Hala Targowa Wroclaw shopping center

Hala Targowa is a traditional a place of trade and meetings of residents.

A traditional place for shopping Hala Targowa (Wroclaw) – designed by Richard Plüddemann and Heinrich Küster.

Hala Targowa was built in 1908 and it is a valuable engineering monument. The design was very modern, the construction was supported on reinforced concrete arches, what gave the building a high durability. The external elevation is partly made of bricks, whereas from the south it is plastered. The window frames were made of steel. The building has two towers and a clock. The building has 4 floors, the most important is the main hall and the gallery surrounding it. In the cellars there are freezers and butchers’ rooms where there is quartered the meat. The hall towers are unfortunately not available for tourists. Many architectural elements of the Hala Targowa have been written in the list of the monuments. Starting from the main portals made of sandstone in the art nouveau style, through bas-reliefs, urban coat of arms, clocks. Ending with balustrades, stairs and even crates of meat stands also made in the art nouveau style.

Now Hala Targowa is a traditional a place of trade and meetings of residents.

After entering the main hall on the left side, you can find a few very large stands with fruits and vegetables, on the right there are meat, bakeries and dairy products. There are several stands with traditional products from Spain and Portugal. You can buy not only regional products but also high quality Spanish hams or feta cheese. You can buy here bread baked on natural sourdough, spelt buns, soy mingers, cold pressed oils, herbs and spices, birch juice. In the further part there are many stands with flowers and floristic accessories. There is a cash machine at the entrance, but for the majority of stands there is a possibility you to pay by a card. Apart from shopping, there are a few cheap bars and cafes in the hall, and a restaurant with  a craft beer in front of the entrance. In the hall gallery there are stands with chemical and household articles. In front of the building there is a tram stop (lines 8,7,17,9,23) next to it there are a few parking places, however, it is the best to walk on this part of the city.

 

Links to pages about similar topic:

News about Wroclaw:  http://wroclaw.naszemiasto.pl/artykul/hala-targowa-we-wroclawiu-dojazd-adres-godziny-otwarcia,3189197,art,t,id,tm.html

Wikipedia: https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hala_Targowa_przy_ul._Piaskowej_we_Wroc%C5%82awiu

Trade Stand : http://halatargowa.pl/stoiska-handlowe/

Second hand tour in Wrocław

City of shopping centres

Wrocław is a city of shopping centers, but why go to the easy way? I know a better way to shop, demanding more creativity – second hand.

Second hand is a style of being giving new life a dress after grandma releases creativity. The times in which we live are individualism related to the music we listen to or the ideology we proclaim. The clothing store in the “Magnolia Park” or “Wroclaw” gallery gives us ready-made stylizations, clothing sets that limits our creativity. Lumpeks is a fun style, with a small financial outlay. His success is related to the fact that the buyer spends a lot of time to find something that suits his style, is of a specific brand, has the right quality and is not damaged. When a product meets these requirements, it becomes our treasure, which we are happy to boast about friends.

“I remember my anger when I came to one shop with used clothing, where I found polo identical, to the one from the gallery. The worst fact in this situation was that for the shirt I bought at Magnolia Park with the price of 329 zlotys for that which was worn once I paid PLN 15. On such examples of life, you can radically change your habits. “- says Marcin.

Eco alternative

The clothing store is a great alternative for people affected by the disease of the 21st century – shopaholism. Each of them has a different promotion for a particular day. I know from experience that “lumpeks” hides many pearls, and Jessica Mercedes herself would be quartered for some vintage handbags. Nowadays, eco, where most people realize that we are throwing away a lot of things, many of them give them a new life. Not only is it much cheaper, but it also does not create a large garbage dumb from our world.

Livia Firth speaks for one of the website, saying that the clothing industry has become one of the largest sources of waste because one consumes the most. It became the cause of dramatic working conditions of adults and, what is worse, children, as well as the suffering of animals. This fact is increased by the poverty of the Third World countries in which workers are exploited, secondly animal harm is another reason and an equally important pollution of the environment, which is constantly changing by the constant interference of people. Consumer awareness is growing in Poland, paving the way for ecological clothing that respects the Fair Trade environment. This awareness is still low, because clothes made of renewable materials are much more expensive. A good alternative for those who can not afford eco clothing is second hand.

 

 

Oławska 23

 

Cheap and chic

Most people do not know that for 15 zlotys you can get a polo from Ralph Lauren or a dress from Michael Kors for 25 zlotys. I will lead you after the best second hands  in Wroclaw.

