Katowice: A Post Industrial Cultural Hub
Festivals, Music & More

Welcome to Katowice and issue 39 of Katowice In Your Pocket – your guide to the city and Upper Silesia! We’ve been in Poland over 20 years now, bringing you up-to- date information every few months, and with a dedicated team of researchers and editors, you can rest assured our content hasn’t languished for years! It’s been an unusually warm winter, and with Spring in the air, this ushers in the beginning of a jam-packed festival season. Katowice as a UNESCO City of Music has a reputation for hosting some of the best music festivals in Poland (Tauron, OFF and Rawa Blues etc.) and this June with Tauron 2020 (p.16) will kick off the season! You can find all upcoming events in Katowice and beyond in our Events section (p.12). Don’t forget the transformation in Silesia has industrial tourism (p.50) leading the way, and unwittingly giving rise to #selfie crowds looking for the perfect Instagrammable spots to show off – no, really, we’ve even listed them (p.8)!. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing for kids to enjoy too (p.46) – there’s plenty to do indoors and out. Join us as we guide you through the best of what’s on offer. Let us know how you get on via our FB page and/or show us what you’ve seen by using the tag #Katowiceinyourpocket, or if you prefer, just use good old fashioned email: poland@inyourpocket.com.

Katowice In Your Pocket no.39
Cover Story

Two UFOs, Spodek (p.32) and the craft from Flight of the Navigator (1986) wait at the starting line in Silesia’s first UFO race! It’s easy to see why this is one of Katowice’s top Instagram spots (p.8), right?

Photo: Nomadic Julien @ Unsplash


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New Reviews

Pozytywna Kawka ➞

A short distance away from the Valley of Three Ponds, they promote an ethos of positive thinking. No savoury snacks here, only tea/coffees and sweets. Unwind and relax!

MAOLA Bistro ➞

Located in the trendy district of Nikiszowiec, this is a great place to enjoy a coffee or a more substantial modern take on Polish and Silesian food.

Restauracja Cesarska ➞

The in-house restaurant of the Diament Arsenal Palace Hotel in Chorzów, features a somehow French allure and offers a Polish and regional menu.

Black Woolf ➞

Right on Katowice’s main street, ul. 3 Maja, it is perfect to peruse at life outside in the city. Enjoy coffee, tea, cakes, desserts, sandwiches and toasties. You can also buy books in English.

Taj ➞

Located on the revamped former train station building, here you can enjoy all Thai food classics.

Tampo Ramen ➞

One of the tastiest Ramen venues we’ve been to in Poland. It’s teeny tiny, but does everything right. A great selection of Ramen is on offer with options for meat eaters and vegans alike.

Sicilia Ristorante Pizzeria ➞

The interior feels like a cosy family-run trattoria in the Mediterranean, but right here in Slask. A lot of Sicilian flare, Italian food favourites and good wine. 

Alternatywa Browar Śląski ➞

A great place to venture and enjoy craft beer! Perfect if you’re on your way to Zabrze or Gliwice for some post-industrial tourism. 10 taps and great burgers! Make sure to take a tour of the family-run brewery.

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