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Food & Culture

WHERE TO EAT: Top Recommendations 

WARSAW

Lunch

Freta 33
Freta St. 33/35
Tel: 22 635 09 31
www.freta33.pl
Casual bistro, nouveau cuisine, everything fresh, slow-cooked and delicious; moderate prices. Sit outdoors in warm weather, facing a lovely square, often with street musicians. 

Mąka i Woda (Flour & Water) 
Chmielna 13
Tel: 22 505 91 87
www.facebook.com/MakaiWoda
A trendy, lively Italian restaurant in the heart of Warsaw, popular with locals and tourists, with pizzas made in wood-burning ovens, pastas and salads. Moderate prices. In the same courtyard off the pedestrian street Chmielna, it is a stone’s throw from the JCC and Goethe Institut.

Opasły Tom 
Foksal St. 17
Tel: 22 621 18 81
www.kregliccy.pl/opaslytom/
Agata Wojda is an award-winning chef and musicologist, and each of her dishes is like a melody of tastes. A perfectionist, she is the only Polish chef four times awarded with the Michelin Bib Gourmand. In her kitchen you can expect seasonal, slow food and the highest culinary standards. Reasonably priced. On trendy Foksal Street, off Nowy Swiat.

Pastries, Tea & Espresso

Blikle 
Nowy Swiat 35
Tel: 22 826 05 69
www.blikle.pl
This old world venue on Nowy Swiat has been baking the best cakes, tortes and doughnuts in Warsaw since 1869. A. Blikle’s cakes are famous nationwide in Poland. Best for snacks, teatime, breakfast or lunch. The pastry shop is located close to Warsaw University, and wonderful galleries and shops.

Charlotte Menora
Plac Grzybowski 2
Tel: 668 669 137
www.bistrocharlotte.com
Close to Nożyk Synagogue, this authentic French cafe and bakery has excellent espresso beverages, and even select Jewish baked goods such as challah and hamantaschen. Notice the signage is in French, Polish, and Hebrew. 

Dinner

U Kucharzy
Długa St. 52
Tel: 22 826 79 36
www.gessler.pl/newruk5.htm
Everyone should dine at U Kucharzy to try the delicious Polish cuisine prepared and served at your table. Located in the heart of Warsaw near City Hall, U Kucharzy is owned by the star-chef Gessler family. A critically acclaimed culinary destination, it fuses haute cuisine with an intimate atmosphere and gastronomic wonders with convivial simplicity. Roast duck and Wiener schnitzel are specialties. The fish is always good. Most meats are over-salted. Cabbage rolls. Mushrooms in season. Herring appetizer. Frequented by a Polish intellectual, cosmopolitan clientele – high profile authors, literary agents, musicians, artists, business people.

Warszawa Wschodnia by Mateusz Gessler
Minska St. 25, Building Nr. 46, Soho Factory
Tel: 22 870 29 18
www.gessler.sohofactory.pl
Warszawa Wschodnia a is a modern, post-industrial restaurant in the Soho Factory, across the river in Praga district, fusing old Polish and new French cuisine under the direction of famed chef Mateusz Gessler. Lively and hip, delicious food, excellent service. The Praga district was not destroyed in WWII, hence its neighborhoods, brick buildings and cobblestone streets give you a sense of prewar Warsaw co-mingling with urban regeneration. Roast duck is a specialty. Excellent wines, some from Israeli vineyards.

Różana
Chocimska 7
Tel: 22 848 12 25
www.restauracjarozana.com.pl/en
Różana is excellent and elegant, set in a mansion with intimate, beautifully decorated dining rooms. In warm weather, you can be seated outdoors on the garden patio. Its traditional Polish haute cuisine is highly acclaimed. Fine dining, a special evening. Roast duck is a specialty.

Suggestion: If you have only two evenings in Warsaw, go to Różana and Warszawa Wschodnia.

KRAKÓW

Lunch

Cafe Bunkier 
Plac Szczepański 3a
Tel: 12 431 05 85
www.en.bunkiercafe.pl
Bunkier Cafe is an attractive, hip, tasty, and modestly priced outdoor bistro (mainly screened-in patio seating) facing the Planty Gardens. Thin crust pizza, soups, salads, burgers and fries. Exceptional unpasteurised draught beer. The adjacent Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art is worth a visit to see the latest edgy art exhibition or browse in the gallery’s bookshop. And walk around the Planty, the park and paths surrounding the Old City. The paths, filled with bicyclists, pedestrians, and parents with baby strollers circles the Old City as did the moat and fortress walls that once protected ancient Krakow. Just a couple of blocks from the Hotel Stary.

Jama Michalika
Floriańska St. 45
Tel: 12 422 15 61
www.jamamichalika.pl/en
A one-of-a-kind restaurant and café for artists, very well known for almost 100 years. Here, the most outstanding artists have always met, here the cabaret “Zielony Balonik” was formed, and here the spirit of “Młoda Polska” (Young Poland) was born. It’s worth viewing the eclectic decor even if you don’t eat here.

