Live it like a Wroclawian

Why should you visit a city without even trying to live, like inhabitant, especially Wroclaw, the best European destination for 2018, according to Booking.com? Here there are some tips to live the most beautiful city of Poland – and by the term “beautiful” we mean “different”.

First things, first

Music at your headphones. Not radio, they are playing mostly mainstream English songs. TACONAFIDE and  is currently the #1 in Poland right now, so, connect to YouTube and start walking to the streets and feel the vibe in your ears.

Pączki

The reason how your day will begin gloriously. Go to a “Cukiernia”, a bakery. Order one, two, three, it depends how much you want – usually one is never enough.  Chocolate, marmelade, toffee, rose, cheese are one of the choices. One of the finest “cukiernia’s” are situated close to Grunwaldski sq., in Skłodowskiej – Curie str. A little far from the Centre, but bus 146 and tram 10 can take you there, in Kliniki stop.

Museums

Just do not visit any of them. Feel the city. History is written and in Wikipedia. Just get lost to the streets of Wroclaw, take trams, buses, burn your shoe’s soles and wander in the city.

Walks

Go to Oder riverside, especially in summer weekends, where people are BBQing and… “riverbathing” in the calm waters of the river that gives life to this city. Take a walk in Podwale, see the hidden from the leaves of the trees sun and sit in a bench relaxing. Stare Miasto (Old Town) and the close islands are easy to walk them and the buildings, the brigdes, generally the architecture, will surprise you.

Bar Mleczny

The good thing about them is that they are cheap. So obvious in the city centre’s road but the decoration is simple that it doesn’t seem like a restaurant. The “Milk Bars” have cheap traditional food that really could make you full. The bad thing is that you have to speak Polish, because are owned by old women and they have the fame of “not tourist-friendly”, but you can see the menu in the wall and use Google Translate or to learn some special words, like “Pierogi z miesem” – Dumplings with meat or “Zupa Pomidorowa” – tomato soup with pasta.

Suburbs

Take a tram without knowing its destination and stop somewhere that inspires you. Learn new hidden shops, wander in the Soviet block of flats and see how people living over there. You will have an clear and very widespread idea of the city, something that tourists do not acknowlegde.

Hala Stulecia

From May till September, that UNESCO Heritage Building, the modernist Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall) has behind a huge fountain, where at Saturday nights a spectacular show with colourful water and fires, under a specific theme, like “Earth and Water” or “One week with Marilyn”. Even it lasts for 10 minutes, definitely it worths visiting that.

Synagogue

Grab a MLE beer at “Mleczarnia” bar, in the yard of Synagogue. An calm atmosphere, under the trees, reminding a scent of an bohemian era. It will relax you.

Rynek

Wander at night streets of Rynek, take one more Soplica shot and sit in a bench, watching Rynek. Your smile will be on your face and you have lived the ultimate Wroclaw experience.

When you leave Wroclaw, you will always wanna come back. Even you aren’t Polish, Wroclaw will be in your veins, because you have lived like a local here. That is the spirit of the trips. You see, you explore, you are living like a local. That is the reason of the trips.

Wroclaw is awaiting for you. Grab your chance.

Step 1: How to get from Wroclaw airport to the city centre?

Most people from abroad (probably You too) visit Wroclaw by plane.

It means, that the first question you ask yourself, right after leaving the Wroclaw airport building, is: “How do  i get to the city centre?” Well, you can always order an Uber 🙂 But what, if you’re out of money?

Don’t worry – Wroclaw airport is not the end of the world 🙂

Wroclaw airport is quite well communicated with the city center. Only two bus lines run at the airport – 106 during the day and 206 at night. Each of them will take you to the main railway station, from where you can get almost anywhere, and from where you can take a walk to the Market Square (10 min on foot).

How to buy a ticket (& what kind of ticket) at the Wroclaw airport?

You can buy a ticket in special machines (our drivers do not sell them). You can find the machine at the bus stop next to Wroclaw Airport or on the bus (on the bus – only by card!). The machines have a menu in Polish, but also English, German and French. If you have a student or school ID, you can choose cheaper tickets. Remember also that if you want to stay in Wroclaw a little longer, you can choose – instead of a one-off ticket – one of the time tickets, eg for a day, two days or a week, so that you will not have to buy more tickets later.

Here You can find more info about public transport in Wroclaw.

If you prefer to see instead of reading, a short film below for You:

PS.: You must remember that from March 2018 our ticket machines will look a bit different!

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You can also choose Wrocław Airport Express  – it is a bus dedicated to people visiting Wrocław for the first time. It drive you directly to the city center (Pl. Dominikański or Main Railway Station), it will take a little less time than ordinary communication (30min vs 50-55 min), but it cost more, and when you arrive, it often turns out that you still need to buy a time ticket.

