ul. Nowy Świat

  City Centre         17 Jan 2019
Nip across the ul. Świętokrzyska intersection and ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście suddenly becomes the New World! The story of ul. Nowy Świat (New World Street) dates back to medieval times when it was traversed by Kings on their way between Warsaw and Kraków, with the first settlements appearing in the area during the 17th century. Levelled during WWII, the street found itself rebuilt in rather uniform neo-classical style, as returning it to its predominantly Art Nouveau pre-war style was simply unfeasible. Nowy Świat, along with its little off-shoot streets, has long been seen as one of THE places to be seen and is home to numerous shops, bars and eateries. Expect a myriad of modern and traditional restaurants and coffee shops, including the popular Bierhalle microbrewery which makes an ideal pitstop at ul. Nowy Świat 64, before shoving off to snap a pic of the former home of cult writer and Anglophile Joseph Conrad at number 45. If it’s too early in the day for a hefty German style beer, drop into the renowned Café Blikle (ul. Nowy Świat 33), famous for once serving doughnuts to a young and sweet-toothed Charles de Gaulle. Just across the street you will find super trendy ul. Foksal for more gastronomic and drinking opportunities; follow it to its end to see Zamoyski Palace (ul. Foksal 1/2/4), a neo-renaissance pearl designed by Marconi and the scene of a botched assassination attempt on the Russian governor in 1863. Infuriated Cossack troops reacted by launching a piano once tickled by Chopin out the window, though nowadays the drama is limited to dancing in the basement club or dining on the elegant ground floor.

Back onto Nowy Świat you should now be in sight of our city’s famous plastic palm tree which stands on the de Gaulle roundabout at the intersection of Al. Jerozolimskie and Nowy Świat. Created by artist Joanna Rajkowska, the palm links the fauna of the city of Jerusalem with its namesake avenue ‘Jerozolimskie’ in Warsaw. Before reaching the palm tree, however, one must stop off at an oasis, and there is no place better than the legendary rat-like maze of Pawilony (The Pavilions) located behind the gates at number 22. Klaps (ul. Nowy Świat 22/28, Pavilion 12A) is a can’t-miss experience if you like your décor to include a wall of plastic boobs and beer taps crowned with vibrators!

Before crossing the busy roundabout keep your eyes peeled for a poignant Socialist Realist mural of a girl holding a pistol - one of the earliest tributes to the Warsaw Uprising. Once safely across de Gaulle roundabout, you will be greeted by a monument to the great General himself. Behind him stands the hulking edifice of the former Communist HQ at Nowy Świat 6. Completed in 1948, rumours that it was secretly connected by a tunnel to the Palace of Culture appear unsubstantiated, but you have to love the irony that it briefly served as home to the stock exchange; today the building hosts numerous offices, a Ferrari dealership and Cuda na Kiju - one of Warsaw’s best real ale multi-tap bars. Scurry along this fairly uninspiring stretch of Nowy Świat to Pl. Trzech Krzyży, home to the beautiful 19th century classical style St. Alexander’s Church (ul. Książęca 21). The surrounding area is home to some of Warsaw’s top boutiques, including the likes of Burberry, Zegna and Escada.

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