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Superior interiors? The Insider looks at its three favorite designs of 2018…


ul. Ceramiczna 20

Chanelling the spirit of the PRL era, Ceramiczna is, undisputedly, the best reason you’ll find for visiting Tarchomin. In a nod to the local ceramics factory, find a bar composed of porcelain fragments, and a design that references the halcyon times of vintage in a manner that feels fresh and thrilling: find LOT flight posters and retro armchairs competing with strategic pot plants and modern day ceramics from the acclaimed Fenek studio. It helps, too, that the coffee is outstanding. It’s a long way from the center, but you’ll happily stay here hours.

Opasły Tom

ul. Wierzbowa 9

“We wanted the interior to be inviting, friendly and elegant,” say the owners of Opasły Tom, “while being consistent with our cuisine and reflective of our new interpretation of familiar flavors.” Enter the uber hip Buck.Studio: introducing soft wall fabrics, large format furniture and shades of sage, honey, orange and navy, their design also incorporates a reading room stacked with culinary titles and a private table for four overlooking the Opera. “In the mid-19th century the famous U Stępka restaurant thrived here,” continue the owners, “and we wanted to retain the unique genius loci.” This they have.


ul. Solec 44

Utterly unrecognizable from its previous incarnation as Solec 44 (barring one surviving neon), this rail-side communist pavilion has been transformed courtesy of a thorough, loving makeover featuring a jungle of plants, low, muted lighting and the addition of smart charcoal colors and revamped retro fittings. It’s a place that makes you feel good about life, a feeling that peaks when enjoying the height of the summer on the narrow green terrace. In tune with the overriding ‘back to nature’ philosophy, the menu is a highly seasonal affair that mirrors the thinking behind the design.

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