Warsaw is known as the “Phoenix City” because, despite suffering the worst that history could throw at it, it has always somehow survived. In World War II, to take but one example, some 85% of its buildings were destroyed and huge numbers of its citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish, lost their lives. After the war Warsaw became the capital of communist Poland and remained so until the fall of the communist regime in 1989. Since then, the city has come back to life and there is no better time than the present to see it, before visitor numbers increase. The sightseeing section below gives no more than a flavour of the attractions which Warsaw has to offer tourists. Lovingly-restored medieval architecture, world class museums and a vibrant bar, restaurant and entertainment scene are all here in abundance.

Warsaw

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Hotel Whispers

Polonia Palace  Website Trip Advisor Page The Polonia Palace hotel is a tastefully-restored early 20th century hotel ideally situated about 20 minutes’ walk from the Old Town Market Square and in an area full of good restaurants and bars. The hotel has sumptuously-decorated public areas, including the friendly Bojangles bar, which serves high quality bar food as well as a range of cocktails, wines and beers. The bedrooms are beautifully appointed with all the comforts you would expect of a 4-star hotel. The hotel’s staff is well trained and universally polite. Warsaw has many fine hotels but for me there is no need to look beyond the Polonia Palace. Great deals are to be had if you stay over a weekend. (Aleje Jerozolimskie 45, 00-692 Warsaw)
Polonia Palace

Restaurant Whispers

Butchery and Wine  Website Trip Advisor Page As you might expect, the menu here is heavily slanted towards meat dishes but there are fish and veggie options available as well. The formula is fresh food and fine wines - there is a selection of up to 200 wines available and the staff is quite knowledgeable about these. Well worth a try, but order carefully as it can be expensive. Book ahead if possible. (ul. Żurawia 22, 00-515 Warsaw) Delizia  Website Trip Advisor Page A stylish Italian restaurant just up the street to the side of the Polonia Palace. The owner is very friendly and does everything possible to make you welcome. The food is absolutely first class and there is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere. Not the biggest of restaurants, so maybe book ahead if possible. (Hoza 58/60, corner of ul. Poznanska, 00-682 Warsaw) Mala Gruzja  Website Trip Advisor Page This small Georgian restaurant (the name means “Little Georgia”) is family-run, and the friendly welcome, good service and cosy atmosphere make it easy to relax and enjoy your meal. Georgian cuisine is a blend of eastern European and middle eastern: some dishes are recognizably Greek / Lebanese in origin while others would not be out of place on a Polish or Bulgarian menu. Mala Gruzja is well worth a try. (ul. Nowogrodzka 40, 00-691 Warsaw) O Freta 33  Website Trip Advisor Page Situated on the western edge of the New Town Market Square, this charming little Polish restaurant is one of the better options in the historical centre of Warsaw. The staff is very friendly and the food is based on fresh and mostly organically-sourced ingredients, with a range of meat and fish dishes and some vegetarian options. (ul. Freta 33-35, 00-227 Warsaw) Tel-Aviv  Website Trip Advisor Page A quirky little Jewish restaurant at the top end of the street at the side of the Polonia Palace. Casual dining in a bustling café restaurant with a cool, vibrant atmosphere. The cuisine on offer is vegetarian with vegan and gluten-free options. The waiting staff is exceptionally friendly, but dishes can sometimes take a while to arrive – not the place for a quick bite, but for people-watching, world class. (ul.Poznanska 11, 00-680 Warsaw) Wilcza 50  Website Trip Advisor Page A charming restaurant on the same street as Delizia and Tel-Aviv, just beyond Tel-Aviv, at the corner of ul. Poznanska and ul. Wilcza. The food is traditional Polish supplemented by a range of pizzas. The Polish tapas and Polish flatbreads are a particular treat. The food is excellent and the service both prompt and courteous. The restaurant has a rustic look with lots of bare brick on view. Well worth a visit. (ul. Wilcza 50/52, 00-679 Warsaw)
Polonia Palace - Exterior Polonia Palace - Lobby Polonia Palace - Bedroom Polonia Palace - Restaurant Click to enlarge Butchery and Wine Delizia Mala Gruzja Butchery and Wine Delizia Mala Gruzja O Freta 33 Tel Aviv

