The Perfect Weekend in Warsaw!

Dominique de Merteuil By Dominique de Merteuil10 min read

Last updated on January 27th, 2024 at 12:35 pm

 

A Weekend in Warsaw-Travel Guide

Welcome to the perfect weekend in Warsaw!

The perfect weekend series is a difficult one to create during the time of the pandemic. Unpredictable lockdowns and restrictions on travel make it impossible to plan the next holiday trip, especially if it’s just for the weekend.

I would love to share with you all my favourite restaurants, bars and cafes in Warsaw, but since no one knows how many of them will actually survive the Covid 19 restrictions, I will focus on the most beautiful museums in the city instead

Fear not, I will be updating this article in due course! I’m not going to write about each of the museum’s history as you can read all about it on the official websites. Instead, I would like to give you a “feel” for the incredible vibe that each place offers.

The Perfect Weekend in Warsaw!

FAQ-The Perfect Weekend in Warsaw

How to choose a hotel in Warsaw?

There are plenty of hotels in Warsaw in every price range, and most of the luxurious ones are near Old Town, which is where I suggest you stay if this is your first visit to Warsaw. If your budget doesn’t permit the five-star hotel experience, consider renting an apartment through Airbnb. That’s what my friends from the UK did when they wanted to be near Old Town during their short stay in Warsaw, and they loved it. I always use Airbnb when I travel to Italy. Find out more from my Perfect Weekend in Florence article.

What’s the best way to travel around Warsaw?

Public transport in Warsaw makes it easy to get from point A to point B. You can purchase a 20-minute or 75-minute ticket on the bus, tram or in a ticket machine at the bus stop, but not all of the bus stops have them. WTP is the official website of the Public Transport in Warsaw so bookmark the page as it will come in handy later.

Taxis are inexpensive, but make sure you book one via an application. DO NOT get to a Taxi parked near Old Town or anywhere else for that matter. Use Uber, MPT or Eco Taxi via their official application.

Taking a stroll around Warsaw is very enjoyable!

what to see in Warsaw 2022

Where are the best restaurants and bars in Warsaw?

Food in Warsaw is delicious, and restaurants and bars are in abundance.
Every borough has something special to offer, so Google the type of food you like and see what restaurants pop up in your search. Always check reviews. Poles are very difficult to please, so if you see 300 reviews of your chosen place and all are positive, go ahead and try it out.

Strefa Restauracja Warszawa

Is the entrance to museums in Warsaw free?

Yes, but only one day per week. Different museums offer different days with free entrance.

The Royal Castle in Warsaw


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My Top Tips For The Perfect Weekend in Warsaw!

  1. How to choose a hotel in Warsaw
  2. How to travel around town
  3. Best restaurants and bars in Warsaw
  4. Museums in Warsaw you can visit for free
the perfect weekend in Warsaw
The perfect weekend in Warsaw! I’m wearing a 1930s coat from Paris paired with a 1940s purse and Helen Moore scarf.

Best Hotels in Warsaw

Many of you asked me about a hotel recommendation, but the one I used to stay at, the beautiful Art Deco Rialto Hotel doesn’t exist anymore. Sadly, it was bought by Robert De Niro and turned into Nobu. (sigh) That’s great news, of course, for the modern interior aficionados, but bad news for those of us who prefer beauteous cosy rooms worthy of Marie Antionette.

Hotels are a dime a dozen in every price range, and most of the luxurious ones are near Old Town which is where I suggest you stay.  There is a lovely 5-star Hotel Belloto at 13/15 Senatorska Street. My friend from LA stayed there a couple of times and she loved it, and she is almost as fussy as I am when choosing delightful accommodation. Almost…

Luxury Hotels in Warsaw

  1. Hotel Belloto, (old town)
  2. Hotel Bristol, (old town)
  3. Raffles Europejski Warsaw – located across from Hotel Bristol, (old town)
  4. Sofitel Warsaw Victoria. You can never go wrong with a Sofitel hotel if you like chain hotels, and this one is no exception. Great location.
  5. H15 Boutique Hotel is located in a historic building in the centre of Warsaw. It’s a hop, skip and jump from countless restaurants and bars. I can wholeheartedly recommend Tel Aviv for great food and Kraken Rum Bar for drinks. 

Getting Around Warsaw

Warsaw is a very compact city, it could easily fit in my vintage purse if it was a compact powder, that is. If you have a proclivity for long walks in which you wish to lose yourself, preferably while listening to Depeche Mode’s, “Only when I lose myself”, follow your heart and walk until you can walk no more, and then take a taxi.

