With the summer coming to a close, the stream of food truck openings has inevitably waned. The mirror opposite is naturally true of restaurants, which are popping up all over town as Wrocławians look to dine more indoors.
Here's a summary of just a few places that have opened in the last month or so:
First up is yet another new pizzeria, which should not be an exciting prospect on the face of things. Pizza is well and truly all the rage in Wrocław right now, so there are plenty of people willing to cash in on the craze. As a result, the market was swelled of late and a number of new pizzerias have not come anywhere close to matching the quality of established favourties like Piec Na Szewskiej, Happy Little Truck, Pizzeria Si, Pizzeria Bube and Tutti Santi.
Thankfully however, Vaffa Napoli appears to be a welcome addition to this mix. The restaurant is run by the same people as Piec Na Szewskiej, which is widely regarded as the best pizza place in town.
Ideally located on Wlodkowica street, Vaffa Napoli seems to be more comfortable than its older sister, while the menu is also more varied. The place has already earned rave reviews and very much seems to be the talk of the town right now.
Located in Galeria Dominikanska is the first Polish branch of Max Premium Burgers, a Swedish burger chain that aims to provide a more quality dining experience compared to McDonalds and Burger King.
Max Premium Burgers opened to a bit of a media frenzy last week and the people running it seemingly pulled out all the stops to get themselves noticed as much as possible.
Can they challenge Pasibus though? They appear to be aiming themselves at a similar market.
With so many restaurants dedicating themselves to foreign food, the opening of a eatery focused on good old-fashioned home cooking may even come as refreshing to some.
One place that fits that bill could well be Jak u Babci Bistro, which is located in a quiet area by the Żeglugowy canal in the east of the city.
The old-pavillion near pl.Jana Pawla II appears to be slowly but surely coming back to life. Some of the old shopfronts have been given a makeover, while a nice little pub and an Armenian wine shop have opened there recently too.
The latest place to arrive there is the second branch of Wow Barr (the first is located in Kozanow). The casual eatery is quite worringly dedicated to both Thai and Polish food, which makes you wonder if they can be good at doing both. That said, it would be unfair to judge without having eaten there ourselves. We'll let you know if it's the real deal when we review the place in the coming weeks.
Housed in a building near the top of Komandorska street is KASZA I PASZA, a simple Polish bar whose lunch offering changes daily.
Going by their Facebook page they also serve a selection of cakes.
In the building previously occupied by Italian restauant Pesto we now have Kamienica Pub&Cafe.
The venue's Facebook page indicates they offer a number of cocktails as well as Czech beer on draft. Meanwhile the pub and cafe's bright interior is dominated by a colourful mural illustrating the townhouses on Wrocław's Rynek.
Does this place offer anything unique in Wrocław? Probably not, but it doesn't look the worst place to go for a drink in town by a long shot, particularly if you prefer small and cozy venues.
Other places worth a mention
- Another three pizzerias have opened; first there's PIZZA przyjedzie in Zawalna, there's also Ti Amo in the new shopping centre on FAT junction, and last but not least there's Primo Trattoria Wrocław in Opórow.
- Another interesting spot to look at is Egg Cafe in Nadodrze, a venue that describes itself as an "Australian inspired cafe where breakfast is king, coffee strong and lunches long."
- At Wrocław Uncut we are not really fans of the big chain restaurants and cafes, so the launch of a Green Cafe Nero in town has not excited us greatly. That said, these places do offer a degree of reliability and they do remain very popular indeed. Like Max Premium Burgers, this place is located in Galeria Dominikanska.
- Love sushi and live near Stadion Wrocław? If so, Yuna sushi&asian cuisine may be just the trick.
Many of the venues in this article were compiled with the aid of this list produced by the excellent food blog wroclawskiejedzenie.pl. The views expressed in the article are nonetheless entirely that of Wrocław's Uncut's author.