ZaKładka Food & Wine
Józefińska 2
Tel: 12 442 74 42
zakladkabistro.pl
A French bistro in Podgórze, across the river from Kazimierz, is a new excellent restaurant with lovely indoor dining for lunch and dinner, and outdoor seating when weather permits. Open Tuesday-Sunday, from noon on.

Dinner

Hotel Stary – Restaurant and Sky Bar
5 Szczepanska St.
Tel: 12 384 08 08
www.stary.hotel.com.pl/stary_pl/RESTAURACJE
The five-star restaurant is excellent, the finest dining in Krakow. The rooftop bar, called the Sky Bar, has the best views of the Main Market Square (Rynek Główny), and is additionally a great hangout.

Moment
Jozefa St. 26
Tel: 668 03 40 00
www.momentcafe.pl
Popular restaurant and bar placed right in the heart of Kazimierz district. Modern interiors furnished in the style of the swinging 60’s. Serves international and Italian cuisine. Moderately priced. Come here for the nightlife, not for the food.

Plac Nowy 1
1 Nowy Square
Tel: 12 442 77 00
www.placnowy1.pl
A trendy contemporary restaurant at the corner of the lively Plac Nowy and Estery Streets in the center of Kazimierz, Plac Nowy 1 has quickly gained an excellent reputation. Modern brick with wood and steel interiors in an industrial style, the restaurant serves American and Italian cuisines with Polish and Asian accents mixed in. A wide variety of regional beers are served.

Szara
Rynek Glowny St. 6
Tel: 12 421 66 69
www.szara.pl
An art deco restaurant on the Main Market Square, Szara is a lovely venue for dining at night or for lunch. Excellent. Reasonably priced. There is also a Szara Restaurant on Szeroka Street in Kazimierz but not as good.

Wierzynek
Rynek Główny (Main Market Square) #16
Tel: 12 424 96 00
en.wierzynek.pl
Established in 1364 (!), the tradition of cuisine and royal service continues today. Wierzynek remains the finest dining experiences in Kraków. Perfect for outdoor dining at lunchtime or, best of all, reserve a table for dinner in one of the many uniquely designed dining areas inside this former mansion on the Old Town Square.

IN OŚWIĘCIM

Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation and Café Bergson
5 ks. Jana Skarbka Square
Tel: 33 844 70 03
www.ajcf.org
If you plan to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, we recommend that you visit the Auschwitz Jewish Center, either before or after your visit, to learn about the town’s pre-war Jewish community, what happened to the town during and after the war, and the stories of the community’s survivors. A member of the staff or a volunteer will be happy to guide you through the exhibits and introduce the Center’s educational programs and initiatives. The Center offers a café with light fare, pastries and beverages.

WHERE TO EAT: Complete Lists

WARSAW

Atelier Amaro
Agrykola St. 1
Tel: 22 628 57 47
www.atelieramaro.pl
In 2012, the restaurant was the first and only restaurant in Poland to be awarded the prestigious Michelin Rising Star. Atelier Amaro is also the only restaurant in Warsaw to recommended by the Slow Food Poland Association. The restaurant provides tasting menus only, and is expensive. It is set in a park, in walking distance from the famous Royal Lazienki Museum and Park.

Blikle
Nowy Świat St. 33
Tel: 22 826 64 50
www.blikle.pl
This old world venue on the Nowy Świat has been dishing up the best pastries in Warsaw since 1869. A. Blikle’s cake, tortes, and doughnuts are famous nationwide in Poland. Also good for breakfast and lunch – soups, potato pancakes, and grilled salmon are all good.

Wedel Old Fashioned Chocolate Shop and Café
Szpitalna St. 8
Tel: 22 827 29 16
www.wedel.pl
Opened by Emil Wedel in 1865, the cafe survived both World Wars. Wedel is Poland’s best known chocolate maker, and is a must if you are visiting Warsaw. The interior takes you back in time to pre-war Warsaw. Warm up or chill out with a cup of hot chocolate, which comes in a variety of different flavors. A must-go for chocolate lovers.

Freta 33
Freta St. 33/35
Tel: 22 635 09 31
www.freta33.pl
This restaurant in Nowe Miasto offers a lovely spot for casual dining and delicious local, slow-cooked fare, with vegetarian options and attention to dietary requests. A great location, the restaurant faces one of Warsaw’s medieval square. Try the soups, salads, pastas, and roasted chicken. Reasonably priced. Open for lunch and dinner. Walking distance from the Le Regina, Bristol, and Sofitel hotels. Outdoor seating available.

Kultura
21/23 Krakowskie Przedmieście St.
Tel: 784 044 051
www.restauracjakultura.com.pl
Located just a few minutes walk from the Sofitel and Bristol Hotels on Krakowskie Przedmieście, the trendy eatery, with a cinema featuring international films on the lower level, offers Polish and international cuisine.

