“ Address: ul. Zlota 59 / Warsaw / Poland / Tel: +48 22 2220000 „
Zlote Tarasy (translates to Golden Terraces) is part of the architectural nightmare that greets a visitor when arriving at Warsaw's Central Train Station. The station once modern is an eye-sore and buildings in this prize-location are given to the highest bidder, so there is not much in the way of planning, meaning that buildings that look completely different from each other are plonked side by side, the odd sort of domed shape shopping centre Zlote Tarasy is such an example.
I've always disliked this place since the first day it opened, its central location and four tiers of shops, restaurants and cafes were always going to be a hit - whether you want clothes, electronics, jewellery, food or to visit the cinema, it's all here in one place. It's shiny, new and clean and it attracts smartly dressed people with money to burn.
Go there on a weekday morning and you can browse at your own leisure, initially I went there to make use of its Burger King (I was craving their onion rings and this was the first place to open up one of them after a couple of years without BK) and I found this quite enjoyable.
The "Carrefour" supermarket on the lowest level, is small and queues constantly back up, the whole place is a hell hole on the weekend and must be avoided just before christmas too! Basically it's just your bog-standard shopping centre (you'll even find Marks & Spencers and C&A's in there) but there's something a little snooty about the people that visit it and I'm far happier in one of the smaller shopping centres.
I have a friend from the Mid-West who is back there at the moment and claims to not have seen a good looking girl since he left Chicago airport and he definitely pines over this place because there's eye candy galore. It's for that reason that I'm now nicknaming this place Totty Kutasy (kutas is d*ck in Polish) - which basically sums up the clientelle.