Gdynia is in the Polish part of Bavaria, a region famed for its flora and fauna – some of which has found its way onto the upholstery of double-decker doozie Althaus. While the deer heads mounted on the wall are clearly carved wooden replicas, several calves gave their hides to the cause of diner comfort by adorning the ground-floor seating.
In fact the influence of the surrounding area has been emphasised throughout the interior of the two-storey restaurant by designers PB/STUDIO and Filip Kozarski. Golden oak is the wood that gives the place such a natural feel, utilised as flooring, ceiling, and attractively arranged in diagonal patterns on a feature wall.
Of course, this being We Heart talking about Bavaria, beer has to get a mention somewhere, and the strong brewing tradition makes its mark in the bottle green benches and panelling, and the copper pipes that are bent as if to create the effect of liquid droplets running down a cold glass. Or at least that’s what we thought when we saw them, but it was a Friday afternoon and we were thirsty. The pipes actually form some of the lighting, along with more conventional yet still attractive lampshade designs. Add in some authentic Bavarian cuisine, and Althaus is a restaurant we’ll drink to.