Shopping

Warsaw is a paradise for shoppers. You can find anything from huge shopping malls scattered across the city through exclusive world fashion designers' shop, art galleries in the city center to independent & alternative boutiques of not-yet-known artists and flea markets with outstanding collection of antiques.

Shopping Malls – all in one

Scattered across Warsaw huge shopping malls with main stream fashion shops, interior decoration, jewelers, bookstores, offer also entertainment i.e. cinemas, bowling, darts, restaurants, discos. You can spend there a whole day and not be bored for a minute.  

One of the first was Galeria Mokotów in Mokotów which can be pretty busy during lunch hours, when many businessmen from the nearby offices pop in for lunch.

Zlote TarasyThe newest mall, opened in 2007, Złote Tarasy (Golden Terraces) has been designed by the famous architect Sir Norman Foster whose main objective while constructing the center, was to rejuvenate the very center of Warsaw, which until very latest used to be full of wild bazaars.

The shopping mall Arkadia near the famous Cmentarz Powązki can be proud of its nice interiors inspired by Art Neaveau. IT is currently the biggest shopping mall in Warsaw hosting over 200 shops, 30 resturants and cafés, a cinema and a fitness club Holmes Place.

East side of Warsaw offers one of the poshest shopping malls in the whole Warsaw area. Promenada with an ice-skating track for children open all year round.

Blue City located in the city center hosts exceptional Young Polish Designers Avenue, where you can find hand-made fashion from the upcoming designers... and the those who already made their way to the top. Here you can find alos Inca Play club for chlidren as well as fitness club Pure Heath and Fitness and Squash City.

Also outside of Warsaw, there are numerous shopping malls, outlets and huge centers. Kostancin can be proud of its Stara Papiernia located in the historical building of the old paper manufactory, while Janki has grown to the biggest shopping center with IKEA, DIY shops and many others.

CH stands for Centrum Handlowe (Commercial Center) which is widely used naming shopping malls.

Arkadia - Jana Pawła II 82

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shopping mall: Mo-Sa: 8am-10pm, Su: 8am-9pm
cinema: Mo-Su: 10am-11pm
supermarket: Mo-Sa: 8.30am - 11pm, Su:9am-9pm

Galeria Mokotów - Wołoska 12

shopping mall: Mo-Sa: 10am-10pm, Su: 10am-9pm
supermarket: Mo-Sa: 9am-10pm, Su: 9am-9pm

Złote Tarasy - Złota 59

shopping mall: Mo-Sa: 9am-10pm, Su: 9am-9pm

Blue City - Al. Jerozolimskie 179

shopping mall: Mo-Sa: 9am-10pm, Su: 10am-8pm
supermarket: Mo-Sa: 9am-10pm, Su: 9am-8pm
doctor's clinic: Mo-Su: 7am-9pm
Inca Play: Tu-Fr 12-8pm, Sa-Su: 11-8pm, Mo: closed

Reduta - Al. Jerozolimskie 148

Klif - Okopowa 58/72

Sadyba Best Mall - Powsińska 31

Wola Park - Górczewska 124

Promenada - Ostrobramska 75c

shopping mall: Mo-Sa: 10am-9pm, Su: 10am-8pm

Fort Wola - Połczyńska 4

Panorama - Witosa 31

shopping mall: Mo-Fr: 11am-8pm, Sa: 11am-6pm, Su: 11am-4pm

Centrum Warszawa Wilenska - Targowa 72

Stara Papiernia - Konstancin-Jeziorna, al. Wojska Polskiego 3

Centrum Bemowo - Powstańców Śląskich 126

Centrum Janki - Janki, ul. Mszczonowska 3

shopping mall: Mo-Sa: 9am-9pm, Su: 9am-8pm
supermarket: Mo-Sa: 9am-10pm, Su: 9am-9pm

Centrum Targówek - Głębocka 15

Centrum Ursynów - Puławska 427

Factory Outlet - Czerwca 1976r. nr 6

Fashion House Outlet Centre - Puławska 42e

shopping mall: Mo-Sa: 10am-9pm, Su: 10am-8pm

 

Up-market Brands

Pl. Trzech Krzyzy (fot. EG)Luxerious brands can be found in the area of Pl. Trzech Krzyzy, where Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Escada, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zena and Emporio Armani are close neighbours. On the other side of the de Gaulle's roundabout, at Nowy Swiat Frey Wille and Bally are located.

Metropolitan Office Building opposite of Victoria Hotel at Pl. Pilsudskiego is a home to other Italian fashion designers i.e. Dolce&Gabbana.

To browse through more high-end classics visit Moliera 2 shop deriving its name from its address, where Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo and some other designers' collections are offered at the same boutique.

