Wroclaw may not sound like a place that would be at the top of your must-see destinations, but one of Poland’s most vibrant and eclectic cities may just pleasantly surprise you. Formerly the German city of Breslau, Wroclaw has yet to make a name for itself on the European travel circuit. But that may be changing. Since joining the European Union in 2004, Poland has become a more progressive and optimistc nation. Wroclaw (pronounced VROTZ-waf) has become one of Eastern Europe’s emerging hot spots, primed for cafe culture and a buzzing night-life scene. In 2007, it was chosen as one of the host cities for the 2012 Euro championships.
Szajba (Sw. Antoniego 2-4 brama B; 48-606-116-092) A destination for the young and arty.
Graciarnia Pub and Cafe (Kazimierza Wielkiego 39; 48-71-795-66-88) Delightfully old-fashioned with an impressive array of vodkas.
Sarah (Wlodkowica 5; 48-71-792-49-56) Found in Wroclaw’s Old Jewish Quarter, serves traditional Jewish food with a rustic atmosphere.
Armine (Wojciecha Boguslawskiego 83; 48-71-367-15-31) This simply presented Georgian restaurant is one of Wroclaw’s best-kept secrets.
Chatka at Jatkach (Odrzanska 7; 48-71-342-72-20; chatkaprzyjatkach.pl) serves cheap, well-prepared Polish specialties out of a fake thatched hut.
Mleczarnia (Wlodkowica 5; 48-71-788-24-48; mleczarnia.wroclaw.pl) This Old Jewish quarter hangout is a firm favourite with Wroclaw’s academic community.
Art Nouveau Hotel Monopol (Modrzejewskiej 2; 48-71-772-37-77) Top drawer hotel luxury for a fraction of Western European prices. Standard rooms start at 300 zlotys.
Art Hotel (Kielbasnicza 20; 48-71-787-71-00; arthotel.pl) A historic and charming boutique hotel in a renovated building dating back to 1520. Standard rooms start at around 240 zlotys a night. Free WiFi.