Welcome to my mini Warsaw series, which was first created for the MRG newsletter prior to the media conference in the capital of Poland in November 2016.
This time I'm going to focus on those who, like me, love design and fashion.
The Neon Museum
Situated in one of the most unique and diverse spaces on the right side of the river Vistula - Soho Factory. It’s a cultural, design, art and fashion hub spread over a large, post-industrial area transformed into an appealing living, working and entertaining space. The most exciting place there is The Neon Muzeum. It’s an independent museum dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the Poland’s cold war era neon signs founded by David Hill and Ilona Karwinska. For less than £2, you can admire their amazing collection of the old neon signs. It’s a must-see in Warsaw!
Top tip: Just walk around the development and enjoy the outdoor art. Great cup of coffee at Kofibrand.
The Keret House
A quirky but meaningful art installation in the form of an insert between two existing buildings, representing different historical periods in Warsaw’s history. A tiny living space measuring 92cm in its narrowest point and 152cm in its widest point. Need to book before visiting.
Top tip: Find out more about the project here.
If you fancy a design gift from Poland, head to the Reset shop on ul. Pulawska (also an excuse to travel by a red and white tram). Only 5 mins from the centre of Warsaw, the shop sells vintage furniture and accessories, old movie posters (Polish graphic design is pretty famous), Polish and international interior design, including modern ceramics.
Top tip: Check their online store to get an idea what you can buy there.
The Eastern Promise
For fashion enthusiasts, Ania Kuczynska’s flagship store on ul. Mokotowska 61 it’s worth popping into. Wallpaper magazine described her as ‘the brightest beacon in the Polish design firmament’, and Style magazine called her ‘The Eastern promise’, so might get yourself a minimalistic fashion piece for a fairly decent price.
Top tip: The Three Crosses Square is very close, so check it out, count the crosses and spot the famous rainbow.
Pies czy Suka
Pies Czy Suka (“Dog or Bitch”), it’s just a quirky name for a high-end design boutique combined with a cocktail bar and club at ul. Szpitalna 8a (hidden in a courtyard). The gallery upstairs is a great space displaying well-known Polish artists, and downstairs you can enjoy delicious tapas and a cocktail, or two.
Top tip: If you have a sweet tooth, pop in to the Wedel’s chocolate lounge next door. Do you like Cadbury’s? Wedel is even better than that.
If you enjoy history and sight-seeing, please read my previous post.
If you are into culture, please check this.
Photography: Monika Pick.