Hi Guys! Hope you’re doing alright. Being a complete coffee junkie, I finally decided to give you a little tour around the places where I get my favourite drink from. First of all, I genuinely think they all serve really great coffee. Secondly, due to their central location, they are quite easy to reach from whenever you are. Ready? Let’s go!
The story of this café is quite peculiar- its name is simply the way you pronounce ‘MSN’ which stands for Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej (Modern Art Museum) and it used to be an actual museum café. Now, the museum is no longer there (in fact, the new one hasn’t been built yet) but the café remained and is doing pretty well. I visit it often as I’m living next door but I still had some doubts if I should mention it in this post simply because it’s too hipster-ish for my liking. If patronising glances is what bothers you, I’d recommend staying away from this place. The staff are almost always rude, looking offended that you dared come and they have to serve you which doesn’t appear too welcoming. But then, the whole concept with a bookshop inside is lovely and their coffee is exceptional (they change blends from time to time) so it would be unfair not to mention the place. At least all the rude guys behind the counter know how to make great coffee and that makes eMeSeN worth-visiting. I’d recommend having a cup of coffee to gowhich I always do so that the pseudo-artistic atmosphere inside doesn’t ruin the whole experience.
Ministerstwo Kawy (The Coffee Ministry)
This place located just next to Plac Zbawiciela is usually very busy. It’s bright and cosy with huge windows which makes it a great spot for bringing over your laptop and doing some work. Due to the café’s popular location, you’re very likely to meet a lot of young people and international customers here, the atmosphere is still pretty laid-back. You can buy some snacks like sandwiches, biscuits and cakes there (I especially like their apple pie and gluten-free almond cake) but what makes the place really uniqueis coffee. From chemex and drip coffeeto flat white, anything your taste buds are after is excellent at Ministerstwo. Although the food is not always more than ok, they just never go wrong with their main beverage. Well, Ministerstwo Kawy simply lives up to its name!
Piekarnia Aromat (Aromat Bakery)
Out of all the places mentioned here, Aromat is the smallest one, at the same time I think it’s also my favourite. And it’s not even a typical café, it’s a bakery and pastry shop! The first thing which makes you want to visit the place every day is the staff- they are all super friendly, always smiling and joking around. After all the fashionable hipster meeting spots this is such a nice difference! Why can’t people always greet you with a smile, it’s such a tiny thing and it contributes so much to your overall experience! Anyway, like I said, Aromat is a bakery and the reason I fell in love with them is… almond croissants! Always fresh and crispy, buttery, super delicate, with that moist almond filling… HEAVEN! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten any bakery product in Warsaw which would be equally delicious, seriously, you just have to try it! If you’re planning to seat inside, come early in the morning and enjoy your croissant (or banana bread- my second choice!) with a cup of cappuccino– coffee here is really decent, too!
Being a typical, pleasant city café rather for a quick cup of coffee than meeting with friends, Stor serves beans from, well-known in Berlin, Bonanza Roastery. Despite traditional lattes, what you find here is the whole range of more alternative brewing methods and drinks, including chemex, aeropress, cold brew and cascara. It’s also possible to buy different accessories to make your favourite beverage at home- yay! There are some desserts and sandwiches available, too but seriously, what you come here for is coffee. Excellent coffee.
I have to say, this place is a pretty controversial choice. I can’t really decide if I like it or not, yet it is so interesting that I thought it will be quite alright to introduce it to you. First of all, it’s located near Grzybowski square, in one of the most magicalparts of Warsaw (which is also a former Jewish quarter). The street (Ulica Próżna) itself is really pretty with some of a very few houses which survived both World Wars. Inside the café you can also experience that unique atmosphere with peculiar pieces of furniture and specific smell of old things (if that makes sense) which is why I find the place lovely and super cosy. So far so good, huh? The trouble is each time I ordered some lunch here my food was horrible. Another thing is their staff… something has changed lately and they literally evolved from ignoring you completely to some weird bottom-licking, staying as unprofessional as you may expect, without much knowledge on what’s on their menu. Loving both the location and interior, being hugely disappointed with my savoury dishes, I started ordering desserts. And, to my surprise, their tarts and pies turned out to be amazing! Coffee is quite good, too so if you’re able not to pay much attention to the service, you will truly enjoy having your raspberry pie and flat white in one of the Warsaw’s prettiest and most interesting historical neighbourhoods.
Do you also like local coffee shops much more than chain ones? Which places would you recommend in your part of the world? Dying to hear that! Have a great start of the week 🙂
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