World-famous style stylists use things from vintage shops. The stars themselves openly admit to using second hands:

Julia Roberts buys used baby clothes

Before he became a star, Kurt Cobain paved his unique style of cloththrough second-hand things.

Podwale 37/38

 

Let’s start our adventure now! 🙂

 

ul. Kilińskiego

Wroclavia Shopping Centre – information for newcomers

Wroclavia is a newly built shopping center which is located in the heart of Wroclaw. It is filled with many activities for both young people and adults.

Right next to the mall is Wroclaw’s main train station, and Wroclavia itself houses the city’s biggest bus terminal, which is located in the second undergroun level. It is also located near many bus and tram stations. For visitors, there’s 2200 parking spaces available and also 400 for bicycles.

One of the main features of the mall is the Cinema City, which has 20 screening rooms, including one with the IMAX system installed (a huge screen, great picture quality, clean sound), a Skoda 4DX room (smell, moving seats) and 3 VIP rooms (with an open buffet and adjustable seats).

 

Apart from the cinema and bus station, Wroclavia is home to:

– 159 stores from the categories: home appliances, accessories, interior design, culture and multimedia, fashion, sport, a supermarket, utilities, toys and games, health and beauty

– 28 restaurants and Cafes (including a Grand Kitchen food section)

– A 24h fitness club (CityFit)

– A playroom for children (Fikołki)

– An all-year-round garden area (a green area between the shopping area and the office area and a terrace by one of the restaurants)

 

Wroclavia has been rated with a 4-star quality rating. It received it because of the availability of:

– Customer Loyalty Cards

– Gift Cards

– The availability of a stylist (which is available for free)

– Smart Park

– Services for families with small children

– Free Wi-Fi access

– A free area where you can charge your computer or phone

– Dressing rooms

– A professional reception area/help desk

– A charging station for electric cars and scooters

 

Wroclavia is also a place where you can find a job. Currently they are looking for: shopkeepers, shopkeeper’s assistants, waiters, baristas, customer advisors.

 

Construction of Wroclavia started in 2014. The official opening was on the 18th of October 2017.

 

Location:

Sucha 1, Wroclaw

Opening hours:

Sunday – Thursday 9am – 9pm

Friday – Saturday 9am – 10pm

 

Musical Instrument Stores in Wroclaw

Wroclaw is highly focused on entertainment and art. It is a city for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. One of the many ways in which it is extraordinary is an ever growing live music scene. Thanks to this, there’s a large amount of musical instrument stores in Wroclaw. If you are a musician, surely you are interested in finding out where to get supplies for maintenance of your instrument, or where to get a new one. Not only can you stock up on supplies, but you’ll also be able to post ads in all of them if you want someone to share your hobby with. Luckily, the staff consists of friendly people who are willing to help you on the journey to your musical adventure.

There are 3 main Musical Instrument Stores in Wroclaw. All of them are worth at least one visit, since you will surely find one that you prefer. Depending on your instrument of choice, your favorite one will be different.

MUZYCZNY.PL

Located in the Krzyki district on aleja Armii Krajowej 5 is the biggest Musical Instrument Store in Wroclaw. There is a guitar section with a large selection of instruments of all types, though bass players have a separate section which they must ask the staff to see. Guitarists will appreciate the large selection of Gibson and Fender guitars among others, one of the biggest in-stock collections of them in the country. That section also has an isolated amplifier room where you can test an electric guitar in peace. There is also a professional audio section near the entrance with cables, DJ equipment, lighting and various all-round accessories.

Upstairs are the studio, keyboard, drum and “other” sections. The staff is willing to provide customers with things that aren’t usually available, even if it’s something that isn’t made by the companies that they normally sell. They will always consider giving you a discount on bigger purchases if you ask about it. Sometimes they will surprise you with a much better price for buying supplies in bulk. This is the place to go for the best prices and to help solve your musical problems. You can also count on the staff to set up your instrument to your preference. It ranks among not only the best Musical Instrument Stores in Wroclaw, but also in the country.

Opening hours are 10a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

https://musicsquare.eu/

 

RAGTIME

Hidden behind the new Academy of Arts building is the second largest musical instrument store in Wroclaw. Downstairs is the studio equipment and keyboard section and upstairs is the guitar, bass and drums section. While the choice is smaller than in Muzyczny.pl, it is also worth checking out. A large studio section is the perfect place for someone willing to set up their home studio. The staff is also knowledgeable and will gladly help you out. Remember – To play an instrument in this store, you must ask one of the workers to hand it to you. This store is great for guitar players. What is especially relevant for a beginner is that the instruments are well maintained by the staff.

