Wrocław now has another addition to its growing list of child-friendly cafes in the shape of Piękna Helena. A cafe which is contributing to the trendy vibe fostered by other new venues in Nadodze, Piękna Helena can be found on ul. Łotkietka, just a few minutes stroll from the Dubois tram stop and a short walk away from the city centre.
The first thing that I noticed upon walking in was the cafe's spaciousness, as there was easily enough room for our prams (note the plural); indeed, there was even a special space for them. There is also a special room for changing babies, which thankfully isn't just an addition to the women's toilets (thus forcing men to sneak in to change nappies). Instead it's a room especially made for the purpose, complete with a sink, baby wipes and creams.
On top of all this there is a large play area complete with toys, which also contains places for adults to sit comfortably and watch their children. Of course, given the child friendly nature of the place, one would also presume that breastfeeding is tolerated here too.
A child-friendly cafe needs more than that though, so what about the beverages and food? Between ourselves we took a latte, a cappuccino and a freshly squeezed juice drink, together with a Polish type of cheesecake (sernik) and a brownie. We were all happy with what we ordered and indeed, I found the juice drink to be very tasty. Also on offer were not just cakes, but also an olive based tapas dish and jellies. Vegans or mothers whose breastfed children are allergic to dairy products will be pleased do know that you can get coffee with soya milk as well.
If you are looking for something that little bit bigger, I was also told that they will start including pasta meals on their menu too, which will include both vegetarian and meat options.
My only criticism is about the tea selection, as they were all Dilmah and there are a lot of better types of tea on the market. Having said that, I spoke with a pleasant member of staff who told me that the place is only just starting out and they are open to changes. He also told me that they plan to do workshops for children, including musical ones.
The combination of being friendly to children and babies, having a spacious and stylish interior, good beverages and food, as well as nice staff, make Piękna Helana a place Wrocław Uncut heartily recommends – especially for families.
Piękna Helena, ul. Łokietka 6
Tel: 8801411448, Facebook Page