I loved Poznan. Having gone in November it was cold and grey but wandering around the Old Market Square with all the brightly coloured buildings I soon forgot the Polish wintery weather. It is such a vibrant city, full of fabulous cafes and eateries, a great choice of accommodation and everything is very reasonably priced.
Old Market Square
In the heart of the city is a huge square with the 14th Century Town Hall in the centre and lined with 16th Century merchant houses and fountains on each of the four corners. It is an Instagrammers delight.
As well as the many drinking and dining options around the square, all the streets running out from the square are filled with a plethora of cafes, restaurants and bars. The city really came alive in the evening.
Eating and drinking
Having wandered around we had seen so many restuarants that we took to Trip Advisor to get an idea of where to go. We were not disappointed in any of our choices.
When in Poland, the obvious choice of cuisine is Italian. In fact, throughout the whole of Europe you can always find a trusty Italian restaurant. This place is really cute and it felt like you had been invited into an Italian momma’s home for something she’d just whipped up in the kitchen.
We both enjoyed our pizza with its thin, crispy base and delicious toppings.
Weranda Caffe is quite possibly the most gorgeous little cafe I’ve been to. It is renowned for its abundance of hanging garlands which are regularly changed to reflect the season as well as its cosy atmosphere and friendly service.
We were lucky to get a table as a number of people were turned away whilst we were there as it was full. I’m so glad we did get a seat as my bacon, brie and pear baguette was A-MAZ-ING.
Located just off the main square, the funky interior of Gramofon Nalesnikarnia caught my eye every time I went past. They serve crepes with a variety of fillings both savoury and sweet.
We called into Columbus for some pre dinner drinks. We liked it so much that we went back for post dinner drinks too.
We enjoyed sitting around the traditional style wooden bar but beyond the front bar area we also found a labyrinth of little rooms to sit in.
As we walked into Ratuszova we were shown to our table downstairs. We had made a reservation as it seemed like a popular place and we were given a lovely table tucked away in an arched roof corner. The decor was very elaborate and every table was filled with diners.
I would describe the food at Ratuszova as ‘posh Polish food’. I cautiously ordered the traditional Polish soup served in bread followed by the wild boar dumplings.
The food was absolutely delicious and we were both delighted with our selections.
We spent a crisp and fresh afternoon in Park Cytadella which is about a 20 minute walk from the Old Market Square. As it was late autumn we were treated to all the fiery colours of the leaves for their final few days before winter set in.
It was a chilly Polish afternoon but fortunately I had my trusty ear muffs to keep me warm.
The park is on the site of the former Fort Winiary which served as the German army’s last point of resistance in the battle of Poznan in 1945. In the 1960’s it was developed into Park Cytadela and houses a military museum and cemetery.
During our visit to Poznan we stayed in Hotel Brovaria which is also a brewery and restaurant in the main square. The location was perfect.
The room was spacious, clean and well kept although we did have to walk through the beer hall to get to our room, which could become a little raucous in the evenings. Fortunately the sound did not travel to our room.
We weren’t blown away by the breakfast. The first morning we got down for the final hour of serving to find virtually nothing left. We were offered eggs but they seemed to take a while to arrive and there wasn’t anything left to have them with. The next day we learned from our mistake and got down there nice and early. There was a much better selection.
We enjoyed a drink in the bar a few times during our stay. There was a nice atmosphere in there and Stuart enjoyed the beer.