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Life in Wroclaw – tips how to survive – part 1

So you are here in Wroclaw. Most probably for work, or for student exchange. Both reasons mean you will stay here for a while. You will become part of this city, and this city will become part of you.

It is not easy in the beginning to find yourself in this non-English speaking country. You try to talk some basic Polish with an old lady in KIOSK and she replies with a confidence in Polish which you do not get at all. You hope that young lady walking nearby will help you with getting a ticket and instead of that she opens her mouth widely and still nothing. Then you go to the market square and you get into conversation with some random, old guy, dressed in a bad way, smelling alcohol asking you with perfect English for a change so he will buy a beer.Crazy world, isn’t?

Still most of the people can speak English, so you should not face a problems with communication. Keep on trying and be patient.

Wroclaw from its touristic side has not much to offer. Comparing to Krakow, Prague or Barcelona, where you need one week to really discover the city, here one or two days and you can tick the city. BUT…yeah…there is a BIG BUT. You have to stay a little bit longer to feel unique atmosphere. You will love the fact that walking around the market square you do not have to make the road free for millions of tourists, clicking everything with their cameras and following the tourist guide carrying umbrella. From time to time you crash to German or Italian group of 20-30 people and that is it. The amount of tourist still does not kill the spirit. Which is a HUGE plus to the city!

Life here is still relatively cheap. You can get a room for 150-200 euros  per month for rent. If you are student, you might be interested in getting a room in a student dormitory where the life goes by its own. If you are party animal, art and culture lover, you like concerts starting from heavy metal to pop music, exhibitions is the place where you rush after office – Wroclaw is the place to be.

Most of the clubs are located in market square or in area of 5 minutes of walk. The amount of them you can visit in one night can be limited only by a speed you drink your beer with in each of the club. Then it is also great to move out a little bit out of the market square which during the academic year can be a killer with the amount of students. Go to Bogusławskiego street (located along the rail track) with amazing amount of small pubs and restaurants. Then Browar Mieszczański with its atmosphere and urban style is a place to visit. Place that is also very interesting is Włodkowica street, very close to market square, though also very crowded and popular. During the summer you will find beer spots on Wyspa Słodowa as well as a beach on Przystań Zwierzyniecka near ZOO garden. And in ZOO garden you can also spend entire day and have a seat in one of the bars located inside.

Besides beer shops, you may be also interested in nice and cheap food. Galeria Italiana, located 100 meters from Rynek (on Więzienna street) offers good and affordable food which will satisfy every stomach (check Cegielnia, Spinacz, Capri restaurants). Then on Włodkowica street, just in the vicinity of Jewish Synagogue, you will find nice and good Jewish restaurant, “Sarah”. If you re fan of sushi, go to Kyoto Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant. From Monday to Thursday starting from 6 pm they have nice offer, eat as much as you can for 45 zlotych! And since sushi is still pretty new in Poland in other places you will find it pretty expensive.

City has a big potential and good offer to satisfy everybody. The above is just a quick overview to give you idea where to start!

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Market Hall (Hala Targowa) at Piaskowa Street

Hala Targowa located near the city center is a very unique and interesting place to shop. It was built in 1906 to organize the trade in the city center. Since it was not destroyed during the Second World War, and straight after the war was reopen for trade again which is taking place till now. Preserved to this day the idea of exhibition hall attracts all those interested in urban architecture, stalls as well as shopping itself.

In the unique and historic interior you can find fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, meat straight from the butcher. Apart from that there are many boutiques with clothes, cosmetics, handbags, fabrics, Chinese articles, unusual jewelry. You can also get your copy of keys done there as well as other handicrafts jobs.

Market Hall is open from Monday till Friday starting from 8 am till 7 pm and Saturday starting from 9am till 3 pm.

How to get there?

Hala Targowa is located on Piaskowa 15 Street, very close to Ostrów Tumski and city center.  You can easily spot it and there is no need to take a tram or bus as it is easily reachable by foot.

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Olds Marketplace “Młyn Sułkowice”

Bazaars and markets are places where you can find many unique items. It is a perfect for all those tired of malls. While in Wroclaw you must visit this one of those magical places full of old stuff, antiquities as well as fresh fruits. There are few which are open throughout the week. Some of them only once in a week (Saturday, Sunday)or even once in a month.

The Olds Market near “Młyn Sułkowice” is open every Sunday. It is advisable to go there in the morning to avoid the crowd and be sure that you get what you search for, as the choice in the morning is bigger.

You can find there used and new bicycles, different sport equipment, old and interesting furniture, clothes, organic food straight from the farmers, electronic equipment, basically everything you can imagine . The market is pretty huge and there are few hundreds stalls to check so be ready to spend there at least few hours to make sure you find what you need.

It is the best place for those of you, who search for a bicycle. You can find there different types, for women, for men, for kids, mountain bikes, city ones, racing ones…so all needs will be satisfied. You can get a used bike in a very good condition for like 200 zl or new one which will be more expensive.

Also be prepare for hard bargaining if you want to get a good deal. Never accept the first price offered by the seller. And go to the next one to see what kind of deal can you get there as the thing of your interest can be available in few different places. It actually can be entertaining and you can have lots of fun while doing it.

How you can get there?

The “Młyn Sułkowice” is located on Poprzeczna Street, just next to CH Korona Mall. You will quickly spot the old building with the huge sign on it stating the name.

From the city center there is a bus D going there. However the bus stop of the bus D is located pretty far away and you have to walk for 10 minutes. It is more convenient to reach Plac Grunwaldzki which is connected with the entire city, and then take bus 131 or 141 and get out on Brücknera stop, and the market will be just in front of it.

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“Bywalec” Bar, św. Wincentego 11 Street

If you wish to explore the atmosphere of typical “Bar Mleczny” (the correct translation is “Milk Bar”) you can not miss the visit to Bywalec Bar on Świętego Wincentego Street.

This place will give you the feeling that the communist era has not finished yet. From the very entrance you can spot the specific decor, that definitely will not take your breath away, but will rather make you smile or sometimes even scare you. At every table you can find few chairs of different kind and type. One of them wooden, one plastic, the other one metal…just to make the people to have a sit. At every table artificial flowers placed there for the past 15 years.

The menu (polish: Jadłospis) contains Polish food only such us russian dumplings (pl: pierogi ruskie), pork cutlet (pl: kotlet schabowy), potatoes and cabbage (pl: ziemniaki z kapustą) and many others. On the other hand the prices are very cheap, as you can have a good meal for 2-3 euros. You can also be sure the food will be good and fresh as many people eat there. However if you are not a fan of exploring this kind of places, take a look at the food and clientele before you decide to have a meal there.

Another interesting thing is the service. Years ago these bars were self service. You were expected to bring your plates and forks and knives. Nowadays the only thing you have to do, is take the plate with food once its ready and return dirty dishes to the small return window in behind which the lady will wash them.

At Bywalec you will find them two very nice woman, who will smile at you as far as you do not bother them too much. Be sure what you want! Order your food! Have a sit!  Take your food (FORGET that somebody will bring it to you)! Eat it!  Bring the dirty plates back to them, and GO! 🙂 Do not expect anybody to speak English there, so if you don’t have basics to order food make sure you invite some Polish friend over.

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