Modern culture and hipster vibes are alive and well in Poznań, Poland. Once known as the place where the Polish state began, today Poznań is better known for its anarchist side. Hip coffee shops, craft beer bars, vintage vinyl shops and colorful street art all help give Poznań this rebellious vibe.
The presence of the Anarchist Federation in Poznań is another interesting draw of the city. We first heard mention of it on a walking tour that we did. After that, we began to see signs of this group all over Poznań. It’s worth reading about this social justice group that is fairly popular among young people in Poznań.
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It’s a city that we wholeheartedly recommend visiting, even if you’re not a hipster per se. Affordability, great food and friendly people could just as easily be part of Poznań’s reputation. We loved our time in Poznań, and it felt like a city that we could see ourselves spending a lot of time in.
There is a ton to see and do in Poznań, but based on our week in this vibrant city, here are 11 things to do in Poznań, Poland.
11 Things To Do In Poznań, Poland
1. Visit the Old Market Square (Stary Rynek)
The Old Market Square is the main square in Poznań’s Old Town. This cobblestone pedestrian area is surrounded by colorful buildings that contain restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. There is also often live music during the weekends. It’s a great area to explore when you first arrive in Poznań.
2. Go Shopping at Stary Browar
If you’re looking for the best place to go shopping in Poznań, look no further than Stary Browar. This multi-level shopping mall is one of the coolest shopping centers we’ve ever seen. Located in an old brick brewery building, the industrial style of this mall perfectly aligns with Poznań’s hipster reputation.
3. Have a legendary breakfast at Manekin
Manekin was the restaurant where we ate our first meal in Poznań and it really wow’ed us. This popular breakfast spot is a favorite among both locals and tourists, and for good reason. The food, atmosphere, and prices are all outstanding.
We ordered two plates of crepes (one with fruit and marscapone and one with chicken and mozzerella), plus two cappuccinos. Everything was fantastic, and the entire meal only cost about $10 USD.
4. Relax in Park Dąbrowskiego
Taking a walk one afternoon, we stumbled upon Park Dąbrowskiego. This beautiful neighborhood spot is popular among locals for taking a stroll, sunbathing, reading, or grabbing a cup of coffee or an ice cream cone.
It’s a really cool scene because during the summer, because there are lounge chairs everywhere with people enjoying the beautiful weather. Also, there are sometimes art installations here because of the nearby gallery.
5. Visit the Imperial Castle
The Imperial Castle is a neo-Romanesque palace built in the early 1900s. It has served many purposes over the years, but today it’s primary purpose is as a cultural center. It hosts hundreds of theatre performances, concerts, film screenings and other events every year.
6. Grab a beer with the locals at Ministerstwo Browaru Pub
If you like Belgian beer, then Ministerstwo Browaru Pub is your spot. This casual pub has a great selection of Belgian beers (both on tap and bottled) and a beautiful patio to enjoy during the warmer months. The beer and atmosphere are both 10/10. Belgian beer fans rejoice!
7. Take a stroll through Old Town
There are so many beautiful parts of Poznań’s Old Town to be explored. With charming cobblestone streets and colorful buildings, it’s a great area of town to take nighttime strolls and people watch.
We stumbled upon the Church of St Stanislaus one day and couldn’t believe how beautiful it is. Its distinct architecture and vibrant pinkish red color can be seen from blocks away.
8. Visit the 1956 Monument
The 1956 Monument is composed of two massive steel crosses. They are meant to serve as a reminder of Poland’s difficult history with communism. The years listed on the crosses are the years that the Polish people held major patriotic and social riots to overthrow communism. It’s a beautiful monument and reminder that times have not always been easy for Poland.
9. Try Pierogi
You can’t leave Poznań without trying some of the delicious pierogi that Poland is so famous for! There are all different types of pierogi, from the classics like Ruskie and Lublin to the more adventurous types with unusual fillings like pumpkin or cherries.
10. Take an evening stroll with an ice cream cone
With so many delicious ice cream shops lining the streets of Poznań, you can’t miss out on the delight of taking an evening stroll with an ice cream cone. It seems equally popular among locals and tourists. Gotta love the simple things in life, am I right?
11. Take a Free Walking Tour of the city
There are a couple options for free walking tours in Poznań. The first option is a Hidden Gem Tour, which is the one we did. It was great getting some historical context and seeing hidden gems that we never would have discovered on our own. The second option is an Old Town Tour, which is a great option if you want more historical context and details on Poznań’s Old Town neighborhood.
It is super cool seeing the unique way that democracy has manifested itself in Poznań, Poland. This city is unlike anywhere that we have ever been, but there are certain things (mostly the hipster vibes) that really remind us of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It’s a wonderful city for young people to visit.