Ania Kuczynska Pick your side

Preeminent Polish designer Ania Kuczysnka is a master of understatement. Well, either that or she was bereft of a bright design idea when it came to opening up her flagship store on Mokotowska, Warsaw’s mode mile. For the champion of minimalism, it’s a stripped-back showground where the absence of superfluities places precedence on the dresses, leather bags and assortment of shinies. For the cynic, it’s more marketing nothing by using its nothingness to say that it’s something. Ideological interior-design warfare aside, though, the stock’s super simple, undeniably slick, and eye-wateringly priced.

Ministerstwo Kawy Know your techniques

Gourmet coffee aficionados, your ears should be pricking up right about now… Why? Because Ministerstwo Kawy (translation: Ministry of coffee) needs to be at the top of your list of haunts in Warsaw, lest you be derided as nothing but a green-beaned pretender. Here, behind the white-tiled and wood-topped bar, some of the most experienced baristas in town expertly brew caffeinated concoctions using one of three techniques: Drip, Chemex and Aeropress (and they’ll be happy to elucidate the specifics of each). Once you’ve been hooked up, you can sink into a suede-covered sofa, perch on a stool in the window or commandeer yourself one of the thin-legged tables, and rest in the knowledge that you’re sipping on some of the city’s finest.

Kaskrut Modern European union

Poland and Paris copulate in a culinary sense at Kaskrut. In the epicentral open kitchen of this raw and intimate eatery—think exposed brickwork and thick wooden furnishings with open vents-come-lights overhead—Slavic staples are infused with some experimental modern French flair. Veal sweetbreads with lentils and roasted duck with sauteed bok choy are amongst the dishes populating the glass, wall-mounted menu, all whipped up before your very eyes by the grey-apron-clad crew of chefs.

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