I came upon Picador by coincidence while strolling through Warsaw’s city centre a while ago. I wanted to have something sweet, so I decided to invest as much as 7,50 PLN (almost 2 Euro) in a strawberry bun. Since that time, I make sure all my strolls through the city centre go past “Picador” where I ate the best bun in ages.
Firstly, you need to understand the institution of Polish “drożdżówka” – sweet bun, sold absolutely everywhere. Growing up in Poland, you were most probably exposed to “poems” or obscene lyrics by beach salespeople, encouraging you to get a bun or an ice cream. Buns filled with seasonal fruit (strawberries, rhubarb, blueberries etc.) are now sold at train stations, and even small stalls in parks and near the main junctions in the city.
“Pod Pikadorem” was also one of Warsaw’s famous artistic cafes in ul. Nowy Świat, opened in 1918, and a meeting place of the famous artistic group Skamandryci.