I Heart My City: Magda’s Warsaw
Magda Przedmojska delights in sharing her city with the rest of the world—that’s why she’s a regular contributor to Spotted By Locals Warsaw. Though this avid traveler has lived elsewhere—from Aberdeen to Berlin—the Polish capital has her heart. “Warsaw is still the place to be because of my friends and family—the most important people in my life,” she says. Here are some of the reasons Magda describes her hometown as “quite a nice melting point to visit.”
Warsaw Is My City
When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews to enable a deeper understanding of the city.
Summer or autumn is the best time to visit my city because that’s when most of our festivals take place—Warszawa Singera, International Mime Art Festival, and Skrzyżowanie Kultur music festival, among others.
You can see my city best from the Pałac Kultury i Nauki (Palace of Culture and Learning).
The Bęc Zmiana Foundation and the shop in the National Museum are the best places to buy authentic, local souvenirs.
If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s to call on Taxi Grosik if you’re looking for a cab. Some other taxi companies may try to rip you off.
The best place to spend time outdoors in my city is Skaryszewski Park, where you can canoe, go jogging, or simply take a walk.
My city really knows how to celebrate the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a two-month effort by the Polish resistance army to free Warsaw from Nazi control during World War II. The whole city stops for a moment at 5 p.m. on August 1, the day the uprising began, to observe the many commemorations taking place.
People from my city are known for being grumpy but it’s really quite friendly.
The best outdoor market in my city is Targ Śniadaniowy.
To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read the Warsaw Insider.
In the spring you should check out Kampinos National Park—one of the biggest nature reserves in the Warsaw area.
In the summer you should go to one of many clubs and bars on the Vistula River.
In the fall you should go ice skating at Tor Stegny.
In the winter you should go skiing in Górka Szczęśliwicka.
If you have kids (or are a kid at heart), you won’t want to miss Pompon, a café and creative enclave in the Wola district.
When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is “Sen o Warszawie” (“A Dream about Warsaw”), by Polish jazz singer Czesław Niemen. The song is about love and missing the city when you’re not there.
In 140 characters or less, the world should heart my city because it’s modern and sexy. Since Poland became democratic in 1989, Warsaw has been growing, becoming more aware and European.