Choice is yours 🙂 Have a nice trip 🙂

best pad-thai in Wroclaw – osiem misek

best pad-thai in Wroclaw

Where I can find the best pad-thai in Wroclaw?

The answer is simple!

 

And how did it began?

Osiem Misek is the place, which was created from passion, dreams and young energy. Monika and Adam, pair of friends with a long internship in gastronomy have decided to open their own business.

Three years ago food truck were the best option for the beginning for them and it was the best idea, as it turned out. Because of Adam’s knowlage about asian cuisine their restaurant became in this way. From the beginning flagship dishes are the best pad-thai in Wroclaw, as you know, and pulled pork bao.

After two years they decided to make another big step for their buisness and open a real restaurant in their own chill style. New, bigger menu and other oportunities became more succesfull than they expected.

In place Osiem Misek on Włodkowica 27 you can try their flagship dishes like best pad-thai in Wroclaw and also classics like ramen (in two types), BanaNova dessert and a fev variations about butter bao buns.

Menu is not too big, because everything from the beginning to delivery to your table is prepared by their own hands. Apart from that, of course every dish is prepered with a big accuracy and precision, also looks like little work of art, what you can see on photos.

 

From three years of activity Osiem Misek became famous in Wrocław, what results in queues, because in Miski place there is no reservation. Also you need to wait above 30 minutes for your meal. But believe me – it’s worth it!

You may ask me what is the secret of the best pad-thai in Wroclaw from osiem misek? I don’t know, but you need to try and maybe you will descover it!

If you’re interesting in asian cuisine there are more and more restaurants in this style. For example you can check:

  • Wok In,
  • W Oparach,
  • Pan Puh,
  • Panda Ramen,
  • Yemsetu.

Enjoy!

5 best places to visit in Wroclaw – Weekly boarder approved

5 best places to visit in Wroclaw

You need atraction? Try this 5 best places to visit in Wroclaw

Are you in Wroclaw for a while and you do you want to use your time properly? Weekly boarder recommend you 5 best places to visit in Wroclaw where you can eat like Polish, drink like Polish and have a great time like Polish!

  • Wroclaw’s dwarfs – Let’s go hunting!

The city of Wroclaw is full of dwarfs (Polish: krasnale, krasnoludki). They appeared in the streets in 2005. Since then, their numbers have been continually growing, today we can find out 165 different gnoms in the city center.  For the hunters are offered special brochures with a map and also you can download a mobile application for your Android or iPhone. As of 2015, there are over 350 dwarfs spread all over the city. That is a huge dwarf colony!

Many of them are just in front of coffee shops, restarants and pubs so you can drink or eat some delicious goodies on your hunting trip.

The Dwarfs Festival takes place in Wroclaw every year in September.

  • Pasibus – Hungry at 3 a.m. or 1 p.m.? No worries, we can handle that!

    You never ate burger like this before! I promise. Fresh, tasty, crunchy home-made and so young fast-food chain that sells tremendous beef burgers in the heart of Wroclaw. Beautiful interiors, nice service and that smell inside. Mmmm. You can approximately choose of the 23 burgers made from beef, chicken or cheese and for the hipsters they offer vegan-burger as well. Surely you should add to the order their home-made Pasifrytki or cheeseballs! For the digital maniacs is offered special mobile application for your Android or iPhone nonetheless you have feel the emotions inside the shop. 5 best places to visit in Wroclaw is also hear because they have 5 restaurants!

P.S. They have special offer called “Burger of the Month”! Check this out!

No words needed. Go, eat, never leave.

Where to find: Świdnicka 11, Wrocław
Opening hours: 11:00 – 03:00

  • Rynek Glówny – Market square you can’t miss out!

Visiting historical city? You always imagine the main square, right? In the hearth of the old town, medieval market square in Wrocław called Rynek Glówny is the right place where to go on one day trip. If you looking for everything, literally everything go for a walk through this. Let’s make short checklist:

– Polish cuisine
– Cheap alcohol
– Clubs
– Churche
– Photo place
– Fast food
– Amazing girls
– Point of interests

You can find out all what you need! Day’n’night!

Summary. If you travel to Poland and you want to see at least meaning what it means “Being Polish” follow my advice and follow the check list.

Where to find: szukaj Rynek!

  • Setka – Eat and drink like Polish!

Love it! If I mentioned Rynek, it is my duty to recommend you Setka. West European lifestyle. Typical local two in one. Bar and restaurant under one roof. Epic! So, I will little bit explain you how it is going inside. Walk through the entrance on the corner of street and order some awesome typical polish meal. Eat it! Excellent. As like always someone from your company says something like: “Hey, get some booze!”. Naprawdę nie jest problem. Truly. This beautiful bar offer long list of Polishness. “Glo glo glo”. And then take something to eat and repeat. And repeat.

