Running from just south of the Charles de Gaulle roundabout to grand Krakowskie Przedmiescie, Nowy Świat forms part of the historic Royal Route and is now a great location for restaurants, bars, and shopping.
The historic Royal Route ran from Łazienki Park, up through Krakowskie Przedmiescie, and up to the Royal Castle. Nowy Świat formed part of this route and was one of the most prestigious addresses in the city. Today, this pretty street is lined with restaurants, bars, and shops, making it a big destination for nightlife.
What To See In Nowy Świat
Mural Commemorating the Attacks on Cafe-Club
Nowy Świat has a handful of interesting works of street art, including the Soviet-era mural celebrating an act of Polish resistance against the Nazis and a fake palm tree in the middle of the Charles de Gaulle roundabout. See our Warsaw Two-Day Itinerary for details of these works and how to find them.
Otherwise, the street is nice to stroll and window shop, bar hop, or sit outside with a drink or meal. You can find recommendations of Nowy Świat places to eat in our Restaurants In Warsaw guide, including Bursztynowa, and our Warsaw Nightlife guide has recommendations for places to drink in the area, such as Pijana Wiśnia and PiwPaw BeerHeaven.
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How To Visit Nowy Świat
Nowy Świat runs from the south and north of the Charles de Gaulle roundabout, close to the centre of Warsaw and near the National Museum. Any of the Muzeum Narodowe tram stops from the east and west are good and plenty of buses run the length of the street, including the 175 airport bus. The Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet Metro stop will bring you to the top end of the street.
Nowy Świat address: ul. Nowy Świat, Warsaw 00-046 Poland
If you follow the road away from the roundabout, you will soon end up on Krakowskie Przedmiescie, which is chockfull of key attractions, including the Holy Cross Church, where Chopin’s heart is located, and the Presidential Palace. This, in turn, leads to the Royal Castle and the Old Town.
Powiśle and Northern Śródmieście Districts: Sometimes referred to as ‘downtown Warsaw’, Śródmieście contains the Royal Route of Nowy Świat and Krakowskie Przedmiescie – two historic streets crammed with things to see and do. The area is also home to the iconic Palace Of Science And Culture and the stunning InterContinental Warszawa hotel. These districts are peppered with amazing restaurants, including the Michelin listed Szóstka.
Tips For Visiting Nowy Świat
Greetings From Jerusalem Avenue
- The entire length of the street can be walked in 15 minutes but the fun is stopping off along the way and exploring some of the side streets, such as Foksal and Chmielna, which are also full of bars and restaurants.
- Also be sure to take a look into some of the passageways that punctuate the buildings. These often have side streets and courtyards with other nice places to eat and drink.
- The street is quite narrow and can get crowded with traffic and pedestrians, particularly during rush hour. However, you will find benches at bus stops, if you need to sit down and there are plenty of cafes to stop off, and accessibility shouldn’t be an issue.
Where Is This Place Located?Find this location on the Warsaw Visit Google map:
- Open the Warsaw Visit map
- Click on a marker and it will give you the name of the landmark, with a brief description and links for more information and directions. You can pan, scroll, and zoom around the map, or use the + or – buttons in the bottom left of the map to zoom in and out
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side, sorted by category. Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Each category is on a different layer, which can be switched on and off. So you can just see the Hotel or Restaurant pins, for example
- If you are using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location
Map pins are color coded:
- YELLOW: Warsaw Sightseeing
- BLUE: Warsaw Hotels
- RED: Warsaw Places To Eat – Michelin restaurants are DARK RED
- ORANGE: Warsaw Nightlife
- PURPLE: Shopping In Warsaw
- GREEN: Warsaw Transportation