Stary Mokotów: Warsaw`s Neighborhood That Tourists Often Miss

Stary Mokotów is the oldest neighborhood of Mokotów district. There are a large number of historical buildings and residential houses as well as many great parks.

Substantial development took place during the interwar period. Streets like Puławska, Willowa, Narbutta and Aleja Niepodległości contain many modernist residential buildings designed by prominent Polish architects. It was an exclusive area for Warsaw’s elite: lawyers, officers, doctors and artists.

The Szustrów Palace

Don`t miss the Morkie Oko Park with the Szustrów Palace built in the 19th century in Neo-Gothic style. The park was designed in the 18th century in romantic style for Princess Izabela Lubomirska. She was a very influential woman with close relationships with Polish royalty. Because she often wore blue dresses, she was called the “Blue Marquise”. Her family owned this land for centuries before it became part of Warsaw.

The Pigeons House

Near the park you can see the Pegeons House (Puławska 59), an 18th century park pavilon. It’s reminiscent of the Lubomirska`s gardens. Sometimes it’s also called the Ghotic House. Every day at 5:00 pm its tower plays the Mokotów March related to World War II. This small house sheltered a man who was one of the 1000 people (called the Robinson Crusoes of Warsaw) who stayed in the city after the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 and lived in the city’s ruins for several months.

The Flemish Gloriette

Near the Pegoens House there is an another surviving garden pavilon, the Mauritanian House which is also called the Flemish Gloriette. It was rebuilt in the 19th Century according to Henryk Marconi`s design. (Puławska 55 Street).

If you like artistic and classic films visit the Iluzjon Cinema. It`s housed in a stylish building from 1950s. A few years ago it was almost closed because of financial problems. Luckily it was maintained, restored and now we can enjoy its revival. It’s one of those cool small cinemas with independent films that are slowly dissapearing from our cities (Narbutta 50A Street).

Iluzjon Cinema. Fot. Filmoteka Narodowa

Stary Mokotów is also a place where you can find many places to eat and drink. The Regeneracja club/restaurant is located next to the Pegeons House (Pulawska 61 Street). The Mozaika is a legendary communist chic style restaurant opened in 1961 (Puławska 53 Street). The Różana is one the best restaurants with Polish cuisine in Warsaw. It`s an elegant place but it’s better to have a reservation (Chocimska 7 Street, phone 22 848 12 25).  If you’re looking for a comfortable and cozy cafe go to Relaks with cool Polish posters on walls (Puławska 48 Street from Dąbrowskiego Street).

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