A neo-gothic pile of bricks crammed with a concise offer of everything you need to stock the larder: seafood from Greece (oooh, the octopus); luxury lamb and beef; cakes courtesy of Zofia Rozycka, Warsaw’s best (and best known) cake peddler; and fresh fruit and veg that outscores anything that’s come before. Consider it a pared down version of London’s Borough Market, and a truly continental addition to Warsaw shopping.
But don’t think you can leave this place once the bags are filled. A café teeming with life blocks your exit, and before you know it you’re sat on a high stool facing a narrow tiled bar. It’s a hive of activity, with lots of café clatter and lively energy – it’s not an exaggeration to liken it to something you’d see in Paris. Then, scratched up on the blackboard, is a tiny choice of food, with options including snacky-like things such as camembert, salads, cocktails and my reason for coming: a fab boeuf bourgignon – brought in a black, ceramic pot, it’s a real hearty warmer on a damp, drizzly day.