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Winter Sales
December 19, 2007 By Magda Kuszewska   
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Looking for a bargain? Big shopping malls vying to outdo each other have the biggest sales, which start straight after Christmas and last several weeks. You can expect a 50-75 percent discount, and sometimes even up to 90 percent.

There are more than 20 shopping centers in Warsaw and surrounding areas. In the Targówek mall those who are busy and overworked can shop all night. At Galeria Centrum, it has become a tradition to offer a 20 percent discount on all goods during the weekend before Christmas.

Shopping centers are launching new offers all the time so it is worth checking them out regularly.

In Arkadia

Despite competition, Arkadia is still the largest shopping center in Poland. There are shops with many known Polish and world brands, restaurants, cafes and a cinema. The entire complex has a glass roof, arcades that look like shopping streets and imaginative mosaics. There are 184 shops, 15 service centers and 30 restaurants and cafes. The mall's ground floor is designated for daily shopping. There is a hypermarket, sporting items, household goods, multimedia goods and furniture. There are also five restaurants with a separate entry from the front of the complex. The whole first floor is devoted to fashion and accessories. In keeping with the shops' various profiles and taking into account the way consumers spend their time and their interests, Arkadia has been divided into several "worlds." The World of Fashion includes: Peek & Cloppenburg, H&M, C&A, Zara, Esprit, Royal Collection, Tommy Hilfiger, Stefanel, Replay, Lacoste, Reserved, Marks & Spencer, KappAhl, Cubus, Mango, Aldo, Bata and Venezia.

The World of Big Items includes: Carrefour, Leroy Merlin, Saturn, RTV Euro AGD, Almi Décor, Duka and others. The World of Sport, Recreation and Relaxation includes Cinema City, Inter Sport and Empik. The World of Children comprises Chicco, Endo, Wójcik and others. The World of Health and Beauty includes Medical Center Enel-Med, Super-Pharm, Sephora, Douglas, Marionnaud, and hair salons.

Arkadia, Jana Pawła II Ave., tel. 0 22 331 34 00; open: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., parking for 4,000 cars.

Golden Terraces

Złote Tarasy (Golden Terraces) is the youngest of Warsaw's shopping centers. The facility has a prime location in the heart of the city, near the central railway station and the Palace of Culture and Science. The shopping section of the complex opened Feb. 7. The center was designed by Californian studio Jerde Partnership and the Polish subsidiary of the Ove Arup firm. The name of the Golden Terraces refers to Złota (Golden) Street, where one of the entrances to the complex is located, as well as to the facility's terrace-like design.

The complex consists of a number of interconnected buildings, but the chief attraction is the center's range of stores and boutiques. The center comprises 200 stores of various brands. The principal tenants are Marks & Spencer, Van Graaf, Peek & Cloppenburg, Royal Collection and Zara. There is also a Harnn & Thann spa equipment store, the first such outlet in Warsaw.

Other stores worthy of note include Görtz 17, a German shoe store, and a Naf Naf Italian fashion outlet, the first such store in Warsaw. The Van Graaf store, the firm's first in Warsaw and third in Poland, stocks many excellent clothing brands such as Pierre Cardin, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Mc Earl and Tommy Hilfiger. Bershka is another interesting boutique. It is one of the brand's first stores in Poland. Royal Collection offers quality clothes by well-known companies including Pal Zileri. The center also has Warsaw's first Stradivarius clothing store operated by the Inditex international group. Also available are Apart and Swarovski jewelry stores.

In addition to being a major shopping destination, the Golden Terraces is a good place to meet with friends or go to a concert. The complex has several dozen restaurants and cafes, along with music clubs and a fitness center. The design of the facility has met with recognition at home and abroad, winning international awards including the MAPIC Plaza Retail Future Project Award and the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Award.

Złote Tarasy, 59 Złota St. next to Warszawa Centralna railway station, tel. 0-22 222-00-00. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., parking for 1,600 cars.

