Grocery Shopping in Warsaw

For anyone considering moving to Poland or even visiting, knowing how much groceries cost is worthwhile information to have. I spent some time today looking through receipts and also browsing the aisles of the Carrefour supermarket in the basement level of the Złote Tarasy shopping mall in downtown Warsaw.


Carrefour is one of the largest grocery store chains in Poland. The largest is probably the British chain, Tesco. Given Tesco’s size I think prices are probably even more competitive there, but I don’t have one within walking distance. There are also smaller markets such as Biedronka (Ladybug), Lux and Żabka (Frog, Poland’s equivalent of 7-11). There are also a plethora of mom and pop grocery stores and even street vendors who sell produce brought in from the countryside out of their cars or on the sidewalk. With the exception of produce sellers on the street, prices for most items are likely to be higher in the smaller stores, though they are convenient. For the budget-conscious man, most groceries should be made in a store like Tesco or Carrefour (or their equivalent in other parts of Poland such as Piotr i Paweł [Peter and Paul]).

The list below includes a wide cross-section of items, even including some household items that you may need to purchase. Prices are subject to change depending on the season and availability of items, but these are accurate as of this month (I checked most of them today).


I can’t think of anything of the top of my head that’s unavailable in Poland that I could buy back in California. There are surely some items, but it mostly comes down to price. There are more and more specialty food shops, including organic food stores where you can buy all sorts of things.

If there is any other type of food or other item you’d buy in a supermarket that you’d like me to check the price for, let me know in the comments. Future posts will included prices for coffee shops and restaurants, from fast food to fine dining.

I included the dollar price for the first dozen or so items, for the others you can run the numbers. $1 is roughly 3 złoty. Divide any of these prices by 3 and it’ll be close to the actual dollar amount. The złoty has fluctuated between 3.10 and 3.25 to the dollar in the last month.

3.25zł = 1 dollar
1 liter = 0.26 gallons
1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds
500 grams = 1.1 pounds

Almonds (240g): 22.99zł [$7.05]
Almond milk (1 liter): 14.99zł [$4.60]
Apples, Granny Smith (1kg): 4.99zł [$1.53]
Aronia berry juice (1 liter): 18zł [$5.52]
Aronia berry and apple juice, fresh: 3.79zł [$1.16]
Baguette, small: 2.09zł [$0.64]
Bake Rolls crackers: 2.59zł [$0.79]
Bananas (1kg): 2.99zł [$0.92]
Beef steak (1kg): 28zł [$8.59]
Beer, Ciechan honey (0.5 liter): 4.73zł [$1.45]
Beer, Ciechan strong (0.5 liter): 3.20zł [$0.98]
Beer, Erdinger dunkel (0.5 liter): 5.99zł [$1.84]
Beer, Paulaner dunkel (0.33 liter): 4.09zł [$1.25]
Bell pepper, red (1kg): 4.99zł [$1.53]
Blueberry jam (280g): 5.99zł
Bread roll (each): 0.29zł
Bread, white toast (750g): 5.19zł
Broccoli, frozen (450g): 6.09zł
Cabbage, red (1kg): 1.49zł
Carrots, fresh (1kg): 1.19zł
Carrots, frozen (450g): 3.49zł
Cashews (240g): 24.99zł
Cereal (300g): 6zł
Cheese, Gouda (1kg): 25zł
Cheese, Radamer (1kg): 30zł
Chicken, drumsticks (1kg): 9.99zł
Chocolate bar with hazelnuts: 8.20zł
Chocolate chip cookies: 4.39zł
Chocolate-covered hazelnuts (80 grams): 4.29zł
Cleaning spray, Ajax: 14.29zł
Cod (1kg): 15.99zł
Corn on the cob (each): 1.39zł
Couscous (250g): 2.99zł
Dr. Pepper (1 liter): 4.69zł
Eggs, 15-count: 6.49zł
Flax oil (1.5 liter): 54.99zł
Flour (1kg): 1.99zł
Grapes, white (500g): 5.99zł
Ham, deli sliced (1kg): 26.99zł
Honey: 27.99zł
Ice cream, Movenpick brand (900ml): 17.19zł
Laundry detergent, Vizir (2.8kg): 45.99zł
Lettuce (head): 2.19zł
Lightbulb, standard: 7.99zł
Milk, 2% (1 liter): 2.29zł
Oats, organic (450g): 2.99zł
Olive oil (500ml): 22zł
Orange juice (1 liter): 4.75zł
Oranges (1kg): 6.99zł
Pasta noodles (500g): 4zł
Pasta sauce (500ml): 5.39zł
Pecans (240g): 24.99zł
Potatoes (1kg): O.79zł
Rice (1kg): 2.99zł
Salmon, Norwegian (100g): 5.99zł
Sausage, white (1kg): 15.99zł
Spaghetti noodles (400g): 1.01zł
Spinach, frozen (400 grams): 5.49zł
Strawberries, frozen (450g): 6.67zł
Tilapia (1kg): 18.89z
Tomatoes (1kg): 7zł
Turkey, deli sliced (1kg): 28.99zł
Vodka, Pan Tadeusz, aronia flavor (500ml): 29.99zł
Vodka, Wyborowa (1 liter): 50.39zł
Water (6 liter bottle): 4.29zł
Watermelon (1kg): 2.99zł
Whiskey, Johnnie Walker Black (700ml): 99.99zł
Whiskey, Johnnie Walker Red (700ml): 52.35zł
Yogurt, drinkable: 2.69zł
Yogurt, Greek: 4.09zł

