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.
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.
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.
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.
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.