Folk Gospoda Warsaw: A Must Must Eat in Warsaw


Best Restaurant Warsaw is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve been.

Gym rats say they eat to live, not live to eat. If I were on the Tahiti Diet, I would agree. If you’re in Warsaw, do not heed that advice. Instead, make room for authentic Polish cuisine by going to Folk Gospoda, a restaurant within walking distance of the Westin Warsaw. Why do I recommend this place?

  1. Beer
  2. Dumplings
  3. Beet Soup
  4. Pork Knuckle

Let’s take each one at a time:


If you don’t like beer then skip down to the food. If you do like a brew, spring for this big boy. 


I had dumplings while sauntering to Old Town (see Old Town Warsaw in Pictures). They were good but they were not the crème de la crème. I had to order more so as not to shortchange my Polish dining experience. These lived up to the hype. 

Beet Soup

If you’re going to have dumplings, you must have a cup of beet soup. The first time I had beet soup, I was in Russia. This certainly would not be the last. 

Pork Knuckle

According to the world’s source of knowledge, Wikipedia, “A pork knuckle is the joint between the tibia/fibula and the metatarsals of the foot of a pig, where the foot was attached to the hog’s leg. It is the portion of the leg that is neither part of the ham proper nor the ankle or foot, but rather the extreme shank end of the leg bone.” Had I read that explanation before I ordered, I might have passed. I’m glad I did not. And you can see why:  Overall 

I’m happy that the Westin recommended this restaurant. So many times hotels send tourists to uppity places that they think tourists would like. Usually those are inauthentic and expensive (see Food in Milan: Tourist Places But Good Nonetheless). Folk Gospoda was anything but. That’s why it receives TPOL’s coveted seal of approval.

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Folk Gospoda: Waliców 13, 00-865 Warszawa, Poland 


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