Located next to Wrocław’s only remaining pre-war synagogue, Mleczarnia is a quaint, back street pub that oozes charm and romanticism.
Old-world nostalgia is the perfect description for this favorite among locals and visitors alike, as conversation is confined to candlelight. Deep browns and earth tones host a backdrop to the dozens of family portraits and tapestries adorning the walls. A laid-back atmosphere and unconstrained table arrangements enable mismatched and timeworn chairs to scoot across worn wooden floors effortlessly. Dried flowers in vases, stacks of books with feathered pages, and oversized radios with turn dials complete the setting that resembles a late 19th Century dining room. As soft music plays in the background, it’s easy to get lost in anticipation of the stories the walls and pictures here could share.
Praise of the enchanting pub even reached the attention of the New York Times, in an article published April 23, 2010 regarding the renaissance of Wrocław: “Spots like the student-friendly watering hole Mleczarnia… have turned the out-of-the-way Wlodkowica Street into oneof Wroclaw’s most fashionable avenues.” Mleczarnia justly deserves its role in fostering the revitalization of the Jewish District as chic restaurants and bars now fill the area.
Translating to “dairy” in English, Mleczarnia specializes in milk drinks such as coffee, cocoa, and hot chocolate. This bohemian bar has other reasonably priced drinks and snacks, and even offers a hearty breakfast menu. A personal favorite drink is the “Bar Tender Tea”; one can choose from an assortment of fruit-flavored herbal teas, mixed with chunks of orange, grapefruit, apple, lime, and lemon, and served with a shot glass of raspberry or ginger syrup. The beverage is not complete until it’s garnished with spices and accompanied by a heart-shaped gingersnap cookie.
Mleczarnia also hosts cultural showcases including guest speakers, musicians, and artists. Although the pub has a hostel located on the second floor that continues the old-fashioned and elegant theme, this really is a type of bar someone could “live” in. Some loyal patrons seem to do just that—camping out at their favorite spots, especially those tables in high demand adjacent to the old water pump near the main bar. This Wrocław institution offers a relaxing and quiet indoor gathering space; but not much compares to sipping your favorite drink in the beer garden while under the shadow of the towering courtyard tree.
Mleczarnia, ul. Pawla Wlodkowica 5
Tel: 71 787 75 70, mleczarniahostel.pl