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Café Blikle, Warszawa

Delicious tasting pączki, polish doughnuts.

I’m sorry for my long absence. Last Sunday we came home after spending a long weekend in Warsaw. My plan was to prepare some automatical posting for the days I was gone, but I didn’t have any time to prepare the posts. And the day after we came home I caught the flu. I still don’t feel fully recovered, but at least I have the energy to blog!

A fantastic poppy seed cake decorated with different kinds of raisins.

Our weekend trip to Warsaw was fabulous, but too short. We arrived on Wednesday late evening and came home on Sunday afternoon. My dad came home to us and took care of the cats which was very sweet of him. We met both family and friends in Warsaw and we had a lovely time. I hadn’t meet my relatives since ages and for F it was his first visit in Poland. As always in Poland we ate delicious and hearty food, mostly at home at relatives and friends but we did have time for a visit at Café Blikle and a visit to a pierogi restaurant were they serve polish dumplings. We also visited a weird but very cosy café together with my cousin A, but I’ll write about that one and the pierogi restaurant in separate posts.

Outside Café Blikle.

Café Blikle is a classic and traditional café situated on one of the most popular streets in Warsaw called Nowy Świat (meaning new world). The business was started in 1869 by Antoni Blikle and has been in the same building since then. Just beside the café is a A.Blikle pastry shop and a A.Blikle delicatessen, which can also bee found on other locations in Poland. The brand is very famous for their pączki (Polish doughnuts) but don’t miss the rest of their delicious pastries and cakes. In the café menu you can also find breakfast and lunch alternatives, but we went there only for a coffee and something sweet.

Café Blikle has a large variety of tea but we opted for some coffee which was excellent, F had an Irish coffee and I had a cappuccino. We ordered two pączki which had the classic filling of rose bud marmelade and we shared a poppy seed cake. The pączki were really lovely and the poppy seed cake was the best one I’ve ever tasted and I’ve had a lot of poppy seed cakes :-) I love cafés with waiters which isn’t very common in Sweden and the service here was great and the waiters were very professional. The café is quite expensive in polish measures but it’s a classic venue that everyone should visit at least once when in Warsaw.

Inside A.Blikle’s pastry shop, just beside the café.

Inside A.Blikle’s pastry shop, just beside the café.

Inside A.Blikle’s pastry shop, just beside the café.

Inside A.Blikle’s pastry shop, just beside the café.

Nowy Świat, the pretty street were you among others can find the Blikle café.


Café Blikle
ul. Nowy Świat 33
Warszawa, Poland

17 Responses to “Café Blikle, Warszawa”

  1. awoz
    October 22nd, 2007 04:02
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    I wish one day to go back to Poland to see the country of my origin.Warsaw is my birth town but I never saw it since my arrival in Canada 25 years ago.I was only 7 years old and my souvenirs are very vague.
    The pictures are beautifull ;thanks for the vitual visit.

  2. Seima
    October 22nd, 2007 16:18
    2

    Dear Dagmar,
    The pictures are awesome! And I can’t keep my mind of the polish doughnuts, they are so very tasty! Please, if you have a recipe could you share it with us?! Thank you!

  3. Gloria
    October 22nd, 2007 23:28
    3

    Your pictures are so nice Dagmar, and the dougnuts looks wonderful. Gloria

  4. Karolina
    October 24th, 2007 22:32
    4

    Hi Dagmar, I have just discovered your lovely blog. I really love all the stuff you’ve been writing here. I’m Polish, so I’m very happy to see the post about Warsaw. The pictures are really lovely and the doughnuts look so amazing!!! It’s been a long time since I had a doughnut, but after reading your blog I think I’ll buy one tomorrow…

  5. katten
    October 26th, 2007 07:21
    5

    i really love your blog …

  6. Liska
    October 27th, 2007 10:55
    6

    Dagmaro, bardzo klimatycznie wygląda Blikle na Twoich zdjęciach :-) Aż nabrałam ochoty na pączka.

  7. the chocolate lady (eve)
    October 30th, 2007 04:34
    7

    I am missing long strolls on Nowy Swiat and that amazing patisserie Polonaise!

  8. Ramona
    October 31st, 2007 18:58
    8

    Dagmar,
    I would love to visit Poland sometime. I grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where there is a large Polish population in a neighborhood called Port Richmond. The day before Ash Wednesday there are lines around the block waiting to get paczi(pronounced poonch-key here).
    Thanks for the post and the photos!

  9. ewa
    November 11th, 2007 17:29
    9

    Mila dagmaro,ciesze ,ze cie odnalazlam w tysizu blogow,podobno blikle ,zbankrutowal,tak slyszalam,pozdrowienia ewa

  10. Dagmar
    November 12th, 2007 23:59
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    Awoz: I really hope you’ll be able to visit Warsaw one day again.

    Seima: Thanks! I made some polish doughnuts earlier this year, but I wasn’t happy with the recipe so I didn’t post. But I’ll hope to make some new ones soon and then I’ll post a recipe.

    Gloria: Thank you so much!

    Karolina: Thank you very much, that is so sweet of you.

    katten: Thank you!!!

    Liska: Dzieki!!! :-)

    Eve: I hope you’ll be able to stroll there soon!

    Ramona: I can imagine the lines to get paczki as they are very popular on “fat tuesday” as the Poles call it.

    Ewa: Witam! To strasznie! Cale szczescie ze zdazylam odwiedzic w rzeszlym miesziacu! Pozdrowienia!

  11. Gosia S.
    November 17th, 2007 20:06
    11

    People… please stop calling delicious Polish pączki doughnuts ! Its insulting !!!

  12. Dagmar
    November 18th, 2007 20:01
    12

    Gosia: I believe that refering a paczek as a “Polish doughnut” is the closest you can come namewise. It’s not very accurate, but still the most suitable English word when describing a paczek.

  13. Alice
    November 30th, 2007 11:29
    13

    Hej Dagmar! Searching the net for recipes for Polish ponczki I stumbled onto your wonderful blog. I too live in Stockholm, have family in Warszawa, recentely visited the city and spent a whole afternoon at Blikle, interviewing Mr Blikle himself and tasting some of the delicious pastry. Among others their modified version of cernik, a fluffier, almost mousse-like cake, serverd with homemade raspberry sauce. Try it next time you’re there!

  14. Dagmar
    December 2nd, 2007 22:44
    14

    Hej Alice! Thanks for your compliments. It sounds like you had a wonderful time at Blikle!! I’ll try the sernik next time!

  15. adeel
    September 6th, 2008 10:27
    15

    hello

    i read about cafe blikle in my book its good cafe in the world this is a fashionable place the frozen yogurt and ice cream are very excellent

  16. Krystyna Engel
    May 17th, 2009 19:31
    16

    Your website brings many memories to my mind. I was 25 years old when I left Warsaw in 1969, but Nowy Swiat is still as it was then. Paczki at “Blicklego” and famous poppy seeds cakes are indeed my preference. There were many others pastry shops in that area and walking down along Krakowskie Przedmiescie. Just across the street of Hotel Bristol there was a magnificent pastry shop with a wide selection of always very fresh pastries. I used to shop there on my way home from the office. I am trying to find a receipe for the poppy seed cake that you had so many during your visit. If you happen to have it, could you share it with me.

    Thank you,

    Krystyna

    Ontario, Canada

  17. raed
    August 19th, 2010 11:55
    17

    Your pictures are so nice,and the dougnuts looks wonderful.

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