Warsaw is an attractive place for all shopping lovers - variety of shops and very competitive prices. Consider coming to Warsaw for a shopping weekend break. You will not regret it!
Young Polish Designers Foundation has been set up to promote the most talented Polish fashion schools graduates. The Foundation collaborates with young, but already recognized designers: Paprocki&Brzozowski Atelier, Maciej Zień, Dawid Woliński, and Gosia Baczyńska.
YPDF opened in October last year the first large salon carrying the collections of Polish, young designers. It is located in Promenada shopping center at Ostrobramska Street. The modern and elegant YPDF salon, was designed by well known interior designers from the Lengiewicz –Charkiewicz workshop and offers collections for both males and females and any occasion ranging from evening to day wear, hats, bags, accessories, and jewelry. Clients can even request individual orders from the designers.
For those who like to splurge, Warsaw has a range of designer labels to offer, starting with Plac Trzech Krzyży. Surrounding the center-placed church are stores such as Hugo boss, Escada, Burberry, Deni Cler, Max Mara, Furla, Lacoste, Ermenegildo Zegna, and newly opened Georgio Armani. Head down the street to find smaller boutiques carrying names like Zinco, Snobissimo, Venezia, Bagatt or Paryżanka.
If you wish to spend more money, head over to boutique Lilla Moda and Marc Cain, located in shopping mall Galeria Mokotów. This mall also contains labels like Versace, Dolce& Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Pollini, Lorens & Wiktor, Villeroy & Boch, Lacoste, as well as Rosenthal.
Mokotowska Street (situated between Piękna street and Plac Zbawiciela) is another perfect boutique location, which for many Varsovians is what Bond Street is for Londoners. Here, you can find the Flash store, carrying the labels Krizia, Sak& But- season collections of Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Roberto Cavalli, Nike’s exclusive line, Jimmy Choo shoes, and the german label Schumacher.
Don’t forget about the Metropolitan building at Piłsudskiego Square. It’s worth popping into Dolce&Gabbana, Burlington or Dior. In the store managed by the Redford & Grant Group, you can buy clothes from One Kiton, Brioni, Baldessarini, Hugo Boss, Prada Sport , Hugo, Helmut Lang, and Strenesse. Escada Sport also offers their products. Meanwhile on Żurawia Street, you can stock up on Sergio Rossi heels and flats. The future holds plans of opening Louis Vuitton and Chanel on Złota Street 44.
MOST POPULAR SHOPPING CENTRES
The thing that differs Warsaw from other big cities is that there are not many typical shopping streets. The main ones are located in the close city center: restored Chmielna Street, elegant Nowy Świat, Marszałkowska and Aleje Jerozolimskie.
Warsavians just adore shopping in big malls, which are really impressive modern multifunctional complexes. Warsaw’s shopping centers are of the standard European variety - have internationally known brands including H&M, Levi's and Zara as well as Polish brands like Reserved, Simple or Cropp Town. They also offer entertainment: cinemas, cafes and restaurants and a wide range of services: hairdresser, beauty and optique salons, laundry, banks or mobile operator points.
Undeniably Arkadia is the most popular and beloved Warsaw shopping gallery. It's the largest shopping center in Eastern Europe, accommodating 180 stores of top national and foreign brands, 20 restaurants, cafes and a 15-screen cinema. The shops are spread over street-like galleries that are built around in a circle. This fact makes Arkadia - unlike other malls - impossible to get lost in.
Arkadia is conveniently located at the end of the Aleja Jana Pawła II near Rondo Radosława (former Babka). It is easily accessible by several bus and tramway lines as well as by the underground (one tram stop from Dworzec Gdański station).
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00–22:00, Sunday 10:00-21:00
Cinema Monday - Sunday 10:00 – 23:00
Address: Aleja Jana Pawła II 82
This modern multifunctional complex is famous for its modern design and a giant glass roof, with over a hectare in surface area. Złote Tarasy (the Golden Terraces) has achieved the title of the best commercial project in the world. The cascading terraces cover an internal plaza with fountains and an external one with restaurants, cafes and music clubs. The commercial section consists of over 200 stores.
Złote Tarasy is located in the heart of Warsaw near to the Central Railway Station and is easily accessible by any public transport.
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 22:00, Sunday 10:00 - 20:00
Address: Ul. Zlota 59
Galeria Mokotów is probably the most prestigious shopping centre in Warsaw and the best destination for designer clothing. 240 shops clothes stores include Clavin Klein, Lacoste, Versace, Trussardi, Peek & Cloppenburg, as well as several high street chains like Mango, Diesel and River Island. It has also a good selection of restaurants and snack bars, as well as a multiplex cinema, a play area for children and a bowling alley.
Galeria Mokotów is located in Mokotów, the southern part of Warsaw.
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 22:00, Sunday 10:00 - 20:00
Address: ul. Wołoska 12
Galeria Centrum is located in the heart of the capital - just on the east side of the Palace of Culture and Science. It is primarily a clothing store as it offers ladies', men's and junior fashion, lingerie, accessories, footwear, jewellery. Galeria Centrum has built its success thanks to clothing brands like Autograf, Frodo, Hoffland, that are designed exclusively for Galeria Centrum and available only in its stores. It has also a decent toy department and a wide selection of cosmetics and perfume.
The central location and free parking (if you spend at least 50 PLN) makes Galeria Centrum very attractive place to do shopping.
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 11:00-19:00, Saturday 9:30-20:30, Sunday 11:00-19:00
Address: ul. Marszałkowska 104/122
OTHER SHOPPING CENTRES
ul. Ostrobramska 75c
ul. Górczewska 124
Pl. Piłsudskiego 2
Smyk - shoping mall for children
ul. Krucza 40
Al. Jerozolimskie 179
ul. Mszczonowska 3
half hour from city center, free bus, IKEA, apartments furnishing superstores, superstore
Factory - outlet
Pl. Czerwca 1976 r. Square in Ursus (industrial district of Warsaw)
ul. Połczyńska 4
ul. Okopowa 58/72
Al. Jerozolimskie 148
ul. Głębocka 15
The Old Town is an obligatory spot for all souvenirs hounters who can’t leave Warsaw without typical amber jewellery, plaster figure of the Warsaw Mermaid or a miniature Palace of Culture and Science. To pick up some Polish handicrafts also visit one of Cepelia stores and Bolesławiec pottery shop (see description below).
Cepelia stores offer Polish folk and artistic handicraft, both utility and decorative. You can find there art rooted in Polish native traditions: glassware and ceramics, sculpture, painting, gobelins, carpets, furniture, wickerwork products, jewellery, leatherware, as well as regional costumes.
Cepelia shops: ul. Marszałkowska 99/101, ul. Krucza 23, Pl. Konstytucji 5
Cepelia Galery: ul. Chmielna 8
Boleslawiec store offers handmade and hand-decorated tableware pottery renowned for its unique design. It is manufactured with the use of stamping technique, which is unique in the world. Bolesławiec pottery's tradition draws from a several-hundred-year tradition of Polish, Czech and German pottery making.
Bolesławiec outlet: ul. Prosta 2/14
Visiting Warsaw do not miss an opportunity of trying local cosmetics! Products offered by Polish brand SYNESIS No. 1 could be your great souvenir from Warsaw. SYNESIS uses only raw materials that are clean, safe and tested and that do not originate from any genetically modified plants. No mineral oils are used. In turn, the high content of active ingredients guarantees that SYNESIS No.1 cosmetics are effective.
SYNESIS boutique: 65 Wiktorska St. (60 m from Raclawicka Metro Station).