As a place to visit, Wrocław brings together pretty much everything that’s good about contemporary Poland: a thoroughly modernized cross-section of attractions, an increasingly varied dining and nightlife scene, and a sack full of historical influences.
And the fact that Wrocław represents Europe at its most unpronounceable is no longer an excuse not to visit. It’s time to brush linguistic embarrassment aside and hop aboard that plane.
The grassy lawns of Wyspa Slodowa (Malting-House Island) are used for impromptu picnics by the city’s sizeable youth and student population, while indie rock and dub reggae are pumped out by the converted-barge café-bars moored nearby.
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.
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.
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