Although in the not-too-distant past Poland was a communist bloc country where its residents could barely buy basic daily essentials, today Poland, and Warsaw in particular, has ample shopping opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

The Blue City Shopping Mall , the first large mall in Poland, is located in Warsaw and bills itself as "a city within a city".  The glass domed shopping center reportedly cost over $120 million to build and has 224 stores.  The mall is easily accessible by public transportation.

The other of Warsaw's huge shopping malls is Arkadia, which reportedly attracts over 40,000 visitors a day.  This mall, the largest in central Europe, is five stories tall and is full of all sorts of high-end, designer shops.  The mall is accessible by bus or tram and has ample parking--about 4000 spaces. It has a Carrefour hypermarket.

Zlote Tarasy or Golden Terraces has over 200 shops and restaurants under a wavy glass ceiling. This shopping centre is behind the train station. It has a Hard Rock Café and a Burger King.