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Shop Till You Drop
September 28, 2012   
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Warsaw is a great city for shoppers, having transformed virtually beyond recognition since the communist era when most goods were hard to come by and stores offered little other than empty shelves. Over the past two decades, a number of new and elegant shopping malls have sprung up around the city. They are home to popular Polish and international brands. Here is a brief roundup of the city’s hottest malls.

82 Jana Pawła II Ave., open Mon.-Sat.
10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Opened in 2004, Arkadia is the largest shopping mall in Poland, at 287,000 square meters of retail space and over 21 million visitors a year. It houses a long list of high-profile stores with Polish and international brands, elegant restaurants and cafes, a multiplex and a health center. The 230 retailers at Arkadia include 180 stores, 20 service shops and 30 restaurants and cafes.

A distinctive feature of Arkadia is that clothes stores occupy almost the entire second floor with a selection of brands that cater to buyers ranging from adolescents to entire families to fans of designer clothes. The second floor also houses the food court, a clinic, and a fitness club.

Stores and brands at Arkadia:
Jewelry and watches: Apart, Beatrix Jewellery, Excelsior, Pandora, Red Rubin, Swarovski, Swiss, Time Trend, Kruk.

Home and interior decor: Almi Décor, Duka, Flo, Home&You, Kakadu, Monetti, Muji, Villa Italia, Zara Home.

Clothes: Atlantic, Bershka, Big Star, Bolero, C&A, Calzedonia, Carry, Diverse, Esprit, Gap, Gatta, H&M, House, Intimissimi, KappAhl, La Cotte, Lee Wrangler, Levi’s, Lobster, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, New Yorker, Orsay, Peek&Cloppenburg, Pepe Jeans, Promod, Pull&Bear, Reserved, Retro, River Island, Royal Collection, Simple, Solar, Soul, Stefanel, Taranko, Tatuum, Terranova, Tiffi, Tommy Hilfiger, Triumph, Vero Moda, Victoria, Wallis, Zara.

Footwear: Aldo, Bata, CCC, Clarks, Deichmann, Ecco, Everest, Foot Locker, Geox, Gino Rossi, Hego’s, Kazar, Nine West, Prima Moda, Ryłko, Soul, Street, Vans, Venezia.

Sports: Adidas, HiMountain, Holmes Place, InterSport, PerfektSport, The North Face, Puma, Reebok, Rossignol, Trik, Originals Box.

Health and beauty: Super-Pharm, Kamille Albane, Denique, Douglas, Frederic Moreno, Inglot, L’Occitane, Mac, Nail Club, Phenome, Piękne Oczy, Sephora, Stenders, The Body Shop, Vision Express, Ives Rocher.

Blue City
179 Jerozolimskie Ave., open Mon.-Sat.
10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

The Blue City complex has a large retail section with over 230 stores and service shops, including a delicatessen operated by Polish retailer Piotr i Paweł, with food products from all over the world, and one of Poland’s largest Saturn consumer electronics markets selling a wide range of multimedia, audiovisual equipment and household appliances on two floors. The Blue City also includes the Magic City section, which comprises a theme park for kids, a nightclub and disco, a fitness club and nine squash courts. Visitors to the mall can also entertain themselves at a go-cart center. The centerpiece of Blue City is a spectacular fountain whose main jet shoots up to 26 meters.

Stores and brands at Blue City:
Jewelry and accessories: Marks & Spencer, Stradivarius, Barakuda, Cholewiński, Wittchen, Apart, Sasarte, Swiss, Time Trend, Chrono, TK Maxx, Pandora, Centro, Parfois, Dyrberg/Kern, C&A, F&F, Ochnik, Cubus.

Footwear: Confetti, Marks & Spencer, Alberto Gozzi, Gino Rossi, Ryłko, CCC, Syrena, Wojas, Burton, Converse, Kamuflage, Nike, Planet Outdoor, Wittchen, TK Maxx, Lila Moda, Badura, Ecco, New Yorker, Go Sport, Prima Moda, Centro, C&A, Zara, F&F, Deichmann, Clarks, Mivo Kids, 4F Sport.

Clothes: Benetton, Bershka, Garry Weber, Jackpot & Cottonfield, Ossovski, Pull & Bear, Schiesser, Simple, Stradivarius, Tally Weijl, Triumph, Unisono, Vanila, Vistula, Lee, Lila Moda, Convera, Gatta, Vena, Lavard, NYCity, Dan Hen, New Yorker, Katrin, Le Mac, Royal Collection, C&A, Zara, F&F, Cubus, Slam, Tadashi.

