If covid has put the can on your Christmas trip home, then let the following stores and delis throw a last minute lifeline your way…
American Candy Shop
ul. Puławska 67/43
Calorie counters: leave now. As the name says, the onus is on American items, but there’s still copious room for Brit, German, Canadian, Japanese and Australian brands as well – and it’s not just sweets and chocolate, but also crisps, fizzy drinks, lollies and other perfect stocking fillers. And yep, Xmas products like Hershey’s Sant Hat Kisses are already in-store.
Run by Puglia-raised Francesco and his Polish partner Kaja, hit up Bianca for mozzarella that has won the heart of Warsaw. Pairing recipes gleaned from their time in Italy with the best Polish milk they could find, the results have floored the foodie public.
Indian House Centrum
ul. Ogrodowa 1A
Think you can do better than Warsaw’s curry houses? Stacked to bursting with vegetables, herbs and spices, this is where to stock up on everything from fresh green chilies to banana leaves, pickles, chutneys, lentils, beans, ghee and oils.
Various locations, kuchnieswiata.com.pl
A familiar name with most expats, this veteran chain presents tinned and packaged food and drinks from across the globe. If you enjoy the sweeter side of life, there’s plenty of sugary highs.
Mąka i Woda
ul. Chmielna 13A
One of Warsaw’s favorite Italian restaurants also promises a fab deli selection of imported products: DOP San Marzano tomatoes, Callipo tinned tuna, flour, rice and Taggiasche olives. Also available: a series of ready-to-cook pastas.
ul. Londyńska 16
We need no excuse to big-up our favorite Greek restaurant in town; aside from continuing a take-away / delivery service during these covid times, swing by to find the dining tables now set aside for an impromptu deli offer of olive oils, herbs, chutneys, etc.
ul. Złota 64/66
Featuring – but not limited to – the food of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, Nostalgia brings out all the cliches with plenty of salted fish, grains and vodka. The frozen pielmieni are a highlight.
ul. Zwycięzców 22
The specialty of this little slice of Hungary? The clue’s in the name. Extending beyond paprika related products, head here for a stonking selection of salami and Mangalica items as well as a beautiful choice of Hungarian chocolate.
Dominating the market for Italian items is Piccola Italia, an impressive network of stores with a presence in Ochota, Saska Kępa, Bielany, Żoliborz, the city center and no doubt a few we can’t think of (there website was down at press time!). Come here for wine, cold cuts, pastas, pizza bases, chocolate, cheese, olives and about three million other things imported from Italy.
ul. Puławska 98
Specializing in Romanian products, this delicatessen come with a choice of over 600 items. Among these find jams, preserves, cheese, cured meats, confectionary and alcohol – artisan cider included! Bestsellers include spicy Mici sausages.
Al. Ujazdowskie 22
This award-winning Georgian restaurant is getting through the pandemic by selling excellent wines from the Kakheti region and frozen khinkali that’ll be ready-to-eat within 15 mins. And if you really want to show your support, pick up one of their lavish, decorative rugs as well!
ul. Powsińska 64A
Present on the Warsaw market since 1995, Samira have become the go-to source for Middle Eastern products whether that be preserves, tea and coffee, spices, herbs, pastes and sauces.
ul. Postępu 5
The range at this multi-ethnic deli is admirable and we just love the chilies and fresh tortillas. But find also products from Korea, Africa, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, etc. The list could carry on over the page.
ul. Wilcza 26
Brilliant in their role as a Middle Eastern vegan restaurant, further points are scored for a deli offer that covers Arabian pickles, hallumi cheese and pasty treats such as hummus, lebneh, mohamarra and baba ganoush.
The British Shop
ul. Emilii Plater 8
Improving with each year, the offer includes bacon, sausages and scotch eggs from Waitrose, a smattering of Pieminister products, stacks of M&S items (cottage pie!), and a slew of British temptations such as Scampi Fries. And if you can’t find it already, then they offer a Bring For Me service.