Mąka i Woda (Flour and Water)
Chmielna St. 13
Tel: 22 505 91 87
www.facebook.com/MakaiWoda
A popular trendy Italian restaurant in the heart of Warsaw is popular with locals and tourists alike. The pizzas are made in wood-burning ovens and the menu offers delicious desserts. Moderately priced. Walking distance from the Bristol and Sofitel Hotels.

Opasły Tom
Foksal St. 17
Tel: 22 621 18 81
www.kregliccy.pl/opaslytom/
Agata Wojda is an award-winning chef and musicologist, and each of her dishes is like a melody of tastes. A perfectionist, she is the only Polish chef four times awarded with the Michelin Bib Gourmand. In her kitchen you’ll find a mouth-watering connection with the original flavors of each ingredient. You can expect seasonal, slow food and the highest culinary standards. Reasonably priced. Very well located, on trendy Foksal Street off of Nowy Świat.

Qchnia Artystyczna (Artist’s Kitchen)
Jazdów St. 2, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle
Tel: 22 625 76 27
www.qchnia.pl
Opened by one of Warsaw’s most famous restaurateurs, Magda Gessler, the Artist’s Kitchen in the exquisite Ujazdowski Castle, adjacent to its resplendent art galleries, is located in one of Warsaw’s most beautiful parks. Euro-fusion and Polish cuisine are featured. Very good cuisine, electic and artsy. The balcony offers great views of the city, and the art galleries can be viewed in the adjoining rooms.

Restaurant Bistro de Paris Michel Moran
Pl. Piłsudskiego 9
phone: +48 22 826 01 07
www.restaurantbistrodeparis.com/lang,2
Michelin Guide has listed Bistro de Paris since 2005 for their excellent French cuisine​ set in the unique atmosphere and charm of Warsaw’s Grand Theatre.

Róźana
Chocimska St. 7
Tel: 22 848 12 25
www.restauracjarozana.com.pl/index2_eng.html
Róźana is excellent and elegant, set in a mansion with intimate, beautifully decorated dining rooms. In summertime, you can be seated outdoor on the garden patio. Its traditional Polish haute cuisine is highly acclaimed. Fine dining for a special evening.

U Fukiera
Rynek Starego Miasta St. 27
Tel: 22 831 10 13
www.ufukiera.pl/en
On the Old Town Square, U Fukiera is one of the most famous restaurants in Warsaw, known for its gourmet dishes, service and elegant early 20th-century decor. Indoor and outdoor seating are available. Haute Polish cuisine.

U Kucharzy w Arsenale
Dluga St. 52
Tel: +48 22 826 79 36
www.gessler.pl
Situated in an 18th century armory, the restaurant offers traditional Polish cuisine reinterpreted in a modern way. Many courses are typical for the cuisine of the former Polish borderlands (Kresy). Try for example the chłodnik (Polish cold soup), bliny (pancakes made from buckwheat flour) or tatar (beef steak tartar).

Caffee & Bistro Galeria Sztuki
Ząbkowska St. 13
Tel: 22 619 81 09
www.caffee.stanowski.pl
Caffee & Bistro Galeria Sztuki is located in a renovated historic building at 13 Ząbkowska Street in Praga, Warsaw’s most avant-garde art district. It’s a magical place with delicious cuisine, moderate prices, and charming Parisian Left Bank atmosphere. Casual. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Dom Wodki (House of Vodka)
Pl. Teatralny, Wierzbowa St. 9/11
phone: 22 828 22 11
www.domwodki.pl/en/#
DOM WÓDKI is a restaurant where the 6 centuries old tradition of producing vodka, honey mead and liqueurs is complimented by the rich delights of Polish cuisine. Their modern interpretation of classic recipes makes use of regional products and their novel approach to the idea of combining dishes with high-grade alcohol, will allow you to discover Polish cuisine anew in a surprising, revolutionary form.

VEGETARIAN OPTIONS

While most restaurants in Warsaw offer vegetarian dishes, those noted below offer vegetarian and vegan dishes only.

Vege Miasto
Solidarnosci St. 60a
Tel: 607 031 114
www.vegemiasto.pl
Located near the Old Town on the ground floor of a block of flats typical of the Communist era. The restobar is very popular. Drawing crowds, its menu offers vegetarian and vegan modern and fusion cuisine. Reasonable prices.

Krowarzywa
Hoza St. 42
Tel: 516 894 767
www.facebook.com/Krowarzywa
Trendy bar serving a variety of vegan burgers popular among young Varsovians, located in the southern part of Warsaw’s midtown near the main Marszałkowska street. Be prepared to stand in line during the spring and summer seasons.

KOSHER OPTIONS 

Bekef
Hoża St. 40
Tel: 22 247 84 16
www.bekef.pl
Certified kosher restaurant, serving Israeli cuisine in the heart of Warsaw. Catering and Shabbat meals available on request.

