Shopping in Warsaw
Warsaw has a wide variety of all sorts of outlets, from large ultra-modern supermarkets and malls to tiny private shops and street markets. The main shopping areas lie in the labyrinth of the streets between the Palace of Culture and Science and the street of Nowy świat, between the eastern Aleje Jerozolimskie end and the southern part of the Ulica Marszałkowska, as well as along the Ulica CHMIELNA. The most well-known shopping centers of Warsaw include Galeria Centrum (Ulica Marszalkowska, 104/122) – the largest department store of the capital and one of the largest in Central Europe, Arkadia (Aleja Jana Pawla II, 82), Galeria Mokotów (Wołoska, 12), Złote Tarasy (Ulica Złota, 59), Promenada (Ostrobramska, 75C), Sadyba Best Mal (Powsińska, 31), Atrium reduta (Głębocka, 15) and King Cross Praga (Jubilerska, 1/3).
In addition to directly shops of all stripes, mainly international networks, these complexes have their own cinemas, cafes and restaurants, other modern infrastructure up to car parks and security, as well as conveniently located relative to the main transport arteries of the city. V "Arcadia", For example, in addition to the cinema for 15 halls, there is its own Bierhalle brewery, the entertainment center on the top floor of Galeria Mokotów is equipped with bowling, multiplex and restaurant courtyard, and the first in Poland Megamolle Blue City (Aleje Jerozolimskie, 179) besides 224 stores has a skate park and Amusement Complex Inca Playarea, and the quarter of it is located one of the largest year-round Europe ski slopes – Całoroczny Stok Narciarski "Szczęśliwice".
Shopping centers are usually open on weekdays from 9: 30-10: 00 to 21: 00-22: 00, on weekends – from 9: 30-11: 00 to 17: 00-21: 00. Other shops Warsaw usually work from Monday to Friday from 10: 00-11: 00 to 18: 00-20: 00, on Saturdays – from 10:00 to 13: 00-16: 00. RUCH kiosks that sell transport tickets, newspapers and household trifles are usually open from 7:00 to 19:00. On holidays, shopping centers, supermarkets, shops and government agencies do not work.
Markets in Warsaw
Warsaw has always been famous for its markets. With a decline of one of the largest flea markets of Europe, known as "our market", and the arrival of large international retail chains. Their activity was noticeably reduced, but in all major areas you can still find your own market, openly only on weekends. The biggest is Bazar Na Kole, or Koło (Ulica Obozowa, 99) in the northwestern part of the city, which has a clear bias to antiques and various old things. You can get here on trams №12, 13 or 24 before stopping Dalibora, it works on weekends from early morning to 14:00.
Despite the old indoor market Hala Mirowska (Hale Mirowskie, 1899-1901.) Plaza Mirowski has long been rebuilt into modern universes, Western his pavilion is still acting as a trading area where fresh flowers, vegetables and fruits sell. On the south side lies with a green park in which you can relax from the hustle of shopping. You can get here on buses and metro station to Hala Mirowska – the complex lies almost in the center of the left bank of the city, so it is very easy to achieve it.
Souvenirs from Warsaw
To buy products of decorative and applied crafts that the Polish capital is so famous, you can contact both modern specialized galleries, which there are a lot and numerous private shops and shops that are so many in the old town. Cepelia nationwide trading network has four stores in Warsaw, among which the gallery is particularly known at the Ulica Marszałkowska 99/101 (three others operate on Plac Konstytucji Square, CHMIELNA and Krucza). Objects of art, vintage baubles, souvenirs and real antiques can be easily purchased in the network of stores Desa Unicum (the largest – on Ulica Marszałkowska, 34/50).
The best souvenirs from Warsaw are usually attributed to the Baltic amber and products from it, glass and enamel, household mats, silver and decorations from it, dolls in national costumes, wood products, clay, fabric, embroidery, very beautiful traditional costumes from various Polish regions and metallic sculpture. It should be borne in mind that the export of all the objects of the antiquity from the country, under which everything made to the end of World War II falls, is strictly limited, therefore qualified assistance from employees of specialized stores, well-versed in the intricacies of this issue and capable of issuing all relevant documents and permits will be very useful in this issue. Especially in this regard should be careful about items "Military antiques", which are famous for local markets. Caski, cocardia, orders, shape and elements of ammunition (by the way, even this word, it came to us from the Polish language) all the armies of the world are selling almost without restrictions – but with export of them there may be considerable difficulties.
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Shopping in Warsaw in October
I want to share the fresh experience of shopping in Poland. We went with a girlfriend, which was in Warsaw and Krakow as part of a regular excursion tour last winter – then she managed to appreciate the possibilities of Polish shopping centers, but there were little time for a detailed acquaintance. Read more →