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Cafe Targowa

Wrocław has seen some changes since I moved here over four years ago.  At that time the only place to buy Fair Trade products was an office which wasn't open every day, a project that was later to become Falanster.  

Since then Falanster has come and gone, but at the same time places like Cafe Rozrusznik and Cafe Pestka have come on the scene, while places like Złe mięso and Najadaze also sell Fair Trade drinks.  Slowly the people of Wrocław are learning what Fair Trade is.  (I myself believe that Fair Trade is not a perfect concept, but it is better than the standard form of trade.)

What about takeaway coffee and tea though?  Well, the newly opened Cafe Targowa, based in the main market hall by the Odra, might just be the answer. Its location is very close to both the university and Ostrów Tumski, where many people of a diverse nature tend to be around. Of course, Hala Targowa itself is visited by many people, and as a building with very nice architecture, it is a place worth visiting in itself.

But what about the coffee? When I was there, the person I conversed with enjoyed her latte (and having had a sip myself,  I found it rather pleasant). I opted for the hot chocolate, which had a tasty kick thanks to the added spices, including cardamon and cinnamon.

As one says, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, or in this case, the proof of the coffee is in the drinking (not that that sounds as poetic!). Given the quality of the coffee then, I'd give a big thumbs-up to Cafe Targowa. The prices are fairly standard (espressos and americanos for 4 or 4 złoty, lattes for 6/7/8 złoty, for example). Regardless of whether you are looking for a more ethical drink or not, the coffee there does hit the spot – and that's what counts.

Cafe Targowa, Ul. Piaskowa 17, Tel: 536 591 286, Facebook Page

About Ian Maloy

Ian Maloy

Ian is a singing teacher who has been living in Wrocław for several years. Dobrze mówi po polsku. Ian can often be found in town eating excellent vegan/vegetarian food, drinking beer from micro-breweries, bird-watching around Lower Silesia, jogging by the Odra, lighting candles in the Russian Orthodox church and banging his head in various moshpits to Polish metal/hardcore bands.

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