How to spend a 12 hour layover in Warsaw

On a recent trip to Israel, we had a 12 hour layover in Warsaw, Poland. You can follow this same itinerary as it is laid out to maximize time and in such a way that it visits all these places in “order” of distance. We arrived at 8:30AM and booked a room at the Renaissance Airport hotel so that we could store our stuff, have a nap and shower before our 11PM flight later that same day.

After dropping our stuff off and refreshing, we started by taking an uber to the historic old town.


Kieliszki Na Próżnej

Kieliszki Na Próżnej is a “Bib Gourmand” restaurant in the Michelin guide, and it is located in Warsaw, Poland. We recently ate dinner here before catching a flight to Israel.

I also wanted to try some local Polish wine. Before this trip, I did not know that Poland produced wine. We started with beef tartare and sea trout; both were pretty good. For the main, we shared the pork which was also good. Overall, service was good and the food was good. This would be a good option for dinner in Warsaw.



To answer the question that is the title of this post, Pierogies of course! They are Poland’s national dish, and according to some online sources, they have been making them since the 13th century! On a recent long layover in Warsaw, on my way to Tel Aviv, I decided that Pierogies were what I wanted as a first meal in Poland. I did some research and found Gospoda in the historical area.

They had a high rating online. We arrived before they opened and went inside to take some pictures, but the lady inside said taking pics was not allowed.

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