Ahh, sun, sun, sun, you’ve finally reached Katowice! Welcome to issue 34 of Katowice In Your Pocket! You’re here at a great time, now that the city’s vibrant culture scene is in full swing with festivals and events taking place regularly (check out our ‘Whats On’ section on p.16 for full details). The buzz around town is both palpable and visible, with people jogging, skating, and cycling – we encourage you to try out the city bike scheme (p.70). In summer half the population disappears to the Valley of Three Ponds (p.31) – the city’s best-kept secret for waterside relaxation, with bars, beaches, and pedestrian and cycle paths. It’s also a fantastic time to just walk around taking in the sights, and this issue we’ve focused on the city’s fantastic street art – read more on p.6. Contrary to outside opinion, Katowice actually has a lot to offer, whether it’s fun outdoor activities, post-industrial tourism or some serious history lessons in the city’s museums. The city’s cafe culture, foodie scene and nightlife are all in full swing and steadily improving, so get out there and have some fun. As always, let us know how you got on in Katowice on our Facebook page and/or show us what you’ve seen during your time in the city by using the hashtag #katowiceinyourpocket, or if you prefer, just use good old-fashioned email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our cover shows a mural by Silesian artist Raspazjan found right in the city centre in the same courtyard as the fantastic Biała Małpa (p.63). The mural depicts a collection of heads, both animal and human, forming a tree. Photo: FOTODUSZA
New features in the City Guide
Part of our job at Poland In Your Pocket is to constantly improve our products. We are after all a publishing company operating within the tourism industry and s such we are constantly rethinking how to present our content and make it more accessible and useful to our readers. One of the reasons Katowice In Your Pocket is the best city guide in town is the amount of information in it. Vast, tome-like text can, however, be detrimental to the quality of a guide in an age where images and image are paramount. We have, therefore, decided to move our “directory” chapters, such as restaurants, cafes and nightlife, towards the back and bring the sightseeing chapter to the front. The aim: to provide visitors with the most relevant travelling information (tips, sites, tours) as early as possible when paging through the guide; and leave the “directory” for those who need a deeper look into things.
So pick it up and start exploring and discovering!
LA PETITE BRETAGNE
Just off the main square, and past the theatre, find a crêperie or naleśnikarnia offering both, savoury and dessert versions of this French dish. Read more ▶
Right across from the main train station entrance, this place prides itself on gluten and sugar-free desserts! Read more ▶
BIAŁA MAŁPA MEXICO
With an actual Mexican chef, the sibling of Biała Małpa offers Mexican food and craft beer. What else can you ask for? Tequila tasting boards and margaritas maybe. Read more ▶
SMAQ FOOD & WINE
I COAL YOU
Coal is to Silesia what amber is to the Baltic region and here you-ll find coal, handmade and polished unique pieces. Read more ▶