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“A different side of Warsaw” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Praga Polnoc

Praga Polnoc
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Small-Group Warsaw City Tour: Behind the Scenes
Ranked #89 of 330 things to do in Warsaw
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Warsaw, Poland
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A different side of Warsaw”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

Praga is my favourite part of Warsaw.

Least damaged during the last war it still retains some charm and atmosphere (contrary to the fully rebuilt Old Town). It still retains many pre-war architecture. It has ZOO. It has wild river bank from where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Old Town. The St. Florian Cathedral...

If you wish to experience something different than the overhyped Old Town or vaguely visible remains of the Ghetto, go there. Is it dangerous ? Well, some parts of it may be. Especially after dark, or somewhere in the backyards. But during the day ? I don't think so. I went to school there, and I've been living near Praga for the last xx years (many!). Are there drunkards ? Yes. Are there drunkards in the city center on the other side ? Yes. What's the difference then ?

The only real issue is that indeed, there are very few good restaurants on that side of the river. But... the city center is only a couple of tram stops away.

Visited February 2014
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Warsaw, Poland
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“Overrated and dangerous”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

'A bohemian atmosphere', 'charming and unique' - yes, especially if you like drunkards singing with uneven voices, 'artists' in 'trendy' cafes being simply drug-addicted, numbminded loafers, and 'unique experience' means you can simply get hit in the back of your head in some side street.
All right, it has some (moderately) interesting architectonical attractions, but generally it is better to avoid this area.

Visited December 2013
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“A different side of Warsaw”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

Praga , over the river from the main city , was much less damaged during the war , so much so that Roman Polanski used it as part of the backdrop to The Pianist as there were still buildings standing that were there in !945 . Our hotel receptionist recommended a trip across the river to see the bears in their pit on the main street , the statue of the Musicians and to eat at the restaurant DeCoterie . The latter turned out to be another great find . The food was excellent : potato cakes with sour cream , goulash , and vodka at drinkable prices . The area itself is a bit down at heel but on the up we were told . Hope it doesn't become yet another tourist trap !

Visited October 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“SoHo of Warsaw”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Literally it means Prague but this is actually the SoHo of Warsaw. Once a neighbourhood in which the poor and, to an extent, dangerous people lived, Praga is becoming a trendy district of Warsaw. Infamous artists, actors, rockers and the likes who are yet to break through began to live in this district because of lower rents and proximity to the centre. This transformed the place and now different people live in harmony there.

Visited January 2013
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Warsaw, Poland
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“The forgotten side of Warsaw”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

I hadn't been to the oldest part of Praga for years, so I took advantage of a free Saturday summer afternoon to go for a stroll. Having read how Praga was up and coming, artistic, bohemian, etc., I was expecting things to have moved on from how I remember the district 10-15 years ago.

But the reality is that very little has changed. Apart from a cluster of restaurants and trendy bars on Zabkowska Street, the area is as poor and run-down as it always was. Pre-war tenement houses in a terrible state of repair, locals drinking beer on old sofas in building courtyards, broken pavements...

Having become accustomed to the Warsaw of glitzy shopping centres, modern trams, office buildings, gated communities and fashionable bars, it was a shock to realise that Praga has stood still, apparently forgotten and overlooked.

That evening I was sharing my experiences with a friend who was born and grew up in Praga. My friend said he was happy such places still exist in Warsaw, as they have real character, so I reminded him that it was easy for him to say that as he has moved on in life and isn't trapped in that environment. He took my point!

Is Praga dangerous? Walking around on a sunny afternoon I did not feel in danger, but was wary and trod cautiously. I explored a few old building courtyards, but did so discreetly and avoided places where people were drinking beer. Just a matter of commonsense really, as in any other big city.

Visited July 2013
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