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If you're in Warsaw at the end of October, check out the three-day JVC Jazz Festival. It's considered one of the most prestigious in Europe, and has been played by the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.
The weekly English language Warsaw Voice magazine publishes all the latest entertainment listings while Warsaw In Your Pocket manages to keep up to date with the changing bar scene.
Globalization has largely robbed Warsaw's shopping districts of local character and charm, with modern Poles obsessed by the same labels and brands as everyone else. But fashion lovers should pay a visit to avant-garde designer Arkadius' store (ul. Mokotowska). Forget-me-not (ul. Chmielna) also features outfits and accessories by the hotly tipped young Polish-Czech designer Pavel Brejcha.
Visiting public lavatories in Warsaw can be a confusing and potentially embarrassing experience -- the circle is for women and the triangle for men.
Vodka is a Polish obsession -- it's usually drunk neat, chilled and washed down with mineral water. Wyborowa is the standard vodka, but flavors such zubrowka (bison grass) and pieprzowka (pepper) are also popular. Sense (Nowy Swiat) has more than 90 to sample -- you'll do well to get past four.