As the leading city in Upper Silesia, Katowice has an active cultural life, with excellent classical concerts and a good experimental scene. The center of the action is the Katowice Cultural Center (pl. Sejmu Slaskiego 2; tel. 32/251-79-25; www.ck.art.pl). For popular music and visiting rock stars, don't forget the Spodek. The tourist information office can let you know if anyone big is visiting while you are there. For opera, the Silesian Opera (Opera Slaska) in the nearby city of Bytom is one of the most celebrated houses in the country (Moniuszki 21/23, Bytom; tel. 32/281-34-31; www.opera-slaska.pl).
Cafes, Pubs & Clubs
Not surprisingly, given the number of students here, there are tons of places to drink in Katowice. Archibar (Dyrekcyjna 9; tel. 32/206-83-50; www.archibar.pl) is an arty pub popular with the intellectual set. 2B3 (pl. Sejmu Slaskiego 2, enter from Henryka Sienkiewicza; tel. 32/785-78-77; www.2b3.com.pl) is exactly the opposite: a cheesy dance club that's popular with all ages, from 20s to 40s, with regular DJs and occasional live music acts.
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