Vegan in Warsaw (Part Two)

Warsaw Day 3 (5)

Warsaw was off to a good start – could it continue?  In a word, yes.  And it turned out to be pretty good on the breakfast front, too.

Warsaw vegan croissant

One day while we were walking around, Dr HH excitedly pointed this out to me.  This is the kind of sign that makes my day.  So we picked up a vegan croissant from Petit Appetit (a cafe/bakery) and ate it the next morning with some of the Veganz chocolate spread we had brought with us for breakfasts (chocolate for breakfast is practically the law when you’re on holiday, right?).

Warsaw vegan croissant (3)

It was lovely, of course!  Good and flaky, though not as buttery and luxurious as non-vegan croissants.  I still think that 8th Day in Manchester does the best vegan croissants, but this was a good one too.

Warsaw Nancy Lee (2)

On Sunday morning we went for breakfast at Nancy Lee, a veggie cafe.  It is a blues/rock cafe which is a little cramped downstairs, but also has upstairs seating.  There’s no English menu, but the staff explained the options to us.  There were two vegan options:  the vegan breakfast plate and the vegan omelette.  I got the breakfast plate, which consisted of tofu scramble, pate, bread and salad.  Everything was nicely seasoned and tasty, but it wasn’t spectacular like the omelette, which was cheaper:

Warsaw Nancy Lee (1)

Doesn’t that look impressive?  Dr HH reported that it was good and crispy outside, with some sundried tomatoes inside giving it real depth of flavour.  Also, it was massive.  It was topped with rocket, cherry tomatoes and avocado, and we all know that anything with avocado is a winner.  Even though I made the wrong choice with breakfast dishes, I would recommend this place for a visit.  They also serve lunch, and I was eyeing up a tasty vegan chocolate cake on the counter, though it was a little early even for me to have cake.

Warsaw Momencik (2)

After a day on the go, we refuelled at Momencik that evening.  It’s a small place that serves nachos, tacos and burritos and is run by a friendly Spanish guy.  Unfortunately we were there on the day of the Warsaw marathon and a lot of people had stopped by to get a fix after the race (good work, vegan runners!), so they were a little low on supplies.  Still, we had a real feast.  We shared the guacamole nachos between three of us for a starter.  It’s a shame the cheese didn’t melt, but it was really delicious and there was a perfect amount of topping.

Warsaw Momencik (5)

Warsaw Momencik (6)

Then came the burritos.  Dr HH and my mum both had the pastor, which was filled with refried beans, brown rice, soy chunks, avocado and vegan mozzarella.  They both loved it, particularly the tofu which was excellently seasoned.  My mum (who is an omnivore) declared:  “It’s the best burrito I’ve ever had!”

I went for the seitan burrito, because I’m addicted to seitan:  it was packed with brown rice, refried beans, seitan chunks, peppers, and some of that mozzarella for an additional fee.  It was really flavoursome.  I think it was my first time having a burrito that had an actual protein/meaty element, rather than just vegetables.  I like having that option.

Warsaw Mango Vegan Street Food (3)

And our last meal in Warsaw was at Mango Vegan Street Food.  It’s a bright, sunny place, yet again with those repurposed crates so popular in the Poland vegan scene, and mostly has burgers and falafel on the menu.  My mum chose the kosmosa burger, which was quinoa with mango chutney and curry.  It was huge!  The curry seasoning was quite mild and didn’t overwhelm the herby quinoa patty.  There were lots of colourful peppers in there, and a good toasted bun.  She said it was one of the best burgers she’d ever had, though she couldn’t finish it – it really was gigantic.

Warsaw Mango Vegan Street Food (5)

Warsaw Mango Vegan Street Food (6)

Dr HH and I both ordered falafel wraps.  The avocado and pineapple wrap was reportedly good, though the avocado got a bit lost at the bottom.  Dr HH enjoyed the sweet, sharp explosions of flavour, and the good herby falafel.

I usually don’t like fruit in my savoury dishes, but I decided to trust in the mango theme, and the mango falafel was very good.  The mango chunks weren’t too sweet or plentiful, and they were a nice refreshing touch.