The Address is 15 Traugutta Street. It is very close to the Galeria Dominikanska mall. Opening hours are 10a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

https://ragtime.pl/lang/en

RIFF

The last big musical instrument store in Wroclaw is one from Poland’s biggest instrument retailer chain, Riff. It is located on 28 Piłsudskiego Street. It is easy to get there by tram or even on foot from the city center.  Riff is mostly a guitar store, though there are keyboard and “other instruments” sections, with a basic choice of home studio equipment. You can however easily order whatever else you may need. It has two sections, an upstairs area with keyboards and some guitars, and a basement where you have more guitars and bass guitars with a separate amplifier section to plug in your instrument. It is worth seeing because they often offer instruments made by companies that the other stores don’t stock.

Opening hours: Weekdays 10a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 10.am. – 4 p.m.

https://riff.net.pl/content/101-wroclaw

Crafting and Art supplies Shops Wroclaw

These crafting and art supplies shops are worth visiting by every artist or crafts passionate that comes to Wroclaw.

PAPER CONCEPT

This store is part of a chain. You can find this place in any big city in Poland.  This is also the most popular in Wroclaw, as it’s located in a central area, very easy to reach.

You can find here lots of craft supplies, from brands that are worldwide known and maybe you’ve only heard of on Pinterest. One example is the varnish brand Mod Podge and also Marta Steward products, including the whole acrylic painting series. They also have lots of items for scrapbooking.

You can chose from a large offer of art supplies, including every type of brush that you need, paper blocks for all the drawing styles, calighaphy sets and lots of drawing tools.

The staff is really nice, some of them speak English. The prices are medium, but i would still label them as affordable. They have an website, from you can send the products to the store closest to you.

You can find the store near Switnicka at Krupnicza 6/8, 11-400 Wroclaw

 

 

Paper concept Store in Wroclaw

Storm- one of the cheapest Art supplies shops out there

Storm or Tel-Pen, you can find it under both names. It’s a hidden gem for art lovers and artists. After you find it, it’s worth it.

It’s dedicated for all art supplies that you can think of. They also have international brands like Sakura, Micron, Copic and so on. And all types of painting, with a huge variety of pastels.

Some of the workers speak English. But the best thing about Storm is the prices. It’s very afordable to buy from here. You can have an idea visiting their website.

You find it in Kazimierza Wielkiego 29A, 11-400 Wrocław.

ART SUPPLIES SHOPS IN WROCLAW storm shop, tel pen wroclaw
Pracownia ilustracji ASP Wrocław

 

EMPIK’

Empik it’s a bookstore mainly. But you can find really good craft supplies Wroclaw. Even if they are more school supplies oriented, you can find some of what you need. Scrapbooking is their best strenght, but they tave plenty of crafting supplies like scrissors, stamps, cardboards, quilling papers.

You can find them in almost every mall around Poland, including Wroclaw. You should go for the bigger stores if you want to find a bigger offer of craft supplies.

Second Hand Sundays in Wroclaw

Second Hand Bazaars of Wrocław; Młyn Sułkowice and Świebodzki

In the early Sunday mornings, you can see some unusual crowd with bags and wheelbarrows. If you follow them, you reach the lively alternative places of Wroclaw: second hand bazaars!  In this article I want to introduce two of them. My first visit was in a very cold day on February 2018. I remember that my frozen feet didn’t allow me to having fun. However with warm weather everything has changed. Visiting these bazaars become my favorite activity on Sundays.

First one is located in Młyn Sułkowice.  When you see the old tiled building with flue from the bus’s window, you can understand that it is the right place.  You can follow the crowd to reach the entrance.

In the bazaar, florists and grocers welcome you first. They sell beautiful plants, fresh vegetables, fruits for reasonable prices. After that there are some benches with first hand products, such as clothes, shoes, repairing tools, etc. Then the main second hand sellers started to be seen. If the things are small enough, they use cardboard boxes. Generally kitchen tools, toys, frames, photo albums and vinyls are sold with this way. You should search for the deep parts of the dusty boxes to reach your treasure. Some people bring plastic gloves for this job.  Kitchen tools prices are very cheap. You can barrow nice wine glass for only 1 zloty.  Other than these, there are sellers with pick-ups. They sell everything that can be found in home such as ski set, baby cradle, bicycle, grass mower etc.

