The Best Shopping Street in the World
No, it isnít Oxford Street, the Champs-Elysees, or even Fifth Avenue. A new survey shows that the most popular street in the world isÖ Nowy Swiat. Where is it? In Warsaw, Poland.
A recent survey has shown that the busiest shopping street in the world is not in London, New York, or Paris, but in Warsaw. Itís called Nowy Świat (pronounced /ə/), which means New World. An incredible 14,000 Poles walk down this main street every hour.
It is a lovely place to shop. The pavements are very wide. There are statues, palaces, attractive town houses, exclusive cafes, and high-class restaurants. The buildings arenít too tall. They look old, but in fact the whole city was rebuilt after World War II.
There arenít any billboards or neon lights. There isnít any loud music, and there arenít many tourists. People think that Polish shops have nothing to sell, so nobody comes shopping here. The world doesnít know about this paradise for shoppers Ė yet.
It is now possible to buy almost everything in Warsaw. There are a lot of shops from the West, but the interesting thing is that Polish manufacturers are now producing high quality goods. They are good because they are not mass produced for world consumption.
Nowy Świat has a lot of small shops, specialized shops, and chic shops. It hasnít got the huge department stores that sell the same things everywhere.
If you want an exquisite handmade suit, Nowy Świat is the place to go. It isnít cheap. You will pay up to £1,000. For beautiful French baby clothes, go to Petit Bateau. You will pay £50 for a pair of blue jeans for a baby. A dress for a baby girl is about £90. At Désa, a famous antique shop, a desk costs £5,000, and a 19th century Russian icon is £200.
Not everything is expensive. At the shop Pantera you can buy leather goods Ė handbags, purses, coats, and belts. Cepelia specializes in folk art. There are also book shops and record shops. And there are a lot of small boutiques that sell menís and womenís clothes that arenít too expensive.
If youíre tired, stop at Café Blikle. This is a fashionable place to meet. Youíll find a lively atmosphere, and a lot of well-known Poles. The frozen yoghurt and ice-creams are excellent, and its famous doughnutsare delicious. It is possible to travel the world and find the same things for sale in every country. But Warsaw is different because its shops are unique Ė and theyíre in Nowy Świat.
Date: 2016-04-22; view: 1436