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Warsaw travel guide

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You're Going to Love Warsaw

When you walk around Warsaw, you are walking through a city that has seen it all. Dominated by foreign powers, decimated by World War II, reshaped under Communism, then reborn as one of the powerhouses of modern Eastern Europe, the Polish capital has seen it all.

The city's eventful past also means that tourists will never be bored. You can tour the site of the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, trace the fortunes of the uprising, and visit the Museum of Communism to find out about everyday post-war life.

But there's a lighter side to Warsaw too. When you've had your fill of history, explore some of Europe's cheapest gourmet restaurants, take the Warsaw Craft Beer Tour, or enjoy a summer beer beside the lazy Wisla (Vistula) River. When you do, you'll realize that Warsaw is a city on the up, a welcoming city, and one that is easy to adore.

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When to Visit Warsaw

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There isn't really a bad time to visit Warsaw. Even in winter, when you can expect a dusting of snow at all times, the city has a magic about it (and the Poles love to put on a festive show). If you want excellent sightseeing weather, thinner crowds of fellow tourists, and affordable room rates, give May or October a try.

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How to Get to Warsaw

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Where to Stay in Warsaw

Modern Warsaw is full of exceptional hotels. Some of the finest upscale city center options include the Rialto, the InterContinental, and the Radisson Blu Centrum. The Hotel Hetman is a great option in Praga, and the H15 Boutique Hotel is a 5-star alternative in the south of the city.

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Shopping Streets

Most of the shopping scene in Warsaw revolves around indoor malls like Arkadia (the largest), where you'll come across big brand names. If you are looking for independent designer stores, head to streets like Bracka, which hosts the VITKAC design superstore. Zlote Tarasy is also worth checking out, with its selection of apparel and accessories boutiques (along with plenty of international brands).

Groceries and Other

When you need to stock up on groceries, Warsaw supermarkets like Carrefour, Piotr i Pawel, and Tesco are the place to go. Many of them are foreign owned, and stock a wide variety of American products. Expect low food prices, with a gallon of milk coming to about zł9.70.

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Where to Eat in Warsaw

Warsaw's dynamic social scene includes a growing foodie community, and you won't struggle to find excellent restaurants during your stay. If you want authentic Polish food try the Zapiecek chain, where the pierogi are legendary. The Restauracja Kameralna conjures up an early 20th-century ambiance, while Prasowy is an updated version of Poland's cherished "milk bars", serving great value diner-style meals. Expect excellent value, with three course meals coming to around zł25-40.