Pints & Pierogi: A Weekend in Wroclaw

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.

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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? 


  1. 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?

    1. 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 or for more posts and tips, as they’ve travelled more of the country than I have!

  2. 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.

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

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

  3. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

  4. ‘Love it!

    I haven’t yet been to Wroclaw even though I’ve been visiting Poland for more than 20 years, but I certainly plan to!

    p.s. I met some of the PR people from Wroclaw and they were very excited to meet me at ITB in Berlin. I just have to find some time, and ready my stomach!

    1. Wroclaw is lovely, and it made me want to see so much more of the country! Hopefully you’ll have the chance to visit soon – I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂

  5. Loved your post, I just wanted to ask you , how many days do you consider would be necessary to wander around Wroclaw?, I’m planning on visiting Warsaw, krakow and Wroclaw later this year .

    1. Thanks, Cecilia! Wroclaw isn’t very big, so you can probably cover most of the main sights within a day or two – but you might want a bit more time depending on your plans (and because it’s so beautiful ;)). Enjoy your trip!

  6. Oh, you’ve been to my hometown! It doesn’t matter that I’ve only spent the first 3 years of my life there, I still consider it my No.1 place in Poland and visit whenever I can 🙂 The funny thing is that I’ve found your blog while looking for tips on life in Edinburgh where I have just moved from Warsaw (my home for the last 20 years). What a pity that you had to leave this place, it’s absolutely amazing! Or perhaps you my come back here one day?

    1. I can see why you consider it to be your number one place to visit in Poland — it’s such a lovely city! And Edinburgh is an amazing place — enjoy your time there 🙂 I come back fairly often to visit, but I’m not sure I’ll ever live there again, unfortunately.

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