Warsaw In Your Pocket no.109 ★20 years in Poland★

Welcome to wintry Warsaw and the first Warsaw In Your Pocket of 2019! The start of a new year brings with it a fresh and frigid start. While the weather may not be ‘tourist friendly’ per se, cold temperatures and snow drifts are the perfect excuse to get inside to see some of Warsaw’s many amazing museums – two of the newest are vodka museums, which are fascinating, to say the least! Check out our feature on the history of Polish Vodka on p.8 to learn more about the Polish spirit! It’s no surprise it can be cold in winter, and some people love to be out and about, and if it’s snowy, a walk in one of the city’s many parks is a picturesque must! Whatever your interest, may it be Art, Polish History, Science, Music, Religion, Jewish Heritage – Warsaw’s got you covered. Make sure to check out our Sightseeing (p.26) to read up on Warsaw’s essential sights. February and March also typically bring with them a flurry of indoor entertainment options and 2019 doesn’t disappoint. Check page 20 for a list of events taking place in the city over the winter period. As always, let us know how you got on in Warsaw on our Facebook page and/or show us what you’ve seen during your time in the city by using the hashtag #Warsawinyourpocket through social media, or if you prefer, just use good old fashioned email: poland@inyourpocket.com.

Cover Story

This isn’t just a random decorative gnome at the gate to an old building – it acted as protection by preventing entering carriages damaging the walls. The building in question is on ul. Próżna, once part of the Jewish Ghetto (p.55). Photo: Mat Fahrenholz.

Main Feature: A History of Polish Vodka

Does vodka originate in Poland? Maybe Russia? Is it a little bit more complicated than that, just like most of world history? It’s certainly a fascinating subject with the usual twists and turns of a good story. Read on to find out more. READ MORE ➞

New Reviews

Koko & Roy

An American-styled restaurant and bar with great burgers and amazing drinks. Read more ➞


A Balkan eatery offering heart portions of meaty and veggie food. Perfect if you’re wondering around Warsaw’s old streets. Read more ➞

Na bałkany

A Balkan-themed restaurant just off Plac Konstytucji. Perfect for big groups and hearty meals. Read more ➞

Ciao Napoli

Allegedly one of the best pizzas in town, it is located a short distance away from the Old Town Square. Read more ➞

Wabu Sushi & Japanese Tapas

Exclusive dining in an informal setting. A great place to enjoy Japanese staple food. Read more ➞


A modern and hip take on Polish cuisine using seasonal ingredients, and great cocktails to match. Read more ➞

Uwolnić Kury

Vegan chicken and vegan bacon! Yes! That’s right! A decent quick eat option right in the city centre. Read more ➞


A Tex-Mex restaurant near two major museums (Pawiak Prison and POLIN). Look out for their lunch menus. Read more ➞

Back Room Bar

A well hidden place with a mix of American 1930s bar and inter-war Varsovian lifestyle and art deco atmosphere. Read more ➞

Drugie Dno – Multitap Bar

15 taps on offer, a cool post-industrial feel and top food from burgers, to the neat ‘party boards’ to share. Read more ➞

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