In Warsaw, it’s not the Wild West — it’s the Wild East! Discover the most fascinating neighbourhood in the city, the Praga District, on the hipster east bank of the Vistula River. Meet the locals who live here, learn about the area’s fascinating history and taste the most delicious local food in the city, all with a local by your side.
Your Warsaw adventure begins in front of the oldest chocolate factory in Poland. Ideal souvenirs for your loved ones can be found right here! We’ll stop for a cup of hot, dense chocolate to keep our energy levels up for the day ahead. Walking into the most historical parts of the district, you’ll spot little pieces of art: murals, statues, and even art projects done by children from the neighbourhood.As we explore, you’ll see remnants of the past, and the multicultural character of the Praga district: the Polish-Russian spirit distilling factory, former Jewish bath house and their hall of residence, and the domes of the Orthodox church next to the pinnacles of the Catholic cathedral. We’ll also travel in time: from the oldest tenement houses on Zabkowska Street, through to the longest block of flats in Warsaw featuring typical architecture from the communist period, to the post-industrial buildings that have been converted into uptown lofts and new investments around Port Praski.We’ll stroll down Zabkowska Street, the main artery of old Praga, with houses that date back 150 years. This street is unique in Warsaw, as most of the historical architecture on the left riverbank was destroyed by the Nazis after the Warsaw Uprising.From time to time we will stop to grab some tasty local specialities and learn why some treats are served in jars, and you’ll have a chance to try traditional Polish tatar, as well as pyzy and flaki. We’ll wash it down with a sip of Polish vodka or Oranzada, a sweet drink beloved by children from the ‘80s. One very important part of Praga’s past was the bazaars. There are plenty of stories about the times when you couldn’t find anything in the shops in Poland — but you could find everything in Rozyckiego Market. We’ll pass by the market and chat about this part of Praga’s soul. We’ll finish our walk in a great panoramic spot of Warsaw Old Town. From here you can, by foot, head back to the city centre or enjoy the nightlife on the riverbank.