I thought it was about time to write a piece on the Marks and Spencer branches in Warsaw.
It seems that they have become lifesavers for Brits, expats and people with a liking for British delicacies. When they first opened in Poland there were no food sections. Now you can find dry, frozen and even a bakery in some of the branches. For example, it was the only place to buy mince pies at Christmas and hence they sold like hot cakes (quite literally!).
There is a going back to childhood feeling when you walk into the food department. An eclectic range of sweets with old favourites like liquorice allsorts, drinks from the gastropub range like gingerbeer and salt and vinegar crisps. Of course these are not the original brands but the M&S version, which (mostly) hit but sometimes miss (the baked beans are NOT like Heinz baked beans but brown sauce is pretty authentic).
You can also buy different kinds of flour, powders, creams and sauces for cooking and baking. For people who cook, like myself, it's great. All of the packaging is in English apart from a small label in Polish.
Two other points worth mentioning:1. When the sell by date is getting close on their products then M&S will reduce the price of those products. This is where you can really get some good bargains (look out for the orange labels). This is due to the fact that 2.Some products are highly (over) priced that you would never want to pay full price for unless you were a.very desperate or b.very rich.
As with all M&S products it's the quality that shines through, coupled with their unique sense of Britishness, that makes their food departments in Warsaw such a winner.
M&S with food departments in Warsaw:
ul. Złota 59 (Złote Tarasy)
ul. Jana Pawła II 82 (A-1, Arkadia)
Al. Jerozolimskie 179 (Blue City)
ul. Marszałkowska 104/122 (Wars & Sawa) (includes bakery)
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