Autumn in Warsaw: things to do in Warsaw in November – ideas and recommendations
The average temperature in November in Poland is 4°C / 39°F (a bit warmer than in March). The average rainfall level in Poland in November is 41 mm. November is the coldest of autumn months in Poland, but also the least rainy compared to September and October. However, November is considered by many as the rainiest time in Poland (probably, it’s because of the combination of rain, cold weather, and wind).
The length of the day drops from 9 hours 34 min. on November 1 to 8 hours 38 min. on November 30. Sunrise on November 1 will be at 6.32 am, sunset at 4.06 pm. Sunrise on November 30 will be at 7.21 am, sunset at 3.27 pm (data for Warsaw).
Nature falls asleep to survive the winter. The last gold and red leaves fall from the trees (the Polish name of the month – listopad – means the falling leaves), it turns gray and gloomy, in the morning – frost, in the evening – rain. Nothing but snuggle comfortably at home with a steaming cup of tea (a Polish way).
Sunday Trade Ban
In November 2020, there is no shopping Sunday in Poland. The next shopping Sunday is on December 13 and December 20. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2020 and 2021. Read our post with the list of online stores in Poland delivering groceries to home.
- November 1
A public/bank holiday in Poland – All Saints’ Day (Wszystkich Świętych)
It’s a Christian holiday. In Poland, it’s also called the Day of the Dead (Święto Zmarłych) and is deeply rooted in the Polish tradition – the holiday is observed by many people in Poland, regardless of their faith and beliefs. People visit cemeteries to light candles and lay flowers on the graves of their family and friends. Often they travel long distances, in general, there is increased traffic, especially close to the biggest cemeteries. November 1 is a non-working day in Poland – schools, public institutions, most businesses and stores are closed.
- November 11
A public/bank holiday in Poland – Independence Day (Święto Niepodległości)
The anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s independence in 1918. After 123 years (from the end of the 18th century until the end of World War I) of partitions by Austria, Russia, and Prussia Poland regained its independence. The national celebrations are usually held in Warsaw, at Piłsudski Square, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with the participation of the President of Poland, other leaders and officials, and representatives of the Polish Armed Forces. November 11 is a non-working day in Poland – schools, public institutions, most businesses and stores are closed.
- November 29
St. Andrew’s Day Eve (Andrzejki)
It was believed that the night of November 29 and November 30 is suitable for magic and single girls can see their future (and their future husbands). Nowadays, it’s an opportunity for big parties and a night for future telling games. The classic one is to pour hot liquid wax through a keyhole into cold water. After the wax is solidified, the shape and its shadow illuminated on the wall determines your future. The fun is to interpret the shape. Another tradition is a shoe game. Participants take off one shoe, the shoes are lined one after the other from the wall of the room to the door. The owner of the shoe that reaches the door first is the first to get married:)
The biggest supermarkets offering home delivery in Warsaw and the surrounding area
Frisco: www.frisco.pl (available in English). In the last days, the available delivery slots are more distant. However, Frisco releases new delivery slots for the next day at 9 am and 7 pm every day (you have to be quick because the available slots disappear very quickly).
Auchan Direct: www.auchandirect.pl/auchan-warszawa/en (website’s interface available in English)
E. Leclerc: https://leclerc.com.pl/
On-demand grocery delivery in Warsaw and the surrounding area
Everli/former Szopi: https://pl.everli.com/pl. On-demand grocery home delivery from Carrefour, Lidl, Biedronka, Auchan, Kaufland. You select a supermarket, order products and have your groceries delivered to your home (even on the same day) by a shopper/courier who does the shopping for you.
Glovo: www.glovoapp.com/pl. On-demand grocery delivery from Carrefour and some smaller stores. Glovo offers also home delivery from selected Warsaw restaurants and cafés.
Other stores offering home delivery in the Warsaw area
Ola Latina – grocery products: https://olalatina.com.pl/. Delivery areas: Warsaw area. Orders are delivered within 48 hours. In some cases, the delivery may be one day late, in which case customers are informed. There is no minimum order value required, the delivery cost is PLN 9.99. For orders over PLN 90 – free delivery.
API Market: www.apimarket.pl. Grocery home delivery in: Warsaw, Piaseczno county (powiat), Legionowo county, Wołomin county.
Polski Koszyk: www.polskikoszyk.pl. Grocery home delivery in: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
Dorado: https://dodomu.dorado.com.pl/. Grocery home delivery in: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
TrafiSzop: https://warszawa.trafiszop.pl/. Grocery home delivery in: Warsaw (products from Mokpol store).
