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Wroclaw's Best Street Foods You Need To Try

With summer around the corner, most of us picture a perfect day off or an afternoon after work as one spent outside. Spending time in the open air is enjoyable and rewarding until you get hungry. After that happens, it is better to quickly grab a bite before someone gets hurt (I am speaking from experience here). Thankfully, we have a variety of places that offer take-away food which will definitely save the day. From sweets, through food trucks, to one of a kind spots – street food in Wroclaw is what you should go for when the weather is nice and you want to give yourself a break from booking tables and going through the “restaurant procedure”.

If you have a sweet tooth:

1. Stara Paczkarnia – Swidnicka, Ruska

Stara Paczkarnia offers freshly fried Polish doughnuts. Every day, you can choose from a variety of fillings and just get one (or 3) doughnut to go. To be fair, the ones they make are sizeable, so one should be enough to restore your energy and help you do some more sightseeing. You may face two challenges though: a line of people who had the same idea for their snack, and too wide a selection of fillings. But as they say, ain’t no mountain high enough – you can do it.

 

2. Polish Lody – Plac Bema

The first ice cream shop in Wroclaw which started making “natural” ice cream. They were one of the precursors of the ice-cream revolution in the city, and since 2014, they have not lost popularity. To get ice-cream there, you may have to reserve some time, as there tend to be very long lines, but if you happen to need a break from walking, give it a shot. If you have company, you can split and in the meantime, they may stand in the line next door to get some other delicacies.

                                                                                              Credit: visitWroclaw.eu

                                                                                             Credit: visitWroclaw.eu

 

3.Piekarnia na Bema – Plac Bema (open Monday-Saturday)

A real phenomenon – probably the only bakery in the city where you need to stand in line for at least 20 minutes to get your favorite bread and buns. I am a person who values her time more than other things, but all they bake here is absolutely worth waiting for. If you are staying at a hotel, you may skip buying the entire loaf of bread, but you may definitely go for something smaller and easy to carry around with you. I highly recommend: a blueberry bun (jagodzianka), an apple sweet roll and a cottage cheese sweet roll (koperta z serem). They also offer savory pastries, such as rolls with onion, cheese and caraway with coarse-grain salt (solanka).

 

Savory treats:

1.Frytki + sos – Sw. Antoniego, Olawska

The idea behind Frytki + sos could not be simpler – French fries + some interesting dip and there you go. Based on that, we may say that the simpler one gets, the more genius they turn out to be. The fries are delicious – hot, thick, and crispy. The dips, in turn, are value added. They are based on original recipes and they may differ throughout the week. There are also special dips prepared for vegans. It does not matter if it is lunch time, or if it is 2 AM and you suddenly find yourself craving fries. The fries served in Frytki + sos will solve all your problems, and cater for all your needs.

                                                                                                     Credit: Frtyki + Sos

                                                                                                    Credit: Frtyki + Sos

 

2.Bratwursty - Szewska

One of the “oldest” street food crews in Wroclaw. They have a food truck and a spot near the market square and the whole city knows their wursts. You may get a classic set with a bun and a wurst (or 2), or you may go in the Czech direction and order fried cheese instead. One thing is certain – you will love it. And the best thing is that you will get it quickly, so there will still be plenty of time to visit the city.

 

3. Mania Smaku – Legnicka, Slezna, Krzywoustego

They are said to be one of the best pizza food trucks and spots in the city. In Legnicka, there is only a food truck, but thanks to a genuine pizza oven which they have, you will never call their pizza fast food. The ingredients they use are top quality, the dough is perfect and the combination of ingredients pretty innovative. If you want to get a taste of Poland, do not shy away from Rusalka. This pizza is topped with the one and only filling which is normally used in Russian dumplings (which are one of the must-eats when in Poland), i.e. farmer’s cheese, potatoes and onions, plus white sausage, bacon, cream sauce and spring onions. This pizza is to die for. I guarantee you have never tasted anything like that before.

