- For other places with the same name, see Praga (disambiguation).
Praga is the central and historic core of right bank Warsaw.
Formally, Praga is composed of two districts, Praga Północ and Praga Południe,which are separated from each other by the railway tracks. The districts themselves mainly serve administrative purposes, as they are both very heterogeneous and diverse inside.
Within Praga Południe Gocław and Gocławek are relatively new residential areas built in the 1960s and 1970s, Kamionek and Grochów have a history on par with other settlements that then formed Warsaw, like Ujazdów and Mokotów, Saska Kępa is a prestigious mansionesque area that is home to many embassies and Olszynka Grochowska is mostly a forest.
Within Praga Północ, the south centered around Aleja Solidarności contains many historic buildings and is reinventing itself as a trendy home for all kinds artistic undertakings, while the northern part is almost entirely industrial.
- Main streets parallel to Vistula: Jagiellońska, Targowa, ul. Grochowska; Wał Miedzeszyński
- Main streets perpendicular to Vistula: Aleja Solidarności, ul. Ostrobramska and al. Stanów Zjednoczonych (United States Avenue) - collectively referred to as Trasa Łazienkowska; al. Waszyngtona (Washington Avenue); Trasa Siekierkowska
The zoo – not just a sanctuary for animals
During the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, Jan Żabiński, the Warsaw Zoo's director, and his wife, Antonia, saved about 300 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto and Nazi death camps. The Żabiński family turned the zoo into a pig farm, which was to be used so the German forces could be fed. Jan Żabiński befriended a few Nazi officials and was granted access to the Warsaw Ghetto so he could gather left over scraps to feed the pigs, to study the Ghetto's park system, and for any other imaginable reason. His real reason for going to the Ghetto was to smuggle Jews out and safeguard them at the zoo by hiding the Jews in the cages and animal exhibits at the zoo. Diane Ackerman wrote The Zookeeper's Wife, which details the story of the Żabińskis, focusing particularly on Antonia's story.
- Warsaw Zoo (Warszawskie Zoo), ul. Ratuszowa 1/3, ☎ , fax: +48 22 619 58 98. Open daily from 9AM until 7PM, Tickets sold until 6PM. A relatively small zoo, but with some interesting species, including a pack of wild and rambunctious monkeys that seem to fascinate every visitor. Other Zoo residents include lemurs, giraffes, elephants, hyraxes (the elephant's strange looking relatives that weigh only 2 - 5 kilograms compared to an elephant's weight of 3,000 - 6,000 kilograms), lions, tigers, zebras, and jaguars that live in a glass enclosure that allows you stand only centimeters away from the beasts. The Warsaw Zoo is a great place to spend time for adults or children. Admission: Adults zł 12, Children zł 6, Children under three years are free.
- Saint Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church (Cerkiew św. Marii Magdaleny), pl. Wileński (Lies about a block east of Praski Park). One of two Orthodox churches in Warsaw nowadays.
- The Memorial of the Brotherhood of Arms at the intersection of al. Solidarności and ul. Targowa, maliciously nicknamed "the four sleeping guys" (czterech śpiących).
- 19th Century Houses around pl. Weteranów 1863 r., ul. Kłopotowskiego and ul. Okrzei, in particular The Jewish Mikvah built in 1840 at ul. Kłopotowskiego 31. See also the list of all historic buildings in Praga Północ.
- Ząbkowska Street (ul. Ząbkowska).
- Praski Park (Park Praski) (Across the street from the Zoo's entrance). A park that's good for a stroll. There's a large sculpture of a giraffe and a playground for children within the park's grounds. Near the entrance to the Warsaw Zoo, there are a few eateries that serve up ice cream.
- Saints Michael & Florian Cathedral (Katedra św. Michała Archanioła i św. Floriana), ul Floriańska 3, ☎ .
- Skaryszewski Park (Park Skaryszewski or Park im. Ignacego Paderewskiego). Directly across the street from Stadium Narodowy, this park isn't as well known as some of the others, most likely since a palace is absent from it, but that said, it's nonetheless a pleasant park for a stroll or to read a book and comes complete with its own lake. Near park's main entrance, there is a memorial to the September 11th terror attacks.
- Barriers of Grochów (Rogatki Grochowskie) ul. Grochowska. Used for collecting the toll for entering the city.
- Monument to the builders of the Brześć Road ul. Grochowska. Built in 1825, it was the first monument in Poland to honor anonymous workers (instead of famous national heroes).
