Poznań

Original and memorable gem.

Chronologically speaking everyone's visit to Poland should begin right here, the birthplace of the nation dating back to the 10th century. Poles still claim this is the most conservative city, but we are not sure we can agree. In the past years it has seen many changes and there is much more to this dynamic city than vivid history and renaissance architecture. The new wave of sleek restaurants, bars, craft shopping and arty neighbourhoods with a strong cultural scene make this city a thrilling destination.

Having said that, the old charm still impresses - the cobbled market square has a wow factor with its colourful facades and is a hub of activity with a great lane of cafes and eateries. Walking around town will make you marvel at the grandeur of the tenement mansions, the gothic cathedral in the island of Ostrów Tumski and numerous museums. Poznan has long been established as a busy commercial centre, with trade flourishing here since the Renaissance , so make sure you secure your accommodation well in advance.

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EAT

Concordia Taste
ul. Zwierzyniecka 3, 60-813 Poznań, tel. 61 667 44 19

The owners transformed an Old Printing House into a modern restaurant imaginatively fitted with Polish designed furniture, interior design concepts developed by students of local university and a centerpiece of a FoodLab station all to admire. The dishes are equally beautiful with a seasonally changing selection of soups, pasta dishes, salads, meats and fish. www.concordiadesign.pl

Nifty No 20
Hotel Puro, ul. Żydowska 20, 61-761 Poznań, tel. 613 331 160

Nifty No 20 is the in-house restaurant of the Puro Hotel, but do not let that put you off. With a trendy interior and relaxed atmosphere this doesn’t feel like dining in a hotel at the slightest. The eye catching details of an eclectic mix of furniture, geometric patterns and a collection of ceramics from around the world will delight all modern design fans. The menu features classic European dishes in with modern twists, all prepared with fresh local ingredients. niftyno20.pl

Yeżyce Kuchnia
ul. Szamarzewskiego 17, 60-514 Poznań, tel. 61 663 05 06

The cool decor reflects Polish mid century era at this fusion bistro with daily lunch menu and delicious dinner options. From meaty slow cooked feasts to pure vegan choices the food is Polish fusion with local influences all cooked with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. www.yezycekuchnia.pl

Zielona Weranda
ul. Ignacego Paderewskiego 7, 61-770 Poznań, tel. 61 851 32 90

Impressive garden oasis stone's throw from the Old Market with good lunch and dinner options as well as sipping a drink whilst taking in the atmosphere. www.werandafamily.com

A Nóż Widelec
ul. Czechosłowacka 133, Poznań, tel. 61 832-91-78

Set in the residential area is this smart eatery full of modern Polish flavours freshly prepared whilst rediscovering the regional heritage. www.anozwidelec.com

Cocorico
ul. Świętosławska 9, 61-840 Poznań, tel. 61 852 95 29

This restaurant and cafe in the Old Town has been known in Poznań for its delicious cuisine for a couple of decades. Come for modern Polish cuisine with European touches, and wonderful selection of cakes including fruit tarts cheesecakes and the legendary ice cream cake. The interiors have been recently updated with deep shades of blue, warm gold, modern marble and beautiful collection of old prints and poster art. In the summer months the secluded garden adds plenty of charm to al fresco dining. cocorico.pl

Wypiekarnia Kawa & Wypieki
ul. Kościelna 17/U4, Poznań, tel. 604 998 189

A charming small place with warm atmosphere, friendly service, delicious cakes and great breakfast and lunch selection. The cafe interior is a real eye candy - designed in pastel shades of pink and mint in a modern, light climate it features round mirrors, light wood and wire mesh details. www.facebook.com/wypiekarniapoznan

Cafe La Ruina
Śródka 3, 61-125 Poznań, tel. 606 280 505

Great cafe on one of the coolest streets of Poznan with fresh, daily changing menu. www.laruina.pl

Wypas
ul. Jackowskiego 38, 60-512 Poznań, tel. 796 144 115

Organic lunch feast of 100% vegetarian tasty plates all healthy and nutritious. www.wegewypas.pl

Wytwórnia Lodów Tradycyjnych
ul. Kościelna 52, 60-539 Poznań, tel. 61 847 30 35

This ice cream parlour brings back the forgotten joys of vintage ice cream flavours. www.facebook.com/wytwornialodowtradycyjnych

DRINK

MUS Bar & View
Bałtyk Tower, ul. Roosevelta 22, 60-101 Poznań, tel 574 745 914

Fancy cocktails shouldn’t taste better at altitude, but somehow they do. This sleek bar at the 15th floor of the Baltic Tower offers unbeatable panoramic views of the city making it a perfect spot for an evening drink or two. There is also an indulgent tasting menu for the hungry folk, all served with unstuffy attitude and live music at weekends. musbar.pl

Źródło Bar
ul. Taczaka 15, 61-819 Poznań, tel. 792 752 132

Kameralny bar koktajlowy na modnej ul. Taczaka w centrum stawia na jakość i sezonowość produktów. W przepięknie zaprojektowanym industrialnym wnętrzu podawane są najlepsze rzemieślnicze trunki, a wśród nich szeroki wybór whisky z całego świata oraz sezonowe koktajle. zrodlobar.pl

Taczaka 20
ul. Taczaka 20, 61-819 Poznań, tel. 509 825 44

Excellent coffee (even more so combined with a cake), open all day till late, and one of the first places in Poznan selling natural wines.www.facebook.com/TACZAKA20