Warsaw Mango Vegan Street Food (1)

Mango is, unsurprisingly, a key ingredient in this place, and we ordered mango lemonades.  In Poland, as in the Czech Republic, the word ‘lemonade’ generally refers to any soft drink, not usually a fizzy or lemony one.  A lot of establishments offer a homemade lemonade which is generally water with some kind of fruit or ginger/mint in there.  So imagine our surprise and delight when we got essentially a mango smoothie!  Delicious.

Warsaw Mango Vegan Street Food (7)

And, as we were trying to fill ourselves up for a three hour train journey to Gdansk, we also had some chocolate orange cake.  It was almost like a brownie, really fudgy in the middle and with a good crust.  It was iced at the top, and was really rich and delicious.

Warsaw Day 3 (68)

This place was yet another triumph in Warsaw.  Honestly, everything we ate was so delicious.  And despite my initial misgivings that Warsaw wasn’t as pretty as Krakow, it was a great tourist destination.  The Old Town was really beautiful, and we had hours of fun at the Kopernicus Science Museum.

Warsaw Day 4 (13)

We went on the Alternative Walking Tour of Praga, the “rough” part of Warsaw, and it was really interesting.  At the start, the guide was giving it all that, telling us he was going to take us into dangerous places that most tourists don’t visit, and we were rolling our eyes – but then we did end up in places where I would have felt a bit uncomfortable without a local, so it’s definitely worth a visit.  Praga has quite a few buildings that survived the war, and it was really interesting to see them.  Plus, there was some good street art.

Warsaw Day 2 (28)

Speaking of getting into dangerous places, Dr HH also found out about an abandoned train station and line that we could explore.  I was fairly anxious about being in a completely isolated, overgrown place, and in my mind I could already read the news reports about my body being discovered there.  Perhaps it would feel different on a bright sunny day.

There was a lot to see and do in Warsaw, and even more to eat.  I would call this the must-visit place for vegans in Poland.  I feel hungry just thinking about it!

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10 Responses to Vegan in Warsaw (Part Two)

  1. onesonicbite says:

    Oh man all that food looks so good! Although I never put mozzerella in a vegan burrito (unless I was using non-traditional fillings) I am so use to using things like cheddar instead. XD

    That croissant looked good. If you are in New Jersey I can tell you were to get a vegan croissant! Asbury Park has an omni restaurant that happens to make vegan croissants (and normal ones) and I can say it is the best one I’ve tried.

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks for the tip – I don’t know when we’re going to get across the Atlantic, but I’ll do anything for a good vegan croissant!

  2. Caroline says:

    Happy belated birthday! Just catching up on your Polish posts and you’ve definitely made me want to visit. That sushi place sounds absolutely amazing. Talking of croissants we found some filled ones in Wales last week. I put them on FB and someone said that 8th Day have them. They are filled with chocolate, cherry or apricot and are made in Italy. Wondering if they are the ones you mention? I’ll put them in my next blog post.

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks Caroline! I’d really recommend Poland.

      I think I know which croissants you’re talking about, and I’m pleased to hear that they may have made it to Manchester. The ones I’m thinking of were actually freshly baked and sold at the bakery counter, usually in a little basket on top. Do they still do them? They always sold out really early, but a few times I charged over from Piccadilly Gardens on my lunch break and managed to snaffle some. Most vegan croissants I’ve had are quite bready, but they had the buttery layers.

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  5. Kate says:

    Great post! I love that Warsaw is constantly developing and there are more and more vegan places. And many non-vegan include at least some meatless options, so that everybody can go there. As most of my friends eat meat, it is sometimes a struggle to find a place that will be approved by everybody. Our last (and so far favourite) discovery is a bar called Bubbles. They have delicious food (their tomato tartare is incredible) as well as huge choice of champagnes. We were delighted!

    • Jenny says:

      It’s always a good sign when the omni places start catering to vegans as well! That’s still not so common in Prague. I’ll bear Bubbles in mind if we ever get back to Warsaw!

  6. laura says:

    Nice:) Warsaw has many great options for vegans, and fortunately it is true that it has became easier to find a place to eat if you are a vegan. One of my favorite places in Warsaw is the Akademia Restaurant. It is incredible, very romantic restaurant. And even though it is not vegan, on request they do prepare vegan courses.Everything I have tried there was always so delicious, very often much better then in vegan restaurants I have been to… 🙂

    • Jenny says:

      That’s good to hear, I always love it when non-vegan restaurants have excellent vegan options! If I ever go back to Warsaw, I’ll put Akademia on my list.

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