5 the best milk bars in Warsaw
Milk bars became popular across Poland after World War I. Subsidised by the government and encouraged as a way to provide good nutritious food to workers that cost very little. But why milk? Back in the post-war years, dairy-based meals were the basis for lots of the menu and e.g. during the period of martial law in the early 1980s, meat was rationed.
In today’s Warsaw milk bar are still popular and during lunch time there is always crowded inside and also you can see la line of people going out the door.
The menu (only in Polish language) is displayed on a large board on the wall.
Sometimes they have printed menu – you have to ask.
If there is no price by an item on the menu, that means it is sold today, a not-uncommon occurrence. So when you come after 6 pm the selection of food will be very little.
List of 5 the best milk bars in Warsaw
Bar Bambino, 21 Krucza Street, Śródmieście
The best and most famous milk bar in Warsaw. Everyday big selection of soups, dumplings and pancakes.
I recommend to try soup: Chłodnik, Botwinka, Szczawiowa or Żurek. Prices 4 – 6 zł.
Bar mleczny Familijny, 39 Nowy Świat Street, Śródmieście
Draws more tourists and students than any other milk bar is located on Warsaw’s most elegant avenue, ul. Nowy Świat.
Bar mleczny Ząbkowski, Targowa, Praga
The best milk bar in Praga. Big selection of polish dishes. Highly recommended to visit while you are hungry in Praga.
Bar mleczny Rusałka, 14 Floriańska Street, Praga
Great bar in Praga. Real atmoshere, tasty food and inexpensive. They don’t have dumplings.
Bar mleczny Prasowy, 10/16 Marszałkowska Street, Śródmieście
The cheepest tomato soup in whole country only 2,5 zł. Great dumplings and pancakes with cheese. Famous for hipsters.