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15.06.2014

Personal Insider Tips for Warsaw from our Local Office Manager

Our Local Office Manager Joanna Dymowlok, who lives and works in the Polish capital, provides an interesting insight into the life in Warsaw. Read more to learn some useful tips on where to wine and dine, shop, or go clubbing.
 
HOW IS LIVING IN WARSAW? ANY TIPS ON WHERE TO HAVE A GOOD MEAL?
My newest discovery is Delikatesy Esencja on Marszałkowska street (www.delies.pl) – a place with good food, unique drinks, and cozy, informal atmosphere. If you want to get a taste of traditional local cuisine, don’t miss out on the opportunity to try Polish dumplings ‘pierogi’ in Pierogarnia or mushroom soup in Zapiecek (www.zapiecek.eu) – both my personal favorites. To gourmets I’d also recommend finer restaurants like Flaming (flaming-co.com) or AleGloria Restaurant (alegloria.pl/en/), 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 (www.restaurantbistrodeparis.com). Among other restaurants worth recommending are: Boathouse – a genuine floating restaurant (www.boathouse.pl), Nolita – finest dining (www.nolita.pl), Dworzec Wschodni – recently very hip and trendy (gessler.sohofactory.pl), Restauracja Akademia – nice interior design (restauracjaakademia.pl), Różana – traditional Polish cuisine (www.restauracjarozana.com.pl).
 
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 can be found in the shopping center Złote Tarasy, located just a stone's throw from to our office. However, the true paradise for shopping enthusiasts awaits in Arkadia, the biggest shopping mall in Poland.
 
WHICH SIGHTSEEING ROUTE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
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 museums worth seeing, each of them very modern and interactive: the F. Chopin Museum and the Warsaw Uprising Museum (the latter is located close to the VISIONAPARTMENTS on Grzybowska Street). Then, you can visit the National Football Stadium and take a ride in a hot-air balloon over the Vistula River, where in the summer you can sit down in one of the many open-air bars bursting with people. For those who would like to experience a bit of Polish history, I’d recommend visiting the Palace of Culture and Science right next to our office. The Palace offers a splendid view over Warsaw from the 32nd floor.
 
WHERE TO HAVE FUN IN WARSAW (CLUBS, PUBS, AREAS OF THE CITY)?
I’m not doing much clubbing these days. I prefer house parties or meeting for a drink somewhere in the city, e.g. in one of the nice bars nearby Poznańska street. But I always enjoy clubbing in Opera club (www.operaclub.pl) and Klubokawiarnia (www.klubokawiarnia.pl). I also like concerts in 1500m2 (www.1500m2.com) or Palladium (www.palladium.art.pl). Other popular clubs include Delight (www.deliteclub.com), PLATINUM (www.platiniumclub.pl), or the Eve (www.theeve.pl). The best open-air places for having a drink during the summer months are: Temat Rzeka (www.facebook.com/trzeka), Cud nad Wisłą (cudnadwisla.com), LaPlaya (www.laplaya.pl), and Na Lato (https://www.facebook.com/NaLato44/info).
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