While you are spending hours in the bazaar, you may get hungry. Don’t worry! You can buy sweet and salty Polish foods from different sellers. Also there is a small restaurant which sells meat and bear.  If you think that it is too early for meat and bear, there is also mobile coffee pick-up. They sell various coffees. Other than these, you can do shopping for your house. There is a Turkish market that sells local olives, cheese ,tea and Turkish coffee. There is also a place which sells different types of bread. Interestingly, Junk foods are also sold for cheaper prices than markets. Chocolates, cookies and jelly tots will dazzle you. However don’t forget to check the date of expiry.

If you are reading this article, you are probably like “old”. In this bazaar you can find old memories of people. Ownerless photographs, letters, postcards and bills may whisper you something about Wroclaw’s history. Follow them! If you still have the energy, take the bus which is going old railway station.

Let’s look at the second place that I introduce in this article. It is  Świebodzki.  It is located in old railway station. First is first it is much more bigger than Młyn Sułkowice  so you should be patient. It starts from the station and continues through railways. In this bazaar ordinary people are also selling their unnecessary products in the beginning of market. After that first hand seller are seen. They sell generally cheap clothes for both male and female, first hand kitchen tools and shoes. There are also grocery and florist like the other one. Coffee and bear pick-ups and fast food are also in this road.   After you walk for 25 minutes non-stop you can reach second hand part of the bazaar. Don’t expect the order like the previous one. People generally put staff over sheets; there is not box system here. So you can feel more like in the treasure hunt.  You should check more carefully to find interesting objects. Doing a bargain can also save some money.  If you compare with the previous one, second bazaar has more books, magazines and photograph and less kitchen tools, foods, bicycles.

To conclude, these alternative places make your day with unexpected objects. If you are student it is also advisable to take your kitchen tools for very cheap prices. Other than this recycling helps both your pocket and environment.  Reaching the bazar at 8-9 am is advisable because of the weather and closing time. In summer time you should pay attention to sun lights. Huts and sun care creams are your friends. Also sellers prefer to leave there in afternoon.

Food sharing in Wroclaw

Food sharing

Food sharing is one of the answers for the question “What to do to avoid a huge waste of food?” Tons of food goes to the trash! 

Data shows that in Poland about 9 million tons of food is going to waste annually . The value of this food is probably about PLN 50 for each Pole every month. That’s why we should try food sharing.  Almost 35% of the food go for disposal.

Sharing is a new trend.
Economics based on sharing is a relatively new trend in the economy and society. It involves the direct exchange of goods and services between consumers who mainly communicate via special websites or social media. With the help of this term, the entire spectrum of online businesses have the potential to revolutionize the global market for the exchange of goods and services. Also it can be both non-profit and profitable. However is about exchanging between one man and another. In this Expats in Wroclaw article. I want to focused on NON PROFIT form.

How does it starts?
The first Food Sharing point was opened in May 2016 in Warsaw. Therefore Torun, Cracow, Wroclaw and Poznan followed the idea. Other cities are following them consequently. Social refrigerators in Wroclaw are mostly grow due to the idea of ​​the group WeźPomóż.pl, which promotes the idea of ​​sharing food in Lower Silesia. Anyone who wants can bring food to the fridge. Food is  available in the fridge for those in need. Food sharing points are for everyone – the material status of people who visit it is not checked here. The whole system finally works freely.

What can you put in a shared fridge?
The basic rule: bring what you would eat by yourself.  Home products such as cake or soup must be packed in disposable, sealed containers with the exact date of preparation and description on packaging. Furthermore you can put dry products on special shelf. 

What can you not bring?
Products that contain raw meat, raw eggs, unpainted milk products (unless they are vacuum-packed and have a valid shelf-life) probably can not be accepted; open canned food or jars with preserves; products that have exceeded the shelf-life date; similarly products with signs of breakage. The rules for products are posted on the front door of the refrigerator too.

Volunteers, companies and food rescuers

All sharing food points function because of volunteers. They are usually young people who, using social media – mainly Facebook – are trying to buy refrigerators, shelves, social signs and also make sure that the place is working properly. In addition volunteers check in this points cleanliness standards, wash it, if there’s a need, bring food or throw out expired products.

Food sharing
What to do to avoid a huge waste of food?

Where are the Refrigerators in Wroclaw?  Seems like we have seven of them in Wroclaw! 

  • Ludwika Rydygiera 25a (Nadodrze)
  • Osobowicka 129 (Osobowice) – A point at the church of St. Teresa of the Baby Jesus
  • Zachodnia 1 (Szczepin) – Point at the Council of the Szczepin
  • Okulickiego 2 (Zakrzów) Point next to Stanisław Jabłonka’s Friendly Home Foundation and with the help of Take Pom Pom)
  • Kazimierza Wielkiego 31-33 (Old Town)
  • Grabiszyńska 56 (Grabiszyn) next to coffeehouse Neighborly
  • Gajowicka 96a

Positive impact.

