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Still from the film Pan Tadeusz by Andrzej Wajda, 1998, photo: Piotr Bujnowicz/ FabrykaObrazu.com / Forum

Once a favourite among the gentry, the Polonaise has a long and fascinating history, and it is still an indispensable ritual of the studniówka, a ball for graduating high school students.

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Bigos, photo: Robert Haidinger / Anzenberger Agency / Forum

Polish eating habits are surprising in many respects. In contrast with much of the English-speaking world, a traditional daily menu in Poland comprises five meals, not three. Furthermore, these meals feature a variety of unfamiliar food staples, and even if one encounters all sorts of trendy diets in Poland, there is still a solid core of traditionalists.

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Staging of a Slavic ceremony near Warta River, photo: Marcin Stępień / Agencja Gazeta

Centuries ago, the typical daily menu of the Slavic tribes in the area of modern-day Poland consisted of herbs and mushrooms. They also consumed a lot of grain, modest quantities of meat and vegetables as well as the ancestor of the beetroot soup currently known as barszcz.

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White sausage, rye soup, cakes with poppy seed or cottage cheese: the numerous traditional Easter delicacies in Poland are surprising, sophisticated and inspired by Spring

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Plac Zbawiciela / Saviour Square, photo: Grzegorz Czaplicki

Forget the Old Town and the National Museum. Here are directions to the hotspots of counter-culture where you will encounter the laid-back yet edgy lifestyle and the rich underground scene that make Warsaw the ultimate hipster destination.

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