Where to drink the best coffee in Wroclaw – chapter one

best coffee in Wroclaw

My little coffee-journey in Wroclaw started at Café Targowa and ETNO. I will show you step by step not only where to drink the best coffee in Wroclaw, but also how to drink it. Coffee is not only an aromatic hot drink in a cup. It means culture, making new friends or meeting your colleagues and gives you time and calmness just for you.

Cafe Targowa in Halla Targowa

Where:

  • Piaskowa 17, Przy tylnym wejściu obok ksero, 50-158 Wrocła, Hala Targowa on the left side
  • open hours from 8:00 till 18:30
  • price for a flat white 8,00 zl.

It is:

  • a wonderful authentic place to drink coffee in Wroclaw
  • a little hidden coffee-cosmos
  • a good opportunity meeting new people

They offer:

  • a huge range of well-considered coffee-equipment
  • daily fresh home-made cakes
  • coffee- workshops starting again from January
  •  qualitative tea

Coffee preparation:

  • Espresso
  • Filtered (aeropress, chemex, handfiltered)
  • Cold filtered
  • French

News:

  • they are starting to roast their own coffe
  • new coffee bar will open in 2018

My journey started uninspected in Hala Targowa

Finally a friend of mine from Berlin visited me in Wroclaw for three days. For me the best reason going out for drinks, lunch and coffee! Of course my polish kindness forced me to go with him everywhere, show him everything and also put every traditional polish dish, desert, candies and drinks in his mouth.

Rather  both of us are huge fans of traditional flew markets and market halls, where you can buy a lot of different trash and indeed little things you can drop in your mouth and are making you fat. After class I finally invited him to “Hala Targowa”, for groceries shopping and some home-cooked lunch. The hall was colorful filled with fruits, vegetables, flowers, candies…a little (expensive) food paradise with polish and also international products.

Find the little coffee bar next to “Ksero”

After we had lunch my body screamed for a coffee. And there it was! My coffee-radar led me directly to the other side of the hall, to the teeny wooden  bar called “Cafe Targowa” near “Ksero”.

It seems a bit rath and ready.  I counted five stools in front, where three people already chatted with the barista. When people are asking you, where to drink the best coffee in Wroclaw – right here! I had a really balanced flat-white. Aromatic strong espresso roast, full-bodied with lightly flavor of chocolate.  On top, a well done (not overheated!) perfect cream – you will love it.

Focused on Coffee

That´s how you drink here: A microscopic bar, enough space for one dimpled, diminutive blonde barista and five guest in front of it. But don’t worry. If you haven´t found a seat, in the market hall are tables placed too.

For sure you will find here a perfectly prepared cup of coffee in Wroclaw, if espresso, hand-or chemex filtered, french- or aeropress preparation.  Furthermore you can buy a piece of their daily home-made cake, coffee-beans, grounded coffee and well-chosen equipment for any way of preparation. From a golden aero-press or filter to their own merchandise products – this place is the answer for where to drink the best coffee in Wroclaw as well as where to buy a useful and approved gift.

The atmosphere and service

Furthermore what I love about this coffe-cosmos in Targowa Hall is the chatty atmosphere. The small place induces to conversation with all guests and the barista.

In opposite to other coffee places, while drinking my flat-white the barista told me about their new plans creating their own coffee blend and also organizing workshops from Janauary again. The workshops will include everything what a coffee lover wants to know: What kind of coffee beans they use, how to choose blends, what to blend  and different coffee-preparation as well.

My conclusion for Cafe Targowa

Probably small chatty places are not everyone´s cup of tea, but I appreciate it.  Mostly smartphone interrupt our deeper communication, indeed this is our society we live in. Still you can find treasures like Café Targowa, where people understand that drinking coffee means to drink it in a pleasant company- that’s one of the best coffee in Wroclaw.

ETNO Cafe Wroclaw @ main central station – the best coffee in Wroclaw?

