I chanced across the Grycan Cafe in one of Warsaw's largest shopping mall. Grycan produces ice cream and sorbets that are loved by locals. Even my British associate swears by it. The company originally founded in Wrocław is now found all over Poland via shops and in supermarkets.
The small cafe located in the Zlote Tarasy or Golden Terraces office and entertainment complex in the center of Warsaw next to the Central Railway Station is your typical ice cream stand with displays of the creamy goodness to attract the passing traffic. Seating was limited to a few small tables around the stall and there was an ever-present queue of adults and kids all waiting patiently for their share of Poland's best ice cream.
Although the cafe served some ice cream deserts, cakes, coffee, tea, fresh juices and shakes, the focus were the countless flavours of ice cream. Unfortunately they were all described in Polish which was a challenge for me. However, between the waitress' limited English and my attempts at matching Polish words to flavours, we managed to complete my order.
I decided on a scoop of Bakaliowa, a local vanilla flavour with nuts and dried fruit including raisins, figs, walnuts and peanuts. To that I added the Malaga or rum flavored ice cream with raisins and the Pistacjowe or pistachio ice cream.
The flavours were clearly identified with each lick or spoonful but less creamy that the ice cream at Calatrava Gelati in Melbourne. Perhaps it was due to the use of skimmed milk powder versus the fresh full cream milk in Australia. I added an order of rurka or whipped cream tube, another local favourite. The cigar size crispy wafer filled with fresh whipped cream was an interesting desert.
If you're in Warsaw, check out the Grycan ice cream which comes highly recommended by locals. I'll definitely be visiting the Grycan Cafe at Nowy Świat or the royal road area close to my hotel for another round of Polish creamy delights.