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Top Choice Historic Building in Białystok

Branicki Palace

In Park Pałacowy stands this grand former residence of Jan Klemens Branicki. Though he lost to his brother-in-law Stanisław August Poniatowski in the 1764 royal elections, he built a luxurious palace on a scale to r…
Church in Białystok

Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit

It's worth making a detour 3km northwest of the centre to this modern church. Begun in the early 1980s, this monumental building is Poland's largest Orthodox church. The huge central onion-shaped dome is topped with…
Cultural Centre in Białystok

Ludwik Zamenhof Centre

Across the narrow Biała River from the Branicki Palace, this cultural centre dedicated to the creator of Esperanto hosts a range of art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and performing arts events. Its interesting pe…
Pizza in Białystok

Chilli Pizza

Białystok's best pizza (and arguably its best pastas and salads) can be found at this popular venue. If in the mood for something beyond pizza, try the grilled meat dishes served on a heated slab of stone. The terra…
Museum in Białystok

Podlasie Museum

Rebuilt from scratch after the war, the town hall now houses this museum. It features a modest collection of Polish paintings on the ground floor, including some important names such as Jacek Malczewski and Stanisła…
International in Białystok

Esperanto Café

Central cafe and restaurant named in honour of Białystok's own LL Zamenhof, the inventor of Esperanto, who was born in Białystok in 1859. The menu is eclectic, with Polish staples sharing space with more inventive i…
Cafe in Białystok

Pijalnia Czekolady

Serving fabulous chocolate in the form of drinks, cakes and sweets, this cafe is a chocolate-lover's dream come true. Willy Wonka would be proud of its chocolate fountain, and there's outdoor seating overlooking the…
Theatre in Białystok

Białostocki Teatr Lalek

One of Poland's best puppet theatres, this venue stages children's shows, such as Pinocchio or Punch & Judy, as well as traditional Polish stories, at least three or four times a week.
Bar in Białystok

Castel

Excellent bar with two distinct sections: a romantic, dimly lit interior and an over-the-top rear beer garden, with secluded tables, little fountains, and a convivial atmosphere for drinking and chit-chat.
Historic Building in Białystok

Town Hall

Severely damaged during WWII, this 1745 structure was rebuilt after the conflict. The original building served many civic functions, including that of marketplace, court, and prison.