150+ years of historyOriginally established as the ‘Haberbusch & Schiele Brewery’ in 1846, this brewing complex was soon the largest in the Kingdom of Poland and famous across Europe, producing 8 million bottles of beer (take one down, pass it around) a year in 1907. Devastated during WWII, the brewery managed to continue operating during the period of communist nationalisation that followed, but never with much success. Fun fact from those dreary times: Coca-Cola was actually bottled here under American license in the 1970s. The post-communist era saw the ownership of the complex change hands a few times as its economic viability was tested, but ultimately it shut down in 2004.
A flagship for urban renewalThe huge 4.5-hectare area was derelict and forgotten in 2014, when it was purchased by the Echo Investment group with the aim of bringing this once-proud property back into prominence as a vibrant urban space at the centre of the city’s cultural life. After seven years of planning and development, the well-thought-out area is now welcoming guests to discover how the expansive space has been revitalised into today’s modern Warsaw Breweries, and we think we can say they’ve succeeded in their mission. Beautifully mixing bold new architecture with restored historical buildings, post-industrial design with green public spaces and commercial areas with residential ones, Browary Warszawskie is a flagship for urban renewal.
Specifically, the area features several revitalised buildings belonging to its past as a brewery: the historic Malthouse, Fabricant’s Villa, Research Laboratory and Beer Cellars. As for the modern, the development includes five new residential buildings and three office buildings. Between them all you’ll find five public squares: the Malthouse Market, featuring a fountain; Brewery Gate Square, welcoming guests entering from ul. Grzybowska; the large Central Garden above the beer cellars; the quiet Laboratory Courtyard; and the Breakfast Square tucked into the residential area off ul. Krochmalna. As part of the project a new street was developed and named by local residents: Haberbusch & Schiele Street is the capital’s first 'woonerf' or 'living street' - a Scandinavian urban planning solution that puts the needs of local residents above all else to increase the quality of city life.
Dining destinationUndoubtedly, one of the biggest, most consistent crowd-pullers to Browary Warszawskie will be the cafes and gastronomic offerings. You can already enjoy some top-notch tastes in inspiring interiors from some of the capital’s most creative culinary influencers, and more are yet to come. Enjoy great coffee in Etno Cafe (ul. Grzybowska 60) or Dobro & Dobro (ul. Żelazna 59A), and don’t miss Deseo Patisserie & Chocolaterie for ice cream, sweet treats and to-die-for desserts (ul. Krochmalna 59). One place that really distinguishes itself is the Browary Warszawskie Bakery (ul. Grzybowska 56), where you can see the delicious no-additive breads being made before your eyes. Order them in a range of sandwiches, or spoil your sweet tooth with their pastries and ‘cruffins’ - yes, that’s a cross between a croissant and muffin, and the pistachio-cream is killer.
For more substantial eats visit the Balkans in the buzzy, much-loved Munja restaurant (ul. Grzybowska 60). Prefer Spanish cuisine? Sobremesa's Tapas Bar (ul. Grzybowska 56) serves up brilliant dishes and also offers guests live cooking sessions for you to salivate over. The international flavours continue with Japonki, which can make a legit claim to the city’s best sushi, while Azjatka Asian delicatessen and the Piccola Italia & Mediterraneo delicatessen (all three located at ul. Krochmalna 61) offer imported foods, drinks and products from Asia and the Mediterranean, respectively. The complex is now home to Food Hall Browary, hosting twelve diverse food concepts inside the 170-year-old beer cellars, and even more venues are on the horizon, with Olivos continuing the casual and social Mediterranean vibes, the Gastronomja meat-lovers bar, and French wine bar/shop Le Paradox. In terms of anticipation, however, the buzziest are certainly famed Polish footballer Robert Lewandowski’s restaurant, which will lure lovers of sports and great food to the Malthouse, and the much-awaited Browar Warszawski (Warsaw Brewery), which will return the entire complex to its roots by offering 18 different types of craft beer brewed on-site!
Winter 2022/23 at the BreweriesOn top of a steady diet of one-off gastro events, Browary also hosts attractions and activities for kids, teens, parents and seniors, seven days a week. And just because it's the winter season, the lack of the temperate outdoors doesn't mean there's any less going on.
As December 2022 kicks off with seasonal attractions, something that Warsaw is known for, Browary Warszawskie is certainly getting in on the festive spirit in its own way! From Dec 1st, you can stroll the freshly snow-coated outdoors and admire the Browary complex lit up by all the Christmas lights and illuminated models with friends and family. Coinciding with the festive glare, restaurants and cafés in the cozy brick interior will have specially-prepared Christmas menus ready to warm you up with steamy food and drink. On the latter note, Mikołaj, who has been receiving tonnes of mail about presents all year, has made a request of his own - he wants every one to try some of the limited edition beer and festive cocktails that have been drawn out of the cellar of magic, so keep an eye out for those! Remember, at Browary you're not just limited to Polish street food like at the Christmas Markets in Old Town, and there's a tonne of other exotic options that might tickle your fancy. From there it only gets better - Mikołaj, happy to indulge in some of Browary's limited edition alcohol, will be visiting on Dec 4th. Ideal for young families with children, this special visit is a great opportunity to pose for a photo with the big man himself and make other polite requests for presents to be delivered later in the month. Now, we all have a soft spot for ultra-daggy George Michael-esque Christmas fashion, which is why Dzień Brzydkiego Swetra (Ugly Sweater Day) on Dec 16th is a clear invitation to rock up and represent! All the while, Christmas makeover corners, a bustling seasonal delicatessen, gift stalls, and other events to maintain the buzz will be commonplace. Christmas themed dance shows at the Latino cabaret of Baila will be a great way to thaw the soul in December. Those preparing for indoor holiday celebrations can swing by the square near Leżakownia and purchase a live christmas tree (as opposed to those horrid commercial ones made of plastic) and take it back home to decorate.
As 2022 closes on another difficult year of world and regional events, there won't be any lack of optimism at Browary Warszawskie. In January, the site's flagship brewery, Browar Warszawski, plans to keep the good times rolling with a string of events and a big open brewng section for visitors to get up close and personal with the beer-making process. Meanwhile, Baila will ramp up the pace from the work-week drag and light things up with a heated latino-inspired dance program every Friday and Saturday evening! Head online for full details on these events and more that are being planned all the time: browarywarszawskie.com.pl
Getting to the Warsaw BreweriesBrowary Warszawskie can be found in the heart of Warsaw’s Wola district, between Grzybowska, Wronia and Krochmalna streets. The official address is ul. Grzybowska 58.
The best way to get there is either by car (parking available), taxi, or public transport. Hop on bus 106 to the ‘Wronia’ stop or bus 157 to ‘Mennica’. Rolling in on trams 1, 9, 14, 22, 24 or 25, hop off at ‘Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego’ (Warsaw Rising Museum). Alternatively, you can take the M2 Metro line to the stop ‘Ronda Dazyńskiego’ (‘Księcia Janusza’ westward direction), exiting onto Towarowa Street and turning left towards Grzybowska Street. Whichever option you use, you’re within 5mins walking distance. Use warszawa.jakdojade.pl to check current transport times and routes.