Wroclaw is slowly becoming the new Polish capital of coffee. Every week a new place pops up, so coffee lovers cannot feel neglected anymore. (Coffee used to be a luxury product and the tendency to drink it everyday outside of home is still quite new.) Nowadays, there is so much choice and so many interesting places to visit, especially in such creative city as Wroclaw. I would like to propose a list of places that represent an “out of a box” thinking about coffee and a slightly different approach to space we generally call “a cafe”.
Definitely not a place for people allergic to cats, as in this place you are going to meet a few of them in person. That’s right, you can order a cup of coffee along with a slice of delicious polish cheesecake and a few rubbs. It’s a first cat cafe in Wroclaw, where cats are permanent residents. Well, at least until someone decides to adopt one, which is an option as the cafe also functions as an adoption center. You can order a “catpuccino” here, as well as “catwhite” and a cup of “catte latte.” The scientists already proved that being among cats increases
Australia in Wroclaw? Yes, that’s possible. The owner of “The Egg Cafe” came to Wroclaw after living many years in Australia and brought back a bunch of culinary inspirations from that very interesting and diverse region. As Australia became a second home to so many emigrants from different parts of the globe, the culinary influences from other cultures are really noticeable. You can trace that in the menu. From Mexican baked eggs (with chorizo and red beans) through Salmon and halloumi stack, to Reuben sandwich with beef - there is something for everyone. And the place is open from 7:30am, which is not that common in Wroclaw. It’s also one of a few places in the city where you can get my absolute number one for breakfast - eggs benedict. With a cup of coffee of course.
An iconic place in the city. The name “Literatka” stands for a 125ml shot glass. Yes, that’s correct. Drinking ridiculous amount of alcohol was quite normal during communism, especially among artists who couldn’t express themselves freely in an era of censorship. Literatka was a safe haven for writers and stand up comedians, and the place hosted unforgettable parties. Until today celebrities from the previous era meet up there to go down memory lane. It’s also a place where books are everywhere around; you can read all day and no one is going to kick you out. The only disadvantage is that smoking is allowed in the back room of the cafe. Unless you’re a smoker - than it’s obviously a big advantage, as it’s probably the last place in the city where you can feel decadent and have a cigarette with your coffee.
Etno Cafe Okrąglak
Finally a beautiful and once abandoned building “Okrąglak” reclaimed its glory thanks to the owners of Etno Cafe. The coffee served here comes from Ethiopia, Brasil and Nikaragua but it’s roasted in Wroclaw. The coffee is brewed in both classic and alternative ways, so it’s a great place for adventurous coffee explorers.
To visit our place number 5 we have to go back to Nadodrze district. (both Kot Cafe and Egg Cafe are also located here). Nadodrze is transforming very quickly from an area notorious for questionable reputation to a hip and arty area which is definitely worth a visit. Cafe Rozrusznik serves great coffee, cakes, and snacks. Despite its small size (or maybe thanks to it), the place has a great atmosphere which makes you wanna come back again and again.
What goes well with a coffee? A great view. To enjoy it, you have to first reach the last floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art, which itself is a very interesting building - an old air raid shelter built in 1942. The place has been resurrected as a platform for contemporary art in Wrocław. It’s got an elevator which whizzes you up to the fantastic 6th-floor cafe, which features a terrace and great views and may just be the highlight of visiting here.
The last but not least - Równik Cafe. It’s actually a place that is not open yet (the opening is planned for the 10th of May 2018, so if you’re reading the post after that - you’re more than welcome to go and check it out.) It’s a place that is built by parents who have kids with special needs (down syndrome, autism, asperger). They do not have many options for employment so the parents decided to create the employment for them. The boys are adults now (they helped to build the place and were trained to be bartenders and cooks), so they will serve coffee and prepare lunches. All the money earned will help them open another cafe, (or even cafes) so that more people with special needs find employment. So you’re having a coffee plus you make a positive change in the world. How great is that?
Text: Jasmina Jasinska