4. You can indulge in modern Polish cuisine
Polish chefs are increasingly turning to traditional Polish cooking in their search for a contemporary but locally-rooted cuisine, and Wrocław is one of the best places to sample the kind of treats they’re coming up with. Head for the OK Wine Bar for relaxing riverside views and Polish classics with a global twist; or Ovo for a local take on tapas as well as country-house fare like roast wild boar.
Folksy-but-refined jaDka is the place to push the boat out with Polish feast-day dishes like roast duck with apples. Just be sure to drop any preconceptions you might have about beetroot. The vitamin-rich super-vegetable is ubiquitous in Wrocław, whether you’re eating in the fancy places or the street-corner canteens.
5. You can drink brilliant beers
Poland is the sixth biggest per-capita beer consumer in the world (well ahead of the USA and the UK), and Wrocław, with its centuries-old brewing traditions, is one of its heartlands.
Cellar-bound Spiż is one of the city’s most renowned brew-pubs, and there are any number of multi-tap bars in the popular nightlife zone around ulica Ruska.
Dedicated followers of the craft beer scene should head for Stu Mostów, a brewery, restaurant and bar located in a former factory northeast of the centre. It’s the ideal place to drink your way through an entire range of pilsners, rye beers and Schöps, a light but distinctive local ale of medieval vintage that has recently been recreated by Stu Mostów’s brewmasters.
6. There are some headline hotels
Wrocław was always associated with grand old hotels from another epoch; places like the 5-star Monopol and 3-star Europejski helped define the city to generations of visitors, and it’s only now that they have a genuinely iconic rival. Based in the brand-new and boldly curvy Ovo Centre, the DoubleTree by Hilton belies its international-chain status with a highly individual approach to architecture and design. Bulging up against the city centre like an ocean liner arriving at port, it provides yet another talking point in a city that has never been shy of brusque architectural statements.
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