Cejtel’s Kitchen
Twarda St. 6
Tel: 506 232 110
The kitchen offers a mix of Polish and Jewish cuisines. Catering and Shabbat meals available on request.

Galil
Zielna St. 37
Tel: 731 492 634
www.galil-restaurant.pl
Certified kosher restaurant (serves meat and poultry dishes as well as fish and vegetarian) specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, located just a few minutes’ walk from the Nożyk Synagogue. Catering and Shabbat meals available on request. Good for groups.

JCC Warsaw
Chmielna St. 9a
Tel: 533 072 790
www.jccwarszawa.pl
Sunday morning BOKER TOV brunch: 11:00-3:00 PM
25 pln/person

Kosher Delight
Grzybowska St. 2
Tel: 42 631 06 81/ 501 741 703,
www.kosherdelightpoland.com
Catering and Shabbat meals available on request.

Kosher Store
Twarda St. 6
Tel: 22 652 34 32
www.jewish.org.pl
Located in the Nożyk Synagogue (side entrance). A list of kosher products available in stores can be downloaded from the Polish Jewish community’s website.

Internet Kosher Shop
Tel: 514 514 770
www.szlep-koszerny.pl

KRAKÓW

Ancora Restaurant
Dominikańska St. 3
Tel: 12 357 33 55
www.ancora-restaurant.com
A contemporary restaurant run by master chef Adam Chrzastowski, who is famous for his world-class restaurants in Shanghai, Ancora fuses Polish and European dishes. Mr. Chrzastowski is one of the best chefs in Poland and was appointed the “culinary patron” during Poland’s tenure as president of the E.U. Intimate dining in the Old Town. 5-star. Families welcome.

Cafe Bunkier 
Plac Szczepański 3a
Tel: 12 431 05 85
www.en.bunkiercafe.pl
Bunkier Cafe is a wonderful, hip, tasty, and modestly priced outdoor bistro (mainly screened-in patio seating) facing the Planty Gardens. Thin crust pizza, soups, salads, burgers and fries. Exceptional unpasteurised draught beer. In summer there’s also ice cream (lody). The adjacent “Bunkier Sztuki” Gallery of Contemporary Art is worth a visit to see the latest edgy art exhibition or browse in the gallery’s bookshop. And walk around the Planty, the park and paths surrounding the Old City. The paths, filled with bicyclists, pedestrians, and parents with baby strollers circles the Old City as did the moat and fortress walls that once protected ancient Krakow.

El Toro
Wolnica Plac 8
Tel: 12 421 47 33
www.facebook.com/eltorocracow
A wonderful Spanish restaurant in Kraków run by a charming Spanish expat is perfect for a great meal. The quality of food is remarkable and sophisticated including a great seafood menu.

Gessler we Francuskim (Hotel Francuski Restaurant)
Pijarska St. 13
Tel: 786 854 777
www.hotel-francuski.com/en#/restauracja
A stylish restaurant in a classic European style, run by famous Polish restaurateurs, the Gessler is located near the Floriańska Gate. Traditional Polish and Central European cuisine are served. Moderately priced.

Guliwer Café
Bracka St. 6
Tel: 12 430 24 66
www.guliwer-cafe.pl
Located just off the Main Market Square, on charming Bracka Street, Guliwer is a small, cozy restaurant, good for breakfast and lunch. Moderately priced.

Hotel Stary – Restaurant and Sky Bar
Szczepanska St. 5
Tel: 12 384 08 08
www.stary.hotel.com.pl/stary_pl/RESTAURACJE
The five-star restaurant is excellent, the best in Krakow. The rooftop bar at the Stary Hotel, called the Sky Bar, has the best views of the Main Market Square, and is additionally a great hangout. Expensive.

Konfederacka 4
Konfederacka St. 4
Tel: 535 106 004
www.facebook.com/konfederacka4/info
A charming restaurant and wine bar, it offers some of the best wines in Krakow at reasonable prices. The restaurant is located in a very quiet district of the city, which is still yet undiscovered by many tourists.

Moment
Józefa St. 26
Tel: 668 03 40 00
www.momentcafe.pl
Popular restaurant and bar placed right in the heart of Kazimierz district. Modern interiors furnished in the style of the swinging 60’, the restaurant is fun. Come for the night life, not the food which is good but not memorable. Moderately priced.

Pierozki u Vincenta
Bożego Ciala St. 12
Tel: 514 455 136
www.pierozkiuvincenta.pl
Situated in Kazimierz, this small but renowned bar serve a large variety of pierogis, said to be one of the best in Kraków. Low-priced.

Plac Nowy 1
Nowy Square 1
Tel: 12 442 77 00
www.placnowy1.pl
A trendy contemporary restaurant at the corner of the lively Plac Nowy and Estery Streets in the center of Kazimierz, Plac Nowy 1 has quickly gained an excellent reputation. Modern brick with wood and steel interiors in an industrial style, the restaurant serves American and Italian cuisines with Polish and Asian accents mixed in. A wide variety of regional beers are served.

