Mention the word "queue" in relation to pl.Bema, and inevitably the first thing that'll spring to a Wroclawian's mind is the bakers. However, Piekarnia Bema is no longer the only place on the square where people patiently wait for some quality produce. Just a couple of doors down from the bakers is Polish Lody, a new ice cream parlour that's making a great name for itself.
The queues at Polish Lody's window counter stretch all the way down the street every Sunday, a feat made all the more remarkable considering the place only opened last Month.
The Bema based ice cream parlour pride themselves in only using natural ingredients – a policy that definitely pays dividends when it comes to taste. The quality is top notch, and arguably the best in Wroclaw.
If it is variety you're after, unfortunately you may be a little disappointed at the mere 5 flavours on offer. That said, the flavours change from day to day and it appears that Polish Lody are focused on quality rather than quantity.
It is also worth mentioning a couple of nice touches at Polish Lody that help to set itself apart from some of the city's other renowned ice cream parlours. Firstly, rather than the ice cream just being placed into small tubs, it is contained in two large retro styled Italian ice cream fridges. Another subtle difference is that instead of using a traditional ice cream scoop, the staff simply take a large spoon and generously place a dollop of ice cream onto your cone. This helps to give the ice cream a more handmade, authentic feel.
Most people coming to Polish Lody line up at the window counter to grab themselves a cone or two. If you want to take a tub home with you however, you can go inside the cafe and order from there – handy if you want to enjoy some of the city's best ice cream from the comfort of your living room or kitchen. You can also order some non-alcoholic refreshments from their fridge, which is packed full of alternative soft drinks.
When all is said and done then, Polish Lody is a serious contender for the crown of best ice cream parlour in Wroclaw. They appear to have a great passion for what they do, something that's more than evident in the great quality ice cream they produce. Of course, if you visit there on a Sunday afternoon you can expect to have to queue up, so it may be best to pop round when they are a little quiter.
Polish Lody, pl. Bema 3/1B