Coffee Drip (Warsaw Insider, September 2011)
The free refills concept isn’t wide spread, but free wi-fi (the local pronunciation is “wee-fee”) and limitless hanging out time with no second orders are. Warsaw has a caffeine joint for every personality type or operational need. Early birds can flock to Café Vincent (ul. Nowy Świat 64), a French bakery that opens daily at 6:30am. Ready for action at 7am is newcomer MiTo Art.Cafe.Books (ul. Waryńskiego 28). There’s fresh pastries to match the seriously good coffee. If you’re in a sleek suit and implanted with a blackberry, you’ll be in your elements at Café 6/12 (ul. Żurawia 6/12). Showy and stylish hipsters converge at the open-spaced Nowy Wspaniały Świat (ul. Nowy Świat 63). The venue stages book launches, exhibitions and acts that qualify as creative output. It’s great for people watching. So is shabby-posh Delikatesy Braci Gessler (Krakowskie Przedmieście 13), opposite the Bristol Hotel, where everybody goes for the value sandwiches. Charlotte (Al. Wyzwolenia 18) bills itself as a bread and wine hub, but it draws espresso-loving posh people (dress code = white cotton) to its minimalistic chambers with unobstructed views of the bakers and dough. Chłodna 25 (ul. Chłodna 25) has salvaged low tables and sofas for the arty types who need a reliable wi-fi connection. If titles matter, check out Kafka (ul. Oboźna 3), the 2010 winner of the Insider’s Best Café award. W Biegu Café, a local chain, is good for stretching the złoty since zł. 6 gets you any coffee take-outs, including a double latte. Finally, there’s Starbucks (ul. Nowy Świat 63, multiple locations) and Coffee Heaven (multiple locations) for generic global appeal.