Shopping in Wroclaw
There is a nice price level in Poland, and this benefit you bring with you as
a tourist in Wroclaw as well. But you do not come here to shop well-known
western brands. Not that you won't find everything from Armani to Donna Karan
here, but it's not much cheaper than home.
On the other hand, it is much cheaper to find when it comes to locally
produced products, whether it is food and drink, craft products, clothing and
jewelry, or antiques.
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The most expensive shops can be found in the streets of Odrzanska
and Mikolaja. Here are boutiques you might as well find in Paris or
Milan. Another such street is Kielbasnicza. By the way, this is a
street those of us who like to look in cozy antique shops also go to.
Most tourists probably shop no matter more in the area around the square in
the center of Old Town, and especially in the streets of ulica Swidnicka
and ulica Olawska. Here it is formally packed with all kinds of shops,
and the whole family will probably find something that suits their own style and
Markets in Wroclaw
Not far from the train station you will find Wroclaw's largest market. It's
called the Zielinskiego Market and it's located at Plac
Zielinskiego, which you will find at the corner of Piaskowa and
Sw. Ducha. This is an attraction you should bring even if you are not
primarily in Wroclaw to shop. Here you get everything! Open all days except
Sundays. Weekdays from 0700 to 1800 and Saturdays from 0700 to 1500.
You can find another market in the street ul. Piaskowa 17. It is called
Hala Targowa and was once the leading market in Wroclaw. Today,
the selection is still very good, although it is probably a little less popular
than the Zielinskiego market. Open from 0800 to 1830 every weekday, and
Saturdays from 0900 to 1500. Closed Sundays.
Shopping centers in Wroclaw
There are many great shopping centers in Wroclaw, but the fact is you
basically only need to know about one of them. It's called Magnolia
Park and it's the biggest and best. Almost as an adventure
center to count. You can just take a taxi to Magnolia Park since it is located
in ul. Legnicka 58, a little outside the city center.
If you do not want to leave the city center, you have Arkady
Wroclawskie in the street
ul. Powstancˇw Slaskich 2-4, not far from the train station. Here are
more than 100 well-known brand stores including H&M and Benetton in addition to
restaurants and cafes. Aquariums and other children's entertainment are also on
Souvenirs in Wroclaw
If you are one of those who consider postcards, plastic clocks or a cup with
the Wroclaw City Hall on, as a souvenir, then know that "junkies" selling such
are everywhere. But do not think that it is a Polish product you buy. Most
likely, the cup is from China.
Of other more "real" souvenir products, it is primarily amber, and then in
the form of jewelry, which is most popular. And amber jewelry can be really
beautiful. Just make sure you bring a real one. For example, go to
Galeria Art Amber in the street ul. Szewska 68 / 1a to avoid
being fooled. Galeria Art Amber is well known outside Wroclaw.
Alternatively, beverages are a decent souvenir. Poland is the real homeland
of Vodka, and not Russia as you might have assumed? Buy with a bottle of
Chopin. Or how about a bottle of Goldwasser ? You know the liqueur
with 22 to 23 carat leaf-gold in!
Eating in Wroclaw
Like many other cities, Wroclaw is heavily influenced by its history in terms
of food and nightlife. With its German history you will find several beautiful
beer gardens and beer halls in the city, not least Bierhalle Zwizki.
This happy tourist trap can be found in the street Ratusz 24-27.
Here are beers in large glasses, waitresses in colorful uniforms with big rings,
and German-inspired food. And all at nice prices.
Wroclaw also has Jewish restaurants as a result of the city's historically
strong Jewish enclave. One of the best Jewish restaurants is Sarah
in the street ul. Wlodkowica 5, not far from the synagogue, west of the
old town. And they have more to offer than kosher food. Open from 1200 to 2200.
You can also eat international food in Wroclaw. Good restaurants with cuisine
from Italy, Greece, India or Mexico are just as common here, as in well-known
cities in the West. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, there are also the
same fast food chains here that you also know from other big cities, e.g. TGF or
"Fridays" as it is now referred to as in daily speech.
So-called green restaurants are also spreading, and Vega Bar Weganski is
probably the oldest vegan variety in Wroclaw with its start in 1987. The food is
made from scratch, and you also get fresh fruits, vegetables, soups, nuts, herbs
and you name it.
Vega Bar Weganski is open from 0800 to 2000 (2100 Fridays and Saturdays)
every day. The address is Rynek 27a.
Polish food has no reputation for being the best in the world in terms of
haute cuisine, but the portions are large, the drink strong and the influence of
Germany and Austria palpable. It is certainly pleasant to spend an evening at a
Polish restaurant, and the food is better than you think.
Some select restaurants in Wroclaw
The restaurant Cesarsko-Krˇlewska in the street Rynek 19
tries to recreate the grandeur of the past in cities like Vienna. The restaurant
has several magnificent dining rooms, literally, and the menu consists of
delicious game dishes as well as other classic European cuisine. You will also
have the opportunity to taste delicious vodka here.
This Italian trattoria offers pasta and other well-known Italian dishes, and is
just as good as a restaurant in Italy. Opening hours are from 1200 to 2400. The
address is ul. Wiezienna 21 in the old town.
Take the trip to Pl. Teatralna 4, in the basement of Teatr Lalek, you
will find (yet another) Italian restaurant that gets good feedback. Previously,
this was the very special restaurant Restauracja Teatralna where the world was
literally turned upside down.
There is still something unique about eating in these premises. Both
exclusive and popular at once.
Nightlife in Wroclaw
In Poland, it is often the case that the bars only close when the last
customer leaves the scene, and it is no different in Wroclaw. At least around
the market square in the old town.
You will also find good night spots west of the main square, ie in ul.
Ruska and ul. Wlodkowica. The former street is the youth's
favorite with many clubs and bars. Many travelers and residents alike make the
trip to the old train station at Plac Orlat Lwowskich.
What should we do, we who enjoyed the very cozy music bar / restaurant
Ragtime? Well we suggest the bar right next door, more specifically at Pl.
Solny 11. The place is called Cocktail bar by Incognito
and it is a good old fashioned cocktail bar which offers first class drinks in a
safe and relaxed environment. What more could one want?