Patient Ambition Summer 2014 Newsletter


Summer has flown by fast and we’re already into September. A lot has happened in my life, most notably my move from California to Warsaw, Poland last March.

In this, first edition of the Patient Ambtion newsletter I sum up some of my recent experiences and personal goals. For regular updates (no more than several times per month) on what I’m doing and recent posts, check out the newsletter, and click “subscribe” for more, free content.

7 Reasons I Don’t Have a Car in Warsaw

Since March I’ve been living in Poland’s capital city, Warsaw. Shortly after I moved out of California, my trusty, 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo, was given away to charity for a tax deduction. The car was a trooper that lasted me roughly 250,000 miles (the odometer broke at 189,000). It lasted me through 100s of commutes and several long road trips, including from Northern California to Louisiana and back.

Although in a sentimental sense I’ll miss that car and the memories it represented, part of the lifestyle change I’ve made means that I don’t need a car. And honestly I don’t miss having one. Here are the reasons why:

1. Downtown Living

Rondo Dmowskiego, the center of Warsaw

Rondo Dmowskiego, the center of Warsaw

I live in the geographical center of downtown. Some of the best restaurants (including excellent sushi bars) are on my street. I can walk to the biggest mall in Warsaw in 10-15 minutes. I can walk to Mokotowska Street, home to the highest concentration of clubs in the city in 15 minutes. I can walk to the historic Old Town in 25 minutes.

2. Trams

The "Tramwaj", a great way to avoid street traffic.

The “tramwaj”, a great way to avoid street traffic.

The “tramwaj” is my second favorite form of transportation after walking. Trams crisscross the city and also travel across the bridges over the Vistula river to the Praga district. Since trams run on their own rails, they don’t get stuck in traffic. Tram tickets come in a 20-minute and 75 minute variety and cost 3.40 zł and 4.40 zł respectively ($1.07 and $1.39). There is a 50% discount for seniors and students with ID up to 30 years old.

Ticket checks occur randomly and involve plainclothes transportation officers entering a bus, tram or metro car and asking for everyone’s tickets. They use an electronic reader to check that your ticket has been validated and hasn’t yet expired. Although ticket checks occur infrequently, it’s not worth running the risk of riding without a ticket. If you ride frequently you’re bound to run into a check within a couple of months and will have to pay a fine of 200 zł or more ($62+). Don’t expect to play the “I don’t speak Polish” or “I don’t have money” card. They know English well enough and they’ll march you to an ATM to withdraw cash.

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Nick’s Life in Warsaw

I’ve been living in Warsaw for over 5 months since moving out of California. In this video I share some of my reflections on living in Poland’s capital. I’m also experimenting with recording through my iSight camera on my Macbook Air and using a Yeti microphone. My previous two videos were shot on a Canon camcorder with an external mic.

Daygame Nitro by Nick Krauser, Review

I first heard of Nick Krauser through his interview on London Real about two years ago. In the past few years Nick has proven himself to be one of the best day gamers in the world, providing video evidence of his approaches, open to close (all the way to the bedroom) and has slept with over 70 women in the past 3 years.

His catchphrase has become “Younger, Hotter, Tighter”, an abbreviation of what he considers the central principle of Game: “You must be fucking girls hotter and younger than you are.”

