Wrocław

The city of canals and creative minds.

For centuries Wroclaw’s life has been defined by the river, its plentiful canals and bridges. The landscape carved by the water welcomed and bid goodbye to the Habsburgs, Bohemians, Prussians and Poles. Everyone left something for posterity: the majestic Cathedral Island, imposing town hall, the unique painting of Raclawice Panorama, the oldest Zoo in Poland and enough dwarfs to rescue an army of Snow Whites.

It is easy to stumble across the shadows of the past, but even easier to discover the joyful vibes of the current affairs. The city is only as good as its people and the locals are famous for their openness, kindness and cultural freedom. They created the alternative music scene, the capital of indie cinema and of course the famous murals. With its original galleries, inventive restaurants and quirky shops, creativity is still at the center of life here. What’s not to love?! (Err perhaps the dreadful city parking...)

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EAT

Dinette
Galeria Handlowa Sky Tower, ul. Powstańców Śląskich 95, 53-332 Wrocław, tel. 534 207 534

Beautiful interior and inspired European fusion menu based on fresh and seasonal produce.www.dinette.pl

Taszka Wine & Petiscos
Rynek 53/55, 50-116 Wrocław, tel. 570 337 424

There is much to enjoy at Taszka - imaginative and authentic Iberian cuisine, laid-back atmosphere, gorgeous interiors and impressive selection of wines are just a few highlights. Created by Polish-Portuguese couple who lived in Portugal until deciding to move to Wroclaw it delightfully captures the soul of the country. The tasty dishes come in small tapas-style plates of petiscos or a couple of tasting menus including one vegetarian, whilst the wine is sourced from small Portuguese vineyards, that owners often know personally. With a very central location on the Main Market Square, this is a perfect post-sightseeing hangout. taszka.wine

Nanan
ul. Kotlarska 32, Wrocław, tel. 692 957 447

Nanan is as sweet as it gets with velvet pink interiors and an array of eclairs, macaroons and other fantastic mini-cakes. The mouth watering sweet treats are beautifully displayed in a central glass counter, surrounded by alluring design of curved blush walls and arched doorways. Such setting gives no choice but to indulge in their unique confectionery creations. www.facebook.com/cukierniananan

Hint
ul. Pawła Włodkowica 6, 50-072 Wrocław, tel. 717 725 165

The stylish bistro housed by the trendy Puro hotel is nothing like a typical hotel restaurant. Through its colorful design and creative menu, it boldly marks its presence on the culinary map of the city. Expect contemporary cuisine inspired by street food and seasonality with some homemade elements such as pasta and cakes, and in the summer nothing beats a chilled pint of craft beer in the lush garden. hintbistro.pl

KRVN
ul. Św. Antoniego 40/1, 50-073 Wrocław, tel. 881 630 495

Quirky restaurant with a great burger menu. www.krvn.pl

Machina Organika
ul. Ruska 19, 50-079 Wrocław, tel. 733 537 210

This is a "raw" kitchen which means that the dishes are not heated above 40C and they retain all the nutrients. On offer daily menu and a large selection of organic coffees and teas, BIO wines and craft beers, vegetable and fruit slices and gluten free options. www.facebook.com/Machina.Organika

DRINK

Ale Browar
ul. Pawła Włodkowica 27, 11-400 Wrocław tel. 533 944 823

One of only two publs run by the brewery of the same name happens to be in Wroclaw. This is excellent news for all the craft beer lovers who will appreciate the quality of drinks on offer. There is a satisfying selection of mainly own brands on tap all imaginatively displayed and well described, served in rather pleasant minimalist interiors. www.facebook.com/alebrowarwroclaw

Browar Stu Mostów
ul. Jana Długosza 2-6, 51-162 Wrocław, tel. 501 822 305

Hosed in the old factory buildings of the pre-war era is the Browar Stu Mostów (Hundred Bridges Brewery) a microbrewery and bar in one spot. Although slightly out of town it is definitely worth the trip for the exceptional drinking experience. The bar positioned on the mezzanie level overlooking the production process makes you feel like the theatre audience for this real time beer show. The vast drink selection is accompanied by a tasty menu as well as bakery and concept store next door where you an stock up on some handy snacks and drinks to enjoy later. 100mostow.pl/pub

Etno Cafe Okrąglak
ul. Świdnicka 50, 50-996 Wrocław, tel. 71 307 10 03

It is a small chain of cafes, where the subject of coffee is approached both artisanally and ethically (they claim to know all their growers). We love it not just for its coffee but also for the beautiful interiors and delicious snacks. This particular location happens to be in the hotspot of Wroclaw’s cultural life and happily gets involved in keeping up with the area’s life. etnocafe.pl/okraglak

Szynkarnia
ul. Św. Antoniego 15, 50-073 Wrocław, tel. 733 808 134

Wide selection of Polish finest beers, cheeses, sausages, sourdough bread and more. www.facebook.com/Szynkarnia

SEE

Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski)

History enthusiasts should start here their journey around Wrocław. Surrounded by the waters of the Oder, the former stronghold, which gave rise to the city, houses magnificent architectural monuments strongly associated with country's Catholic history.

