Photo: The trendy Warszawa Powiśle set in a former PRL-era ticket hall.
Recently dubbed as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Europe by The Guardian, Powiśle lays between the banks of the Vistula river and the centre of Warsaw (just behind the Warsaw University). Its current rise to stardom can be attributed to the meteoric changes in the physiognomy of the city. Major developments on the riverfront have turned this once-neglected area into a hip and fashionable hub for nightlife, gastronomy and culture. The Copernicus Science Centre and the branch of the Museum of Modern Art are clear proof of this. During spring and summer, crowds flock to the Vistula Boulevards and there’s no better way to enjoy them than by bike or in a seasonal venue such as BARKA. Lots of new restaurants and cafes have mushroomed not only along the river but also through our its neighbourly streets. Here a few recommendations on what to see, do and where to eat and go out. Enjoy!
EXPLORE: University Library Rooftop Gardens ➞
One of Warsaw’s best kept secrets! Make sure to visit this beautiful garden on the rooftop of the Warsaw University Library Building.
EXPLORE: Copernicus Centre & Planetarium ➞
One of Warsaw’s top tourist attractions, and – in the words of Poland’s then Education Minister shortly before the opening – “an attempt to restate the case for science and research in what can still be an intensely and deeply religious country.”
EAT: The Cool Cat ➞
?ul. Solec 38
Much more than just another hipster cafe! Try out some truly original Asian influenced breakfasts, lunches and dinners: Israeli shakshuka, Korean pork bun served with bacon, chicken, tofu and crab. The speciality is ramen!
EAT & DRINK: LAS ➞
? ul. Solec 44
Offering a very modern and hip take on Polish cuisine using seasonal ingredients, and great cocktails to match (returning in the evening is a must).
DRINK: Jackpot Warsaw 777 ➞
? ul. Rozbrat 44A
Found in the same building as, Na Lato Day & Night, it is the perfect blend of daytime restaurant and nighttime dance venue. Food and drinks amidst a collection of palm trees and vines. Open Friday & Saturday only.
DRINK Wine: Dekant Wine Bar & Restaurant ➞
? ul. Zajęcza 15