You just have to visit Praga which is located on the other bank of the Vistula River. No doubt about it. Firstly, because of the climate of prewar Warsaw as this part of the city did not suffer many losses. Secondly, because of its residents and the youngsters who are continually changing the image of the district which has been neglected over the recent years.
Your metro stop is Dworzec Wileński and the moment you get there you will see the change. Just stroll the streets, backyards with shrines, service points, factories and local bars. Here are some of our recommendations:
PRAGA MUSEUM OF WARSAW (Targowa St 50/52) will be an excellent introduction to learn something more about Praga. Here you will see exhibitions dedicated to contemporary times and the history of this district. From a roof, you will have a chance to admire the view on Old Praga and the Różycki Bazaar.
The youngest museum in Praga is the POLISH VODKA MUSEUM, which was opened on the premises of a former factory of Koneser vodkas (Ząbkowska St 27/31) in a building from the 19th century. This is a place which is right now undergoing a tremendous transformation (Google campus has its headquarters). Here you will feel the wind of change.
Street art is one of many ways you can explore Praga. Street artists like its harsh climate and leave really capturing works here. Our recommendations:
– Sebas Velasco’s mural, Strzelecka St 26
– “Fight Club” Conor Harrington’s mural, Środkowa St 17
– 1010’s mural, Mackiewicza St 1
– Zbiok’s mural, Tadeusza Korsaka St 7
– Diegomiedo’s mural, Brzeska St 14a
DESIGN AND FASHION
Praga is also a vintage design centre. There are more traditional markets, for example, Namysłowska or Różyckiego and modern ones like ZOO Market (Solidarności St 55). There is a boutique of Gosia Baczyńska, a renowned fashion designer, on Floriańska Street 6. Not to mention various shops with vintage glassware, porcelain, furniture.
– Look Inside, Wileńska St 21
– Galeria Sztuki Stara Praga, Brzeska St 6 (with Sylwia Biegaj’s furniture restoration studio)
– Lata 60-te, 11 Listopada St 54
– Melon Vintage Design, Inżynierska St 3
In Praga, there are more and more new restaurants, ice cream parlours, bistros which offer excellent cuisine.
Drop by for dinner or supper:
– Lokalna Bistronomia – ul. Nieporęcka 6 (polish cuisine)
– Pyzy Flaki Gorące, Brzeska St 29/31
– Bistro Pod Sowami, Okrzei St 26
– ZONI, Konesera St 1
– Russian Skamiejka, Ząbkowska St 37
– Kuchnia Czerwony Rower (a social enterprise which employs also people with disabilities, cheap), Targowa St 82, opens again after renovation July 9
– Hallera Square, Jagiellońska St 56
Pallone, Natural Ice Cream from Tuscany, located on Brzeska Street next to Pyzy, has one of the best ice creams in town. The best coffee is at Hałas Vinyl + Coffee (Jagiellońska St 30).
At Chmury and Hydrozagadka, in the backyard of 11 Listopada Street 22, you will definitely have fun at some good concert. Hałas (Jagiellońska St 30) and Płyty Gramofonowe (Ząbkowska St 11) are perfect places to buy some vinyl records.
Take a break from traffic on Open Ząbkowska which in the summertime transforms into boulevards. By a thorn house you will feel like in a sanatorium (Hallera Square). With kids go to the ZOO (Ratuszowa St 1/3) and to Praski Park to take a photo with a huge giraffe statue. After this excursion relax on one of the beaches located by this side of the river. There is a perfect city view.
Photo: Filip Klimaszewski, Aga Bilska and materials by Bistro Pod Sowami.