Warsaw is an amazing city and the bustling capital of Poland. Warsaw’s architecture showcases the cities long journey throughout history with gothic churches, buildings left behind from the soviet era and modern skyscrapers line the city centre not to mention the Royal Castle which was built in the 17th century and was reconstructed in the late 20th century after almost being completely destroyed in 1944. Warsaw like every other Polish city has a relatively cheap cost of living, something that became even more apparent when the next country I travelled to was Switzerland.
The best way to get around Warsaw is via Uber, in most cases Uber will be roughly half the price of taxis and whilst travelling you’ll want to try and save money wherever you can. The average Uber for me whilst i was in Warsaw was 15 PLN (roughly $4 AUD), a lot cheaper than back home.
What to do in Warsaw?
Warsaw is a city where you can easily lose track of time, whether it’s spending hours walking around and exploring the Palace of Science and Culture or having lunch in Łazienki Królewskie Park. Warsaw’s Old Town neighbourhood is full of medieval buildings, cobblestone alleys and is major tourism hub. We spent a few hours walking around Old Town admiring the architecture. In Winter Warsaw is magical, there are Christmas markets in Old Town and even an ice skating rink. Warsaw is a city you could easily spend hours taking in the vast architecture.
Whilst in Warsaw we stayed at the Chillout Hostel it wasn’t the best accommodation I’ve ever stayed at but for just over $15 a night it was pretty good. The hostel is in a central location with quick access to Old Town, Palace of Science and Culture, Łazienki Królewskie Park and other Warsaw attractions. We stayed in a 4 bed dorm however there are options for private rooms that will obviously cost a little more. If you are on a budget or just trying to save wherever you can this hostel is perfect.
What to Eat?
There are a lot of great restaurants in Warsaw and most of them are quite affodable. If I was to recommend somewhere to eat it would a cafe called ‘Aioli’. We ate here after our day in Old Town and it was only a 15 minute walk from Old Town. They predominately sell pizza, pasta and burgers in a nice cosy environment. I had a tomato based pasta dish which was nice, what was better was that it was only $9. Warsaw would be considered a cold city during winter, one way to keep warm is hot chocolate, this goes for most of Europe. Throughout the centre of Old Town there are stalls selling hot chocolate and various sweets. i recommend trying a chimney cake, it is essentially a cake rolled in the shape of a chimney covered in sugar or cinnamon and it’s delicious