E-dyskont: https://e-dyskont.pl/. Grocery home delivery in: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
Warzywniak Polski: https://warzywniakpolski.pl/. Grocery home delivery in: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
E Owocny: https://eowocny.pl/. Grocery home delivery in: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
Prosto z Rynku: https://prostozrynku.pl/. Grocery home delivery in: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
Anabru: https://anabru.pl/. Grocery home delivery in: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
K&M Delikatesy: https://www.kmdelikatesy.pl/. Grocery home delivery in: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
Zielona Skrzynka: www.zielona-skrzynka.pl/ . “Zielona Skrzynka” delivers fruit and vegetable boxes (eg. barbecue box, orient box, breakfast box, Italian box, herb box). There are available 2 types of boxes: a bigger one (skrzynka) and a smaller one (box). A box complements a skrzynka; free delivery of the box is only possible in combination with a skrzynka or other boxes (the minimum order value is 109 PLN). Deliveries are usually made within 1-2 days.
Stores delivering groceries through the courier company
Do domku: www.dodomku.pl
- In our online shopping post, you will find also the options of fresh fish and seafood home delivery in the Warsaw area.
“Lokalny Rolnik” (in Polish – local farmer) offers home deliveries of organic vegetables, fruits, bread, fish, dairy, meat, honey, etc. You can pick up the ordered purchases yourself in one of the many so-called collection points all over Warsaw (these are cafes, small stores, service points, etc.) or select home delivery. The home deliveries (click “dostawa na adres” tab) take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays (each day two delivery slots to select: 4 pm – 7 pm or 7 pm – 10 pm). Delivery area: Warsaw (except for the following districts: Rembertów, Wesoła).
“Rano Zebrano” (in Polish – harvested in the morning) offers home deliveries of organic vegetables, fruits, bread, fish, dairy, meat, honey, etc. The home deliveries take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (each day two delivery slots to select: 5 pm – 8 pm or 8 pm – 10 pm). The order should be placed no later than 10 am on the day preceding the delivery. Delivery area: Warsaw.
Pora na Pola
“Pora na Pola” (in Polish – time for the fields) offers home deliveries of organic vegetables, fruits, bread, fish, dairy, meat, honey, etc. The home deliveries take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays (each day one delivery slot: 6 pm – 11 pm). The order should be placed no later than 9 am on Tuesday. Delivery area: Warsaw.
Bio Family is a chain of supermarkets in Poland with organic food, cosmetics, and cleaning products (their store in Warsaw is located in Sadyba/Mokotów, Powsińska 42 Street where you can pick up the ordered purchases yourself). “Bio Family” offers home deliveries of organic vegetables, fruits, bread, dairy, meat, cosmetics, etc. Home delivery slots are available even for the next day. Delivery area: Warsaw.
“Pyszne Eko” (in Polish – delicious eco) delivers various types of ecological products throughout Poland – food, cosmetics, cleaning products. In addition (only in Warsaw and several surrounding municipalities), home delivery of fresh organic fruit and vegetables is also available. This kind of delivery is called “Pyszneeko Express” and there are home delivery slots available even for the same day (orders placed before 11 am) or the next day. Delivery area: Warsaw and the following municipalities/gmina: Konstancin, Piaseczno, Lesznowola, Raszyn, Michałowice, Pruszków, Piastów.
“Rolnik Eko” (in Polish – eco farmer) offers home deliveries of organic vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat, honey, etc. There are home delivery slots available even for the same day. Delivery area: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
“Eko Nisza” (in Polish – eco niche) offers home deliveries of organic vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat, honey, etc. Delivery area: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
“Eko Radość” (in Polish – eco joy) offers home deliveries of organic vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat, honey, etc. Orders placed by 2 pm are delivered between 5 pm and 9 pm on the same day. Delivery area: Warsaw and the surrounding area.
- In our online shopping post, you will find also the options of fresh fish and seafood home delivery in the Warsaw area.
“The Royal Garden of Light” (Królewski Ogród Światła) is Warsaw’s must-see sight in autumn and winter evenings and both adults and children will love it. It’s located in the gardens of a baroque royal palace called the “Polish Versailles”, in the Wilanów district of Warsaw.
The Wilanów festival is a unique open-air exhibition with thousands of diodes forming tunnels, trees, installations, and sculptures. The illuminations are accompanied by classical music and mappings on the palace façade (3D shows featuring sounds, images, and lights).
