Relax by the river, fun at Defilad Square, excellent food. What else should you try when in Warsaw?
1. BONFIRE BY THE RIVER
With only a few hours in Warsaw to spend this is what you must see: the left and right bank of the Vistula river. The right bank – the wild one is a real phenomenon. Just show us another metropolis where there are such beaches by the river! We recommend sunbathing, walks, a bonfire in the evening, and bike routes which stretch along the bank. During the summertime, there are several ferries which may take you across the river. More pictures here…
2. STROLL ALONG THE BOULEVARDS TOWARDS MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The left bank of the river is more focused on parties. You can just simply sit and drink some beer on concrete stairs. However, it’s better to take a stroll on boulevards from the Łazienkowski to Śląsko-Dąbrowski Bridge and on the way try different food and drinks at the local bars and clubs located by the river. In the evenings they are all filled with music. You should definitely visit located next to the Copernicus Science Centre temporary pavilion of the Museum of Modern Art which can pride itself on many excellent exhibitions (Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie St 22). More pictures here…
3. EVENING AT DEFILAD SQUARE
It is the biggest cultural and party yard in our city. A coalition of institutions and clubs located at the same place together with a city council have made an attempt to revive this difficult, concrete space, which for many years has been associated with military and communistic parades. An evening at barStudio and in front of it is highly recommended.
4. STROLL THROUGH ALLOTMENTS
This is again another Warsaw phenomenon. Allotments in the middle of the city rented and cultivated by the city dwellers. Gardening is our strong site. We recommend, for example, strolls in the Skaryszewski Park which is located in close proximity to this vast complex of allotments on Kinowa Street.
5. FINE SEASONAL FOOD
We have recently prepared an album for the Warsaw City Council on culinary Warsaw and we are impressed that so much is happening in the Warsaw gastronomy. Not only is Warsaw in the European culinary avant-garde as regards vegan restaurants, but also feeds well with the use of seasonal products. We especially recommend our favourite restaurants: Alewino, Bibenda, Bez Gwiazdek, Vegan Ramen Shop and Opasły Tom.
6. JEWISH HISTORY
Visiting Warsaw without knowing the Jewish tradition would be incomplete. It’s a huge gap, a piece of a heart ripped out during the WWII. At the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is quite an excellent piece of architecture itself (Anielewicza St 6), you can learn more about the history. Our Muranów guide here…
7. BREAKFAST AT ZBAWICIELA SQUARE
It is one of the most beautiful squares in Warsaw. Perfect for breakfast (Charlotte bistro) and for evening meetings as well (adjoining Plan B).
8. SHOPPING ON MOKOTOWSKA STREET
Mokotowska Street is a perfect place for shopping: a book and a souvenir from Warsaw you will find at Bęc Zmiana, cakes packed in beautiful boxes at Lukullus, personalized perfumes at Mo61 and clothes at Ania Kuczyńska. Alewino is located on Mokotowska Street as well, which seems to be quite practical.
9. RELAX IN JAZDÓW
An encampment of the Finnish houses which served as houses for builders of the Palace and Culture seems to thrive with cultural life. It is a beautiful place for walks. There are garden, carpenter, apiculture workshops, concerts and garage sales. If you happen to be here on Sunday visit the Royal Łazienki Park at noon or 4 PM to listen for free to the Chopin concerts.
10. PLAY AT NOWY TEATR
An excellent team under the command of Krzysztof Warlikowski but also a special space situated in the very heart of Mokotów – one of the most beautiful districts in Warsaw (Madalińskiego St 10/16). There is Wars i Sawa, a small restaurant, Pardon, to tu club, a yard with a pond and a playground. But most of all the place offers quite a rich programme of events. It is a real cultural centre.
recommends: Agnieszka Kowalska
Photo: Aga Bilska and Filip Marek Klimaszewski