Specialty coffee, vegan options – Warsaw

As a vegan traveler with a slight obsession for coffee shops, I often times find it hard to find information about specialty coffee shops that offer vegan options. Normally I can either find information about the best local independent cafes, or about the best vegan restaurants. Finding cool coffee shops which also serve vegan food (and sweets) options, is relatively hard. This is why I decided to dedicate this post to recommendations about the best vegan friendly cafes I found and enjoyed in Warsaw.

Nancy Lee

This cute little place appears as my number one, as it is almost a 100% vegan + it’s a really good coffee shop. I ran into it when I was looking for alternative coffee shops in Warsaw, and didn’t even realize how vegan it was until I went there. It was also super close to my AirBnb, so I went back there a couple of times.

Decor wise the place is cozy and simple, with black and white tiles, a big bar, where you place you order and go take a seat either at one of the cute nooks indoors (there aren’t many of them) or at one of the tables outside. The atmosphere outside is nice and laid back, and generally speaking the staff was friendly and helpful whenever I visited the place.

I had my coffee with almond milk, and the brew was really good. I also tried a couple of their cakes (a different selection each day), and a scrambled tofu with sourdough bread, which was the best scrambled tofu I have ever had! The entire place offers either vegetarian or vegan dishes, and there are numerous options, whether you are looking for a snack, breakfast, lunch, a dessert etc.

Nancy Lee is open from Monday to Friday from 9am-8pm, on Saturdays from 10am-8pm and on Sundays from 10am-6pm.

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Stor

This independent coffee shop has two locations, one of them just opened a couple of months ago. Though I’ve been to both, and both are recommended, I’ll tell you about the Tamka street location, which is where the first and main coffee shop is.

Stor is a chic modern space, with a beach wallpaper covering the wall behind the bar. It has a lot of hanging plants and turquoise walls, wooden tables and eclectic wooden chairs. After you order at the bar you can grab a seat on either a regular table, a communal table, or on one of the high chairs facing the window. The staff is super welcoming and the atmosphere is cozy. As they have reliable Wi-Fi it’s also a good place for laptopers and travelers. Stor also offers some merchandise and coffee supplies.

As for the vegan food options, every time I stopped by, there were a few vegan cake options, as well as granola bowls and sandwiches. The cakes were creamy and yummy, and the chocolate raspberry pie was so good, it was hard to believe it was vegan. When I arrived to Stor for the third time (it was on my block), the barista recognized me and offered to bring me a cake that was’t on display.  This was a raspberry cream vegan cake, and it was delicious. Needless to say that this gesture made me want to come back for more. Go visit every day between 8:30 am to 9:30pm.

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Relax

Like Stor, Relax (not to be confused with Relaks) has two different locations. I visited the Wilcza one, which is actually the newer spot. I found a rather fancy, modern looking coffee shop, with beautiful washed out tiles, and golden mirror across the room, which added to the finesse of the place. The indoor space has two stories, so you can grab a seat either downstairs or upstairs, and there are more seating options out doors, for a slightly more laid back atmosphere. To my understanding, the other location has a more laid back ambiance (though I haven’t visited it).

I ordered over the counter and than set down and got served. The staff was very nice and helpful, and I felt welcome to stay and get some work done (using the place’s Wi-Fi). I stayed for quite a long time, and the space inside stayed quite throughout the entire time. As for vegan food option, there were a few pastries (the selection changes daily). There were savory options too, such as a couple of sandwiches (hummus and vegan cottage cheese) and scrambled tofu. I got a delicious creamy chocolate cake, and a really good almond latte.

Open from Monday to Friday between 7:30am-10pm, on Saturdays between 9am-10pm and on Sundays between 9am-8pm.

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Coffeedesk

Pretty much across the street from Relax, you will find Coffeedesk. The outside space is a pastoral looking garden, while the indoor space is a spacious chic modern coffee shop, with many hanging plants and shades of turquoise. I went to Coffeedesk on my first morning in Warsaw. As I entered I went to the bar at the middle of the big room and was amazed by all the vegan options. There were cakes and cookies, chia pudding and what I ended up having – overnight oats with fruit and peanut butter on top, which was really yummy and satisfying. I also had a great oat milk latte.

Coffeedesk has a showroom, and a lot of coffee supplies on display. I bet it’s all really good stuff, but obviously I can’t comment on it, since I haven’t tried it. I can say it’s extremely aesthetic and eye pleasing, and contributes to the neatness of the place.

My one regret regarding Coffeedesk is that I didn’t have enough time there, and that I never got to return for a second round. Highly recommended! Go visit between Monday to Friday from 7:30am-9pm, on Saturdays from 9am-8pm and on Sundays from 10am-8pm.

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Till next time,

~Lir


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