Just days ago, we did not know much about Poznan, the fifth largest city in Poland. Basically, the main image we had of this city steeped in history was of the gorgeous houses in the Old Market Square.
We had no idea what a fantastic mixture of old and trendy Poznan really was…
The first hint we took was when we checked into the Blow Up Hall 5050 Hotel. The hotel is a neo-industrial marvel with a unique concept behind it.
The traditional room key was replaced with an iPhone5s.
The doors are not numbered, but the iPhone guides the guests right to their room, where a welcome screen shows their portrait as a cubistic painting. The hotel’s lobby is decorated with curious works of art, while the rooms are modern and comfy. They take great care of the presentation as well as of the quality of the products served for breakfast, and the lunch box they prepared for us on the last day was equal to none.
|Breakfast spread at The Blow Up Hall Hotel (served just for the two of us at our table)|
One of the evenings we went to a cooking workshop organised by the hotel’s chef and tasted some innovative recipes and the softest beef one can possibly imagine, a true culinary wonder that set a new standard for us. Judging by this alone, the hotel’s restaurant is a mandatory stop for any foodie visiting Poznan.
Another peculiarity of the Blow Up Hall is that it is actually situated inside Stary Browar, one of the best shopping centers in the world. This award winning shopping, arts and business center is a modern marvel in itself. It houses over 200 stores and restaurants, featuring international as well as many local brands.
I am not really a shopaholic, but I actually fell in love with it for its amazing design and concept. 5050 stands for 50% art, 50% business. Built on the site of an old brewery, it follows the vision of one woman (Grażyna Kulczyk) and it graciously combines red brick, glass paneling and ironwork.
Another thing we remarked was that the people of Poznan really know how to relax in style.
|The colourful Weranda Take Away|
The perfectly manicured park adjacent to the Stary Browar shopping center is dotted with colorful sun lounges that anyone can enjoy for free.
This was our favorite place in the evenings, when a DJ would play his compilations and we could enjoy the sun setting over the city with a cocktail from the nearby eco-friendly Weranda Take Away.
But we also found an unexpected cuteness and elegance, accompanied by an incredible attention paid to the smallest of details.
Like, for example, this glass of sparkling water we had at Weranda Lunch & Wine, a wonderful restaurant nested on the passage connecting the old and the new building of Stary Browar. Served accompanied by a myriad of fruits, this was the most exciting glass of water we’ve had in our life.
We instantly became huge fans of Weranda. The restaurant has a unique design that changes every season, and fresh cut flowers as well as potted plants decorate every inch of it. We really felt in our element.
Generous portions, an attentive service and a creative presentation complemented the delicious food. Their salads, lemonades and desserts are not to be missed, but our list is longer than this. We actually ate there twice, in an attempt to try as many plates from their menu.
|Melon dessert |
Poznan is considered to be the birthplace of the Polish nation. But this millennia old city has an elegance we rarely encountered. In many aspects, it is one step ahead of the world. In others, it’s just its old self. But we surely loved it for this beautiful mixture it grew up into and enjoyed our time there.