New Reviews in Katowice In Your Pocket #29

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Feature: Christmas in Katowice

Thali House by Masala House 1470931840_restaurant

Kato’s newest restaurant is also the first Thali restaurant in the city. This new Indian offering is right smack dab at the beginning of Mariacki and promises exactly what’s in the name – Thali! If you’ve never experienced it before it is something akin to Indian tapas where instead of getting one bowl of curry or sauce you get six little bowls of delicious sauces, chutneys and curries served with rice and naan. Emphasis on vegetarian and vegan options.

Bistro & Cafe Zielnik 1470931840_restaurant1470931861_cafe

The term bistro gets thrown around a lot these days but this bright and bustling cafe is indeed a true blue bistro at heart. From hearty breakfasts, to fresh squeezed juices, creative cakes, thrilling lunch specials and exquisite entrees, there is a lot to like here. And the longer you stay the longer you want to stay.

Żurownia1470931840_restaurant

If you’re not familiar yet with the Polish soup Żurek, it’s your lucky day. It is a sour rye soup and one of the most iconic of all Polish dishes. This new bustling bistro is a shrine to the humble soup and you can order a big ole bowl with hard boiled eggs and/or sausages. But you know what they say, come for the soup and stay for the Silesian street food. Try the ‘Ślązak’ aka Silesian kielbasa hot dog or a ’Hajer’ tortilla wrap with red cabbage, beef and pickles, among other things.

Botanika 1470931840_restaurant1470931861_cafe

Nestled nicely into the basement and first floor of one of the brownstones (yes Katowice has brownstones!) on one of our favourite streets is this vegetarian and vegan treat. As the name suggests, they are all about cooking up hearty and healthy meals pulled straight from the garden. When we walked in specials included, vegan bechamel, Italian cabbage lecho, Parsley pesto tagliatelle (with vegan parmesan no less) and a spinach and zucchini yellow curry to knock your socks off.

LOKAL Bakery 1470931840_restaurant_bread1470931861_cafe

It’s a rarity but when places open north of the Spodek, they are usually worth the extra walk. This bold new bakery is no exception. The incredible smells of the fresh french breads and pastries being baked in the back will immediately grab you. Depending on the time of day you may or may not find a spot to sit in the minimalist cozy cafe. But we recommend you queue up regardless because the coffee, sandwiches and baked goods are worth it even if you have to grab and go.

Amnezja 1471791072_cerveza

Unlike many of the other shady shot bars and crowded student dives, Amnezja is spacious offering all sorts of nooks and crannies to tuck away in over three floors. There is a slight Western vibe with a lot of exposed brick and tasteful black murals of cowboys, Krakow and Katowice by art.pl. But the star of the show is most certainly the beer. Their claim to fame is the delicious super fresh “14 day” Tyskie which they get straight from the factory.

Żółte Drzwi coctail 1471791072_cerveza1470931861_cafe

Quality cocktail bars were one of the things Kato seriously lacked for a long time and sorely deserved. The Yellow Door is the newest entry and it’s an instant classic. The exposed brick and tall wrap-around wood bar are the main features of this dark lit one room wonder. But don’t let the size fool you as this place gets packed in the evenings and even hosts concerts and DJs on the weekends. Try one of their bespoke cocktails on for size (whiskey sour all the way) or drop in during the day for quality coffee and cake.

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