                                                                Credit:  Mania Smaku

                                                               Credit: Mania Smaku

 

4.Happy Little Truck – Kazimierza Wielkiego 39, in the backyard

I am not sure what is better – the pizza they make or the beer that the next door multitap, Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo, serves. Fortunately, such dilemmas never need to be resolved. You can simply go there, give both a chance and see if you will manage to choose the winner. Happy Little Truck is another master pizza food truck that serves pizza you cannot get enough of. They use original Italian ingredients and dough that ferments for 24 hours. My personal favorite is Chorizo on top of which they add some honey. The spiciness of the sausage combined with the sweetness of the honey is what will make your day brighter. And if you find yourself thirsty afterwards, fear not, as Marynka’s beers will help you get through it.

                                                                                              Credit: Happy Little Food Truck

                                                                                              Credit: Happy Little Food Truck

 

5. Panczo – the location of the food truck to be checked on their Facebook profile, a stationary restaurant in Sw. Antoniego

Delicious Mexican food, genuine taste, and original names on the menu. Get one of their Big A** Burritos and you will not worry about being hungry for a long time. They started with a food truck, last fall they opened a restaurant in the Four Denominations District, and soon they are about to open a new breakfast spot near the market square. Obviously, everyone wants more of what they got. Polish food is my absolute favorite, but when I am served such good Mexican food, I start thinking I may have been Mexican in some other life. Absolutely worth trying.

                                                                                              Credit: Panczo

                                                                                              Credit: Panczo

 

6. Wroclawski Bazar Smakoszy – on Sundays, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Paczkowska 26

If you like natural ingredients and you support sustainability and organic farming, you should visit the weekly foodie market. Apart from the possibility to buy organic produce, such as cheese, meat, honey, fruit, vegetables, bread, etc., you can choose from a variety of dishes served at different stands. There are various things on offer every week, but the most popular ones are pancakes, herring, Ukrainian dishes, coffee and natural ice-cream. It is a great place to spend your Sunday morning at.

Apart from the permanent spots, you will see a lot of food trucks around the city located along the riverside, near the Centennial Hall, and at the city beaches. You can be sure that you will find a nice place to eat at even if you move away from the very center. Also, if you are lucky enough to be in Wroclaw when a food truck festival takes place, take some time to explore the variety there. Nowadays, food trucks are trying to be as innovative as possible to be able to fully compete with traditional restaurants, so you can be confident they want to impress you and serve you something you will remember for a long time.

                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wroclaw's Best Breakfasts: 7 Coolest Places to Start Your Day

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”

– A.A. Milne

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day. It can give you all the energy you need to get through the day and at the same time, so much more. When properly made and served, it can set the right mood for the entire day, and make you change your outlook on even the ugliest Monday morning.

They say there is nothing better than breakfast in bed on a Saturday or Sunday morning. But if today happens to be a Wednesday, or if it is Sunday yet you decide you would rather explore the city instead of lazing around in bed, here are a few places you may go to and have the breakfast you have always wanted.

Concept Stu Mostow, ul. Dlugosza 2-6

One of the highlights of the city. An awesome craft brewery with a pub and a restaurant upstairs, and a breakfast spot combined with a store. You walk in and you wonder whether to start with shopping, or sit back, relax and pick one of the delicious breakfast proposals first. The menu is all about quality, not quantity. There are several items only, but it is still hard to decide which one to order, as they all look great. You can choose one of the 5 sandwiches, or you can go for Spanish omelet, toast with avocado and roasted egg or traditional sunny-side egg with bacon, maple syrup and a cinnamon bun. If you like your breakfast sweet, matcha pancake cake should be your choice. All the dishes have a modern twist to them, and most of them are based on bread, rolls and buns which are made there with the addition of beer, wort, malt and spent grain. While waiting for your breakfast, you will be served a pre-starter consisting of a few pieces of delicious bread and a selection of their signature toppings, e.g. beer mustard, mayonnaise with hops or beetroot ketchup. Depending on your plans for the day, you may have the breakfast served with coffee or tea, or order a bottle of one of their amazing craft beers. In the meantime, you can look around and decide what you want to buy and take home with you to keep the memory of this amazing place alive.

