Postcards from Poland – How I Accidentally Fell in Love With Wroclaw

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I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

Wroclaw was one of those breaks that happened almost by accident. Although I’ve always wanted to visit Poland and had heard great things about the city I’d never really considered booking a trip there.  Enter the Ryanair sale and £20 flights from Newcastle and we found ourselves booking a short break over New Year.

Since we had a few nights there I did think about combining with a trip to Krakow, but following my own advice about travel burnout we decided to use the opportunity to anchor ourselves in the city and relax as much as possible. It helped that we had a beautiful Airbnb that I never wanted to leave too. Any future Airbnb I stay in must also have a ridiculous reading lamp and well-stocked Nespresso machine.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

Why I loved Wroclaw so much

I had heard that Wroclaw was pretty but nothing special. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I will probably go as far as to say that it’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited. True there isn’t a huge amount to do, but it was just what we both needed after a difficult and stressful end to the year.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break. I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break. I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

The gorgeous pastel coloured buildings decorating the Old Town absolutely stole my heart. The city had a really cool, relaxed vibe and visiting at the tail end of Christmas to see Wroclaw all lit up added to the magic. Best of all I think it’s the cheapest city I’ve been to in Europe. Between two of us we spent £150 over four nights. We definitely weren’t penny-pinching and that included, beers and cocktails, a lot of coffee and eating out almost every afternoon and evening.

People aren’t lying when they say Poland is cheap!

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break. I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

What we did

We arrived in Wroclaw on New Year’s Eve and after dropping our bags off at the apartment we decided to go straight out and start exploring. Our first stop was the beautiful Tumski Bridge just a few yards from our apartment. It looks lovely by daylight but by night it’s even more stunning with the heart lights all lit up. It was also where we chose to see in the New Year until people starting throwing fireworks at each other and passing cars. Needless to say we swiftly retreated back to our apartment for Prosecco.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break. I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break. I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

Our first day was also the start of our love affair with Green Way Cafe. It’s a canteen-style vegetarian cafe in the centre of town serving the most incredible goulash and mashed potatoes.

New Year’s Day passed my in a haze of Prosecco, crisps and a lot of reading before the exploring began again.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break. I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

We were really lucky with the weather until the final day. We were able to see most of what we wanted. My favourite area was the streets surrounding the Cathedral. We walked round the cobbled roads on a gorgeous, crisp morning to the tune of a flautist playing outside the cathedral. It was just such a magical place.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break. I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

One of the districts I wish we’d had more time to explore is the Nadodrze district. We wandered over for a coffee on our last day but it looks like there’s a lot of cool street art there.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break. I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

On the days when the weather wasn’t so great we admired the amazing ceilings in the Town Hall and drank far too much beer in a Scottish pub with an exceptional early 00s metal playlist. We had also planned to take in the views from the top of the St Elizabeth tower but unfortunately it was closed due to the bad weather.

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

Wroclaw is such a walkable city that you will probably be able to see pretty much everything on your bucket list quite easily. If you wanted to be really ambitious you could try to find all of the Wroclaw gnomes. There are more than 400 of the tiny gnomes dotted across the city. They might seem strange, but they’re actually a symbol of the anti-Soviet resistance movement of the 1980s which helped to topple the communist regime. Maybe it’s because we visited in winter, but it was an excellent short break away from the crowds too. There were barely any other tourists around!

I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

Where we ate some great vegan food

Iggy Pizza – The menus at Iggy Pizza are a bit difficult to navigate as they’re all in Polish but I can highly recommend the one without mozzarella. I’m pretty sure the base is vegan but our waitress didn’t speak great English. Double check before ordering!

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Green Way – Green Way doesn’t seem to actually be called Green Way anymore but I can’t seem to find the actual name online. It’s more of a lunch venue due to its canteen-style but there are so many veggie and vegan options. The goulash was my favourite!

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Vega – For delicious, cheap vegan food Vega should probably be your first stop. Spread over two floors the ground floor offers veganised Polish favourites whereas the top floor serves up burgers, pizzas, enchiladas and the like. The calzone with smoked soy sausage is the one!

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I spent the Christmas break in the beautiful city of Wroclaw, Poland. With delicious vegan food, great coffee and pastel-perfect architecture it was the ideal city for a short weekend break.

Where we drank some great coffee

So? – The Polish answer to Starbucks and Costa may be a chain but I loved the chilled atmosphere and cinnamon cookie lattes.

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Gniazdo – No, don’t ask me to pronounce it. The coffee’s great and it’s the perfect people-watching location just off the main square. They have some great vegan cakes too!

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Cafe Rozrusznik – On the very edge of Nadodrze we stumbled across Rozrusznik by accident. It was a gorgeous place to warm up and dry off though. We sat by the window and it was perfect people-watching through the steamed-up windows.

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I would really recommend Wroclaw for a short break. Especially if you’re looking for a more chilled-out destination that allows you to take life entirely at your own pace. I definitely want to see more of Poland now.

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5 thoughts on “Postcards from Poland – How I Accidentally Fell in Love With Wroclaw

  1. Wow, you’re making me want to go to Wroclaw right now! I love the images you’ve captured of the colorful buildings – even on what seems like a gloomy day it’s still beautiful! It’s good to know that they accommodate to vegan eaters too!

  2. I keep hearing only the best about vegan food in Poland – I can sense a trip coming together soon! Would you say it was easy to experience Wroclaw on a budget?

  3. You know, I had the exact same impression when I visited Poland and heard the same things about the various Old Towns across Poland being ‘not so special’. But I ended up liking them all! I suspect that the same will happen when I visit Wroclaw in the future!

  4. Everyone would love and it’s easy to see why ! The city has its unique charm, magnificent architecture and vibrant colours. It looks like one of Poland’s prettiest destinations 🙂 I love the heart of Wrocław with its medieval market square.

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