Polish cuisine is definitely something that tourists enjoy while visiting the capital of Poland. Dumplings, sausages, żurek is a must…the traditional cuisine has a lot to offer to meat eaters and vegetarians. What about vegans? Do not worry. According to happycow.com Warsaw is the 7th most vegan friendly city in the world. More than 40 vegan (!) restaurants in Warsaw is impressive. You do not have to worry about the variety either. What's even better - the plant based scene is growing very fast!
You can explore middle east at Mango Vegan Street Food, Bejrut, Vegan na Moliera or Tel Aviv where you can try not only delicious falafels, but choose between shakshuka and other delicacies.
In mood for some Asian cuisine? Search no more, visit one of fully vegan sushi places Youmiko or Edamame, where you can get much more than rolls with cucumbers or avocadoes. Want to try some fake meat Asian meals? Visit Loving Hut, where you will definitely fall in love with the soups (try the Thai!) or hostel’s number one - Vege Kitchen. You can also visit the other side of the river and eat a delicious, thick vegan ramen in Vegan Ramen Shop (tiny place with huge potential!).
Cucina Italiana? Then your choice is Leonardo Verde with their fantastic pizzas and lasagnas. Not in the mood to get out of the hostel? Just order a vegan pizza at Night Pizza Factory.
Not sure what to eat? Try some fusion cuisine places such as Vegemama (inspired by Asia) or Vegelabb (Budda Bowls inspired by various cultures) or Vege Miasto close to the Old Town with their delicious lunches and desserts. If you have a sweet tooth don’t hesitate to go to Lokal dela Krem (they have ice cream!). Here and in Physalis you have a chance to try best cakes, cookies and other tasty sweetmeats.
Don’t miss out Krowarzywa – first vegan burger place in Warsaw (they even won a competition for the best burger in the city once). They also offer vegan kebabs and hot dogs. Another burger place is Chwast Food - very close to some nice hipster bars. Who said that vegan food must be healthy?
After your senses travelled around the whole world, relax and enjoy Polish food. In Lokal Vegan Bistro you have a chance to eat “schabowy” (cutlet) just like grandma used to make, with potatoes and seasonal salad. They also have famous zapiekanka in vegan version. In Vege Bistro try vegan “kaszanka” (blood sausage). My meat eating friends say it really tastes similar to the real one. From the main courses you can choose between pierogies, cutlets and fried “duck” or my favourite Hungarian potato cake with stew and cream. Those meals are a really good base if you plan to visit some bars in the night.
Would you fancy a delicious breakfast after a night out? Tofu scrambled or a vegan omelette at Nancy Lee will be a great option!
If you go to a regular restaurant, you shouldn’t have any trouble as the knowledge in Polish gastronomy is growing very fast and more and more restaurants offer vegan and vegetarian options.