Katowice is one of the most visited Polish cities, not least for its proximity to Kraków, the beautiful Beskidy mountains and charming small towns of south Poland. Here are the best places to eat in the city.
The Tatiana restaurant combines Polish and European culinary traditions. Known for its excellent service and elegantly looking food, Tatiana offers both traditional dishes and unusual plates. Dishes include lamb knuckle stewed in Polish vegetables, homemade Russian dumplings stuffed with potatoes and cottage cheese served with stir-fried onions, or the ‘Tatiana’ steak served with roasted potatoes and shallots and topped with fried foie gras. It is located in the city center in the old market square, and has a summer garden for those who wish to eat while admiring the historical parts of Katowice.
This restaurant specializes in the Hungarian cuisine, from main courses to desserts. The selection of Hungarian dishes includes the famous goulash with various additions such as red pepper, and fried cabbage. The desserts vary from spicy to fragrant, and includes the burning pancake. The restaurant has five different rooms as well as a charming summer garden and a small front garden. These are all decorated in a traditional and stylish way.
If you’re a fan of hamburgers, Mad Mick is the place to go in Katowice. Labelled ‘best hamburger place in the town’, Mad Mick offers a selection of burgers. These include the French burger and the Mad Mick Burger with beef, double cheese, nachos, pickles, and pepperoni. Additionally, you can choose how fried you want your burger to be. The excellent meat and the wide selection of sauces and international culinary traditions make Mad Mick worthy of a visit. It’s even possible to visit late at night, as the place stays open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Patio Park offers the finest Polish and foreign cuisine prepared according to recipes that have a long family tradition. The restaurant specializes in herbal additions to their dishes, which come from home-grown flowers. In addition to the dining rooms, the place has two cocktail bars and an ample summer terrace. All of these areas astonish with their colorfulness and flowery decorations. The menu includes escallops served on a toast with pineapple and cranberries, de Volaille chicken, or veal served with Parma ham, tagliatelle and pesto.
Stare i Nowe restaurant | Courtesy of Stare i Nowe/Bożena Gałkowska
Stare i Nowe
Stare i Nowe – ‘the old and the new’ is a restaurant that combines the conventional cuisine of Poland with the Mediterranean gastronomic traditions and long-standing recipes with original culinary experiments. The menu includes vegetarian dishes such as chickpeas cream with herbs, ricotta cheese and tomatoes. It also has seafood plates such as king-size prawns with chili and mango sauce, and meat dishes such as beef steak served with rosemary and grilled vegetables. This restaurant is famous for its wide selection of vegetarian dishes and very good wine.
Staromiejska 3 Restrobar is a more relaxed and casual dining spot. It offers very original culinary combinations. As a starter, you can taste the smoked trout tartare with apples, caramelized beetroot and horseradish ice-cream. Other interesting dishes are the slippery jack mushrooms cream soup, the catfish fillet with snails, buckwheat and leek, and beef cheeks with puree, glazed carrots and red wine sauce. The restaurant’s interiors are designed in a modern way, full of colorful additions and stylishly prepared dishes.
This restaurant’s name means ‘the dumplings of the world’ and, as such, it offers a wide selection of pierogi, the Polish world-famous dumplings. Pierogi Świata makes them with traditional stuffing, such as cabbage and mushrooms, meat, or potatoes and bacon. It also has less-known additions like salmon and spinach, pike-perch and walnuts. There are even vegetarian variations: pierogi stuffed with feta cheese and herbs, lentils, or fruits. The restaurant also offers other international variations on dumplings: the Russianpielmieni, the Georgianchinkali, and the Polish savory pancakes.
Kryształowa serves delicious local Silesian and traditional Polish food. It is located in a beautiful tenement house that dates back to the middle of 19th century. The place is most known for the Polish duck stuffed with sour apples and cabbage. The Silesian specialties it offers include the jellied pig’s feet with horseradish cream sprinkled with vinegar and chive. It also has the traditional sour rye soup with mashed potatoes, and the homemade minced meat cutlet with cucumber salad and mashed potatoes with gravy. Additionally, you can try the national dishes ranging from veal tongue with horseradish sauce to the broth with noodles. There is also a separate menu for children.
Staromiejska 13 restaurant | Courtesy of Staromiejska 13/Marcin Czubak
Staromiejska 13’s chef, Marcin Czubak, is an award-winning chef with international experience. He changes the selection of dishes virtually every day, not having a fixed a la carte menu. Every dish is composed of distinct, fresh products. They include an original culinary combination, such as the cauliflower risotto, duck with beetroot, oranges, buckwheat and lavender, or beef with carrots, apples and bacon. The restaurant is located near Katowice’s old town market square and the historical center.
The restaurant, bistro and wine bar La Cantina is located in the Three Ponds Valley of Katowice, a good place for leisure and recreation just next to a beautiful lake. It specializes in the Mediterranean cuisine and hosts international culinary demonstrations and wine tastings during spring and summer. The menu includes meat and fish dishes such as the chicken breast stuffed with spinach and cambozola cheese on a bed of tagliatelle, and the halibut fillet served with tomato salsa verde and blanched vegetables. There is also a selection of pastas, risottos, and cheese plates.