Notes From Powiśle Notes From Powiśle

While Powiśle was once the bubbling epicenter of Warsaw’s flirtation with full-bearded hipsterdom, today the area has moved forward, gentrified and matured. This new, cultivated mentality is especially pronounced on Rozbrat, a highly aspirational street in the process of being infilled with smart brasseries and bistros. First, on any self-respecting safari round Powiśle, must come Rozbrat 20.

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Warsaw doesn’t traditionally do breakfast, at least not very well. Gradually, that’s changing, and you can thank places like this for that. A pioneer of the neo-bistro philosophy, R20’s menu draws on many of the techniques and flavors associated with fine dining, but with none of the overkill and formality: on the contrary, it’s a place to be enjoyed. However, before you get to the dinner choices, then swing by at the start of the day for their bread & breakfast options: in my case, creamy fried eggs, lightly grilled bacon, some fried mushrooms and smattering of Ferrari red tomatoes. Now that’s a good start to any day.

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Round the corner, Fabryczna. Looking for a place in which to shut the world out and stick your nose in a book? Head to this warm den to sink inside a comfy retro chairs and soak up the natural light that pours through the window. It’s a place to eavesdrop, catch-up on reading and generally daydream the morning away. And it’s all that much better for their perfect flat whites and neighborly charm.

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Yet as tempting as it is to spend the rest of the afternoon in Fabryczna, doing so would overlook the third core venue in this little micro-district.

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A place of good vibes and good news, Dyletanci is a place that presents fantastic wines handpicked by owner Maciej Sodaj against the eclectic cooking of the immensely talented Rafał Hreczaniuk. FYI, pictured there is the gazpacho, a fabulous summer cooler made with the weather in mind.

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