Blue City

Blue City has six shopping levels. They include: Magic City-recreation center, Home City-home furnishings and interior design, and "Kamuflage" skatepark-the only indoor skate park in Warsaw, where children can play while their parents shop. Before Arkadia was built, Blue City was the biggest shopping center in Poland located in the center of a city. There are 200 shops on three levels in Blue City, among them: Diesel Jeans, Franco Feruzzi, Intermoda, Molton, Monnari, Mexx, Pierre Cardin, Schiesser, Timezone, Hogl, Gino Rossi, Apart, Kobe, Diamond Center and Swiss. Post-Christmas sales in this center are expected to be very attractive. There is a lot of space designated for children. There is the popular Smyk chain and the first Megasklep Dziecko where there is a wide choice of merchandise for young children. Home City is the first center with home furnishings, with the best drapes, furniture and accessories, including professional interior design advice. Home City incorporates nearly 30 Polish and foreign brand showrooms. A fountain with a stream of water reaching 26 meters (the height of the eight level building) is located in the center of Blue City.

Blue City, 179 Jerozolimskie Ave., tel. 0 22 824 45 55; open: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., parking for 2,600 cars.

Galeria Mokotów

This mall has 240 shops and services on three extended levels. All promise attractive sales from the end of December. The list of tenants includes well-known brands such as Ahold, Peek & Cloppenburg, Ecco Shoes, Marks & Spencer, Zara, Mango, H & M, Cubus, Benetton, Duka, Calvin Klein, and also Polish brands Smyk, Royal Collection, Hexeline, Inglot, Euro RTV AGD. The shopping center was opened in September 2000; later it was extended and now has 68,000 sq m of shopping space. Its owners say that since August 2001 at least 1 million people have been visiting the center every month. The complex includes a bowling alley, a play center for children and a cinema.

There are stores with specialist products such as an American Bookstore, Andrew's Ties, Asian House, Apple, Canon, Optimus SA, Palmtopy and Rosenthal. There are Cartoon Planet and Casper stores for children. Galeria Mokotów has many exclusive clothing and accessory boutiques, such as Furla, Ester Lauder, Lilla Moda, Pollini, and Versace Classic.

Galeria Mokotów, 12 Wołoska St., tel. 0 22 541 41 41; open: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., parking for 2,300 cars.

Other shopping centers:
  • CH Bemowo, 126 Powstańców ¦l±skich St., tel. 0 22 569 76 00; open: Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., parking for 1,400 cars.
  • CH Janki, 3 Mszczonowska St., Janki, tel. 0 22 711 30 00; open: Mon.-Sat.9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.,parking for 3,500 cars.
  • CH Reduta, 148 Jerozolimskie Ave., tel. 0 22 823 94 00; open: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., parking for 1,700 cars.
  • CH Targówek, 15 Głębocka St., tel. 0 22 675 80 00; open: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., parking for 2,000 cars.
  • CH Warszawa Wileńska, 72 Targowa St., tel. 0 22 331 64 40; open: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.,parking for 1,200 cars.
  • Galeria Centrum, 104-122 Marszałkowska St., tel. 0 22 551 45 17; open: Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. -7 p.m.
  • M1 Marki, 1 Piłsudskiego St., Marki, tel. 0 22 761 55 10, open: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., parking for 2,400 cars.
  • Panorama, 31 Witosa Ave., tel. 0 22 640 14 00; open: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., parking for 350 cars.
  • Promenada, 75c Ostrobramska St., tel. 0 22 611 39 52; open: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., parking for 2,000 cars.

Factory outlets:
  • Factory, 6 czerwca 1976 r. Sq., tel. 0 22 478 22 70; open: Mon. -Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m., parking for 1,000 cars.
  • Fashion House Outlet Center: 42e Puławska St., Piaseczno, tel. 0 22 737 31 15; open: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
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