July 14, 2016
Poland’s premiere spot.
Every week, we pick out one must-visit spot from a different city around the world with photos and a little bit of history. Think of it as a kind of 1000 places to see before you die but for record shops.
As Poland’s cultural hub, Warsaw really is the best place to start. The ever-expanding city is home to forward-thinking clubs and niche music scenes, from experimental jazz to hard-as-nails techno. There’s also a growing circle of record stores, of which Side One tops the list.
Location: Chmielna 21, 00-001 Warszawa, Poland
Contact: +48 22 826 02 69
Go for: Community vibes and a 12″
What’s the story? No trip to Warsaw is complete without a rummage at our favourite Polish rare cuts institute.
Located in a small backyard in central Warsaw and run by Wojtek Żdanuk aka DJ WWW, Side One has been supplying Poland’s DJs with new and used material for over a decade now.
Like all the best record stores, it’s also an important meeting point: the musical town centre where artists, promoters and collectors come together to exchange ideas and collaborate. As Groh of U Know Me Records put it, “Side One turns out to be a witness of all the evolutions and revolutions in all the labels I’m running.”
Last year, the store celebrated its 10th birthday with Side One Ten – a survey of Poland’s cutting-edge electronic scene, released on spin-off label S1 Warsaw and crowd-funded by the local community.
You won’t leave here empty-handed or friendless.