                                                                    Photo: Concept Stu Mostow

                                                                   Photo: Concept Stu Mostow

 

Szynkarnia, ul. Sw. Antoniego 15

Szynkarnia is a place that has it all. In the morning, you can pop in for breakfast; later on, there are numerous brunch and lunch options available; in the afternoon, evening and at night, the place is all about craft beer and various snacks that will make you want to never leave. And the most important thing is that all the products that are used to prepare the delicious meals and snacks are top quality. Szynkarnia promotes a modern, healthy lifestyle and supports local farmers and producers of food.  A selection of local cheese, ham, sausage, honey, flour and various dairy products is the basis for all the menu items. The produce is top quality, lots of it comes from organic farming and has been awarded organic farming certificates. Let’s focus on the breakfast offer. Depending on your preferences, you may either go light and have one of their super smoothies or muesli, go sweet with a butter croissant or brioche and jam or honey, or go hard and order a breakfast set consisting of various combinations of sausage, eggs, bread (that they make themselves), cottage cheese and veggies. The breakfast can be paired with 100% Arabica coffee roasted at Etno Café, or with some great and sometimes very rare craft beer.

                                                                           Photo: Szynkarnia

                                                                          Photo: Szynkarnia

 

Dinette, pl. Teatralny 8                                                     

Dinnette at Teatralny Square is a follow-up to a restaurant located in Skytower. Their breakfast range of choice is so wide that it is virtually impossible to have problems choosing your breakfast menu there. The classic overlaps with the modern and the combination is to die for. You can choose from a variety of light options including smoothies, muesli, oatmeal and granola, or go more serious with English breakfast, shakshouka, omelet, scrambled eggs, toast, bagels and the specials, including hummus, black pudding and fois gras. A glass of Prosecco or freshly squeezed fruit juice will perfectly complement whatever you go for.  

                                                              Photo: Dinette

                                                              Photo: Dinette

 

Charlotte, ul. Sw. Antoniego 2/4

A breakfast classic since 2015. Typical French breakfast served based on home-made bread, baguettes, croissants, brioche and madeleine. A selection of breakfast sets, patisseries, tartines and salads guarantees that everyone will find something they like best. You may also order some French must-eats, such as croque-monsieur or croquet-madame and quiche. You will definitely feel this French bistro vibe there which you may also take home with you by buying some bread to go.

                                                            Photo: Charlotte

                                                           Photo: Charlotte

 

Frankies, ul. Wita Stwosza 57

Frankies is a place to be if you want to start your day in the healthiest way possible. A selection of their juices, power shakes, super juices, sandwiches and salads contains nothing but super ingredients, vitamins, fiber and microelements. Everything is healthy, natural and freshly made, and at the same time, it is absolutely delicious. If you combine super juice consisting of watermelon, strawberries, chia seeds, apple and mint with a spicy chicken or club sandwich and you order their delicious coffee, you can be sure your day will get better in the blink of an eye.

                                                                             Photo: Frankie's

                                                                            Photo: Frankie's

 

Plastrami, ul. Wita Stwosza 44

Plastrami is where you want to be as early as 8:00 AM. With their bagels and breakfast sets (served after 8:00) and pastrami sandwiches (served after 12:00), you will realize there is nothing you cannot do on that particular day. All the bread is home-made, the portions are significant and the ingredients are good quality. Everything is prepared properly, and the location almost at the very center of the market square is an additional advantage.

                                                                 Photo: Plastrami

                                                                 Photo: Plastrami

 

Central Café, ul. Swietego Antoniego 10

Hungry at breakfast time? An American-style bagel or pancakes should solve your problem. At Central Café, you can choose among a variety of bagels, pancakes, eggs, oatmeal and sweets. By pairing the breakfast of your choice with a cup of nice coffee, cocoa or tea, you can face yet another day with a smile on your face. Great location, nice interior and friendly staff will make your morning as enjoyable as possible.

                                                                         Photo: Central Cafe

                                                                       Photo: Central Cafe

 

                                                                   Text: Karolina Jągowska