So, you have an instructions, go for it. If you wasn’t be in Setka, you wasn’t be in Wroclaw! Remember.

Where to find: Leszczyńskiego 4, 53-110

  • University of Wroclaw – See the rich history of more than three centuries!

From 5 best places to visit in Wroclaw Uniwersytet Wrocławski is the best. That lo-o-o-ong building near the river. In the daily light it’s a majestic block next to the Odra river. In the shine of the moon it’s that most lighting building what you see blurred on your ride with the Uber back home. Kididng. Currently one of the largest university in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship which produced 9 Nobel Prize winners. And that architecture of campus! Amazing. Get a wine a enjoy the view. 

Where to find: plac Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137

Wroclaw is the gorgeous city with the amazing people. No excuses to miss that.

Come and get some!

And don’t forget look for “krasnale”!

3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

3 best cultural places in wroclaw

Make sure you find something to see and hear here. So if you are a music and art lover and plan to come to Wroclaw, book tickets in advance and visit this fantastic places! This is my list of 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw.

Location is great – easy walk from historic centre and pedestrianised so strolling up to it is fine.

National Music Forum. First in 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

NMF is one one of the most modern  concert halls in Europe.  It has six floors and three underground levels.

There are a recording studio, conference rooms, a library, rehearsal rooms, cafes and bookstores. The building is distinguished by thin horizontal lines of glass windows. In 4 concert halls can accommodate more than 2500 people.

NMF held 9 international festivals: Musica Polonica Nova,  Jazztopad, Wratislavia Cantans etc.

plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław

http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/

 

Wroclaw Opera.  Second in 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

Nowdays the Wroclaw Opera House is considered one of the best in Poland. Every year it becomes a venue for the Polish Opera Festival.

Going to the opera is a highlight in Poland so you can see it in the dresses and the suits of the visitors.

Świdnicka 35, 50-066 Wrocław

http://www.opera.wroclaw.pl/1/

National Museum.  Third in 3 best cultural places in Wroclaw

The National Museum in Wroclaw is one of the largest museums in Wrocław. The museum is not far from the city centre, and can be easily reached on foot. By the way, when you book your entrance to the Panorama, the same ticket entitles you to visit a couple of other museums, one of which is this one.

The permanent exposition is located on several floors and divided into various historical epochs. First is the “Silesian Art of the 12th to the 16th Century” showing the most valuable works of Gothic art.

Second part is “Silesian art from the 16th to the 19th century”: sculpture, painting from the Renaissance to romanticism. Third is “Polish Art of the 17th-19th Centuries”:  portraits, a collection of glass and porcelain. And, finally, “Polish contemporary art from the beginning of the 20th century”, so can see the works of Tadeusz Makovsky, Stanislav Vitkevich, Vladislav Strzeminsky, Jozef Shine and many others.

national_museum_wroclaw

plac Powstańców Warszawy 5, 50-153 Wrocław

http://www.en.mnwr.art.pl/

Visit Wroclaw – one day

Visit Wroclaw – one day

When You visit Wroclav and You want see the most important monuments in Wrocław – I invite You to travel with delightful travellers. This video is sightseeing trip in Wrocław.  Spend one day in Wrocław with delightful travellers! What we will see?

1. The University of Wrocław

It’ s not only the University also we can see the amazing viev of the all city. Beautiful, blue doors’re entrance into the University and perfect place to take a picture – Cheeeesseeeeeee 🙂

2. Cathedral Island- Ostrów Tumski

So let’s go to cathedral island – it’s the oldest part of the city of Wrocław.  Tumski bridge is a bridge over the north branch of the Oder river. So many padlocks, why? Because it’s Lovers Bridge. Unfortunately in the future the lock must be dismantled.

3. Wrocław Cathedral

When we’re  still  in “Cathedral Island” we must see Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Wrocław.  1315 it’s very important date for cathedral because Ostrów Tumski was sold the church. All history about the church You can listen under:

Now we’re going to old town. In Wrocław find You so many restaurants, cafe, coffe-house and pubs because in Lover of Silesia live a lot of young people. It’s time to something eat! Let’s going to Vinyl! Delicious coffe and really good sandwiches.

4. Market Square

You visit Wroclaw in only one day we must go faster!  🙂 Music, colours of building, church, crowds and beautiful old architecture – it’s market square and the heart of pedestrian zone. This is obligatory poiunt our travel when we spend only one day in Wrocław. Now it’s time for polish beer and dinner in the market square.

Tip: Find a place where’s a lot of pepole – there will be a great food!

Enjoy!

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…

 

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!