 

best coffee in Wroclaw

Where:

  • Piłsudskiego 101, 11-400 Wrocław
  • open hours mon.-fr.: 7:00-21:00, sat: 8:30-21:00 sun.: 9:00-20:00
  • price for a flat white 11,00 zl.
  • one of five other ETNO Cafe´s in Wroclaw

It is:

  • a cozy place with scandinavic interrior
  • a nice opportunity for  little breakfast, lunch or cake
  • a chance to escape from the office table

They offer:

  • a huge range of well-considered
    coffee-equipment and literature
  • fresh cakes, fruits and juices
  • many little gifts for coffee-fans
  • apples for free 🙂
  • Barista-Training for everybody and as a company event
  • not working WIFI

Coffee preparation:

  • Espresso
  • Filtered (aeropress, chemex, handfiltered)
  • Cold filtered
  • French
  • iced coffee
  • different flavors for your coffee to add

Food and other beverages

  • a lot of fresh cakes
  • well prepared hot and cold dishes
  • lemoande and juices from local producers

News:

  • lottery during Chistmas
  • delivery to the office

For people on the way to the central train- or busstation

Before I entered the bus to Berlin, I wanted to work on my papers with a great cup of coffee in my hand and may have some warm late breakfast. ENTO Wroclaw 101 was on the way to the central bus station. Indead, a good located place for people who are in rush or have the need not to work in the office for a while.

A tasty shakshuka and flavourful flat white – I can highly recommend!

Best coffee in Wroclaw

Due to my hangover I needed something warm and healthy to repair my wodka-damaged body. For sure after a red beet shakshuka and a flatwihte i didn´t have to suffer long.

Finally my flat white was served plainly in a glas. A strong, full bodied taste with a lightly dark chocolate-hazelnut flavor. After only five minutes my shakshuka was brought to me. It was served nicely on a hot steel pan with fresh flatbread. A well balanced dish, which I really enjoyed.  Of course, before drawing final conclusions about the best coffee in Wroclaw, it is appropriate to attend the four ETNO cafe´s. 

My conclusion: Looks like a coworking space, but is not made for business-meetings

Sadly, the wifi-hasn´t worked, which is a big disadvantage for workaholics! I never understood locations, which are looking like big coworking spaces, but aren´t exactly. So, if a nice and well-known coffee is situated in the middle of an office area, why is there any internet connection? Aren´t they interested on running their business?!

Sure, on the one hand I am looking for the best coffee in Wroclaw, but on the other hand, if I would look for a place where one can feel at ease, I would prefere small cute café´s like Cocofli or Café Targowa instead of ENTO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 reasons to move to Wroclaw

5 reasons to move to Wroclaw

5 Ws: When, where, what, why, Wroclaw. One story.

The story of one gypsy girl, who’s looking for HER place in this world, or 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw.

1. When

Let’s start it from the beginning. A year ago I moved. Again. It was spontaneous. As always. I lived in Asia. In a 14-million city named Guangzhou. I’ve been staying there for 4 years, and was planning to stay there for another 4 years or more. But… Well, we all have this “but” from time to time. For me that “but” was the edge. I literally left everything, bought a one-way ticket and said “goodbye” to my 4-year Asian life.

5 reasons to move to Wroclaw

2. Where

I moved, and moved, and moved. First it was Dubai. An amazing city, full of sand, money and oil. And with the same feeling of loneliness as in China.

Then it was Ukraine. But staying there for a few months, I realised that I DON’T want to live there anymore.

Next, came Poland. So here we stop for a while, because this is where I am at the present. In the city of Wroclaw. And I like it. This is the first of 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw.

5 reasons to move to Wroclaw

3. What

What was the second of 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw? I became a student. Again. In the age of 27. With two Master’s degrees. Well, frankly speaking, it wasn’t the plan for my future life, I was spontaneous as always.

For Ukrainians, Poland is a way to stay in EU legally and without preparing too many documents. This is our “bridge” to Western Europe. And to be honest, Europe suits us more than Asia, I believe because of the similar mentality. And this is number three of 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw (or another EU city).

5 reasons to move to Wroclaw

4. Why

Well, it’s difficult to say. This is the question I ask myself all the time. And I don’t know the answer.

I like to travel. I’m addicted to new emotions.  Of course, “travelling” and “moving” are not the same things. So, moving from country to country, from part of the world to another, I’m looking for a place, where I could settle down. The place, where I could feel safety, appeasement and happiness. I think, I could sacrifice many thing to find MY place. One more of 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw, isn’t it?

5 reasons to move to Wroclaw

5. Wroclaw

I was afraid to move here. Like a city citizen is afraid of moving to a village. You can’t imagine how it is to move from a 14-million city to a “city”, that has 600 thousands people. 14 000 000 and 600 000. So well, I was sarcastic a bit calling Wroclaw “city”, for me it sounded like a village.