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Click to enlarge Wilcza 50 O Freta 33 Tel-Aviv Wilcza 50 Wilanow Palace Kampinos National Park Czersk Zelazowa Wola   Out of Town Old Town Market Square Royal Castle St John’s Cathedral Krakowski Przedmiescie Palace of Culture and Science POLIN (Jewish Museum) Warsaw Uprising Museum       Greatest Hits Worth a Look Barbikan Presidential Palace Umschlagplatz Pawiak Prison Museum Warsaw Citadel Marie Curie Museum Chopin Museum
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Warsaw
Warsaw
Warsaw is known as the “Phoenix City” because, despite suffering the worst that history could throw at it, it has always somehow survived. In World War II, to take but one example, some 85% of its buildings were destroyed and huge numbers of its citizens, both Jewish and non- Jewish, lost their lives. After the war Warsaw became the capital of communist Poland and remained so until the fall of the communist regime in 1989. Since then, the city has come back to life and there is no better time than the present to see it, before visitor numbers increase. The sightseeing section below gives no more than a flavour of the attractions which Warsaw has to offer tourists. Lovingly-restored medieval architecture, world class museums and a vibrant bar, restaurant and entertainment scene are all here in abundance.
Sightseeing Whispers
Hotel Whispers
Polonia Palace  Website Trip Advisor Page The Polonia Palace hotel is a tastefully-restored early 20th century hotel ideally situated about 20 minutes’ walk from the Old Town Market Square and in an area full of good restaurants and bars. The hotel has sumptuously-decorated public areas, including the friendly Bojangles bar, which serves high quality bar food as well as a range of cocktails, wines and beers. The bedrooms are beautifully appointed with all the comforts you would expect of a 4-star hotel. The hotel’s staff is well trained and universally polite. Warsaw has many fine hotels but for me there is no need to look beyond the Polonia Palace. Great deals are to be had if you stay over a weekend. (Aleje Jerozolimskie 45, 00-692 Warsaw)
Restaurant Whispers
Photo Gallery
Polonia Palace Butchery and Wine Delizia Mala Gruzja O Freta 33 Tel-Aviv Wilcza 50 Wilanow Palace Kampinos National Park Czersk Zelazowa Wola   Out of Town Old Town Market Square Royal Castle St John’s Cathedral Krakowski Przedmiescie Palace of Culture and Science POLIN (Jewish Museum) Warsaw Uprising Museum       Greatest Hits Worth a Look Barbikan Presidential Palace Umschlagplatz Pawiak Prison Museum Warsaw Citadel Marie Curie Museum Chopin Museum
Butchery and Wine  Website Trip Advisor As you might expect, the menu here is heavily slanted towards meat dishes but there are fish and veggie options available as well. The formula is fresh food and fine wines - there is a selection of up to 200 wines available and the staff is quite knowledgeable about these. Well worth a try, but order carefully as it can be expensive. Book ahead if possible. (ul. Żurawia 22, 00-515 Warsaw) Delizia  Website Trip Advisor Page A stylish Italian restaurant just up the street to the side of the Polonia Palace. The owner is very friendly and does everything possible to make you welcome. The food is absolutely first class and there is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere. Not the biggest of restaurants, so maybe book ahead if possible. (Hoza 58/60, corner of ul. Poznanska, 00-682 Warsaw) Mala Gruzja  Website Trip Advisor Page This small Georgian restaurant (the name means “Little Georgia”) is family-run, and the friendly welcome, good service and cosy atmosphere make it easy to relax and enjoy your meal. Georgian cuisine is a blend of eastern European and middle eastern: some dishes are recognizably Greek / Lebanese in origin while others would not be out of place on a Polish or Bulgarian menu. Mala Gruzja is well worth a try. (ul. Nowogrodzka 40, 00-691 Warsaw) O Freta 33  Website Trip Advisor Page Situated on the western edge of the New Town Market Square, this charming little Polish restaurant is one of the better options in the historical centre of Warsaw. The staff is very friendly and the food is based on fresh and mostly organically-sourced ingredients, with a range of meat and fish dishes and some vegetarian options. (ul. Freta 33-35, 00-227 Warsaw) Tel-Aviv  Website Trip Advisor Page A quirky little Jewish restaurant at the top end of the street at the side of the Polonia Palace. Casual dining in a bustling café restaurant with a cool, vibrant atmosphere. The cuisine on offer is vegetarian with vegan and gluten-free options. The waiting staff is exceptionally friendly, but dishes can sometimes take a while to arrive not the place for a quick bite, but for people- watching, world class. (ul.Poznanska 11, 00-680 Warsaw) Wilcza 50  Website Trip Advisor Page A charming restaurant on the same street as Delizia and Tel-Aviv, just beyond Tel-Aviv, at the corner of ul. Poznanska and ul. Wilcza. The food is traditional Polish supplemented by a range of pizzas. The Polish tapas and Polish flatbreads are a particular treat. The food is excellent and the service both prompt and courteous. The restaurant has a rustic look with lots of bare brick on view. Well worth a visit. (ul. Wilcza 50/52, 00-679 Warsaw)