Many Happy Returns: Lunapark Is Back!
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The countdown has begun! As of tomorrow, last year’s sensation of the summer will unlock its doors to welcome its first guests of the season at five on the dot.
What Is It?
Put simply, think of Lunapark asthe most imaginative F&B concept that Warsaw’s ever seen. Set in an abandoned outdoor leisure complex running to the flank of a busy highway, dip down a concrete stairwell to discover a wild world of food stalls, games, drinks and weirdness. Created by the same people behind Nocny Market (not to mention Gram and Warmut), consider it a haven of hip and a hedonist’s asylum. Nothing prepares you for what lies ahead.
Spill The Beans Then…
There’s an element of Coney Island here, what with a circus-style big top entered via the mouth of a cackling clown; a bar set around a carousel; a bank of fairground games; and a shot bar disguised as a shooting gallery. But that’s the tip of the iceberg. Explore further to find a crazy golf course, a boxing ring and street performers prowling on stilts or breathing fire. Everywhere you look, expect something odd.
Not always. Daylight hours are chilled and serve to attract the complete range of human: from dog-walking couples and curious oldies to victims of style and the new privileged class. Everyone, seemingly, gets along fine – and why wouldn’t they? Here, the world happily unites amid the pungent aroma of flames and food.
Did Someone Say Food?
Dubbed the ‘mini market’, it’s here you’ll find a number of stalls lined-up banging out brilliant ethnic cooking to all those assembled. Sit on repurposed oil drums under neon lit tubes before digging into curries from Mandala, steamy bowls of pho from Kwadrat, Greek pittas, Belgian fries, etc. There’s more (much more), with enough variety to last a few lifetimes.
Traditionally that’s when the lunatics takeover and the party shifts up five gears. Pounding beats and alternative fashions lend a free spirit vibe to the party in front and it becomes easy to forget just where you are – Poland? Surely not. Defined by its incredible energy and madcap backdrop, it’s utterly intoxicating.
In tune with the current day reality the organizers stress that this year’s version will come with generously distanced tables, sanitation points, and extra attention to hygiene procedures. Covering an area of 5,000 sq/m, opportunities to isolate from the crowds are plentiful.
ul. Wał Miedzeszyński 407
Fri 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sat 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sun 12 p.m. till 1 a.m.
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