Interior decor: Duka, Rosenthal, Sztućce.pl, Cube, Gaggenau, Herbeć, Kalmar, Klimek i Klu¶, Selene, Mebelplast, Remeb, Villeroy & Boch, Lunatic.

Health and beauty: Marks & Spencer, Afrodyta MediSpa, Pure, Inglot, Jean Louis David, Naturahouse, Marrionaud, Super Pharm, Phenome, Douglas, The Body Shop, Rossmann.

75c Ostrobramska 75c, open Mon.-Sat.
10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

The Promenada shopping mall is in Warsaw’s Praga district on the eastern bank of the Vistula River. Opened in 1996, the mall has 53,500 sq m of retail space, with 265 stores. The mall’s parking lot can accommodate 1,741 cars.

Stores and brands at Promenada:
Jewelry and accessories: Allan Italian Designers, Apart, Diament, Diva, Dyberg/Kern, La Marqueuse, Pandora, Poljot Euro, Schiffers Galeria, Swarovski, Swiss, W. Kruk, Yes.

Home: Almi Decor, Gabriela, Kauffmann, Meble Vox, Monetti, Rosenthal, Kler, Villeroy & Boch, Willow House, Yasmine Orient Gallery.

Clothes: Arytona, Bytom, Camaieu, Caterina, Celyn B, Cropp, Elie Tahari, Esprit, Gatta, Gottex, Guess, H&M, Imperium, KappAhl, La Feerie, Lagerfeld, Lanoro, Lee Wrangler, Levi’s, Liu Jo, Marella, Marina Rinaldi, Ochnik, Olsen, Penny Black, Pinko, Reserved, Restive Men, River Island, Royal Collection, Eva Minge, Simple, Socci, Stefanel, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Triumph, Tru Trussardi, Ulla Poppken, United Colors of Benetton, Veneziana, Vistula, Wall Street, Wallis, Weekend by Max Mara, Wólczanka, Women’s World, Zara, Zień.

Footwear and leather accessories: Alberto Gozzi, Barakuda, Bata, Chiara, Clarks, Coccinelle, Ecco, Gino Rossi, Giudi, Marino Fabiani, Ochnik, Ryłko, Salamander, Street, Nord Luxury Shoes, Venezia, Venturi, Wittchen.

Health and beauty: Douglas, Dr Irena Eris, L’Occitane, Make Up Store, K&L, Sephora, Super Pharm, The Body Shop.

Złote Tarasy
59 Złota St., open Mon.-Sat.
9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Located in the heart of Warsaw near the central train station, the Palace of Culture and Science and the Intercontinental Hotel, the Złote Tarasy mall is an elegant and trendy place for shopping and entertainment. Its standout feature is a wavy, glassed roof. Visitors to Złote Tarasy can choose from a variety of 200 stores, 40 restaurants and an 8-screen multiplex. Owing to the central location, the mall is easily accessible by rail and public transportation, and Warsaw’s international airport is just 20 minutes away. You can park your car in an underground garage open 24/7.

Stores and brands at Złote Tarasy:
Jewelry: Apart, By Dziubeka, JB Design Byczewski, Jubirex, odCzasu doCzasu, Pandora, Parfois, Swarovski, Time Trend, W. Kruk, Yes.

Clothes: 7camicie, Andy Fashion, Bershka, Big Star, Bynamesakke, Bytom, Calzedonia, Carry, Cropp Town, Deni Cler, Dorothy Perkins, Emanuel Berg, Esprit, Gant, Gatta, H&M, House, Hugo Boss, Intimissimi, Jackpot, Lambert, Lee Wrangler, Levi’s, Li Parie, Mango, Marc O’Polo, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mohito, Motivi, New Look, New Yorker, Orsay, Oysho, Pawo, Pretty One, Promod, Próchnik, Puccini, Pull & Bear, Simone Perele, Simple, Sisley, Solar, Stefanel, Stradivarius, Tattuum, Terranova, Triumph, United Colors of Benetton, Vero Moda, Vistula, Wallis, Wólczanka, Zara.

Footwear and leather accessories: Aldo, Badura, CCC, Clarks, Crocs, Deichmann, Ecco, Gino Rossi, Giudi, Goertz 17, Kazar, MBT, Melissa, Ochnik, Ryłko, Street, Vagabond, VIP Collection, Wittchen.

Sports: Adidas, Extreme, Intersport, Jack Wolfskin, Nike, Puma, Reebok.

Health and beauty: Douglas, Inglot, L’Occitane, Locherber, Mac, Naturhouse, Phenome, Seacret, Sephora, Strenders, Super Pharm, The Body Shop, Ives Rocher.

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