- 2020/2021 season: October 10, 2020 – February 28, 2021
- Opening hours: November 2, 2020 – February 28, 2021: 4 pm – 9 pm (last entry 8 pm)
- “The Royal Garden of Light” is CLOSED in 2020 on November 1, December 24, and December 31
- Mappings (illumination, picture, and sound) on the Palace façade on Saturdays and Sundays at 6.30 pm, 7 pm, 7.30 pm, 8 pm, 8.30 pm
- Tickets Monday – Friday: regular tickets 15 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN
- Tickets Saturday – Sunday, holidays: regular tickets 30 PLN, reduced tickets 10 PLN
- Free admission for children under 7 (every day)
- Tickets can be purchased at a ticket machine or online
- It can be crowded especially during weekends, buy tickets online to skip the line to the ticket machine
- Please note that during weekends “The Royal Garden of Light” attracts many visitors – it can be crowded and finding a free parking spot is very difficult – it’s recommended to use a public transport or a taxi during weekends
- The Palace is located in Wilanów district of Warsaw, the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace (Muzeum Pałacu Króla Jana III w Wilanowie), Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (location on a map)
- By car: It is not always easy to find a free parking spot. There are two PAID parking lots: public parking at ul. Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 31 (open daily) and the museum car park at ul. Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 6B, entry from ul. Przyczółkowa (open on Saturdays and Sundays)
- By bus: 116, 130, 139, 163, 164, 180, 200, 251, 264, 317, 339, 519, E-2
An oasis in the heart of Warsaw, some of the trees are 250-years-old! Just a few steps from busy Marszałkowska Street and the Old Town. You can visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located in the Garden. There is a 24-hour guard post (2 soldiers who change every hour – children will love it!).
The Saxon Garden (Ogród Saski) dates back to the early 18th century. It was a baroque garden in the French style, a first public park in Warsaw, located next to the royal Saxon Palace (Pałac Saski). The Palace was blown up by the Nazis in 1944. The Garden was renovated, and now you can admire 21 baroque statues along the main avenue of the Garden, the fountain from the middle of the nineteenth century, and a sundial. Our tips in English on visiting the Saxon Garden.
The huge park (73 ha!) near the center of Warsaw (metro stop Pole Mokotowskie), located in 3 Warsaw districts: Mokotów, Ochota, and Śródmieście (location on Google map). A bicycle route runs through the Park, connecting Mokotów with Ochota. In the 19th century, there was a military training ground here; at the beginning of the 20th century, an airport was built (moved later to Okęcie).
The huge park surrounding the summer residence of the last Polish king. A must-see on your Warsaw bucket list, every season of the year. The photos speak for themselves! Our tips in English on visiting the Łazienki Garden.
The Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów in Warsaw is a baroque summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski and his wife, Queen Maria Kazimiera. Not everyone knows that the area next to the Wilanów Palace is 45 hectares! You will find there not only modeled palace gardens in the baroque style, but also a river and a huge landscape park. Our tips in English on visiting the Wilanów Palace Garden.
- Click here to find out more about the best parks in Warsaw in our post: charming parks and gardens in the Warsaw area to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
- Beautiful places in Poland to see fall colors: our picks for the most spectacular fall foliage spots in Poland.
New restrictions in Poland from November 7 until (at least) November 29
- Schools are closed (remote learning) until November 29. All (1-8 grades) primary school grades (children 7+), high schools, and universities.
- Shops in shopping malls are closed (apart from service outlets, grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, renovation and construction products, products for animals, press).
- Cinemas, theaters, museums, galleries, cultural centers are closed.
- Further reduction of the limit of people in shops. In shops up to 100 m2: 1 person/10 m2, in shops over 100 m2: 1 person/15 m2 (no changes).
- Further reduction of the limit of people in churches: 1 person/15m2.
Restrictions in Poland extended until November 29
- Restaurants, bars, pubs CLOSED until further notice. They can only sell take-away meals.
- From 8 am to 4 pm (Monday to Friday), children up to 16 years of age are not allowed to be outside alone without an adult. This rule does not apply on weekends and when the child goes to school or comes home from school.
- New restrictions on public gatherings: no kind of gatherings of more than five people can be organized. This does not apply to business meetings.
- It is forbidden to organize weddings, funeral banquets, first communion receptions.
- People over 70 years of age are encouraged to stay at home – with the exception of professional activities, shopping or participating in religious ceremonies.
- Sporting events without an audience.
- Swimming pools, aquaparks, gyms remain closed.
- Amusement parks and recreational parks are closed.
- Night clubs and discos closed (this does not apply to sports dance clubs and dance schools).
- Public transportation -> 50% of the seats or 30% of the total number of seating and standing places.
- Beauty, hairdressing and tattoo parlors remain open in accordance with sanitary rules.
- Trade fairs, congresses and conferences can be organized online.
- Shopping hours for seniors. From 10 am to 12 am, from Monday to Friday, the stores (grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies) will be open only to seniors 60+. They apply to post offices as well. “Hours for seniors” do not apply to clothing stores, household appliances stores, furniture stores etc.
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