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"Cool Katowice" - a viable alternative to Kraków?


Tommo 2 | 8
16 Mar 2012 #1
Don't know how much to read into this but popular UK flight comparison website Skyscanner are recommending Katowice as an alternative to Kraków, which it says has been over-run by stag weekends... (can't post the address, you'd have to search for it)

I think Katowice definitely has a long way to go yet but it's unfair to label it as "grim, industrial, etc." Look at how Manchester has re-invented itself as the Lonely Planet/Rough Guide city of choice in the UK. Katowice Train Station has been knocked down and is being rebuilt, they've started work on a new Rynek, there's a lot going on in the city (the new museum/concert hall for example). Give it time and I think we could see more and more people visiting Kato as tourists (things can only get better).
jasondmzk
16 Mar 2012 #2
My girlfriend and I had a brutal argument in Katowice. We made up in short order, but it kinda colored the whole Kat experience, y'know? I'll give Katowice this: They have a pretty impressive KFC restaurant. It's two stories tall!
DepressedOne - | 34
19 Mar 2012 #3
Well, I think that Krakow is still better place to go than Katowice. I have bad experience with "Katowice natives".
peterweg 37 | 2,319
19 Mar 2012 #4
Skyscanner show prices for budget airliners again do they? I dropped them many years ago when they did that, just shows what a stupid move it was.

Nobody I know wants to spend any time in Katowice, the feeling is its a place to avoid. I wouldn't say Krakow is over run with anybody, but its good for SkyScanner's business to promote other destinations.
bullfrog 6 | 602
6 Feb 2013 #5
KFC restaurant

An oxymoron...
Wroclaw Boy
6 Feb 2013 #6
They have a pretty impressive KFC restaurant. It's two stories tall!

The one on the A4? i stopped there once in the drive through and the Polish gal serving gave me two breasts of chicken for a two piece meal.......and i didn't even ask for them. Like winning a tenner on the lottery.
jimborup 2 | 12
7 Feb 2013 #7
What are the good clubs, bars and social places to go to meet people in Katowice?
smurf 39 | 1,981
7 Feb 2013 #8
Go to Mariacka street, good few pubs around there to get you started
jimborup 2 | 12
7 Feb 2013 #9
These are the ones I have heard of: Sofa, Lemonade (english spelling), Jazz Club and Babylon
smurf 39 | 1,981
7 Feb 2013 #10
Sofa, Lemonade (english spelling), Jazz Club and Babylon

Sofa is full of tracksuits & sluts....2nd part is a good thing :P
Lemonade you can get glassed for zero reason
Jazz Club is OK, but people don't mix and it's a good place to chill but personally I don't like to stay there for more than an hour or two. Food is nice there tho.

Babylon is a strip club :P

Biała Małpa is a great wee boozer, all kinds of mad beers.
jon357 69 | 18,445
8 Feb 2013 #11
What you get round Katowice, a bit more than in the rest of PL, are good, thriving, downscale locals bars. Definitely not trendy, but a good place for a drink.
jimborup 2 | 12
8 Feb 2013 #12
Thanks for the info, can you recommend any other places?

Also, where can I pick up a track suit?
jon357 69 | 18,445
8 Feb 2013 #13
Also, where can I pick up a track suit?

Anywhere. They are the national dress in some ways.
smurf 39 | 1,981
8 Feb 2013 #14
can you recommend any other places?

Kato, Lorneta z Maduza...actually all the bars around the Mariacka area....... except Lemonada & Cooler, they're sh!tholes
Hipnoza, the one under Hipnoza,
2b3, but it's a bit ***** to be honest,
There's a place on the wosnosci rondo,
There's a pub under the main theatre..........sorry, I'm useless with names.
There's plenty of clubs too, but I couldn't be arsed going to clubs, dance music here is god awful europop.
Skybar is nice, in Altus hotel

Here's a few lists:

inyourpocket.com/poland/Katowice/Bars-and-Clubs
katowice.dlastudenta.pl/lokale/
jimborup 2 | 12
8 Feb 2013 #15
Good to know. Thanks!

Also, how much are drinks usually? Are there covers? I am planning to go out this weekend and I have no idea how much cash I should bring.
smurf 39 | 1,981
8 Feb 2013 #16
Anything from 3quid to 14..but usually 6 or 7 in most places.
What are covers? Entrance fee?
Yea, clubs do, pubs don't. If a pub tries tell them to shag off. No idea re: club price, late pubs are better.
Re: money, if a pint is 7, then 100 is 14 beers! Wahoo........or and don't forget to look up your bus, night buses sometimes depart from different stops.
jimborup 2 | 12
8 Feb 2013 #17
3quid to 14

What is that in zloty? 15 to 70 zloty? I am not from the U.K. Never used a quid before. (5 zloty to a quid?)
smurf 39 | 1,981
8 Feb 2013 #18
What is that in zloty?

aye.
I'd hardly use UK money to talk about Polish beer prices lad :P
Specially since I'm not even a brit ;)


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