Pod Nosem
Kanonicza 22
Tel: 12 376 00 14
www.kanonicza22.com/index.php/en/
Restaurant Pod Nosem is located on the ground floor of the boutique hotel Kanonicza 22. It offers traditional Polish cuisine served in a modern way, It breaks the stereotypes concerning the local cuisine, serving light and original dishes. The seasonal menu, based on carefully selected regional products from local suppliers will meet the expectations of even the most demanding customers.

Rubinstein Hotel
Szeroka St. 12
Tel: 12 411 12 45
www.rubinstein.pl
A glass-roofed restaurant in the heart of the Kazimierz district, the restaurant serves Jewish and Polish specialties. The roof offers a superb view of Kazimierz. Very good. Reasonable.

Studio Qulinarne Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
Gazowa St. 4
Tel: 12 430 69 14
www.studioqulinarne.pl
A modern bistro, which offers excellent modern interpretations of traditional recipes, is situated in an attractive, contemporary loft-style space. Great for lunch and dinner. Moderately priced.

Szambelan
Bracka St. 9
Tel: 12 628 70 93
www.szambelan.pl/en/
On the corner of Bracka and Gołębia streets, Szambelan offers a great selection of traditional home-made liquors, meads, vodkas, and fruit vodkas. Customers can taste a sample and then decide what kind of liquor and bottle they would like to purchase.

Szara
Rynek Glowny St. 6
Tel: 12 421 66 69
www.szara.pl
An art deco restaurant on the Main Market Square, Szara is a lovely venue for dining at night or for lunch. Excellent. Reasonably priced. There is also a second Szara Restaurant on Szeroka Street in Kazmierz but not as good as the original.

Wierzynek
Rynek Główny 16
Tel: 12 424 96 00
en.wierzynek.pl
Established in 1364 (!), the tradition of cuisine and royal service continues today. Wierzynek remains the finest dining experiences in Krakow. Perfect for outdoor dining at lunchtime or, best of all, reserve a table for dinner in one of the many uniquely designed dining areas inside this former mansion on the Old Town Square.

ZaKładka Food & Wine
Jozefinska 2
Tel: 12 442 74 42
zakladkabistro.pl
A French bistro in Podgórze, across the river from Kazimierz, is a new excellent restaurant with lovely indoor dining for lunch and dinner, and outdoor seating when weather permits.

VEGETARIAN OPTIONS

Glonojad
Matejki St. 2
Tel: 12 346 16 77
www.glonojad.com
The vegetarian bar situated just a few steps away from the Kraków’s famous Barbican, always bustling with city life as it is situated at the one of the main city squares, right opposite the magnificent 19th century’s building of Krakow’s Academy of Fine Arts.

Pod Norenami
Krupnicza St. 6
Tel: 661 219 289
www.podnorenami.pl/en/
Pod Norenami is located on the charming Krupnicza street, the oldest street in Kraków, nestled between museums, the university, and two of Kraków’s theatres, and among other restaurants in a place which has the well-earned reputation as the city’s gastronomic quarter. The restaurant is on the route connecting the heart of the Old Town with the green parkland of Błonia meadow, another delightful spot.

WHERE TO GO IN WARSAW

Museums and Cultural Venues

Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle
Centrum Sztuki Współczesniej Zamek Ujazdowski
2 Jazdow St. (ul. Jazdów 2)
Tel: 22 628 12 71
www.csw.art.pl
The Centre, housed in the Ujazdowski Castle and nestled in the park of the same name, offers exhibits of contemporary artists from Poland and around the world.

Copernicus Science Center
Centrum Nauki Kopernik
20 Wybrzeze Kosciuszkowskie Street (ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20)
Tel: 22 596 41 00
www.kopernik.org.pl
The Copernicus Science Center is one of the most innovative science museums in Europe, offering interactive exhibitions and activities for all ages.

Fryderyk Chopin Museum
Muzeum Fredyryka Chopina
Ostrogskich Palac, 1 Okolnik St. (Pałac Ostrogskich, ul. Okolnik 1)
Tel: 22 441 62 51
www.chopin.museum/en
This museum is recommended for all music lovers. It invites visitors into Chopin’s life and music through interactive exhibits, drawing the visitor into the historical period and cultural milieu of the époque.

National Museum in Warsaw
Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie
3 Jerozolimskie Street (ul. Aleje Jerozolimskie 3)
Tel: 22 629 30 93
www.mnw.art.pl
This recently renovated museum offers the richest collection of Polish fine arts, as well as collections and temporary exhibitions from around the world. The National Museum offers a special guided visit called “Paintings from Polin” (Cijurim Mi Polin), which focuses on Polish Jewish history through the art and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Note: The tour must be reserved two weeks in advance.