- Saska Kępa is a mostly residential neighborhood that is freckled with numerous embassies, but is unique for the cozy cafes and restaurants that line one its most well-known streets, ul. Francuska. In the evening, the neighborhood is an idyllic setting for a stroll, which can be topped off by watching the sunset over the Eastern skyline of Warsaw, dominated by the Palace of Culture and Science, while grilling or drinking by a couple of the city-provided grills on the banks of the Vistula. If you go to grill, be sure to bring some bug spray. This neighborhood is also located immediately next to the National Stadium.
- The forest in Olszynka Grochowska, which was an important battlefield during the November Uprising .
Museums and galleries
- «Koneser» Vodka Distillery (Warszawska Wytwórnia Wódek «Koneser»), Ul. Ząbkowska 27/31. Postindustrial complex houses now:
- Museum of Praga (Muzeum Warszawskiej Pragi)
- Teatr Powszechny, ul. Zamoyskiego 20, ☎ .
- Cinema City, ☎ . ul. Ostrobramska 75, (CH Promenada)
- NoveKino Praha, ul. Jagiellońska 26, ☎ . Digital cinema, three rooms.
- Stadion Narodowy (National Stadium), Al. Księcia J. Poniatowskiego 1 (From the city center, all trams heading east will stop at the stadium as well as many buses (111, 117, 507)). Just a few years ago, Stadion Narodowy was the site of a dilapidated soccer stadium built by the communist government to celebrate its tenth anniversary. After the stadium fell into disuse, it became the home of the so-called Russian market with traders from Russia and Asia peddling goods that ranged from pirated DVDs to AK-47s. After Poland was selected to co-host the Euro 2012 Championship, Poland made plans for revitalizing the area and has built, in spite of its rather dull appearance during the daytime, a decidedly modern and exciting stadium that is envisioned to serve as a sports and concert arena. Matches during the Euro 2012 will be held at the stadium.
- Prawy Brzeg, Ul. Jagiellońska 7, ☎ .
- Wodnik, ul. Abrahama 10, ☎ .
- CH Promenada, ul. Ostrobramska 75. Promenada is a shopping mall that differs from many of the other malls in Warsaw in the fact that it's home to a mixture of exclusive brands and typical mall brand shops, as well as the pleasant fact that it's far less crowded than either Zloty Tarasy or Arkadia.
- Warszawa Wileńska, ul. Targowa 72. A shopping mall and also a railway station.
- Różyckiego Bazaar (Bazar Różyckiego), ul. Targowa 54. For many years it was the most famous bazaar in Poland, a place where everything could be purchased. In recent years however it has fallen into decline.
- Ristorante Repubblica Italiana, ul. Francsuska 44, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Su.-Th. Noon - 11PM; F.-Sa.: Noon-Midnight. This three-room restaurant, with each of its rooms painted and decorated to correspond with the colors of Italian flag, is one of the few Italian eateries in Warsaw that does Italian right. Each dish is delicious and beautifully prepared, and the portions leave customers feeling satisfied. When the weather is nice, the restaurant's patios are a great place to enjoy your meal while observing passersby.
- Dom Polski ul. Francuska 11. Polish.
- Santorini ul. Egipska 7. Greek.
Cafés, tearooms and bars
- 4 Pokoje, Ul. Wileńska 19.
- Czarny Motyl, Ul. Ząbkowska 2.
- Łysy Pingwin, Ul. Ząbkowska 11.
- Sens Nonsensu, Ul. Wileńska 23.
- W Oparach Absurdu, Ul. Ząbkowska 6.
- Herbaciarnia na, ul. Francuskiej 12, ☎ , fax: +48 22 617 46 16, e-mail: MagdaSzulinska@poczta.fm. A cozy little place where that serves a wide variety of teas. About 10 - 15 PLN for a small kettle of tea.
- Kępa Cafe, ul. Finlandzka 12a, ☎ .
- M25, ul. Mińska 25.
- ul. 11 Listopada 22 a building filled with bars (and a hostel now)
- Fabryka Trzciny, Ul. Otwocka 34. Originally a marmalade factory, now a cultural center with a club, a theater, a restaurant, artist ateliers and an exhibition area.
- Sen Pszczoły, Ul. Inżynierska 3.
- Hostel Krokodyl, ul. Czapelska 24 (By tram no. 9, 24 or bus no. 523, 188, get off at rondo Wiatraczna), ☎ . Very nice hostel, with great conditions and a very helpful staff. 45-160 PLN.
- Hotel Praski, Al. Solidarności 61, ☎ , fax: +48 22 201 63 03, e-mail: email@example.com. Rooms start at 150 zł.
- Hostel Fabryka, ul. 11 Listopada 22. From 45 zł..
- Ibis Warszawa Ostrobramska, ul. Ostrobramska 36, ☎ .
- Dedek Park, al. Zieleniecka 6/8, ☎ .
- Gościniec Praski, al. Solidarności 61, ☎ .