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TOP 10: Treasures of PRL

TOP 10: Treasures of PRL

Neons, milk bars, design - the system was oppressive but Polish people wanted to be modern.

1. Monumental architecture of Palace of Culture

Defilad Sq 1


Konstytucji Sq


Original architecture but most of all unique details of the interiors from the 1950s. Look for them in the Palace of Culture and Science especially in the Studio Theatre, Café Kulturalna, Kinoteka. The similar climate of socialistic architecture you will find at Konstytucji Square. 

Pałac Kultury i Nauki
Pałac Kultury i Nauki
Pałac Kultury i Nauki
Wnętrza Teatru Studio
Plac Konstytucji
Plac Konstytucji
Plac Konstytucji

2. Gallery of Polish Design

National Museum

Jerozolimskie Av 3


The most valuable examples of post-war Polish design – porcelain, glass, furniture, toys, fabrics now as a permanent exhibition at the National Museum.

Galeria Wzornictwa Polskiego w Muzeum Narodowym w Warszawie
Galeria Wzornictwa Polskiego w Muzeum Narodowym w Warszawie
Galeria Wzornictwa Polskiego w Muzeum Narodowym w Warszawie

3. Museum of Everyday Life

Piękna St 28/34


tickets: 18 PLN

A real travel in time. You will see furniture and many other objects from the past. The museum organizes also a sentimental trip through Warsaw in Nysa – a Polish retro cult van.

Muzeum Życia w PRL
Muzeum Życia w PRL
Muzeum Życia w PRL
Muzeum Życia w PRL
Muzeum Życia w PRL

4. Herring, tatar and vodka at Lotos

Belwederska St 2


There are only few such places in Warsaw where time has stopped. Most of these cult restaurants, bars like SPATiF or Mozaika has undergone some remake. Lotos remains the same. You can still drink vodka and eat herring in this unique interior with wooden paneling.


5. Neon lights

Neon Museum

Mińska St 25

Soho Factory, building 55


They are our treasure of the past. Neons didn’t advertise brands, but places or services. For example a globe – travel agency, cow – milk bar, flowers- flower shop. Additionally, big thumbs up to the typography. A vast collection of neons from the 1950s – 80s you will see at the Neon Museum in Kamionek. You will also see them outside in the city: the Orbis globe (corner of Bracka and Al. Jerozolimskie), a volleyball player at Konstytucji Square, mosaic at Mozaika Cafe (Puławska St 53).

Muzeum Neonów
ul. Nowy Świat 3
Orbis, ul. Złota 59
Siatkarka na pl. Konstytucji

6. Departure from Warszawa Powiśle

Kruczkowskiego St 3b

It is an exquisite modernistic architecture from the 1960s designed by Arseniusz Romanowicz and Piotr Szymaniak. Visit stations: Warszawa Powiśle (in the concrete rotunda that used to be a ticket hall, below the platforms there is a famous bar), Śródmieście or Ochota. We end our trip with the building of the Warsaw Railway Station Warszawa Centralna from the 1970s. 

PKP Warszawa Ochota
PKP Warszawa Powiśle
Klubokawiarnia Warszawa Powiśle

7. Evening beer in a Communist Party House

Pod Grubą Kaśką

Solidarności Av 68

Cuda na Kiju

Nowy Świat St 6/12

Cult beer bars from the communist times still operate and lure youngsters. The climatic interiors remind us the times that passed. During summer we recommend an outside garden next to the Dom Partii. In the past, it used to be a headquarters of the Communist Party of Poland so coming closer was not recommended. Right now it is a part of the city that cheers and lives. 

Cuda na Kiju

8. Find peace in a block of flats

ROD Waszyngtona

Kinowa St

Fans of modernistic block of flats would admire Corbusier like estate Za Żelazną Bramą (Behind The Iron Gate), Zielony Ursynów and designed by Oskar and Zofia Hansen Przyczółek Grochowski. You will relax and find peace at allotments. These are beautiful gardens in the centre of the city, full of greenery, vegetable plots, and interesting tiny architecture. You can walk down the alleys.

Park Rzeźby na Bródnie
Osiedle za Żelazną Bramą
Ogródki Działkowe przy Waszyngtona

9. Repairs at craftsmen

Time has stopped here. In these small places with antique signboards and shop window displays, they repair shoes, sew suits, gloves, lamp shades. Here you will find some of our favourite addresses…

Pracownia Rękawiczek T. Kowalski, ul. Chmielna 10

10. Dumplings at milk bar


Marszałkowska St 10/16


Krasińskiego St 36


Nowy Świat St 39

Prasowy, Sady, Familijny – you have to visit these places. Besides, you will dine here well. Traditional meals- a tomato soup with rice, pancakes with quark, mizeria (a salad consisting of thinly sliced or grated cucumbers often with sour cream), pasta with berries. Moreover, for a dessert admire the interior design.

Bar Sady
Bar Sady
Bar Prasowy