But Wroclaw swept me off my feet. Totally. I fell in love with this city. I fell in love with its narrow streets, its impromptness, its affability. Wroclaw combines the history and the technologies, the “old” and the “new”. It made me speechless from the very beginning. And these are my 5 reasons to move to Wroclaw.

5 reasons to move to Wroclaw

And maybe one day it’ll become a place, where I’d like to settle down…

 

Best korean restaurants in Wroclaw

best korean restaurants in Wroclaw

How to find best korean restaurants in Wroclaw?

best korean restaurants in Wroclaw

It is easy with me, because I am from Korea. My name is Duckjae.  First time when I came to Wroclaw I wanted to find best korean restaurants in Wroclaw because I love korean food and my family also. I asked my friends and they helped  me. Just me right now I help you. This is my favourirte choice:

Kokoja – I recomend you very much

Kokoja  is one of the best korean restaurants in Wroclaw. They have:

  • Drinks: Water, juice, coke, soju * Soju is very popular alcoholic drink in Korea. Most of people drink soju, which is seems to be wodka of Poland.
  • Soups: Czampong, Tempura Udong, Kake Udong *These are with nudles
  • Menu: Teriyaki * each from  chicken, Tofu, Salmon, Duck./ Bulgogi, Donkatsu, Fried Pork, Chilly Chicken, Sweet Chicken, Spice Pork, Spice Kalmary, Hemuul Bokumbab, Kim-chi Bokumbab
  • Cost: Most of cuisine are from 32 zl to 45 zl
  • Opening days : From Tuesday to Sunday
  • Opening hours: From 12:00 to 22:00
  • Adress: Ul. Oltaszyska 93e, Wroclaw

I pay there only this money for all lunch, so it isn’ too much. Plus  you can  order sushi in Kokoja but it cost more than korean menu because fresh fishes and shrimps are very expensive. When you visit Kokoja, you can see korean people and people from Wroclaw there. It is very good place for Polish people and also for expats in Wroclaw.

Imone – my choice from best korean restaurants in Wroclaw

If  you like a food which your korean grandmother cook, I recommend you korean restaurant Imone. The chef is old woman who can’t speak polish as well as English but only in korea. I hope there is Poland clerk there. You may feel like your mother or your grandmother cook for you.  If you want to drink water, just say ” Please water”. It is for free.

  • Drink: Water (free), Coke, Juice, Soju
  • Menu: Kimbab, pierozki, Ramjon,  Bulgogi, Czeyukbogym                   Dzadzangmjon, Bibimbab, Czolmjon
  • Soup: Dzampong, Somjon, Kamdzasudzebi, Kalguksu
  • Cost : It cost more less than Kokoja
  • Opening day: From Monday to Saturday
  • Opening hours: From 11:00 to 19:00
  • Adress: Wawrzyniaka 9, 11-400 Wroclaw

Why I will tell you to  introduce Korean food?

Korean foods are good for your health. These are make from vegetable. Some foods are made from meat but are low in fat. I recommend  to use chopsticks because it is good for your health. Kimchi contain a lot vitamin C, so it is so healthy!

 

How to find your individual style?

How to find your individual style - shops

How to find your individual style?

Finding my style wasn’t  so easy because fashion isn’t easy for anybody. Dear friends, I answer today your most frequent question: How to find your individual style? How to properly shape your style and wardrobe? This is a very deep topic and, of course, it is not possible to uncover it at once … But still, let’s start, friends!

Let’s get acquainted: I am Lana – designer of costume and fabric, shoes and accessories. I love painting, decorative creativity, design, architecture. I am inspired by music, books and communication with interesting people.

Individual image is important!

I would like to answer a question  how to find your individual style and to see that the individual image thawe form together gives you harmony and comfort every day.

Now there are a lot of proposals from the producers of mass-markets, and, in fact, it’s wonderful ! After all, over any brand there is a group of professionals. Therefore, you can easily take a catalog in the store and dress like a girl or a guy from his pages. Why not!?!

How to find your individual style

Unnecessary things

In our time the planet is just overflowing with things. The problem of materialism is global both for the individual and for society as a whole. You have money, you go to a clothing store and buy the first pleasant sweater of incomprehensible color, a pink dress that looks good on you, BUT! It is unlikely to be the time and place to put it on, trousers that were at a discount for half the price.

