Welcome to issue 35 of Katowice In Your Pocket – your guide to the city and greater Silesia! You’re lucky to be in the city at a special time of year, which allows you to experience the highlights of winter! You may be here for pleasure, or you know, aiming to save the planet during COP24 (p.10), but whatever your reasons for visiting, we’ve got your stay covered. It may be getting colder, but the atmosphere remains warm. If it does get a bit too cold for comfort, or heaven forbid the white stuff descends well before it’s welcome, there is a bounty of indoor activities and events to keep you entertained through the deepest darkest days. A visit to one of the region’s many museums is an absolute must and the first on your radar should be the Silesian Museum (p.31) right in the heart of the revamped city centre. If you play your cards right you can visit the museum by day and catch a concert at the world-class NOSPR symphony hall next door (p.31). You can find a full list of upcoming events in Katowice and other great Silesian venues in our What’s On section (p18). And last but not least, we’d be remiss if we didn’t namedrop the reason for the season and most festive holiday of them all: Christmas. Katowice will be presenting the traditional Christmas Fair on the Market Square (Rynek) in December, so don’t miss it! Seasons Greetings from all of us here at IYP!
Katowice’s Cultural Zone(p.30) at night – it’s hard to believe this area once resembled a cratered lunar landscape. What you see now is the gem of the city’s revitalisation efforts. Photo by Alex Wiśniewski courtesy of Katowice City Council.
Despite the winds of change blowing through the Silesian region over the last few decades, the core of Silesian identity is not so easily blown over. Katowice and Silesia will always remain industrial at heart. Read on to learn more.
Prodiż Nero Restaurant
The perfect blend from bistro to fine restaurant it offers traditional Italian dishes, mixed with a confident modernity and the local flare of the chef. Read more ➔
Themed on historical exploration, this cafe goes back to the days of venturing out to discover new worlds, new cultures. Read more ➔
Classic and alternative (their words) teas, a variety of coffees to match, and sweet and savoury snacks. Try the ‘pampuchy’, a mix between a roll and a doughnut. Read more ➔
Amfora Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
If you’re in the mood for middle-eastern food, this is your place. The menu is filled with many meat and vegetable delights, plus sweet desserts like baklava. Read more ➔
Kolejkowo – A Wonderful World in Miniature
Lily Nail Spa
Manicures and pedicures that come with a free back massage!
Various services, from face, feet and leg massages, to a full body traditional Thai massage that will cost 120zł. Each session lasts 1h. Read more ➔