Kasia, who are you?
I’m a girl from Warsaw, now constantly traveling between Warsaw and Prague. I used to live and study in London, so all three cities are like home to me and inspire me a lot. I have a degree in philosophy, I love literature and art, Instagram (obviously), fashion and its history, and I'm in love with the contemporary reality with all its nuances. Of course I sometimes fall into an instant nostalgia for the past, but in general I’m trying to affirm the reality I live in and try to understand it as much as possible.
What do you do for a living?
I’ve just started a creative social media agency called StoryLovers, that helps cool ideas grow in social media. I believe that the visual content we see on the Internet should be a work of art. Our motto is: because Instagram is what you're gonna see in museums in 500 years – and I’m very proud of it.
I'm visiting Warsaw for the first time, what should I know before I go?
Warsaw is an incredibly cool and diverse city with a very complex history. Very often the coolest places are not located within the city centre; before arriving in Warsaw it's good to check where locals like to go. In many European cities everything focuses around the historical centre. Of course we also have it, but we don't consider it as the heart of the city. The centre of Warsaw is much wider and if you really want to feel the city's vibe, you should stroll around bars and shopping streets that are some steps away from Warsaw Old Town.
Your favorite local dish that I should absolutely try?
Warsaw is full of various bars and restaurants serving food from all over the world, but when it comes to something typically Polish, you should definitely try żurek (a soured rye flour soup with pork sausage) and for the main course, pierogi (a wrapped dough with literally anything that you like in it, but the most popular fillings are meat, cabbage and mushrooms or lentil) or gołąbki (boiled cabbage leaves wrapped around minced meat and rice). It's literally foodporn!
Warsaw in 3 words?
Diverse, dynamic, alternative
When is the best time to go?
Definitely in spring or summer because the days are longer and you have more time to commute around the coolest locations (that are sometimes pretty far from each other). If you’re an Instagram freak like me, you’ll probably also need as much daylight as possible to take a lot of photos.
You can only follow 3 Instagrammers, who are they?
This is an extremely tough question for someone following over 1,000 amazing accounts, so I decided to choose three Instagrammers from Warsaw that are worth following. First one is Kat Astro: https://www.instagram.com/kat.astro/ , a fashion blogger who often shows a very retro side of Warsaw, the second one is Sebastian Bryks: https://www.instagram.com/sebabryks/ , a marketing and lifestyle blogger that will always show you the coolest spots. And finally Dominika Tyminska: https://www.instagram.com/dominikatyminska/ , a very talented instagrammer who, in my opinion, deserves many more followers!
Kasia’s favorite spots in Warsaw…
Charlotte. A Paris-inspired bistro that serves its incredibly tasty breakfasts up until midnight. One of the cheapest and tastiest places of the city. A little Paris of Warsaw, often visited by artsy locals. Aleja Wyzwolenia 18/2U, 00-570 Warszawa, Poland.
Reginabar. My favorite restaurant in Warsaw. Even though it has nothing to do with Polish food, its interior, guests and atmosphere are like the essence of Warsaw. Koszykowa 1, 00-564 Warszawa, Poland.
Supersalon. A bookstore with LOADS of cool international magazines and books. Some of them are not available anywhere else in Poland. Chmielna 10, 00-020 Warszawa, Poland.
Niebo (Heaven). A restaurant and club made in an old cinema building. It’s full of plants and neons, locals love it and its interior is just goals. Nowy Świat 21, (w podwórku), 00-029 Warszawa, Poland.
Ministerstwo Kawy (Ministry of Coffee). One of the best coffee places in Warsaw with a minimalistic Instagram interior and super tasty cakes. Marszałkowska St 27/35, 00-639 Warszawa, Poland
Zachęta National Gallery of Art. A contemporary gallery connected with a bookshop and restaurant. Known for its pretty interior and intriguing exhibitions. plac Stanisława Małachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warszawa, Poland
Mysia 3. My favorite shopping centre in Warsaw. Located in the building of former Department of Censorship it is now something completely opposite - it makes a cosy shopping centre with concept stores, Polish designers, a restaurant and an art gallery. A perfect place to spend time in, take a look at Polish contemporary art and buy something from local designers. Mysia 3, 05-077 Warszawa, Poland.
Warszawa Powiśle. A bar located in a former train station. Looks perfect and makes a great start for every night out. Zbigniewa Herberta 3B, 00-380 Warszawa, Poland.
Krem. A bistro with great food and interior, known in Warsaw for its famous picture of a black lady. Jana i Jędrzeja Śniadeckich 18, 00-656 Warszawa, Poland