When Wrocław Uncut reader Walter Łuszczyk suggested we pay a visit to the city's best bakers, naturally we thought it was our duty to check the place out. Having sampled some of the produce on show, there is no doubt that Piekarnia Pl. Bema is the real deal.
Ask any Pole living in the UK what produce they miss the most – bread regularly tops the list. Supermarket loaves back home have lost all their taste in the search for a longer shelf life, and imports of Polish bread to the UK are now doing a roaring trade. Some 'Chleb' is better than others however, and the street long queues often found outside Piekarnia Pl.Bema are the only evidence you need.
It just takes a solitary step inside this Pl. Bema bakers to tell this is a well renowned place of local legend. The long queue spans several generations, but moves at speed as the experienced staff fly through each order in perfect motion. While the lady by the till is busy hastily wrapping loaves for the customers, the baker strolls through from the back and promptly plants a new batch of freshly baked bread on the shelves. This might not seem like anything unusual, but nowadays how many places bake and sell their bread in such a traditional manner? There's no pre baked loaves, paypass or plastic bags here.
The sweet toothed are also accommodated for, with classic sweet bułka's available in their two traditional flavours of jam or white cheese. The 'half French' bułka (półfrancuska) is another sweet breakfast option and is a little lighter on the stomach.
The main attraction of this bakers though, is of course its fantastic bread. Piekarnia Pl. Bema's loaves have not been labeled the best in Wrocław for nothing. Combine Piekarnia's bread with some Polish homemade pickled cucumbers and smalec, and you've got the ultimate hangover breakfast.
So If you fancy checking out the city's most renowned bakers, head to Pl.Bema 4 and try out the produce for yourself. Just remember to be patient and not be put off by the queue – they are not that long by accident.
Old and young alike queue up for bread at Piekarnia Pl.Bema – but it's worth the wait
Piekarnia Bema, Pl. Bema 4