Magazyn Food Concept
ul. Księcia Mieszka I 1, 60-101 Poznań, tel. 61 307 12 20

Magazyn Food Concept is an original combination of a wine bar, restaurant and a food store all under one roof. The wine depot as they call it stocks a carefully curated selection of wines from various corners of the world, which you can try in the wine bar or buy to take home. Conveniently the handy selection of tapas goes well with the wine, and should your appetite grow with eating you can always move over to the restaurant. Great attention is paid to anything served and sold so look out for some locally sourced produce, handmade breads, pastries and other delicacies. magazynpoznan.pl

Chmielnik
ul. Żydowska 27, 61-761 Poznań, tel. 798 335 483

Friendly establishment with over 150 types of craft beers, and cozy garden in the summer evenings. www.facebook.com/CHMIELNIKpub

SEE

Poznań Cathedral
Ostrów Tumski 17, 61-120 Poznań, tel. 61 85 29 642

Set on the Ostrów Tumski island between two branches of Warta river is the oldest Polish cathedral and burial place of the first Polish rulers Mieszko I and Bolesław Chrobry. www.katedra.archpoznan.pl

The Gate of Poznan
ul. Gdańska 2, 61-123 Poznań, tel: 61 647 7634

The architecturally stunning modern interactive museum tells a story of the Cathedral Island that spans over a period of more than a millennium. It is located in the oldest part of Poznan where the Warta and the Cybina rivers cross. www.bramapoznania.pl

The Fighting Goats of Poznan
Stary Rynek 1, Poznań, tel. 61 856 81 93

At the top of Poznan town hall and one of Poznań's best known tourist attraction are the two goats that butt heads daily at noon. The fun performance is beloved by children who will love hearing legends behind it.

1956 Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Poznańskiego - Czerwiec 1956)
Stary Rynek 3, Poznań, tel. 61 8531 993

Hidden down in the basement of the Imperial Castle (now a cultural centre) is the museum that honours the first armed resistance to Polish communist regime in June 1956. The protests ended in a death toll of possibly a 100 civilians, however were an important milestone on the way to the establishing of a less Soviet-controlled government in Poland in October. www.wmn.poznan.pl

Castle Cultural Centre - Centrum Kultury ZAMEK
ul. Św. Marcin 80/82, 61-809 Poznań, tel. 61 64 65 272

Originally built as a royal residence at the turn of the 20th century has now been converted into one of Poland's biggest cultural institutions. With a mixture of visual arts, theatre, cinema, concert venue and exhibition space there are over 700 events annually. www.zamek.poznan.pl

Kontenerart
ul. Ewangelicka, Poznań

This is a seasonal initiative of an independent artists' community - a place to participate in exhibitions, concerts and more. www.kontenerart.pl

Poznan Croissant Museum
Stary Rynek 41/2, 61-772 Poznań, tel. 690 077 800

Great option to entertain kids is the museum dedicated to Poznan's sweetest trademark. Traditionally baked for St Martin's day in November they are now ever present tempting treats stuffed with white poppy seePosmakuj i poznaj tajemnicę wypieku rogali świętomarcińskich wraz z elementami gwary i historii Poznania. Idealne na wizytę z dziećmi. www.rogalowemuzeum.pl

BUY

Kwiaty & Miut
ul. Szamarzewskiego 11/1, 60-514 Poznań, tel. 501 407 882

If you love your botanicals as much as we do then in the trendy area of Jeżyce is this ultimate florist that came to fame for its unique flower combinations, plants, interior decor, gardening tools and all things green. The founders are an exceptional duet of florists who know almost everything about plants (they published a couple of books), and their floral compositions resemble small works of art. kwiatyimiut.pl

Tutu
Atrium of Stary Browar, ul. Półwiejska 42, 61-888 Poznań, tel. 606 293 624

This is an excellent store for a taste of independent Polish fashion designs. Collections vary from completely young brands to positions well established in the Polish fashion scene. The pieces are often striking in their quality of craftsmanship, and represent a rarity in the age of mass-production: beautifully designed, high quality clothes at affordable prices. www.tutupoznan.pl

HoF Kreatywny Butik
ul. Górna Wilda 70, 61-564 Poznań, tel. 792 857 857

HoF Creative Boutique stocks a diverse range of clothing by the creative Polish fashion designers. Check out brands such as Elements, Mokosh, Sewing Dresses or RabbitRabbit, which typically use quality fabrics with focus on attention to detail and perfect finishing. A great shop for lovers of indie brands and for everyone who appreciates professional service. hofkreatywnybutik.pl

Spot
Dolna Wilda 87, 61-501 Poznań, tel. 61 835 88 40

SPOT. is a place where old post-industrial walls of the former power plant have been given completely new purpose. It now serves as a contemporary destination for shopping, eating and drinking as well as serves other lifestyle activities.Check out places like Room Service (gallery with contemporary art, design, jewellery and fashion accessories), BRODZIAK Gallery & Studio of Photography (limited collector's photographs and posters of the artist) or Spot. Wines (with a huge selection of independent European, natural and Polish wines). www.spot.poznan.pl

Stary Browar
ul. Półwiejska 42, 61-888 Poznań, tel. 61 859 60 50

Housed in an old brewery dating back to 1844 this modern shopping, art and leisure centre is notable for preserving the original architecture and style. Inside the retail space of over 200 shops combines chain brands with some independent boutiques, as well as art gallery and array of other entertainment and events. Not often do we like a shopping mall experience, but this one is one of a kind. www.starybrowar5050.com