Shopping and Eating in Poznan, Poland
Poznan is one of the largest cities in the country of Poland.
Shopping in Poznan
In Poland, there is a tradition of markets and small shops where you can buy handicraft products. These are excellent souvenirs and much nicer to get as a gift than traditional Chinese products with the city name sewn on. The best street to buy craft products is Wozna, which originates from the large town square in the center of the old town.
Shopping streets that are famous in Poznan are in addition to Woznan mentioned above, including Polwiejska where also one of the entrances to the shopping center Stary Browar is located.
Markets in Poznan
It is a tourist experience in itself to visit old outdoor markets. And fortunately, Poznan defined by AbbreviationFinder has several of these, many of which are open year-round. Walk to Wielkopolski Square a few minutes walk from the Old Town. Here you buy primarily flowers, vegetables and fruits. Many also visit the market in Bernardynski Square. Also this right near the Old Town and its big square. The Bernardynski market has the same range as the Wielkopolski market.
If you want to take a little exploration, take the tram (no. 5, 8, 14 or 18) to the Lazarski market. Here the locals buy everything from electrical articles and clothes, to food, vegetables and fruits.
Shopping centers in Poznan
This may be something you didn’t expect, but Poznan has some absolutely fantastic shopping centers. The best in Poland, and perhaps all of Europe, is Stary Browar (the old brewery). The brewery has its history from the 1870s. In 2006, a prestige project started, which was to set up a shopping center in the upper class. The main entrance is from the street Polwiejska. Opening hours are from 0900 to 2100 every day except Sundays, where it is open from 1000 to 2000.
An alternative is the shops located in Hotel Bazar, a historic hotel and commercial center in the Old Town.
We must also mention Galeria Malta which is huge. More than 170 shops and restaurants are available and a floor space equivalent to 20 football pitches! Open every day of the week from 0900 to 2100 (Sundays 1000 to 2000). Galeria Malta is located on Lake Malta, a very beautiful area outside the center of Poznan. The address is ul. Abpa A. Baraniaka 8.
If you are not interested in traveling very far to the shopping center, Kupiec Pozanski is just off the main Old Town square. The address is 2 Wiosny Ludów Square. Kupiec Poznanski is open all week from 1000 – 2100 (Sundays from 1100 to 1900).
Eating in Poznan
Forget the trusty Eastern Bloc restaurants and the food of the Transmac. In Poznan, international cousine and good traditional dishes apply, although you can of course find hints of “old days” here as well. Poznan has a reputation for being so good at the food and some very good restaurants are in town.
Most of the food and drink is cheap with our eyes, but here as everywhere else in Europe it costs more money for quality. And tourists-based eateries, of course, take the opportunity to earn a little extra.
But that doesn’t have to mean that you should steer clear of dining with Western tourists. You can afford it, and for our palates it is very likely that the food here tastes best.
Fast Food in Poznan
For you with young children, or even youth (or wish you were), so know that there are of course plenty of fast food chains in Poznan. Be it McDonald’s scattered all over, KFC with its fried chickens, Burger King or Pizza Hut. Subway has a restaurant in the Galleria Malta shopping center, ie the street ul. Abpa A. Baraniaka 8 for those who want a well-known baguette.
Also, remember that the Smoking Act (at the time of writing) has not been fully introduced in Poland. A smoking section and a non-smoking section are common in traditional restaurants. Tell the mayor or waiter what you prefer. At the bar or in the nightclub it will often be allowed to smoke.
Some selected restaurants in Poznan are:
Poznan’s best restaurant (and most stylish?) Can be found at the Blow Up Hall 50 50 hotel, which we have described under Poznan hotels.
The food at Blow Up Hall 5050 can be described as “a traditional Polish diet, but for western palates, and made by top-qualified chefs with access to excellent ingredients”. It is all taken in neo-industrial atmosphere! The address is Ul. Kosciuszki 42.
Ratuszova is the name of a restaurant serving traditional Polish dishes in the Old Town Square. The restaurant has long traditions in Poznan and rumors say that Polish kings ate here in the 1600s. If you are searching and tough you taste duck blood and eel. Of course, if you are more traditional, there are many dishes for you too.
Ratuszova provides value for money. Open from 1100 to 2300 every day. The address is Stary Rynek 55.
Piano Bar Restaurant & Cafe
Probably you will visit the Stary Browar shopping center and then you will know that included here you will find Piano Bar Restaurant & Cafe. This is the place for pasta, fish and meat based on inspiration from Italy. Lovely atmosphere and very popular place in Poznan.
Open all week from 1200 to 2300 (2400 Sundays). The address is ul. Polwiejska 42, (Stary Browar Shopping Center).
Japanese food and not least shushi have become popular all over Europe, and in Poznan you will also find good versions of such restaurants. Sushi 77 is a favorite of many and offers imported beer and sake in addition to rice and raw fish. Plus, they should also have a decent wine list. The address is ul. Wozna 1.
Special tips for restaurant in Poznan
Visit Gospoda Pod Koziolkami for a look back at the elegance and magnificence of early times. Here, local quality food is served in an atmosphere that almost brings to mind TV shows from when candles were the only source of light.
The barbecue food is excellent! Gospoda Pod Koziolkami is easily accessible with its location on Old Town Square, the address is Stary Rynek 95.
Nightlife in Poznan
It is often the case in Poland that bars and pubs do not close until the last guest decides to go home, or rather stumble out. The same is true in Poznan. Most nightclubs and bars can be found in and around the Old Town’s main square. Both tourists and locals come here. You will find typical pubs that are both Irish and German in style. The hotels have stylish bars, for example. both the Sheraton with its Someplace Else bar and the hotel’s cocktail bar Blow Up 50 50. NB! These hotel bars are rarely particularly cheap!
A slightly special place that in its simple rustic and perhaps ugly style still appears a bit stylish, is Meskalina. The address is excellent, Stary Rynek 6. Meskalina is not the place you visit alone, but for good reason it is a great place for chatting and drinking, and watching the cool people of Poznan. Open from 1300 to 0300 Fridays and Saturdays and from 1300 to 0200 for the rest of the week.
If you are in your early twenties, you may also want to test night spots on the streets ul. Taczaka and ul. Nowowiejskiego which are typical goals for students.