In addition, this type of idea strengthens mutual trust, fills a need for convenience and it gives meaning of belonging to community. It seems like it has positive impact on the environment.

If you want to find more food sharing places in Poland, check this link

Ideas for unique DIY presents in Wroclaw

DIY presents in Wroclaw

Some smart tips and locations for DIY presents in Wroclaw.

When it comes to ideas for unique DIY presents in Wroclaw for your closest ones, it is always hard to quickly find a solution. You probably had heard when you were a child that the best gift is made by your own. OK, but how to create the present which won’t look creepy and keep your soul inside and dedicated efforts at the same time?

Hopefully this tiny review might help to manage this.

MaluMika

At MaluMika you could paint your own ceramic masterpiece. There is a wide range of different ceramic plates, cups, mugs, figures etc. you are able to chose from and paint it as you wish. You could write some words and dates on them if needed. Brushes, paints, stencils and a lot of advice about the techniques are provided. Sometimes they have pottery workshops, so it is possible to create your DIY present literally from scratch. Then paint it and pick up after the ceramic is burned in the oven (usually, in 2-3- days).

Zielona Wrona

Nowadays, it is trendy to be eco, green and closer to nature. At Zielona Wrona you could combine this trend with creation of unique DIY present. You could visit one of their creative workshop and learn how to create the biosphere in the jar. Isn’t it special to give a piece of the forest? Moreover, you would know how to balance your biosphere that way it won’t require any treatment from you or the person owning the gift. Just enjoy your self-sustaining peace of a nature.

Paper Concept

If you are a really craft-person the best shop you could imagine for these purposes is definitely Paper Concept. There are different kinds of paper, carton, envelopes and ribbons. Moreover, you could also find a ready-to-use craft kits and a lot of things you have never known exist. So only your fantasy and imagination are the limit for your DIY presents.

4 places for gamers in Wrocław

4 places for gamers in Wrocław

Looking for attraction? Try this 4 places for gamers in Wrocław

Wrocław is a beautiful city in Poland. It is a capital of Lower Silesia voivodeship also known as The Meeting Place. Every day thousands of tourists from whole world are visiting this spectacular, old city. They can find here a lot of attractions, amazing architecture, more than hundred bridges, many cultural and entertainment events, great food and really friendly people. Also if you are a video games lover, you have a lot to see. Especially this 4 places for gamers in Wrocław.

MagicVR – where the magic happens!

MagicVR - biggest virtual reality arena in Poland

MagicVR is a startup from Wrocław which use innovatie technology of Virtual Reality. This brand have virtual reality arena with 750m2 – first and sole place like this in Poland (and only few in the world). You can play there vr games designed to cooperation with team of your own friends (4 players) in realtime with full communication between you. The most important part of this company is a experienced game developers team which produce authorial games specially designed for vr arena and necessary hardware like controler Beretta Rifle or platform GraviDeck. For now they made three incredibly good games:

  • zombieVRsquad – brilliant shooter which is favorite game of people who are visiting this place
  • VRdrivers – great racing game with authorial routes
  • GalaxyRace – the newest game produced by this studio with innovative steering control mechanics

Museum Games and Computers of the Era

wolfenstein 3d on amiga 600 computer

It is great place for all video games and computers lovers who wants to go back to the time when they were kids and they had his first gaming experciences. In the Museum you can find equipment from brands like Amiga, Commodore, Apple or polish Elwro. Not only computers, but also old game consoles like PlastationOne, Gameboy, Sega Saturn, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and many more. However the Museum it’s not only for adults. Offen you can meet there parents who will show thier children classic games like Super Sonic, Metal Slug, Arkanoid, Wolfenstein 3D etc. I think it’s awesome place which connecting different generations of gamers and really everyone can find something interesting there.

PadBar – evening entertainmen

Padbar localisation

Another of 4 places for gamers in Wrocławis the Padbar. It’s one of the hundreds locals in this city where you can meet with friends and spend lovely evening. But it’s not a typical bar. Of course you can order some snacks and drinks, but the main subject of this place are games. Room is well equipped with games and consoles like Playstation and Xbox. So choose the game and have fun!

CEX – your games supplier

cex store logotype

CEX is a worldwide chain of stores selling second hand games, consoles, controlers, gaming accesories, mobile phones, and electronic devices. You can buy there some really cheap games or even exchange yours old games to the titles which you don’t play yet. If you want check accessibility or prices of particular game you can do this in thier official website – here!