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.

Iluzjon Cinematic smoke and mirrors

If you’re a forerunner in your field you’ve got to look the part—something the folks behind Iluzjon know only too well. Already venerated amongst Warsaw’s film buffs and beyond, this studio cinema was recently treated to a complete aesthetic overhaul, befitting of its legendary status.

The place now also has a film art museum and a modern, minimally decorated cafe—serving up great coffee, tarts and sandwiches—where cinephiles can ruminate on what their brains have just imbibed. The two screening rooms, meanwhile, have been redone to a classic remit, with polished wood-block floors and walls split half-and-half between mahogany panelling and patterned wallpaper adorned with white stone reliefs.

Classic is the buzzword when it comes to the program too. You won’t find new, big budget and CGI-laden blockbusters here, only the very best from bygone eras of filmmaking. Keep your eyes peeled, too, for the regular discussion meets and Q&A sessions with directors.

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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