves food from local sources and producers. The food was fresh and flavoursome and one of the best lunches of our trip thus far.
The afternoon was spent people watching down Krakowskie Przedmiescie, a wide street filled with cafes, restaurants and the beautiful people of Warsaw. It leads all the way into the Old Town and is considered a bridge between modernity and history. The Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets and coloured buildings. It is similar to many other old towns however more enjoyable to walk around thanks to the lack of tourists.
Our final meal was at a cool bar/restaurant called Meat Love, located next door to lunch's vegan restaurant. We opted for pulled pork burger and turkey sandwich, which were both nice however we both preferred our two vegan meals better. None the less, it is a cool place to visit.
We had one more day in Warsaw which we spent walking through a few smaller parks and the city centre, and visiting Krowarzywa Veganburger again! Warsaw has some fantastic modern shopping malls where you could easily spend your months pay packet.
Warsaw may not have the major tourist draw cards like Kraków but we really liked It specifically for that reason. It was pretty, spacious and clean, and would be a great city for a weekend of eating, walking and shopping.