Correspond to your inner self

As a result, these things are a dead weight. There is a problem of combining them with anything. Or they do not correspond to your inner self at all? After all, it is possible to live someone else’s life, corresponding to the representation of all and all, not knowing what you want is you. Style and clothing to some extent this is your attitude to life, to the world around you. After all, agree, it’s nice to decorate the world with your presence.

Who am I?

To create a unique style that is comfortable for you, you first need to understand yourself.

Time to ask yourself:

  • I am a calm person who does not like publicity?
  • Or, on the contrary, do I prefer to be in the spotlight?
  • I prefer contrasting color combinations?
  • And maybe nuanced?
  • I am attracted to the 70s, 2000s or the end of the 19th century?
  • Am I a Cinderella or a Princess?

Practical advices how to find your individual style

To create your own style, as it is not surprising, it is not enough to have good taste, you need to at least a little navigate in history, art, design. These spheres are also granted to mankind in order to inspire the creation of things necessary for the existence.

And now, it’s time for practical advice: Perhaps now I will open America for you. The style is set by accessories:

  • shoes,
  • gloves,
  • hats,
  • bags,
  • scarves,
  • ornaments,
  • hairdress.

When you come to the clothing store, first of all pay attention to what accessories the manufacturer offers.

For example, your eyes fell on glasses with a round frame. Let’s start to argue: since the fashion is cyclical for the period of the XX century, the fashion for round glasses was repeated twice in the 70’s and 90’s. These years in the history of fashion are characterized by diversity and eclecticism. This decade combined many styles:

ethno, classic, romance, folklore, hippies, military, unisex, punk.

Wroclaw for expats – inspirations and lifestyle

Wroclaw for expats

Wroclaw for expats is very interesting city with a lot of opportunities.  Each of us is the creator of our life and Wrocław is a great place to start

Hi! My name is Ivanna, I am 21 and I want to tell you where I have found my inspiration. As everyone has understood from the title of my blog, I live in Wroclaw. I want to tell you about Wroclaw for expats – the best place I ever found abroad.

  • Wroclaw is the largest city in western Poland.
  • The population of the city is more than 600.000 .

There are a lot of foreigners and students from all over the world. It is a university city with many well-known universities such as the University of Wroclaw, the Wroclaw University of Technology and other famous institutions, all of which enjoy an enviable reputation in Poland and abroad.

This is my 5th year here. And you know, I am not bored at all. Wroclaw has a great history. The history of the city dates back a thousand years, and combines almost all religions and cultures of Europe. At various times, it has been part of:

  • Poland,
  • Bohemia,
  • Prussia,
  • Germany.

It became part of Poland in 1945 as a result of the border changes after the Second World War. The city is new and old at the same time. This place is an alive history, which u can touch and feel.

Wroclaw for expats – just try!

The next question, which has already existed in your mind is :”What she’s doing in this city?”. I came here when I was 17 to get higher education. So I am a student, and i am from Ukraine. The first problem which all expats met abroad is language barier. For me it also was a problem to speak polish, but Wrocław for expats is an friendly city where many people speak different languages and are very helpful. So during 1 year in Wrocław I have learned polish. More information about how to learn polish for expats I am going to tell you in my next text.

In 2016 i have graduated Wroclaw School of Banking(WSB) and got B.A. of political science. And these student years run as fast as a mouse from a hungry cat. So in 2017 I have entered the University of Lower Silesia (DSW) to become M.A. and to enjoy my student life next 2 years. Now mouse is far from cat, at least for 2 years. I like to be a student, to meet new people, to learn something new. And I like to be a student in Wroclaw. Why? Because Wroclaw for expats is best. When i have got my bachelor degree i was feeling lost. I didn’t know what to do in my life. I even was thinking about moving from Wroclaw. But this city hasn’t let me go. I am thankful for that. Wroclaw don’t allow me to feel depressed, because there are many opportunities, smart people, places to go. No depression only inspiration.

My plans as a foreigner

I am in love with Wrocław. My plan in future is to live here. For the nearest future I want to have got my M.A. degree in the University of Lower Silesia and find good job in field of my specialization. Also as usual girl, I am planing to build family and have children, with my boyfriend, whom I met here. Wrocław for expats is the city of love, new people, dreams which becoming real here. I as a foreigner want to share with you my experience and show that every expat could be happy here.There everyone will find something useful and interesting, everyone will find here their own way of inspiration. Come to Wroclaw – be inspired!