Palace of Culture and Science
Pałac Kultury i Nauki
1 Defilad Square (Plac Defilad 1)
Tel: 22 656 62 34
www.pkin.pl
A gift from Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union to Polish citizens, the Communist “wedding cake” building was completed in 1955. Since the end of Communism, the building houses many different institutions and cultural events. The best view of Warsaw can be seen from the Palace’s 30th-floor viewing terrace. Entrance is from the Marszałkowska Street side. There are several cafes that are worth a visit on the ground floor, including BarStudio and Café Kulturalna.

Royal Castle in Warsaw
Zamek Królewski w Warszawie
4 Zamkowy Square (Plac Zamkowy 4)
Tel: 22 355 51 70
www.zamek-krolewski.pl
The Warsaw Royal Castle, reconstructed after World War II, offers an entrée into Warsaw’s royal past, as well as extraordinary temporary exhibitions.

The Royal Lazienki Museum
Muzeum Lazienki Królewskie
1 Agrykoli Street (ul. Agrykoli 1)
Tel: 22 50 60 028
www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl
The Royal Lazienki Gardens consists of three sections, each one founded in a different time period. The Royal Garden, The Belvedere Garden, and The Modernist Garden span the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Free outdoor Chopin concerts are held twice on Sundays during the summer months in front of the Chopin statue.

Note: The Royal Lazienki Gardens are open daily from dawn until dusk.

Warsaw Rising Museum
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
79 Grzybowska Street (ul. Grzybowska 79)
Tel: 22 539 79 05
www.1944.pl
This interactive museum recreates the atmosphere of the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944. It shows not only the military struggle of the insurgents, but also the everyday life of civilians. Includes an exhibition dedicated to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays. Reservations are recommended.

Wilanow Palace Museum
Muzeum Pałacu w Wilanowie
and
The Wilanow Poster Museum
Muzeum Plakatu w Wilanowie
10/16 St. Kostki Potockiego Street (ul. St. Kostki Potockiego 10/16)
Tel: 22 842 81 01
www.wilanow-palac.plwww.postermuseum.pl/en/
This museum and landscaped park is in the city’s southern district of Wilanow, 6 miles (10 km) from the city-center. The Palace Museum is located at the end of the historic Royal Road, which led from the Old Town’s Royal Palace to what was once King Jan III Sobieski’s country residence in Wilanow. The Wilanow Poster Museum is the oldest of its kind in the world, and has a collection of over 50,000 posters from around the world, along with an extensive collection from Poland, including those from pre-war.

Zacheta National Gallery of Modern Art
Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki
3 Małachowskiego St. (ul. Małachowskiego 3)
Tel: 22 556 96 00
www.zacheta.art.pl
The Zacheta National Gallery of Art is one of Poland’s most notable institutions for contemporary art. One of the few buildings to survive World War II in the city center, the Zacheta offers cutting-edge temporary exhibitions.

Sites of Jewish Interest

Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland
Centrum Taubego
3/5 Tlomackie Street (ul. Tlomackie 3/5)
Tel: 22 831 10 21
www.centrumtaubego.org.pl
Established in 2009, the Center, under the leadership of Helise Lieberman, offers technical assistance to Polish Jewish organizations, innovative educational programs such as Mi Dor Le Dor (a Jewish leadership program), and extensive resources including oversight for the rapidly growing Taube Jewish Heritage Tours. Located in the historic Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, the Taube Center is a welcoming place for international visitors to rediscover their Jewish roots and learn about Polish Jewish history and current cultural institutions and programs.

Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
Żydowski Institut Historiczny im. Emanuela Ringlebluma
3/5 Tlomackie Street (ul. Tlomackie 3/5)
Tel: 22 827 92 21
www.jhi.pl
The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute is the largest repository of Polish Jewish heritage including archival documents, testimonies, diaries, books, journals, ritual and art objects. The priceless Emanuel Ringelblum Archives uncovered after World War II are preserved in the Institute. The Institute displays temporary exhibits based on its vast collections, which are always well worth viewing.

JCC Warsaw
JCC Warszawa
9a Chmielna Street (ul. Chmielna 9a)
Tel: 533 072 790
www.jccwarszawa.pl
Warsaw’s Jewish Community Center (opened in 2013) is a place open to individuals of all backgrounds, whether they are deeply religious or atheist, affiliated or unaffiliated with Jewish organizations. Kosher Sunday brunches, called Boker Tov, bring together people of all ages and backgrounds.

Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center
Dział Genalogii w Żydowskim Instytucie Historycznym
3/5 Tlomackie Street (ul. Tlomackie 3/5)
Tel: 22 828 59 62
familyheritage@jhi.pl
www.jhi.pl/en
The Genealogy Center’s experienced staff assists those from around the world and in Poland to research their Polish-Jewish ancestry and the cities, towns and shtetls in which they lived. 

Note: Walk-in clients are welcome, but appointments are recommended.

