Over the last few years this neighborhood has become the new Warsaw must see. What makes it special is its access to the Vistula river. In summer time the boulvards are filled with thousands of people. In the 19th century Powiśle became the city`s industrial district and it was populated by poor workers. Local newspapers kept writing about terrible living conditions here. Nowadays new modern apartments in this neighborhood are some of the most expensive in Warsaw.
Powiśle is also a student area, mostly because of the nearby Warsaw University Library. This building is an important landmark that you cannot miss. Its architecture is a mix of steel, concrete and glass with walls full of plants. Inside you will find posters from the Polish School of Posters displayed above your head. There is a gallery where you can actually buy original prints of some of them. Definitely go to the roof where you have one of the biggest roof gardens in Europe, available from April to October (Dobra 56/66 Street).
Another important place is right behind the Library. It`s the temporary location of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. The building looks like a simple white box and it`s covered with interesting artworks. All exhibitions are free of charge (Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 Street).
The Copernicus Science Center is also a perfect place to go with children. Over the last years it has been one of the biggest attractions in Warsaw. It`s a science museum opened in 2010 with over 450 interactive exhibits. During the first 5 years it was visited by over 5 million people (Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street, www.kopernik.org.pl).
Powiśle offers a variety of good restaurants and cafes. The Nadwiślański Świt is an easy going restaurant with European cuisine. It`s quite trendy so it`s probably a good idea to have a reservation (Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 31/33 Street, phone: +48 733 185 812). The same about the Kafe Zielony Niedźwiedź as this place is a very elegant and fancy restaurant. The food is extraordinary and it`s considered as one of the finest restaurants in Warsaw. It also has an impressive wine selection (Smolna 4 Street, phone: +48 795 794 784). If you’re looking for a comfortable and cozy cafe, go to Caffe Kafka where people exchange books. In summer time there is a big green area outside with dozens of people relaxing with coffee on beach chairs. STOR Cafe is a trendy urban cafe where you can get a great cup of chemex or aeropress coffee (Tamka 33 Street). The PKP Powiśle is good for a coffee during the day as well as to have a drink in the evening. It opened few years ago in a modernist ticket pavilon on the lower level of the PKP Powiśle railway station. This building is a gem of Warsaw architecture from the 1960s. It is very small inside so the best time to visit is spring and summer when lots of people sit outside.