Mokotowska Street between Piekna and Pl. Zbawiciela is yet another area with fancy boutiques offering Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Roberto Cavalli and Jimmy Choo clothes and accessories.

Polish designers brands can be found in Royal Collection stores in series of shopping malls and in Blue City.

Antiques & Art

The prices of antiques in Poland are a bit higher than in western Europe as demand on these goods is still very high. This resulted in a rapid development of the antiques' market and import of fine art mainly from Germany and France.

If you are a fan of antique furniture, porcelain and art, you should visit one of the Desa galleries. This Warsaw's chain of antique shop has been on the market since 1950, when it was set up as a publicly owned trader of fine art. In 1998 Desa merged with the biggest private auction house in Warsaw and now the company conducts many auctions specialized in Polish art.

If you are interested in modern art and big names you should set off to Napiorkowska Gallery situated in the Meridian Bristol Hotel at Krakowskie Przedmiescie or to the Fibak Gallery in the opposite building at the Art Univeristy.

For the lovers of antique goods there is one more tip – Flea Market at Kolo (Bazar Staroci na Kole), where every Sunday between 7am-1pm you can browse numerous stands with antic furniture, old books, juwelry, porcelain, paintings, coins and many others. Reserve 1-2hours to go through the whole market. Admission is free! Find the exact location on the map below:


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Books & Music

Empik Megastore (fot. Expats Guide)The biggest store with books and music is Empik which branches can be found in almost every shopping mall and at the corner of Marszalkowska and Al. Jerozolimskie. It offers a wide range of English books as well as French, Spanish and German.

Another very interesting bookstore is Traffic Club at Bracka Street which offers an amazingly cozy atmosphere and a helpful personnel. There are many loyal customers who just sit around and read the books or browse the internet via free wi-fi there. The English books division can be also proud of good choice of international literature.

If you are looking specifically for books in English or international press, there is a tiny American Bookstore at 61 Nowy Swiat. It’s been there for ages and was set up as the very first bookstore offering books in original version. Now, it has grown to a much bigger size and you can order the books over internet under www.americanbookstore.pl or find the branches at:

al. Jana Pawła II 82 (Arkadia), tel. 22 331 29 08
ul. Wołoska 12 (Galeria Mokotów), tel. 22 541 36 52
ul. Powsińska 31 (Sadyba Best Mall), tel. 22 370 31 73
ul. Koszykowa 55, tel. 22 234 56 37
Konstancin-Jeziorna, al. Wojska Polskiego 3 (Stara Papiernia), tel. 22 702 86 33

Groceries

Poland is full of hypermarkets i.e. E.Leclerc, Auchan, Tesco and smaller supermarkets of a local range that sometimes offer home delivery through shopping on internet.

If however, you prefer to shop in a nice atmosphere and browse through the stands with fresh meat and sea food, exotic fruits and organic vegetables, you should visit Polna Bazaar which already during the communism was a place offering luxurious groceries. Products available there are often not to be purchased anywhere else.

Polish Delicacies

If you fancy any of the Polish style groceries you should head to Blikle, whose name is famous in Warsaw since over 140 years. The shop and the restaurant at Nowy Swiat 35 is a Blikle's address since years. The new locations are:

Krasińskiego 10 (Pl. Wilsona)
Miodowa 12 (Old Town)
Komisji Edukacji Narodowej 22 (Ursynów)
Konstancin-Jeziorna, Wojska Polskiego 3 (Stara Papiernia)

The Krakau's delicacies are coming to Warsaw as well. Krakowski Kredens offers regional products and alcohols preapred in the original historical manner. You can find the stores at:

Złota 59 (Złote Tarasy), tel. 22 222 08 31   
Nowy Świat 22, tel. 22 826 40 01  
al. Jana Pawła II 82 (Arkadia), tel. 22 331 24 32   
Wołoska 12 (Galeria Mokotów), tel. 22 541 39 94   

Ecological products from the countrysides are to be found in Specjał Wiejski stores, where not only goats chees and hams tastes differently, but also bread can smell better than ever.

Zwycięzców 23, tel. 662 254 253
Felińskiego 52, tel. 662 254 204
Wąwozowa 36, tel. 662 254 201
Gagarina 4, tel. 662 254 226
Płochocińska 195, tel. 662 254 205

Internet Shops

The good news is, the biggest internet shop Amazon delivers to Poland! You can now buy your favourite books in your local language without leaving your home. They also offer electronics, which can be still cheaper than purchased in the local Polish shops. Browse also for kitchen appliances, music, toys, clothes etc. It's your choice! Search both Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.


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