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich POLIN
and
Natan Rapaport Memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Pomnik Bohaterów Getta w Warszawie, aut. Natana Ropaporta
6 Anielewicza St. (ul. Anielewicza 6)
Tel: 22 471 03 01
www.polin.pl/en
This internationally celebrated and award-winning Museum, which opened to great reviews in October 2014, is situated on the plaza of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial, creating a dynamic historical juxtaposition that memorializes the past and honors 1,000 years of the Polish Jewish experience. The Museum’s Core Exhibition divided into eight galleries, celebrates Jewish religious and cultural diversity as a part of the Jewish story integral to Polish history. In it’s first year, the Museum welcomed over one million visitors, held 750 workshops, and hosted numerous educational tours, seminars, lectures, study programs, and visits from foreign dignitaries.

Note: The Museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Okopowa Jewish Cemetery
Cmentarz Żydowski ul. Okopowej
49/51 Okopowa Street (ul. Okapowa 49/51)
Tel: 22 838 26 22
www.beisolam.jewish.org.pl
The Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe, containing over 250,000 graves (dating back to 1806), as well as mass graves of victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. The Cemetery is still used by the Polish Jewish Community.

Note: The cemetery closes early on Fridays and is closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.

Menora InfoPunkt (MIP)
2 Grzybowski Square (Plac Grzbowski 2)
menora@polin.pl
www.polin.pl/en/about-the-museum/menora-a-new-place-of-the-museum-polin-at-2-grzybowski-square
A collaboration between the Taube Center and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Menora InfoPunkt serves as an information point about Jewish Warsaw, a meeting space for NGOs and even a kitchen for culinary workshops. Sign up for a trip around the city with Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, enjoy an espresso with croissant or hamantashen, and find out about current happenings in Jewish Warsaw.

Nożyk Synagogue
Synagoga im. Nożyków
6 Twarda Street (ul. Twarda 6)
Tel: 22 624 14 84
www.warszawa.jewish.org.pl
The Nożyk Synagogue, dedicated in 1902, offers daily, Sabbath and holiday services, as well as classes, lectures and cultural events. The only pre-war synagogue in Warsaw to survive World War II and the Communist period, the Nożyk Synagogue is an iconic symbol of Jewish continuity in the nation’s capital, offering a glimpse into Warsaw’s Jewish past and contemporary Jewish community life. Visitors are welcome to join the community for prayers and holiday celebrations, as well as Sabbath and holiday meals.

WHERE TO GO IN KRAKÓW

Museums and Cultural Venues

Garden of Experiences
Ogród Doświadczeń
68 Pokoju St. (ul. Pokoju 68)
Tel: 12 346 12 85
www.ogroddoswiadczen.pl
Named in honor of well-known Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem, the outdoor facility invites children and adults to explore the world of physics through more than fifty interactive installations and hands-on experiences.

Note: Open April through October.

National Museum in Kraków
Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie
1 May 3rd Avenue (aleja 3 Maja 1)
Tel: 12 295 55 00
www.muzeum.krakow.pl
The National Museum in Krakow offers an array of Polish artistic and cultural treasures exhibited in its main building and in its various branches located throughout the city.

Rynek Underground
Podziemia Rynku
1 Main Square (Rynek Główny 1)
Tel: 12 426 50 60
www.mhk.pl
This underground museum is not to be missed. It features the remains of cloth stalls from the Middle Ages—recently unearthed in excavations—and uses innovative multimedia presentations to simulate the medieval period experience; includes a wonderful children’s exhibition.

Cloth Hall
Sukiennice
3 Main Square (Rynek Główny 3)
Tel: 12 433 54 00
www.muzeum.krakow.pl
In the center of the Rynek Główny sits the long building called the Sukiennice, or Cloth Hall, with a Renaissance façade acquired in the 16th century. It is now an eclectic enclosed shopping hall where vendors sell crafts and souvenirs.

Sites of Jewish Interest

Cheder Café
38 Jozefa St. (ul. Jozefa 38)
Tel: 515 732 226
www.cheder.pl
This delightful café hosts events highlighting Jewish culture from Poland and around the Jewish world and offers a menu of Israeli food options.

Galicia Jewish Museum
Żydowskie Muzeum Galicja
18 Dajwor St. (ul. Dajwor 18)
Tel: 12 421 68 42
www.galiciajewishmuseum.org
The “Traces of Memory” Exhibit and the temporary exhibitions are always well worth a visit. The contemporary museum also has an excellent book and gift shop and a lovely café.

JCC Krakow
24 Miodowa St. (ul. Miodowa 24)
Tel: 12 370 57 70
www.jcckrakow.org
The JCC Krakow is the hub of Jewish life in Krakow. In addition to its daily program of activities, it hosts a weekly Shabbat dinner for the Jewish community of Krakow and for visitors from around the world. You may call ahead to make a reservation or do so when you stop by to visit.

Note: The JCC is closed the last two weeks of August.

Old Synagogue
Stara Synagoga
24 Szeroka St. (ul. Szeroka 24)
Tel: 12 422 09 62
www.mhk.pl/oddzialy/stara-synagoga
The synagogue boasts a beautiful, enclosed round bimah and showcases temporary exhibits worth viewing.

