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Easter in Warsaw

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Easter in Warsaw

Is all shops etc. closed during eastern weekend 29.3-1.4?

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1. Re: Easter in Warsaw

On Easter Sunday and Monday all shops will be closed but Friday is very much business as usual (big shopping centres open until 9-10 p.m.), Saturday - shops usually close around 4-5 p.m.

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So we wont be coming to Warsaw during easter, its gonna be a weekend trip to Warsaw in some point.

Any suggestions what to do during one weekend? Is there any must things to do? See? Buy? Eat? Drink?

My gf also wants to know where she can find cheap shoes and clothes? :)

We are probably staying at InterContinental Hotel: tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g274856-d284134…

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I suggest you start with the links in the upper left hand corner - there is a wealth of information on things to do, restaurants, hotels, etc along with and addresses and reviews. On a normal weekend most shops and sights are open but you may need to check individual websites for opening hours if you want to visit something specifically.

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I've been checking out upper left hand corner. For shoping there is not much, thats why locals or ex-visiters might have some tips.

Old Town Square Market, is there some markets during weekend or only christmash etc?

Arkadia and Zlote Tarasy will probably be two shopping malls we are about to visit. What kind of prices are there? High, low, average?

Any suggestions for good and cheap restaurant near InterContinental Hotel?

Is there some local shampagne like Prague has Bohemian Sekt?

How about taxis, are they reliable? How much is taxi from airport to city center?

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In shopping malls like Zlote Tarasy, Arkadia or any other you will mostly find chain shops with "international" brands like Nike, Mango or H&M with "international" prices. But you can find Polish brands also, like Diverse (smart casual clothes) or House (mainly casual clothes for teenagers and students) - prices are similar to those you will find in H&M, with some frequent bargains. You can also find good and inexpensive leather products in Polish shoe shops like Ryłko or Wojas. If you look for more high-class designer clothes like Chanel or Versace there is a more sophisticated "mall" called Vitkac, but the prices are the same as in Paris or London.

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"Is there some local shampagne like Prague has Bohemian Sekt?"

Local sparkling wine from Warsaw? Oh, I'm afraid it's impossible. Poland produces some wine on a small scale, mainly in the area of Zielona Gora town, but those products are usually hard to find and it's really nothing exceptional (and not sparkling...). Poland is definitely not a wine country, unfortunately.

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you don't come to Poland for champagne, you come here for vodka;)

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In terms of shopping, Warsaw has changed significantly in recent years. Nowadays, you will find most brand shops in shopping malls. There are lots of these malls, Arkadia and Złote Tarasy are the most popular and biggest ones. If you are looking for a shopping street, you should have a walk along Nowy Świat street to pl. Trzech Krzyży. Although there more cafes and bars there than shops, you will still find some nice boutiques, including designer shopping on pl. Trzech Krzyży. There is also a kind of shopping passage in the city center ("Eastern Wall", "Daleria Centrum") with some chain shops as H&M, C&A etc. But it's not a charming place to spend time. If you are looking for designer clothing and luxury shopping, you should go to Vitcat shopping mall where you will find brands as Gucci, Armani etc. The old town market square used to be a market some centuries ago but now it's a tourist attraction with mainly restaurants and cafes (except Christmas time and special events as concerts). Prices of clothing are quite similar to those in Finnland as there are thesame brands in Warsaw as anywhere. All other products (souvenirs etc) and services (restaurants, cafes) are usually cheaper.

The Intercontinental is a great hotel (try their pool on the top floor which is the highest in Europe) and located in the middle of the modern city center. This area mainly consists of high- rise buildings, offices, shopping facilities, hotels and some apartment blocks. The number of restaurants in the immediate area is quite limited, still you will find some (e.g. Hard Rock, Cafe). Better head for the Royal Way or old town area where you will find much nicer restaurants than in the city center. It's not far and public transport works efficiently.

I am actually not aware of any Polish champagne. Most people buy foreign products, in recent years Russian, Crimean and Moldovian champagne has again become more popular.

A taxi from the main airport costs about 45 PLN, depending on day time and traffic. Late at night and on weekends prices are higher. Most taxi companies are reliable and the majority of drivers is honest (be sure the meter is on). Ignore all those in arrival hall offering transport to the city center as their prices are far too high. Normal taxis wait in a line outside the terminal. You can also use public transport to the city center. Bus 175 stops in a distance of 5-10 walking min. from the Intercontinental. There are also frequent trains to the main station which is about 200 meters from your hotel. Beware that Warsaw has 2 airports. If you fly from Helsinki, you will surely arrive at the main airport. Budget airlines as Wizzair and Ryanair, though, usually operate to Warsaw Modlin airport which is about 40 kilometers from Warsaw. The main airport is quite near the city center.

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My flight will land in Frederic Chopin airport, so thats the one which is closer?

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10. Re: Easter in Warsaw

Yes, that is the airport closer to the city center. I assumed you will land there but it's always better to ask so you can avoid problems.