I use Eco Taxi via their app or MPT Taxi. 

Best Bars and Restaurants in Warsaw

Some of my favourite restaurants in Warsaw are

  • Restauracja Różana at Chocimska 7 – one of the most beautiful restaurants in Warsaw! Perfect place for a romantic dinner.
  • Restauracja Strefa at Próżna 9 – lovely interior, great food and very welcoming waiting staff. Perfect place for lunch and dinner.
At my beloved Strefa Restaurant! Thank you to my lovely friend Monika for taking the picture!
At my beloved Strefa Restaurant! Thank you to my lovely friend Monika for taking the picture!

  • The Alchemyst Grill & Cocktail at Plac Pilsudskiego 3 – delicious food, great cocktails and friendly waiting staff. 
  • Tel Aviv Urban Food at 11 Poznanska Street – my go-to place for a healthy lunch when I’m near the city centre.

Two of my favourite bars in Warsaw:

Cocktail Bar Max & Dom Whisky at 32 Nowy Swiat

Cocktail Max Bar Warsaw
At my favourite cocktail bar in Warsaw indulging in a frozen strawberry Margarita.

Worek Kosci at 10 Bagatela Street 

Worek Kosci Bar Review

For the best Espresso Martini, great music, and Burlesque shows, and for those who understand Polish, interesting criminology lectures, head straight to Worek Kosci. I can’t get enough of this place! 


Best Museums in Warsaw

Free Entrance to the Museum:

  1. The Royal Lazienki Park-always free entrance
  2. The Royal Lazienki Museum-free Fridays
  3. Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanow-free Thursdays
  4. National Museum in Warsaw-free Mondays
  5. The Royal Castle in Warsaw-free Wednesdays
  6. The Museum of Warsaw-free Thursdays
  7. The Pharmacy Museum-free Thursdays

The Royal Łazienki Museum

Palace on the Isle in warsaw

Palace on the Isle in the Royal Łazienki Park.


  I refer to Royal Łazienki, my second home, as it’s a few minutes walk from where I live, and I’m lucky to be able to stroll through the park every single day, and its beauty never ceases to amaze me. Every time I visit the museum’s surroundings, I discover something new. If you have a limited amount of time for sightseeing in Warsaw and can visit only one museum, the magnificent Palace on the Isle is the winner.

It’s a big tourist attraction, and in order to avoid the crowds, I recommend that you go early in the morning. I’ve noticed that many of the Palace’s visitors are not aware of the spectacular chambers on the first floor so I suggest you go there first! The Palace on the Isle is magnificent, and it’s a big tourist attraction, but I’ve noticed that many visitors don’t know about the spectacular chambers on the first floor!

If you are new to Warsaw but have already made the city your home, follow the museums you love, on social media. There are many concerts, operas and lectures you won’t want to miss. With such a variety of entertainment, you will be spoiled for choice. The Royal Theatre is my favourite secret, not-so-secret place. Can you think of anything better than seeing “Don Giovanni” or “Agrippina” on the stage of an authentic 18th-century court theatre? Now, that’s what I call the perfect weekend in Warsaw!

How to Get There:

There are several entrances to the museum but I suggest you take the one near Łazienki Królewskie bus stop – Ujazdowskie Ave. Buses 116, 166 and 180 stop here.

I always choose the entrance near the Agrykola bus stop – Mysliwiecka Street. Buses 108 and 162 stop here. Opening hours: The gardens of the Royal Łazienki Park are open from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm (Free entry to the park)

The historical buildings of the Royal Łazienki Park are open from Tuesday to Sunday. (Free admission on Friday!)

What to See in the Royal Łazienki Museum:

  1. The Palace on the Isle
  2. The Old Orangery & the Royal Theater (one entrance)
  3. The White Pavilion
  4. The Myslewicki Palace
  5. Amphitheatre 
  6. The Royal Gardens

The Palace on the Isle for the perfect weekend in Warsaw!

The best museums in Warsaw
Palace on the Isle in the Royal Łazienki Park.

The best museums in Warsaw
Interiors of the Palace on the Isle.

Don’t forget to visit King’s bed-chamber, study and dressing room on the first floor!

The Wheels and Dollbaby Cardigan

The Myslewicki Palace

Best museums in Warsaw
Outside the Myslewicki Palace near the Mysliwiecka Street entrance

The Old Orangery

The perfect weekend in Warsaw
The Old Orangery in the Royal Łazienki Park.

