What to do in Warsaw – insider’s city guide by a local

Capital cities usually abound in entertainment options. However, when you visit a city only for a few days during business travel or short holidays, you are usually confused as to what to see and visit. Travel guides focus on historical monuments or provide outdated information about clubs and bars. On the other hand, the Internet is a bottomless pit and it’s difficult to single out what place is really worth your limited time. Therefore we will continue to provide you with city guides written by insiders who can call the city home. Last time Caroline and Sandra told us what to do in Berlin. Next comes Warsaw introduced by Joanna Dymowlok, Group Process Manager at VISIONAPARTMENTS.

What’s the best place to dine out?

My newest discovery is Delikatesy Esencja on Marszałkowska street – a place with good food, unique drinks, and cozy, informal atmosphere that cooperates with the adjacent theatre Teatr Rozmaitości. A delicious supper, good play and a drink afterwards sounds like a perfect evening. If you want to get a taste of traditional local cuisine, don’t miss out on the opportunity to try Polish dumplings ‘pierogi’ or mushroom soup in Zapiecek. You will find it easily as it’s located in major touristic hubs – The Old Town and Nowy Świat Street. To gourmets I’d also recommend finer restaurants like Flaming or AleGloria Restaurant, which serve Polish cuisine with an unexpected yet intriguing twist. If you are more into French cuisine, indulge yourself with a special treat in Michel Moran’s Bistro de Paris or find Bistro La Cocotte hidden in the backyard of an old tenement house at Mokotowska 12. Among other restaurants worth recommending are: Boathouse – a genuine floating restaurant, Dworzec Wschodni – located in a spacious brick building with a postindustrial flair, and Różana – with traditional Polish cuisine and a charming, romantic garden, great location to dine out if the weather allows. If you are more into Asian cuisine, don’t miss out on Thaisty but expect to eat in a crowd of other foodies – it’s the most popular Thai place right now.

Bar nad WisłąCud nad Wisłą. In the summer, bars by the Vistula River are full of people.

Where to go shopping in Warsaw?

Warsaw is the shopping heaven of Europe. Not only because of the large array of stores, but also because of the relatively low prices compared to other European capitals. A large variety of fashion boutiques by top Polish designers can be found on Mokotowska Street. From there you can easily walk to Mysia 3, a shopping mall dedicated to designer fashion, accessories and furnishings. However, the true paradise awaits the shopping enthusiasts in Arkadia, the biggest shopping mall in Poland where all mainstream brands have their outlets.

What about clubbing?

From Joanna’s experience, most clubs in Warsaw are filled with students. Bars and pubs are more trusted places if you don’t want to feel like the odd one out among all the young people. Out of the plethora of bars in Warsaw, she would recommend the ones with dance floors and live music like e.g. Bątą or Syreni Śpiew. Miłość and Nowa Jerozolima usually host best DJs and feature open-air patios where you can dance the night away. If you would rather suit up or put on a cocktail dress and sip some luxurious drinks, Opera or Platinum would be fancy enough to meet your high expectations.

Which sightseeing route would you take if you were in Warsaw for the first time?

An absolute must-do for every person visiting Warsaw is a stroll along Nowy Świat and Krakowskie Przedmieście (the two most representative streets in the city). Take this path to see the Royal Castle, Old Town and the Warsaw University campus. There are at least two modern and interactive museums worth seeing: The Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Warsaw Uprising Museum (the latter is located close to the VISIONAPARTMENTS on Grzybowska Street). Then, you can visit the National Football Stadium. Afterwards, take a ride in a hot-air balloon over the Vistula River or relax in one of many open-air bars located on the river bank. For those who would like to experience a bit of the Polish history, I’d recommend visiting The Palace of Culture and Science right next to the VISIONAPARTMENTS office. Constructed in 1955 by a Soviet architect, it’s a reminder of the turbulent Polish history. The Palace is the tallest building in Poland and it offers a splendid view over Warsaw from the observation deck on the 32nd floor.Save

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