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Warsaw’s Wild Side

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.

Praga is a district with a unique, wild spirit. Once multicultural, with Polish, Jewish, and Russian citizens living together, it managed to survive WWII, but was then left neglected for years.

The neighbourhood has since been rediscovered by artists and now Praga is a district of alternative clubs, street art projects, little cafés run by people with passion and old citizens who still meet in the courtyards of their tenement houses.

During this Warsaw tour, you will see how history is coexisting with modern life in Praga, and how old habits are helping to retain the spirit of the neighbourhood.

Once you find yourself in the meeting point you will sense the sweet, inviting aroma. That is because this tour starts in front of the oldest chocolate factory in Poland. Ideal souvenirs for your loved ones can be found right here! Stop for a cup of hot, dense chocolate to keep your energy levels up for the day ahead.

Walking into the most historical parts of the district, you will spot little pieces of art: murals, statues, and even art projects done by children from the neighbourhood. Praga has become a place where artists can find their own space to create — and on this Warsaw tour, your guide will tell you the stories of a few of them.

As you explore, 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.

You will also travel in time: from the oldest tenement houses on Zabkowska Street that retain their 19th-century charm, 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.

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. However, here in Praga, the authentic spirit of pre-war life can still be seen. It is an area that’s full of neighbourhood stories, tastes of the old days and preserved backyards of tenement houses — which have become a real treasure of Praga. Decades ago, each of them — with their own gardens, little chapels, and benches all around — had buzzing life inside. Few remain as they originally did, but you will explore the most interesting ones.

From time to time you will stop to grab some tasty local specialties. Learn why some treats are served in jars and enjoy the chance to try traditional Polish tatar, as well as pyzy and flaki. Next, 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. While sniffing around for “illegal meat” you could hear about what was going on in the world beyond, and, tired after hunting, you could then have your jar filled with hot flaki. As you eat, enjoy the sounds of Praga’s folk bands — or sing along with them. You will pass by Rozyckiego Market and the monument to Praga’s folk bands, and you will learn about this part of Praga’s soul.

Your tour finishes with a 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.

Experience Includes

  • Explore the bohemian neighbourhood of Praga, an artsy district that’s been reborn after years of negligence.
  • Local food samples (appetiser, lunch) and drinks (hot chocolate, orangeade, shot of local vodka).
  • Step into the hidden world of tenement houses, for which Praga is famous.
  • Local English-speaking guide.
  • See how post-industrial buildings are now being used by artists and performers

Experience Excludes

  • Additional food and drinks.
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping.
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off.

Departs

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Departure location

In front of Pijalnia Czekolady E. Wedel (Chocolate shop in little white building)

Start times

2.00pm

Duration

Around 4 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Group size limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience.
  • You must present your voucher to the guide at the start of the tour.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you will be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • No special dress required.
  • Your tour ends at Wybrzeze Szczecinskie (along the river and well-connected with Old Town and the metro).