Eating Out in Wroclaw


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Wroclaw has more than 300 restaurants, pubs and cafes, and visitors should have no problem finding a good restaurant serving Polish, Italian, French or Oriental cuisine. Poles are very passionate about their food. In addition to a great appetite for merriment, Polish men and women love to eat well. Wroclaw won't disappoint even the most finicky of tastes. From the dirt cheap to the glitzy and glamorous and spanning the culinary globe, you'll find it all in Wroclaw. Wroclaw has a splendid range of restaurants for dining out, so we're sure you'll find something to your taste.

If you are looking for a high-level spot maybe you should check one of those restaurants:

1) Karczma Lwowska, 4 Market Place - Wroclaw doesn’t have its own regional cuisine, but in view of the Lviv roots of its post-World War II residents, it’s worth visiting Karczma Lwowska. It offers genuine Galician atmosphere, pictures of old Lviv, Baczewski vodka and Lviv-style tripe.

2) Novocaina, 13 Market Place - Organic-based pizza and pasta dishes. Reservations are necessary, but can be made a day in advance through their website.

3) Ristorante Catedrale, Ostrow Tumski - Excellent dishes of Italian cuisine, especially from Rome.

4) Pod Papugami, At Rynek, next to Spiz Cellar (see above) -  Offers good meals and a good selection of salads.

If you are looking for a mid-range spot maybe you should check one of those restaurants:

1) Maria Magdalena, 2 St Maria Magdalena Street - Specialties include Silesian zurek - sour soup - with bacon and Silesian meatballs.

2) Amalfi, Wiezienna Street - The only place in southwestern Poland serving authentic thin-slice Italian pizza from a proper, scorching-hot wood oven. Tastes just like in Rome. About 15 zl for a pizza for one person. Italian owners.

3) Oregano, Igielna Street - Inexpensive restaurant with pizza and a variety of other dishes.

4) Piramida, Wita Stwosza Street - Egyptian restaurant. Kitschy interior and big portions.

5) Gruzinskie Chaczapuri, Mikolaja Street (nearly adjacent to Market Square) – A budding franchise originating from Krakow, serves Georgian food (khachapuri). Try "lawasz z adzapsandalem" - dough filled with a tasty mix of tomatoes, bell peppers, aubergines, garlic and goat cheese for about 15 zl.

6) Mexico Bar, Rzeznicza Street - A favorite of many Wroclavians. As long as you are willing to eat a somewhat modified version of Mexican cuisine, you should enjoy the large, rich portions at Mexico Bar. You might want to order the "hot" ('na ostro') version of your dish, as the regular dishes are surprisingly mild. This is a small, popular place, so you may have to wait for your seat at the bar.

7) Vega, 1 Sukiennice Street – Quick, cheap, vegeterian food

If you are looking for a budget place you should visit:

1) Pierozek, 20 Pilsudskiego Street - according to many Wroclavians, the best pierogi in Wroclaw, priced at about 10 zl for a small portion (you may need to order two if you're hungry). Try pierogi ruskie (with potatoes and cottage cheese) with kefir and barszcz (borscht) and "nalesniki" (pancakes) to experience what real Polish pierogi ought to taste like. The place is small and basic, you may need to wait for a seat, but the food is top-notch.

2) Bar Mis, 48 Kuznicza Street - Offers an ample and diversified menu, including meat-based dishes. Students, staff and professors of the University of Wroclaw usually eat there, together with homeless people, elderly and pensioners. After entering go to the cash desk (at the left corner) and order your meal (Polish only), turn right, go to the food counter and handle your receipt to the person serving the meals. Mains 1.50-4.50 zl.

3) Bar Mewa, Dubois Street - The cheapest place, which offers some dishes only at specific hours: pierogi - 13:00, pancakes - 14:00, pierogi with cabbage - 15:00, potato pancakes - 16:00. You pay directly at the food delivery counter (Polish only).

Beer lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to Spiz at 2 Rynek (Market Place), which also houses a micro-brewery. Beer is brewed before your eyes, and you can have a pint accompanied by excellent smalec- a unique Polish spread made of lard mixed with spices.

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