The Raclawice Panorama
ul. Purkyniego 11, 50-155 Wrocław, tel. 71 344 16 61

The cycloramic painting illustrates the Battle of Raclawice where the legendary General Tadeusz Kościuszko's defeated the Russians in 1794. The painting is a unique example of the 19th century mass culture genre and the 360° view cleverly presents different scenes at various viewing angles to create a feeling of reality.www.panoramaraclawicka.pl

Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej w Pawilonie Czterech Kopuł
ul. Wystawowa 1, 50-001 Wrocław, tel. 71 712 71 89

After many years of performing various functions, the Four Dome Pavilion - the famous work of Hans Poelzig - was restored to the public in a form of the Museum of Contemporary Art, a branch of the National Museum in Wrocław. In the dazzling white rooms of the modernist building, displayed are the works of the most eminent Polish artists of the second half of the twentieth century and modern times. The museum houses one of the largest Polish contemporary art collections in the country, dating back to the 1960s. The core of the collection are works by outstanding Polish artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Paweł Althamer, Mirosław Bałka, Stanisław Fijałkowski and Władysław Hasior or Tadeusz Kantor. pawilonczterechkopul.pl

Wroclaw Contemporary Museum
pl. Strzegomski 2a, 53-681 Wrocław, tel. 71 356 42 50

The museum is housed in a concrete roundhouse of an air-raid shelter built for civilians in 1942. The exhibition focuses on presenting contemporary art with a strong focus on Wroclaw and the 6th floor cafe is a great spot for taking in some of Wroclaw's views.www.muzeumwspolczesne.pl

Narodowe Forum Muzyki
Plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, tel. 71 715 97 00

The musical inspiration for the design of this modern concert hall complex was the violin! Located in the heart of Wroclaw, the architecturally impressive building has become part of the city space, and due to its beautiful design and outstanding acoustics, it quickly became a space for various concerts, festivals, cultural events and meetings. Come and experience music at the highest level, regardless of whether you like the classical or modern, a visit to NFM will be a memorable one.www.nfm.wroclaw.pl

Hydropolis
ul. Na Grobli 19-21, 50-001 Wrocław tel. +48 71 340 95 15

This ultra-modern museum is exclusively dedicated to the importance of water and showing it from various fascinating perspectives. Located in a historic 19th century underground pure water tank covering a floor area of 4,000 m² it is a place for the whole family to enjoy and learn in a fun way. www.mieszkaniegepperta.pl

Zoo
ul. Zygmunta Wróblewskiego 1-5, Wrocław, tel. 71 348 30 24

Established in 1856, it is not only the oldest but also the most popular zoo in Poland, with over 10 thousand animals it is enough to impress the adults and children alike. www.zoo.wroclaw.pl

Centennial Hall (Hala Stulecia)
ul. Wystawowa 1, 51-618 Wrocław, tel. 71 347 51 51

Centennial Hall was built to the plans of architect Max Berg between 1911 and 1913 with a purpose of housing exhibitions, concerts, opera performances and sporting events and at the time of its completion, was one of the largest buildings of its kind in the world. The reinforced concrete structure was a brave new concept at the time and continues to impress as one of the city's biggest landmarks which in 2006 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. halastulecia.pl

Wroclaw's murals

Over 50 projects scattered throughout the city, which have been created since 2008 as part of international street art shows. Maps available in all BWA Wrocław galleries and tourist information centres.

BUY

Pulpa
Hala Targowa, sklep nr 162, ul. Piaskowa 17, Wrocław, tel. 792 211 468

Wrocław's Market Hall not only serves as fresh daily market for stocking up on fruit and veg, the new wave of small boutique owners are slowly moving in and Pulpa is a fine example. The owner of this clothing brand Marta Maruszczak creates some finest contemporary designs in town. Think minimalist cuts, shades of black and grey and quality fabrics, much loved and recommended. pulpashop.com

Elementy
Centrum Handlowe Wroclavia, ul. Sucha 1, 50-086 Wrocław, tel. 733 622 8618

Another beloved brand for functional, simple and timeless clothing that is handmade with highest quality fabrics. They came to fame not only for its contemporary fashion but also for joining the unusual movement of pricing transparency. They honestly share the details of their pricing elements including the production cost and margins. It is worth noting that all the clothes are designed and handmade in Warsaw with Wroclaw’s store being only their second one in the country. elementywear.com

Wrocławscy Projektanci
ul. Świdnicka 6, 50-067 Wrocław

A fantastic shop near the Market Square uniting under one roof independent Wrocław designers whose workshops are usually scattered across the city. Full of unique fashion, jewellery, accessories and beyond all made with great attention to detail and plenty of love - it's hard to find more Wroclaw souvenirs! www.facebook.com/WroclawscyProjektanci

Fu- Ku
ul. Czysta 4, 50-013 Wrocław, tel. 505 999 335

It is a collection of independent fashion designers, a selected second hand finds as well as a photographic atelier. www.fu-ku.pl

Mobo
ul. Pomorska 39, 50-216 Wrocław, tel. 533 546 046

A great modern clothing and accessories shop selling the designs of almost 30 young Polish talents. www.mo-bo.pl