Ready for a gay Warsaw tour?
Ready for a gay Warsaw tour? Here’s the interview of Kris, a local from the city.
Hello Kris, can you tell us a bit about you?
I was born in a small town in central Poland and move to Warsaw when I started to study in 1986. And since then I live here. I used to work as a math teacher, the start working as a journalist and editor in gay magazines.
At the end of communist time, I became a gay activist and one of the founders of first Polish gay organizations.
Why do you love Warsaw that much?
Warsaw has unbelievable energy. This is the city, where history and present are totally mixed. Due to the tragic history of the City and whole Poland, every step in this town is the step to its history.
But in present time Warsaw changed very quickly and became the place of business, lots of trendy clubs, restaurants, shops and the heart of gay life in Poland.
Which are the main spots you like to show to gay travelers in Warsaw?
It’s so many places worth to see and so many things to tell about! I would like to show the history of the city – the Old Town, wholly ruined in 1944 and then rebuild in the 50s.
The beautiful Lazienki park, the story of Chopin, who was born 30 km from Warsaw and spend here all his youth, the story of Maria Curie (in Poland known as Maria Sklodowska-Curie), who was born in Warsaw and spent her youth here as well, and more.
And then show how it mixes with modern time. Then I want to show some very traditional Polish cousin in an excellent restaurant with degustation of Polish beer and traditional Polish mead, made from honey.
Of course, I will show the gay scene.
And finally, there are a lot of local events in Warsaw, so when one comes here, it’s a big chance to see something special. In the summertime, I can also show some clubs on the beaches of Vistula river. Very trendy and fashionable place among locals to spend time.
My favorite local places
Lazienki park – a beautiful, huge park. Every summer Sundays you can listen to Chopin music live concerts for free.
Boulevards of the Vistula river.
Kings Road – 5km street sequence from the Old Town to Belvedere Palace in Lazienki Park.
The streets Krakowskie Przedmiescie – Nowy Swiat – Aleje Ujazdowskie. Rebuild after the WWII, with beautiful architecture, many restaurants and places worth to see. This is a lovely route for a walk and meeting with history and present.
Mariensztat and Powisle quarter.
My favorite restaurants
I have many, but I will recommend some with Polish cousin.
It is a network of restaurants, serving traditional Polish pierogi, the kind of dumplings. They have numerous locations in all the city.
in the heart of the city, next to the Palace of Culture, with a good range of traditional Polish dishes and Polish beers.
very trendy and very popular with a special offer for breakfast. You can take coffee or tea, and you get breakfast for 1 zloty/0,25euro.
And during nights all food trucks serving delicious, cheap street food. You can find food trucks almost everywhere, where the nightlife is.
What about gay local life in Warsaw?
The gay scene in Warsaw is not as vast as in Berlin or Amsterdam, but we have many very different places for different expectations. Dance clubs, trendy hipster clubs, bars, saunas, cruising bars, drag shows – you can find what you want.
Gay Bars, Clubs and parties in Warsaw
Gay saunas in Warsaw and cruising bars
Finally, Warsaw is a strategical position to visit the Baltic countries, as it is only a few hours trip by car or boat to enjoy fascinating and gay-friendly Baltic cities such as Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, or Helsinki. Or even Stockholm.