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Pints & Pierogi: A Weekend in Wroclaw

Jul 07

Wroclaw Market Square 7
Ah, Wroclaw. This pretty Polish town had me walking around with my face looking like the
heart eyes emoji during my stay – it’s so gorgeous. Not to mention the fact that it has fantastic beer, hearty and delicious food, and a fascinatingly complex history to boot.

Wroclaw Streets-001
I had little planned for my visit, apart from eating my body weight in pierogi, that is. So my first meal in Wroclaw was, of course, a plate full of those delectable, pillowy dumplings. I went to Pierogarnia Stary Mlyn – a centrally located (and subsequently tourist-laden) spot offering dozens of savoury and sweet pierogi.

Despite its touristy reputation, the food is made fresh to order and they apparently have a “Grandma’s Certificate”, issued by authentic grandmothers who help prepare the dishes and traditional recipes. Sounds totally legitimate, right?

Possible senior citizen exploitation aside, the food was excellent. I started with a bowl of hot beetroot soup, followed by potato and sauerkraut & mushroom pierogi. Doughy, savoury, and rich, these pierogi were flavourful and deliciously satisfying.

Wroclaw Pierogi-001Wroclaw Beetroot Soup
In-between pierogi feasting, I meandered through Market Square, gawking at the beautiful townhouses and snapping an absurd amount of photos.

I also stopped for a pint or two – the dark beer at Spiz was a standout for me, along with a beer-infused cocktail from Zloty Pies. Both restaurants have outdoor patios in the bustling main square, and I loved pausing to savour a beverage and people-watch for a while.

Wroclaw Market Square 4-001Wroclaw Zloty Pies
I perused the souvenir and food stalls, admired the striking Gothic Old Town Hall, and stumbled upon a few of the city’s most infamous residents: the gnomes.

Gnomes have become synonymous with Wroclaw, and are a trademark of the Orange Alternative – an anti-communist movement that began in the 1980s. Members of the group used gnomes as a peaceful and satirical protest against the authoritarian regime at the time, and now more than 300 statues can be found around the city.

Old Town Hall Wroclaw 2-002Wroclaw Gnomes Wroclaw Market Square 3-001Wroclaw was my first taste of Poland, and not only did this charming little city leave a lasting impression on me, it also left me wanting to see so much more of this friendly and intriguing country.

Have you been to Wroclaw? 

7 Comments

  • Reply Alaina Jul 10 at 6:55 pm

    My family is very Polish and I’ve always wanted to go to my “homeland.” This post may have just convinced me to book a ticket. Have you been to any other Polish destinations or have any tips for my first Poland trip?

    • Reply ashleywanders Jul 15 at 3:19 pm

      Glad to hear I may have finally convinced you to visit Poland! 🙂 I’ve only been to Wroclaw so far, sadly! I would definitely recommend this city to a first-time visitor to Poland, though, as it’s relatively small, easy to navigate, and there’s lots to see and do. Check out heartmybackpack.com or mywanderlust.pl for more posts and tips, as they’ve travelled more of the country than I have!

  • Reply LC Jul 11 at 9:10 pm

    Those pierogi look amazing. Got to love potato-based foods. I always eat my body weight in potato dumplings when in Germany. Has to be done.

    • Reply ashleywanders Jul 15 at 3:23 pm

      Seriously though – potato-based foods (and potatoes in general) are the best. I need to try potato dumplings of the German variety next!

      • Reply LC Jul 15 at 9:19 pm

        You do and you’ll love them. They taste especially good washed down with German brewed beer. Prost!

  • Reply Jess May 10 at 7:35 am

    Wow, it looks so great! I have been to Poland few times, but never in Wroclaw. I definitely need to go there during my next trip, because the city looks really great! I usually stay at my friends’ in Warsaw. I love going there and exploring the city with them. Our last discovery is an amazing, unique bar with champagnes and delicious food called Bubbles. I would never choose a champagne to my lunch, but surprisingly it goes really well. I can’t wait to visit Warsaw and this bar, and hopefully Wroclaw too soon 🙂

    • Reply ashleywanders Jun 06 at 8:10 pm

      It is a beautiful city 🙂 I’d love to see more of Poland, especially Warsaw as I’ve heard it’s a lovely place. I’ll definitely check out Bubbles if I go!

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