Friday Happy Hour for L2 Participants.
Why visit Warsaw (BBC Article)
Currency and Cost of Living
The Polish Złoty is Poland’s currency. The current exchange rate is approximately 3,90 Zł to the USD, or 4,30 Zł to the Euro. The coins are subdivided into 100 groszy. Poland is relatively affordable for dining out or taking taxis in comparison to Western European countries. You may change money at the kantor at the airport, BUT PLEASE NOTE: the exchange rate at arrivals is very poor. A better alternative would be to use your bank card to withdraw Polish Złoty at any ATM machine or to exchange currency at various kantor sites near your hotel. The American School of Warsaw has an ATM near the theater entrance.
Traveling to the Hotels from the Airport
We recommend taking a taxi from the airport to the hotels. The best airport and closest to the city is Chopin Airport (WAW). Please go to the official taxi stand marked outside of the departure doors. These taxis are all metered with a fair rate. Taxi drivers accept złoty and most credit cards. Approximate cost will be between 50-70 złoty to the Sheraton and/or Novotel Hotel. Occasionally, private drivers will approach you in the airport and will charge more for the ride.
If you prefer taking a public bus, use the Jakdojade website to find your best route. Travelling to both the Sheraton and Novotel Hotel will require you to change lines and take more than one bus.
Uber: This is an “Uber” friendly country!
MyTaxi – With this app, you can arrange a price for your fare ahead of time. Create an account and use the app (just like Uber) on your smartphone to receive taxi service from anywhere in Warsaw.
EcoCar/Taxi – +48 123 456 789
Taxi Eco Warszawa – +48 731 731 231
Using Public Transportation in Warsaw
Buses, trams and the metro are all available in Warsaw. A 75 minute ticket is 4,40 złoty and allows for a transfer. You can buy these tickets at any metro stop, on some buses and trams, or at several ticket machines at many bus and tram stops. Use http://warszawa.jakdojade.pl/ to guide you in getting to your destination. Jakdojade is also an app for your android or iphone.
Restaurant tipping is about 10%. For taxis, a tip is not necessary, but rounding up (not more than 10%) is okay, too. Please be aware, the words “Thank You” mean “Keep the change.”
Warsaw Tourism Information
Warsaw Insider – warsawinsider.pl
The Warsaw Insider is a comprehensive monthly guide to good living and fast times in Poland’s capital. We provide essential and sought after information about entertainment, culture, travel, food and drink, all in a compact, well-organized, glossy magazine.
Fall in Love with Warsaw – http://warsawtour.pl/en
Learn about Warsaw’s tourist attractions, restaurants, essentials, and much more using this site.
TripAdvisor – Overview of Warsaw
Sites of Interest in Warsaw
Palace of Culture – Cafe Kulturalna is interesting to visit for a drink and is on the main level
Tomb of Unknown Soldier – In Your Pocket Magazine
Stare Miasto – Warsaw Old Town
Jewish Quarter – In Your Pocket Magazine
Eating and Drinking in Warsaw
Conference Hotels and nearby Restaurants
The Sheraton is directly across the street from the bus stop “Pl.Trzech Krzyży 02“ and is walking distance or a short taxi/bus ride from most of the important sites in Warsaw. The Novotel is on the corner of Marszalkowska and Al. Jerozolimskie and is located near the Metro, trams, buses, and is a 10 minute walk from the Central Train Station. If you are looking for a restaurant nearby, you can make your way to dozens of restaurants on major streets on and around these two areas. Some of our favorites are:
- Chianti (Italian) – Foksal 17
- Buddha (Indian) – Nowy Swiat 23
- Thai Me Up (Thai) – Foksal 16
- Zapiecek (Polish Pierogis) – Al. Jerozolimskie 28
- Beirut and Kraken– Poznańska 12 (falafel Hummus/seafood/drinks)
- Uki Uki – (Asian) Krucza 23/31 – Korean/Japanese cuisine
- Fokim – Krucza 24/26 Fusion food/bar
- Varso Vie – Plac Konstytucji 2
- Restauracja Dekagram – Emilii Plater 9/11
- Hala Koszyki – Koszykowa 63 – Market with many food and beverage choices! Renovated and opened in October 2016!
Traditional Polish Cuisine: (Google Map link)
- Różana – Chocimska 7 – very elegant and you will definitely need a reservation!
- U Kucharzy – Metro Ratusz Długa 52 – For those who want to learn about Polish cuisine, probably the best tatar in Warsaw
- Stary Dom – Pulawska 104/106
- Warszawa Wschodnia – Minska 25 – for those who wants to see right side of the Wisła River and prewar Warsaw; after visit in this restaurant you can check Neon Museum! It is right next door!