This is Warsaw, your new favorite city.
1. Fans of street art, you’re in luck.
The city is filled with murals.
2. There’s also sculpture.
The rainbow in Savior Square was created by Polish artist Julita Wojcik. It was recently burned down, however reconstruction plans are in the works.
3. Even the neon advertisments have a certain beauty to them.
This sports shop may no longer exist, but its iconic volleyball player sign lives on.
Neon signs were so popular in Warsaw during the Cold War era that they now have a museum to preserve older pieces.
Go check it out: Budynek 55, Soho Factory, Minska 25, 03-808 Warsaw, Poland
4. Get a taste of the current Polish art scene.
Try the Museum of Modern art. Two words: free admission.
ul. Panska 3, 00-124 Warsaw, Poland
5. You can eat your way through town.
Go for hummus and middle eastern food at Beirut: Poznanska 12, 00-454 Warsaw, Poland
Try a different country’s cuisine for lunch.
Grab some light French food at Charlotte: Aleja Wyzwolenia 18 | wejscie od Placu Zbawiciela, Warsaw 00-570 , Poland
Or indulge in a late-night snack.
When in doubt, just grab some good ol’ fashioned Belgium fries. It’s a proven fact that they taste better when eaten out of newspaper cones while siting on the sidewalk. Polna 22 (Oleandrow), 00-630 Warsaw
6. Maybe your goal is to hang out with a few friends over drinks. You have plenty options.
Go to Plan B, Warsaw’s flagship dive bar. It’s the venue that locals say revitalized Warsaw’s nightlife: Aleja Wyzwolenia 18, 00-999 Warsaw, Poland
Couple your drink with a poetry reading, art exhibit, experimental music show, or just a few gourmet snacks.
Try Pardon To Tu, a cozy arts cafe by day, music venue by night: Pl. Grzybowski 12 / 16, 00-104 Warsaw, Poland (Check out the names on the wall, they REALLY love music.)
7. Beer and fresh air? Don’t mind if we do.
Visit BarKa, because warm Polish summers were meant to be spent outdoors: Skwer im. Tadeusza Kahla, 00379 Warsaw, Poland
Order like a local.
Vodka shots are a popular choice. For those who prefer a twist, try a Mad Dog: vodka, raspberry syrup, and Tabasco.
8. Don’t worry about your travel budget for a change.
The zloty to dollar exchange rate is actually quite good. At about 3 zloty per dollar you can afford to live a little. (Just remember to divide by three before you panic about prices!)
9. Catch a few concerts while you’re in town and “discover” a new band.
This is Brodka. She went from television singing competition winner to experimental electro pop princess.
Meet Eric Shoves Them in His Pockets. The spirit of Modest Mouse is alive and well in Poland.
Coldair weaves bewitching folk webs. One day people will refer to him as “The Sufjan Stevens of Poland,” but for now we’ll just call him Tobiasz Bilinski.
Or go retro with a twist.
This is Mitch & Mitch. Which Mitch is which? We’re not 100% sure, but we can get behind the jokesters’ elaborate lounge tunes.
10. Get off the beaten path, see something that most tourists wont.
Like Jerozolima Klub. (Al. Jerozolimskie 57 00-697 Warszawa). Part night club, part studio space, part design office, the building has become a major artistic hub.
Originally the space was a children’s hospital.
In some corners, you can still find evidence of the former occupants.
Many areas are still under construction.
Creepy or cool? Hard to say.
11. Get away without leaving town.
Catch the fairytale vibes at Lazienki Park.
12. Try trainspotting.
For the truly adventurous, find the abandoned train station in Warsaw’s city center. Follow the rails, and see where they lead.
The path meanders through some unusual sites.
Like this haunted old factory.
There are even still a few cars left sitting on the rails.
It’s strangely beautiful.