Are you asking yourself, “how the hell do you pronounce Wroclaw?” Turns out I was saying it wrong until I got there, and confusing a lot of people. It’s pronounced vrots-wahv and once you have that down-pat, you’ll be thriving.
Wroclaw is a super cool city in the west of Poland, about three hours from both Krakow and Warsaw. It’s a lot more chilled out than both of those cities, with a big student population and a lot fewer tourists. There are really cheap flights to there from London, so it’s really the ideal location for a weekend away. Here’s a list of must-try Polish dishes. Poland is a notoriously low-cost destination, and when it comes to food, here’s how to make your dollar go faaaaaar in this city.
MILK BARS: First thing’s first: While in Poland, you have to eat at a “milk bar” – a type of cheap cafe, kinda like a cafeteria. It’s all traditional polish food, and you go up to the counter and choose what you want. There are quite a few in Wroclaw, I recommend Bar Maly and Rozowa Krowa.
SETKA: This cheap-as-chips cafe is a late-night restaurant that’s perfect after you’ve had a few beers or vodkas. Locals love it, and they have some good traditional Polish meals you can try for a very good price. I went on a Sunday morning and the vibe was just as good, I promise.
LEPIONE: This is a buffet-style place I found where you load up your plate and pay by weight – it’s about a dollar per 100g. There’s one near the uni and one near the train station. The food is goooood and cheap and easy. Plus, you don’t have to speak any Polish to order.
VINYL CAFE: Just north of the main market square, you’ll find this cafe with good vibes and delish coffee. You can sit out on the street, but the inside is just as inviting, with big couches and music paraphernalia everywhere.
U GRUZINA KUCHNIA: I know you didn’t come to Poland to eat Georgian food, but this place is worth making an exception for. Definitely order the chaczapuri – it’s fresh-baked bread filled with Georgian cheese and an egg.
Świętego Antoniego: On this stretch of cobblestoned street heading out of the old town, you’ll find a bunch of cool cafes that are perfect for a coffee or a long brunch. For a giant bagel menu and a cozy vibe, try Central Cafe. Next door you’ll find Bike Cafe where you can rent a bike then come back for a cake and coffee. If you want a meal, definitely hit up Pochlebna – they cater to every dietary requirement under the sun and are super Insta-worthy. And finally, Charlotte is a rustic-looking cafe/bakery that seriously delivers with its brunch menu.
Bonus! Two places I didn’t go, but walked past that looked good for a snack on the go. Frytki + Sos sell big portions of french fries, with a huge variety of different sauces including vegan mayo, ponzo, smoky soya, and chipotle. Nasza Paczkarnia have fresh-baked doughnuts and they look INCREDIBLE. There have different flavours every day which is a great reason to keep going back.
Did I forget anywhere? Let me know in the comments so I can add it to my hitlist – I’ll definitely be back here! And as always, here’s a map so you can find everywhere I’ve mentioned.