Created by Katarzyna Soto

21 March 2018

The most beautiful restaurant in the world is in Wrocław!

campo grill

Have you ever wondered what the most beautiful restaurant in the world looks like? Well, if you want to find it, you have to visit Wrocław. In February CAMPO Modern Grill based in there won international WIN Awards in London for the best restaurant interior design of the year, beating the restaurants form Great Britain, Australia and Hong Kong. 

campo grill

campo grill

campo grill

A modern grill house is famous for its Argentinian steaks and original menu with South American accents. Its worth to notice that steaks come from the OJO DE AGUA farm owned by Dietera Meiera (popular Swiss musician). The 120-year-old ranch is situated near Balcarca, 400 km south from Buenos Aires.

campo grill

campo grill

campo grill

Back to the restaurant itself - the specious, decorated in dark colours (like walls that are covered with hand-made mosaic of black stones), finished with natural materials (e.g. oak floor) inferior reflects simplicity, honesty and respect for nature which are the most important values that define this place.

campo grill

The whole project made by Dominika and Paweł Buck from BUCK.STUDIO is characterized by great attention to detail – visible in furniture and selection of equipment of which majority was custom design and made using material such as wood, brass and leather emphasizing the cohesion and honesty of the whole concept. 

I must admitt I had a look at the menu and I'm sure I'll try new jork steak with some Argentinian wine next time I'm in Wrocław.

Photo: press materials, http://www.buck.pl/pl/

18 March 2018

Poland introduces gradual Sunday trading ban

sunday trade ban

Last Sunday, on March 11th, was the first Sunday with large supermarkets and most other retailers closed for the first time since liberal shopping laws were introduced in Poland in 1990s after communism’s collapse. 

A new Polish law banning almost all trade on Sundays came into force after Poland’s ruling party decided to gradually ban Sunday shopping, meeting the demand of its conservative Catholic supporters. The idea was put forward last year by the Solidarity trade union, backed be a million-strong petition. Even though the government and retail groups suggested compromises like shutting shop every other Sunday, or only after lunch and the rival OPZZ union proposed higher wager for Sunday working, all suggestions to water down the bill were heavily criticised by the Solidarity union.

Up to now, stores in Poland were closed for 12 days a year for major national or religious holidays and were allowed to be opened on all Sundays.

The new law at first bans trade two Sundays per month (the second and the third one) but steps it up to three in 2019 and finally all Sundays in 2020 (except for seven exceptions before Easter and Christmas holidays).

There are, however, some exceptions to the ban. For instance, such venues as gas stations, cafes, pharmacies as well as stores at airports or train stations and mom-and-pop shops are allowed to keep operation as long as only the owners themselves work.  Anyone infringing the new rules will face a fine of up to 100.000 PLN (24.000€).

sunday ban trade

The main reason why the Solidarity union wanted to introduce the ban is that many feel workers are exploited under the liberal regulations and want to have a day off for family and friends.

However, many Poles also experience consumer freedom as one of the most tangible benefits of the free market era and resent the limit. Poles are among the hardest-working citizens in the EU and some complain that Sundays are sometimes the only days they have free time to shop.

The latest poll for the TVN24 news channel showed a clear 59% in favour of keeping shops open and only 35% for the ban.

The truth is the ban will affect polish economy as consumption was the main driver of Polish growth in 2017. While other EU members force shop to close on Sundays and holidays, Poland’s economy is based largely on domestic consumption, and many companies depend on weekend shopping for a large part of their sales, like LLP SA, country’s largest clothing retailer, where 18 percent of revenue comes from Sundays shoppers. The ban is likely to affect especially larger and foreign retail players, who will see a drain on their revenues in increasingly deserted shopping malls on the edges of towns.

Pro-business opposition view the change as an attack on commercial freedom and warn that it will lead to loss of jobs. The new law may particulate hurt students who often have part-time jobs on weekends as well as may have a bad impact on cross-border shopping from Baltic states, Belarus, Ukraine and Slovakia.

Weather it will come to a complete ban is unsure, given the political turbulences in Poland. The general trend in Europe towards less rather than more restrictions on commercial trading. Another ex-communist country may be a telling case – Hungary introduced a ban on Sunday trading in 2015 that was so unpopular that authorities repealed it the next year. Although I preferer to spend my Sundays in a different way, I think that it will be really difficult to change Pole’s old habits and refrain from Sunday shopping mall walks.  

30 November 2017

Polish Legends: The Dragon

polish legends folklore dragon

Polish Legends: The Dragon is a 14-minute live-action short film from the Polish Legends series which is a nicely crafted modernized version of the famous Wawel Dragon legend that terrorized Kraków centuries ago.

25 October 2017

2 top places to eat this autumn in Warsaw

warsaw hala koszyki

Lately, there’s a new trend in Warsaw and it looks like its gaining popularity among young people. Like many other big cities, where historic buildings downtown are turned into luxury hotels, shopping centers or bars and restaurants, Warsaw now has its own old spots that have been brought to life and quickly became the center of city life. Looks like first-rate bars and restaurants in classy old buildings is a winning formula as history being all authentic adds value and creates a feeling you can’t get in a brand new place.

22 October 2017


warsaw metro

I had a history professor at the University of Warsaw who just loves telling lame jokes. Every time we talked about British history, he used to say that in 1863 when we in Poland were fighting in a January Uprising waving little swords around, the first line of the tube was opened in London. So much when it comes to compering polish development with other countries. Let's have a look at the Warsaw metro right now.

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