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Wrocław’s Expanding Restaurant & Cafe Chains

One of the most noticeable food trends in recent years has been the success of many local restaurateurs, many of whom have created popular chains. The most obvious example is Pasibus, but there are countless others. So today we’re presenting a pretty lengthy list of most of these ambitiously expanding restaurant and cafe chains. We’ve tried to cover as many of them as possible, but given extremely lively state of Wrocław’s gastronomic scene, it’s likely the list still has a few omissions. Please let us know about any we’ve missed! Pasibus (7 locations +2 food trucks) https://www.instagram.com/p/BoylVxEHcPd/?taken-by=pasibus The first name on everyone’s lips when thinking of a popular Wrocław food chain is Pasibus.  Starting out as a humble food truck just a few years ago, the business is a now a major franchise with several restaurants throughout Poland.  Good branding and value for money have been two of the factors stimulating Pasibus’ growth, which has already exceeded expectations given where they first started. Pasibus’ main restaurant is of course the one on Świdnicka street, however they have another 6 branches across town and another 2 food trucks. One of those is the same one the business started out with back in 2013.

Etno Cafe (6 locations)
Another well known local chain is Etno Cafe. The owners of the business first started selling their Wrocław-roasted coffee at Wrocławski Bazar Smakoszy a few years ago. Since then they have expanded considerably; now they have 6 locations in Wrocław plus many more across Poland.

Bema Cafe (4 locations)
Bema Cafe is another local food business that has noticeably expanded in recent years.  When their first cafe opened (on pl.Bema of course) in 2013, it heralded a new era for modern, cozy cafes across Wrocław. Bema Cafe currently have another 3 locations; the first is in Tarasy Grabiszyńskie, the second on pl. Solny and the third nearby Magnolia Park. 

ManiaSmaku (4 locations + 1 food truck) https://www.instagram.com/p/BiJ6yv4B4tX/?taken-by=maniasmaku_ Wrocław’s pizza craze has opened the door for many pizzerias to expand across town.  One of those who seem to be doing well are ManiSmaku, who have 3 small locations (mainly for takeaway) and a food truck. They are also reportedly about to replace Telepizza on Grabiszynska street.

Shrimphouse (2 locations + 2 new locations in the pipeline) https://www.instagram.com/p/BndPnX6hTi8/?taken-by=shrimphouse_poland Shrimphouse is a concept that came from guys behind the Bratwursty foodtruck, which specialises in currywurst and fried-cheese sandwiches. Bratwursty was and is still is popular, but it’s Shrimphouse that’s arguably now the bigger of the two brands. Shrimphouse currently have two locations; one is the original restaurant on Mikołaja street. The other is on Wrocławczyka in the University district. They are also due to open two more Shrimphouse restaurants – one on Wita Stwosza street and another in the Partynice district.

Panczo (2 locations + 1 food truck) https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo-_LkjDnBe/?taken-by=panczo_bus Another venue that’s expanded after starting out life as a food-truck is Panczo. Their Mexican food has gone down a storm with the locals and they recently opened their 2nd bricks-and-mortar location (specialising in Mexican breakfast dishes) on Wita Stwosza.

Projekt Pizza (3 locations) https://www.instagram.com/p/BoTsxFRh7KU/?taken-by=projektpizza One of the more surprising entrants on this list (given that we don’t really rate them) is Projekt Pizza. Their pizza is nowhere near the cream of the crop in Wrocław, yet they have now expanded to 3 locations (the latest of which is nearby pl. Jana Pawła II). 

Gluten Appetit (1 location + 2 more due to open) https://www.instagram.com/p/BnVZm6thTIu/?taken-by=gluten_appetit One place that’s expanding by offering traditional Polish food is ‘Gluten-Appetit’, whose dishes almost all contain gluten.  Having earned a positive reputation cooking up tasty pierogi, pyzy and more, Gluten Appetit are now set to open another 2 restaurants. The first is in Magnolia Park, the second in Partynice.

Lviv (3 locations) https://www.instagram.com/p/BcNxU8OhtmU/?taken-at=1915498702104193 Ukrainian restaurateurs Lviv have established themselves as the go-to venue for Ukrainian food in Wrocław.  They did however suffer a setback when they had to move out from their premises on Włodkowica street. Those days are nonetheless behind them; Lviv have eased back into their original location on Legnicka street and are now due to open a third restaurant on Szewska street.

Happy Little Truck (2 food trucks + 1 restaurant) https://www.instagram.com/p/BcE4gtygdhl/ Arguably the best of the Wrocław Pizza ‘chains’ (but not necessarily the best pizzeria) is Happy Little Truck.  One of their trucks is almost permanently parked inside (and sometimes connected to) Marynka Piwo i Apertivo. The other truck changes location frequently depending on what events are going on in Wrocław and the rest of the country. On top of the two trucks, the same team run Niezły Dym on pl. Teatralny.

Woo Thai (4 locations) https://www.instagram.com/p/BmVsddBhUD9/?taken-by=woo_thai_restaurantgrunwaldzka After starting out as a purely fast food venue in the University district, Woo Thai now have another 3 venues, all of which are all more ‘restauranty’. There are of course a few Thai restaurants in town nowadays. However Woo Thai seem to have got a head start on the rest and have arguably established themselves as the most prominent destination for Thai food in Wrocław. Other places with more than one location manyrest The list above is still just a fraction of the amount of restaurants, cafes and food venues who have now expanded to multiple locations.  On top of all the places mentioned above, Georgian restaurateurs U-Gruzina have added a more formal restaurant on ‘Nasyp’ to add to their fast-food place opposite Pasaż Grunwaldzki. Casual bar and eatery Do Jutra have two locations in the city centre, as do Frytki + Sos and Indian restaurateurs Thali. The Chleboteka bakery also have a second location now, somewhat hidden away on Tęczowa street. Rather predictably, the insanely popular Polish Lody also have multiple locations. last but not least, there’s the asian themed Osiem Misek, which has a restaurant on Włodkowica and a food-parked by Borowska street. 

Of course, there are numerous others missing from this list. Given that pretty much every one of these food businesses have expanded in the last 5 years, it’s clear that Wrocławians are increasingly happy to dine at these tried-and-trusted, locally formed food chains. Will the trend continue and even intensify? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section of our Facebook page.

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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