Hello fellow travelers,
In May, I was lucky enough to head to Warsaw, Poland for a few days. While I didn’t have much time to sightsee, I made sure I was able to visit a few baroque palaces and gardens, the Uprising Museum, and of course, eat at a few vegan-friendly restaurants. Being vegan in Warsaw, I was expecting to find vegan versions of Polish staples like dumplings and perogies. Instead, I found a wealth of Italian, Mediterranean, and asian vegan cuisine. And it was excellent! Below is a brief collection of restaurants and mouth watering photos to go with them!
Enjoy, fellow vegan travelers!
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- Hoża 62, 00-001 Warszawa, Poland
- Closed Mondays
- Sunday: 1:00-9:00pm
- Tuesday – Tuesday: noon – 10:00pm
- Friday/ Saturday: noon – 11:00pm
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youmiko.vg
Youmiko is a cute restaurant, tucked into a small shop on a busy street next to a few other vegan joints. The outdoor seating is limited, but I wanted to sit inside so I could watch the sushi being made. The menu is quite interesting and unlike anything I’d seen in the states. You simply pick how much food you want, and the types of sushi rolls you’d like to try. This means you don’t get to pick the flavor/ vegetables used in dishes—but don’t fret—the chefs certainly know what they are doing!
Youmiko uses fabulous flavors and ingenious combinations. All of their dishes use vegetables from local markets/ gardens, and they import speciality items from around the world. The menu states that that they “combine a traditional Japanese approach to cooking with Polish creativity to get surprising combinations of flavors and prove that the vegetarian cuisine is fully valuable, aromatic and tasty.” I think they’ve succeeded. For around $10USD I had a four course sushi experience that was better than anything I’ve had in the US. I even had a piece of sushi with tomato on top that looked almost too much like the real thing!
*Note, all of the sushi is made fresh to order so you need an hour minimum to enjoy this experience!
- Poznanska 11, Warsaw 00-680, Poland
- Sunday: 10:00am – 11:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 12:30am
Friday – Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00am
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tel.aviv.cafe/
Tel Aviv is a well known, and often packed, contemporary cafe that specializes in vegan Israeli dishes and kosher wines. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the serving style is so laid back you might have to flag your waiter down from time to time. It seems like they wouldn’t mind if folks stayed all night! The owner and founder, Malka Kafka, wanted to created a joyful restaurant that was as vibrant as the real Tel Aviv while remaining committed to a conscious and sustainable lifestyle. I think he succeeded!
The menu is extensive and includes everything you would expect, from hummus to falafel rolls, but also includes a rare vegan take on jaffo shwarma. I could not pass up the opportunity to give this unique find a try, and I highly recommend it! The shwarma was fantastic and included vegetables, hummus, hot sauce, faux shwarma, and it came with potato wedges, vegan mayo, and a Waldorf salad to create a full meal that was beautifully presented.
- ul. Świętojańska 3, 00-266 Warsaw, Poland
- Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
- Friday/ Saturday: noon – 11:00pm
Gofry is an adorable snack food…hole in the wall? It’s literally a small shop with a window to serve people on the cobble stone street. The menu is small, but the fresh cut, piping hot french fries are a must try! I couldn’t leave Poland without have a hearty helping of potatoes, and luckily, this convenient stand with right around the corner. The plus side? The food is served ready to go, and it’s open late! I took a lovely stroll through Old Town while indulging on some fries and couldn’t have been happier!
Cheers & happy travels!