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Praga – place with unique atmosphere

Praga is the infamous district of Warsaw. Located on the east bank of the river Vistula, Praga was first mentioned in 1432, until 1791 it formed a separate town with its own city charter. Until now it’s often referred as a sort of separate part of the city.  District of Praga is divided into northern (Praga Północ) and southern part (Praga Południe).

The bad public image of Praga didn’t come from nowhere. Praga used to be very neglected district populated by the poorest part of society. Many call it the Brooklyn of Warsaw.

Praga has the oldest pre-war buildings in the city.

On the other hand, Praga is a special environment  for  many galleries and designers who like the old factory buildings and tenement houses. Nowadays, Praga is rejuvenating and very quickly becoming a hype place. Young artists, designers move there with their ateliers and many new independent clubs found its home in the old parts of Praga.

While the district is rather poor and you need to be a bit careful at night, it’s not allover the same. For example Zabkowska Street is worth a visit where beautiful old houses were part of a scenegraphy in the award-winning “The Pianist” movie.

Praga Poludnie hosts diplomats’ borough Saska Kepa. The streets here derive its names from different countries with Francuska (French Street) being the center of Saska Kepa. The pre-war modernistic villas hosts many cozy bars and restaurants.

French speaking expats should consider this area, as French international school and French kindergarden is located in this area.

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