A Guide to Warsaw's Districts

Warsaw | © Radek Kołakowski / Flickr
Marta Podeszwa

From the touristy, historic Old Town and the lively central Śródmieście, to the residential areas of Mokotów and Żoliborz, full of cool cafés and restaurants, we take a look at Warsaw’s most important districts and get an overview of what the city has to offer.


Occupying only 8.5 sq km north of the city centre and west from the Vistula River, Żoliborz (from the french “joli bord” or beautiful bank/embankment’). It’s definitely one of the most peaceful places to live in the city. It’s also known for its great architecture. If you are in the area make sure you take a stroll around its most charming streets. Highlights of the area include the Warsaw Citadel, lovely restaurants and cafés. Check out Fawory, Dom, Porananas and the weekend Breakfast Market (‘Targ Śniadaniowy’).



The residential borough of Ursynów is known for its affordable housing options and close proximity to green spaces. Its southern outskirts border the Kabaty forest, which is a perfect place for half day cycling and Nordic walking trips.


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