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Patient Ambition on YouTube, Nick in Warsaw

Today I published the first video on the Youtube Channel. It’s a basic introduction where I say a few things about myself and the site.

If you have any suggestions for videos that you’d like to see in the future or feedback on the video quality, I’d be glad to hear it in the comments below or under the video on YouTube.


Instantly Improve Your Look With a Professional Haircut

Post inspired by an article at Danger & Play: Losing Your Hair: Should You Care?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


We’ve all heard about how men who want to be more attractive to women should work out, consume nutritious food and improve their posture, on top of learning game. These are excellent habits that take time to internalize and yield results over the course of weeks, months and years. There aren’t any shortcuts to success, but perhaps the fastest way to improve your appearance, confidence and appeal to the opposite sex is a professional haircut.

For those of you who’ve been used to getting haircuts from a relative, friend or buzzing it yourself, you may ask why should I pay for a haircut? The reason is the superior results. A hair stylist who knows their craft will have years of experience under their belt and will have seen 1000s of customers. They are damn good at what they do so they’ll use their trained eye to cut your hair in a way that best suits the shape of your head and face. You can of course give them guidelines, but deferring judgement to a pro in their area of expertise is not a bad rule to follow.


Guys who have thinning hair or are balding may opt to buzz it all off. I would urge guys that still have a decent amount of hair to choose an option that’ll make better use of the asset you have. As Mike at Danger & Play advises in the article I linked above, “if you’re over 30, get a short hair cut. It seems counter-intuitive, but shorter hair looks better on an older player.” I’m 31 and have opted for a shorter style and think it’s great.

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Power House Gym in Warsaw

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One of the first things I did when I arrived in Warsaw for a long stay in 2012 was find a gym. I’d started weightlifting on a regular basis earlier in the year, so I wanted a place I could walk to and keep up the habit. After doing some research online I found Power House on Tamka street, less than a 15 minute walk from my apartment. I went to check it out and paid a one-time entry fee of 19 złotys ($6). I ended up liking it so I bought a 6-month pass for 624 złotys ($208).

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The centerpiece of the gym is the weight room. There are a variety of free weights and machines. There are two regular benches, as well as an incline and a decline bench. If there’s one criticism of the gym its that there is only one squat rack. It hasn’t been much of an issue for me though as I like to workout in the morning (before 10am) so the rack is usually free. If not I just wait until it opens up and do something else in the meantime. I spoke to one of the owners and he mentioned that he’d like to have more space, but given the costs of renting in the city center, this was the best option at the time.

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Why I Left California for Eastern Europe

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Since March I’ve been living in Warsaw, Poland. It’s not my first stay in the country, but this time I have no plans to return to Northern California permanently. The process it took me to get here lasted roughly 5 years. I didn’t think I would leave my job at first, but the things I experienced made me realize that I’d be happier here, 5,851 miles from home.

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Torero Travels by Tom Torero

Many men dream of traveling the world while seducing beautiful and exotic women, but few men ever embark on more than a cookie cutter vacation. Tom Torero has not only explored more of the planet than 99% of us, but he’s met and seduced dozens of women from virtually every corner of the globe, often on their own home turf in a matter of weeks, days or hours.

Torero Travels is Tom Torero’s travel and seduction memoir, focusing on his international jaunts in 2012-2013 as a day game coach and budding Casanova. I reviewed Tom’s previous book, Daygame, which focused on his transformation from a shy and insecure adolescent to a confident and charismatic seducer. This volume shows a more mature man who’s pushing his comfort zone to the limit, exploring the remote reaches of Canada, enjoying the rustic beauty of the Baltics and trekking as far as Australia, with many stops in between.

Travel is the ultimate form of freedom and the world that we live in offers us the ability to explore it through means that Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus could never have imagined. Tom’s talent for painting vivd imagery with his words is enjoyable to read and his work stands out even more because of the many tales of romance and seduction which color the pages of his journey. More than just a raunchy retelling of his conquests, the book is Tom’s reflection on making the very most of our time on earth by “licking the lid of life”.

Torero Travels also offers readers a general guide to “unplugging from the matrix”, basically rejecting the social conditioning that expects us to work a steady job, get married, have kids, have a mortgage and consume material goods until a far off “retirement”. Tom calls on readers to choose their own path and not squander the youthful energy that makes novel experiences possible and all the more exciting. He also offers his advice on travel logistics, game in foreign countries and misconceptions men may have about the ease of bedding exotic beauties (it’s hard).

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