Saska Kępa smelling of lilac … and chocolate
Route proposal and photos by: Marta Sołtysiak
We start our walk at Zamoyskiego Street in Kamionek, beyond the borders of Saska Kępa. The Wedel Chocolate Factory, built in 1931, is located here. One of the walls of the factory today is decorated with a colorful mural, and from the production plant there is a sweet smell of chocolate. We can visit the company store, where we can find unique products and drink the iconic hot chocolate. Then we follow Lubelska Street to the Park Skaryszewski, which is a historic landscape park. At any time of the year, the park delights and attracts crowds of residents of nearby estates. During the walk, we can admire the sculptures, such as the “Dancer” at the entrance to the Rose Garden. There is also a waterfall and numerous ponds in the park, with charming bridges between them, which give the park a truly romantic atmosphere. We leave the park at the Washington roundabout and go to Francuska Street – the heart of Saska Kępa, certainly in terms of culinary. On both sides of the street there are many pubs and cafes, often with atmospheric gardens, such as the popular garden with colorful umbrellas in 30 Francuska Street. However, walking a few steps further from the busy Francuska Street, at Obrońców Street, we can visit the iconic Maska restaurant, formerly Sultan, which once was visited by, among others, Old Gentlemen’s Cabaret and Agnieszka Osiecka – a Polish poet. You can still feel the many years of history here, and the pictures and photos from the past reflect the unique atmosphere of this place.