 The White Pavilion 

The elegantly nestled White Pavilion with its superb interiors is an 18th-century building designed by Dominico Merlini. Interesting fact, from 1801 till 1804, Prince Loius XVIII, the future king of France stayed there during the summer season.

Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanow

My second favourite place in Warsaw is the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów. The gardens are breathtaking in the summer and autumn, and the palace’s interiors are a feast for the soul.

They have many concerts and special events throughout the year, and I would advise that you follow them on social media for updates. This particular museum is very close to my heart as I’m a big supporter of the Wilanow For Young Talents competition and a frequent guest of their lectures. If you would like to find out more, read my articles about the previous competitions.

Helena Modjeska-Icon of Style. Reconstructions of XIX-century costumes

Helena Modjeska-Icon of Style.Reconstructions of XIX century costumes
Helena Modjeska-Icon of Style.Reconstructions of XIX-century costumes

How to Get to Wilanow Palace

Wilanów bus stop – bus numbers 116, 180, 519

Opening hours:

The Park is open from 9.00 am till 8.00 pm

You can purchase tickets online or from a ticket machine located at the entrance to the Park. (Free admission on Thursday)

Saddle shoes
Wilanow Palace.

1940s fashion - femme fatale (3)
Wilanow Gardens

National Museum in Warsaw

One of the oldest art museums in Poland was founded in 1862. Interesting collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs from Poland and beyond.

Location: The National Museum in Warsaw is located in the city centre across from the Palm Tree at 3 Al. Jerozolimskie.

Opening hours: Monday-closed

Tuesday-Sunday – from 10.00 am till 6.00 pm

Free admission on Tuesday!

The National Museum in Warsaw

Portrait of Magdalena Radziwill née Czapska by Jakub Wessel.


Portrait of a Young Woman with a rose by Anna Bilinska

The National Museum in Warsaw

The Royal Castle in Warsaw

The Royal Castle has a long musical tradition and holds many concerts throughout the year. You can enjoy the Festival of Ancient Music from October to December, and my favourite Mozart Festival from June till the end of July.

The interiors of the Castle are a real treat, and if you have a limited amount of time head straight to the Great Apartment and King’s Apartment. I promise you shall not be disappointed!

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 11.00 am till 5.00 pm

Free admission on Wednesday.

The Royal Castle in Warsaw
The Royal Castle in Warsaw

The Museum of Dollhouses, Games and Toys

The perfect weekend in Warsaw
Outside the Museum of Dollhouses, Games and Toys.

Awake your inner child by visiting one of the most enchanting museums in Warsaw! The permanent exhibition consists of 150 dollhouses, shops, hospitals, schools, and many more delightful objects. Amongst them is a collection of religious toys that are truly fascinating even to an atheist like myself. The Museum of Dollhouses is like a candy shop filled with little delights, unfortunately, you can’t take them home.

You can view the temporary exhibition of beautiful dolls at 2/4 Krzywe Koło Street, Old Town

The Museum of Warsaw

Address: Old Town Market Square 28-42

Opening hours; Thursday-Sunday 11 am-8 pm

The Museum of Warsaw is a place that I can compare to an intricate jewellery box with its many hidden treasures!

Make sure that you reserve a lot of time to explore the Museum of Warsaw as it occupies 11 historic townhouses. It’s probably the only dog-friendly museum in Warsaw and beyond! You can take your little pooch with you as long as it’s on a leash. I would, however, strongly recommend that you leave the four-legged member of your family at home as there are a lot of stairs!

The Clothing Room at the Museum of Warsaw

The Warsaw Museum
Photo courtesy of The Warsaw Musem. Copyright M. Czechowicz

The Antonina Leśniewska Museum of Pharmacy

My newest discovery is just a hop, skip and jump away from the Warsaw Museum. Named after the founder of the first pharmacy that employed only women. The old-world furniture, reconstruction of a Polish pharmacy from the 1920s-1930s, variety of antique utensils and a cabinet of curiosities are reasons enough to pique anyone’s interest.

Address: 31/33 Piwna Street / Old Town

Opening hours: Thursday-Sunday from 10 am till 6 pm

Free Entrance on Thursdays

The Pharmacy Museum in Warsaw
Image courtesy of The Pharmacy Museum in Warsaw.

The perfect weekend in Warsaw
Picture courtesy of the Pharmacy Museum in Warsaw.

Enjoy your perfect weekend in Warsaw! 

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2 Comments
  • Joanna
    May 8, 2021

    What a beautiful recommendation of Warsaw. I feel like I need to revisit those places again