Like you all know I recently went to Warsaw and I loved it there. I went there with my best friend for an entire week and it was one of my best vacations so far. Because Warsaw is quite an undiscovered city I thought it might be fun to share some of my tips for Warsaw regarding hotels, malls and other things you can do there to show you guys it’s actually a really fun city and a great place to go on vacation. So, if that’s something you’re interested in reading about, you might want to continue reading!
We stayed at Qbik Suites. This isn’t an actual hotel, but more of an apartment complex. You get your own little kitchen, bathroom, small living room and beds. Depending on which apartment you choose it will be either very large or nice and small. I really enjoyed staying here. Even though there isn’t a reception the people that work here are very helpful, you can call them at any time of the day and they will always help you out, even if you want to know which bus to take. Aside from that the room was also very clean and nice and it looked really modern. The bathroom was stunning and there was literally nothing I didn’t like about this apartment. The only thing that could’ve been improved was the bed. It wasn’t a terrible bed and I did sleep pretty well on it, but I prefer a softer bed.
Qbik Suites is located in Mokotow which is a part of Warsaw. It’s a great location because it’s extremely close to Galeria Mokotow, which is a huge mall here, and there are lots of bus stops and tram stops nearby so you never have to walk far to get to the public transport stop you need.
Another thing I really liked about this hotel is the fact that the complex was surrounded by a fence so it felt pretty safe here. I also liked that there was a supermarket in the complex, a fitness room and a restaurant.
Last year in Krakow my friend and I took a lot of cabs because that’s pretty cheap here and it’s obviously easier than figuring out which bus to take. But because Warsaw is a bigger city it might even be quicker to take the bus or tram. I also feel like the public transportation system in Warsaw is a bit easier to understand than the one in Krakow, which is why we ended up taking the bus quite often. Still, cabs are very affordable here (we didn’t pay more than €5-10 for a ride) but public transportation is even cheaper.
Throughout the city there are a couple of tram-lines, a ton of busses and a metro. The system can be a little confusing, but once you get it, it’s actually pretty handy. All of the stops are named and numbered so you know on which side of the road you have to be which is incredibly handy. The only thing I still don’t really understand is how to get tickets because there isn’t always a ticket machine inside the vehicle or outside near the stop.
One of the things that made me want to go to Warsaw so bad is the fact that they have amazing malls and they have a lot of them. I think there are about 10 of them and they’re all pretty huge. We ended up going to:
- Galeria Mokotow
- Galeria Zlote Tarsy
- Galeria Arkadia
- Designer Outlet Centre
Looking back we didn’t go to that many different ones, but I do feel like the ones we went to were the best ones. Whether you love makeup or clothing, they have it all. And best of all: all malls are inside so if it’s rainy outside you can still go shopping!
Another thing I love about Poland is that they have a lot of restaurants here and their food is really affordable compared to the Netherlands. Even if you go to big chains like McDonalds, Vapiano or Pizza Hut, it’s still a lot cheaper here and that’s honestly pretty amazing for a student.
But it’s not just fast food chains here, there are tons and tons of restaurants. Whether you want to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, they have so much to choose from and everything I’ve eaten here is amazing. I do have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of traditional Polish food, but they have so much here that it’s really easy to survive a week here without having to eat that.
Since we stayed in an apartment we did end up eating breakfast at home, even though they did offer to deliver your breakfast to your apartment in the morning. I ended up buying a bag of my favourite cereal and a carton of (lactose-free) milk and my friend got herself some yoghurt and fruit and ate that every morning.
The supermarkets here are insanely big and they literally have everything you want. It’s also a lot more affordable compared to the Netherlands, especially fruit.
I have to admit that we didn’t do a lot of sight-seeing because this was more of a shopping trip for us, but we did go to Old Town, which was really amazing. Old Town is a part of Warsaw where they have these really adorable coloured houses and everything around that place is just really pretty. There were lots of huge buildings, even the streets looked really pretty. It’s definitely a place you have to go if you ever go to Warsaw.
Another sight-seeing activity in Warsaw can be Lazienki Park. I haven’t been there myself, but I have heard that it’s a really nice park and every Friday there is a little concert over there.
And that’s basically it for today’s post. Thank you so much for reading today’s post, I hope it was interesting to you and be sure to let me know if you’ve ever been in Warsaw and if so, share your tips!