Remuh Synagogue and Old Jewish Cemetery
Synagoga Remuh i Stary Cmentarz Żydowski
40 Szeroka St. (ul. Szeroka 40 Tel: 12 429 57 35
krakow.jewish.org.pl
The recently restored synagogue, used today by Krakow’s Jewish community, is located next to Krakow’s historic Jewish cemetery and the 16th century grave of Rabbi Moses Isserles known as the Remuh. A tour of the old cemetery (as well as the new one located at 55 Miodowa Street/ ul. Miodowa 55) provides an entrée into Krakow’s rich Jewish history.

Note: The cemeteries close early on Fridays and are closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.

Schindler’s Factory Museum
Fabryka Schindlera
4 Lipowa St. (ul. Lipowa 4)
Tel: 12 257 00 95
www.mhk.pl/oddzialy/fabryka-schindlera
The museum is housed in the Deutsche Emaillewaren-Fabrik (German Enamelware Factory), known as Schindler’s Factory. More than one thousand Jews from the Ghetto and later from Płaszów labor camp worked in the factory, and many were saved when Schindler evacuated his company and his employees to Brünnlitz, in the Czech part of Nazi-occupied Europe. The museum narrates the story of Kraków under German occupation from 1939-1945, as well as the story of the Jews Schindler rescued. He is one of the best known Righteous Among the Nations recognized by Yad Vashem.

WHERE TO GO IN ŁÓDŹ

Museums and Cultural Venues

Manufaktura
58 Drewnowska Street (ul. Drewnowska 58)
Tel: 42 664 92 89
www.manufaktura.com
This is the largest shopping mall in the city and probably one of the most unique shopping malls in the world because it is located in the former industrial complex founded by textile magnate Izrael Poznański, in buildings that date to the 1870s.

Sites of Jewish Interest

Izrael Poznański Palace / Museum of the History of the City of Lodz
Pałac Izraela Poznańskiego / Muzeum Historii Miasta Łodzi
15 Ogrodowa St. (ul. Ogrodowa 15)
Tel: 42 654 03 23
www.poznanskipalace.muzeum-lodz.pl
This Neo-Baroque edifice is situated on the corner of Zachodnia and Ogrodowa streets. This was the largest residential structure among the great factory magnates in Poland. It now houses the Historical Museum of the City of  Łódź; there are rooms that feature exhibitions on the lives of some of the more recognized Łódź inhabitants: Artur Rubinstein, Julian Tuwim, Jerzy Kosiński, Aleksander Tansman.

The New Jewish Cemetery
Nowa Cmentarz Żydowski
40 Bracka Street (ul. Bracka 40)
Tel: 42 639 72 33
www.jewishlodzcemetery.org
The Jewish Cemetery at Bracka Street, the largest Jewish cemetery in Poland and one of the largest in Europe, was established in 1892. After the German occupation of Poland in 1939, this cemetery became a part of the Łódź Ghetto. It contains approximately 180,000 graves, including the impressive mausoleum of Izrael and Eleanora Poznański.

Note: The cemetery closes early on Friday and is closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.

Radegast Train Station / Umschlagplatz
Stacja Radegast / Umschlagplatz
12 Memorial of the Victims of the Litzmanstadt Ghetto Blvd. (aleje Pamięci Ofiar Litzmannstadt Getto 12)
Tel: 42 291 36 27
www.lodz-ghetto.com/the_radegast_station.html,38
This memorial and museum one of the most important historical sites connected to the Łódź Ghetto. From here, tens of thousands of people were herded off to the death camp at Chelmno in the years 1942-1944 and then to Auschwitz in August 1944. The original wooden building along with its loading platform still stands.

WHERE TO GO IN LUBLIN

Sites of Jewish Interest

Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre
Brama Grodzka – Teatr NN
Grodzka 21
Tel: 81 532 58 67
www.teatrnn.pl
Named after the Gate from Lublin’s Old Town that lead into the Jewish neighborhood, Grodzka Gate – Theatre NN is an institution that researches, documents, and archives pre-war Jewish life in Lublin, as well as a vibrant cultural center, presenting exhibitions, workshops, and performances, whose purpose is to shine a light on the complex Jewish history that was literally buried there.

WHERE TO GO IN OŚWIĘCIM

Sites of Jewish Interest

Auschwitz Jewish Center
Centrum Żydowski w Oświęcimu
5 ks. Jana Skarbka Square (Pl. Ks. J. Skarbka 5)
Tel: 33 844 70 03
www.ajcf.org
If you plan to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, we recommend that you visit the Auschwitz Jewish Center to learn about the town’s pre-war Jewish community, what happened to the town during and after the war, and the stories of the community’s survivors. Staff members and volunteers are on hand to guide you through the exhibits and introduce the Center’s educational programs and initiatives.