Don’t Worry, Be Frappe!
In the face of adversity, a clutch of cafes have stepped up to the plate in their quest to supply the city with coffee.
ul. Francuska 2
A pristine dove-colored interwar villa plays home to Biała, a venue whose signature piece is an outdoor spiral staircase leading to an attractive back garden – off-limits for the duration of the shutdown, make do instead with coffee to go from their Nuova Simonelli machine between the hours of 10 and 12. Home delivery of lunches and dinners available through the day to the city center, Praga and Powiśle.
ul. Hoża 58/60
Offering a takeaway service as well as vouchers for brighter times ahead Cophi are also continuing deliveries of coffee equipment and beans. Featuring a range of so-called ‘Stay At Home’ sets, these kits come not just with bags of specialty coffee but also a 20-minute, Skype crash course with the head barista, Łukasz Gałęcki.
ul. Fabryczna 28/30
Seemingly vital to the everyday social dynamics of Powiśle, Fabryczna have faced up to the current events by opening a street side ‘hatch of life’ through which they’ll pass everything on their menu. Operating between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., swing by for homemade banana bread, fruit smoothies and the best specialty coffee in the immediate locality.
ul. Andersa 6
Upping Andersa’s cool factor to impossible heights, Fat White have chosen to take their show on the road. Zap them on Facebook, Insta or via coffeeandsons.pl and co-owner Piotr will set out on his wife’s bike to deliver coffee wherever you are in the city. “We might have to change our name to Fit White,” he jokes. Contactless delivery and pre-ground beans are an added plus.
ul. Elektoralna 11
As it stands Forum are open through the week from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. as well as on weekends from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Selling beans, contraptions and coffee to go, you’re in safe hands here – co-owner Sławek is Poland’s reigning Brewers Cup champion.
ul. Elsterska 10
A legend on the left bank, Hałas have earned a stellar by combining twin duties as a vinyl record store and specialty coffee stop. Served through a barred window, pay by card and receive in return coffee sourced from London-based roasters Dark Arts Coffee.
Pl. Wilsona 4
Brilliant vegan lunch deals brought to your door aren’t the only attraction of Jaskółka. Each day from 12 onwards make a beeline here for coffee and the best bagel in the north of the city. Pl. Wilsona wouldn’t be the same without the presence of Jaskółka.
ul. Łucka 18
Supporting local means getting behind guys like Armand at Kawałek. Prior to coronavirus (blimey, that feels a lifetime ago), the chief attraction was a handmade nitro machine, now, it’s a same-day, contactless service that sees beans delivered to your door from the likes of Coffee Pirates Vienna and Girls Who Grind Coffee. Mark in zł. 11 for the delivery cost.
ul. Puławska 48
Operating from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this café has attained a near mythical status in Warsaw for its retro style, vintage poster art and kick ass coffee. One of the oldest specialty coffee joints in Poland, you can also support them in their hour of need by buying vouchers for future use at: lunchnext.com/relaks.
Relax Na Wilczej
ul. Wilcza 17
It didn’t take long for Relax Na Wilczej to earn a golden reputation, and now you can do them a favor in return by snapping up 250 gram packs of coffee from roasters such as Coffeelab, Shokunin and Rusty Nails Coffee Roasters. Delivered to your door and discounted by 10% (15% if buying three bags or more), they’ll even grind the beans prior according to your preference.
ul. Tamka 33
For many, Stor represents the very pinnacle of the city’s coffee scene. A flagbearer for everything right, they’re open for takeout coffee passed through the doorway. Facing liquidity issues, give them a boost by buying vouchers ranging from zł. 50 to zł. 500. If the city loses Stor, then we might as well all give up now.
Information given was correct at press time. Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, stated opening hours and offers are liable to change.