Best and cheapest restaurants in Wrocław-culinary heaven for backpackers

 We all, as backpackers, know way to well what daily budget means to us, and how essential is to stuck to it! We have to fallow the plan on accommodation prices, food,  transport and other pleasures. I can not say that you will find the cheapest hostels and, especially, hotels in Wrocław, city in Poland, but when it comes to meals…luckily we do offer few very good and very affordable restaurants. You can have a breakfast there from 1$ with a coffee, a soup for 0.40$ and a lunch/dinner starting at as little as 2$. And do not think it compares the quality of the food, because it really doesn’t. Food is home-made, traditional and simply delicious!! These restaurants are also very popular among students, that usually have a limited budged themselves. The only minus, I am afraid, is that the staff do not speak almost any English and that might be hard for travelers, but there is always someone around to help. Once you will master the task of getting an order, you just wont be disappointed. Here, I will write about top ten best and cheapest restaurants and some milk bars, as we call them, you can find in the city center in Wroclaw.

Miś Milk Bar (Bar Mleczny Miś)

Definitely my number one and all time favorite. I always dine there when possible and when in the city center area, and not because is very cheap there. Students favorite too and well popular in general in Wroclaw, offering anything from breakfast, lunch and dinner at lowest possible price with and old school vibe present all around. And, most importantly, all is well made and taste very good. Location is just perfect, right next to the University of Wroclaw and very close to the main square and town hall. Please trust me and pop in for a lunch! The only minus is that some dishes, like pierogi, go fast and after 14.00 it`s difficult to order them. Opening hours also may be a problem for travelers who like to eat late, otherwise nothing is stopping you!

Address: ul. Kuźnicza 48, Wrocław
Opening hours: Mon–Fr: 8.00–18.00, Sat: 8.00–17.00

Examples of dishes and prices (English/Polish)

  • Traditional Polish dumplings with meat (250g) – 2$/Pierogi z mięsem (250g) – 6.20 zł
  • Traditional Polish dumplings with white cheese and potatoes (250g) – 1.5$/Pierogi ruskie (250g) – 4.50 zł
  • Scrambled eggs – (2 eggs) – 0.40$/Jajecznica (2 jajka) – 1.50 zł
  • Traditional Polish rice and mince meat wrapped in cabbage with tomatoe sauce (350g) – 1.80$/Gołabki z sosem (350g) – 4.93 zł
  • Meat balls (100g) – 1.20$/Kotlet mielony (100g) – 3.70 zł
  • Beef stake in bread crumbs (100g) – 2$/Kotlet schabowy (100g) – 6.50 zł
  • Pork liver (100g) – 1.5$/Wątróbka wieprzowa (100g) – 4.80 zł
  • Goulash from pork meat (200g) – 2.20$/Gulasz wieprzowy (200g) – 7.60 zł
  • Sweet rice with strawberries – 1.40$/Ryż z truskawkami – 4,20 zł
  • Pancakes with white cheese and sugar (220ge) – 0.90$/naleśniki z serem i cukrem (220g) – 3,09 zł
  • Dumplings with meat (300g) – 1.80$/ Pyzy z mięsem (300g) – 5 zł
  • Traditional salad from cucumber and sour cream (100g) – 0.50$/Mizeria (100g) – 1.50 zł
  • Chicken breast in bread crumbs (120g) – 2$/Filet z kurczaka (120g) – 6.50 zł
  • Pasta with four different cheeses and broccoli (300g) – 0.70$/Makaron 4 sery z brokułami (300g) – 2.35 zł
  • Krokets with yellow cheese and mushrooms (2 pieces) – 2$/Krokiety z serem i pieczarkami (2 sztuki) – 5.50 zł
  • Potatoes in oil (200g) – 0.30$/Ziemniaki z tłuszczem (200g) – 1.03 zł
  • Rice (200g) – 0.25$/Ryż (200g)- 0.73 zł
  • All soups from 0.40 to 1$/Zupy od 1.50 do 3.15 zł
  • All the salads on the side (100-200g) from 0.20$ to 0.80$/Surówki i sałatki  (100-200g) od 0.66 do 2.60 zł
  • Custard with cream and sugar (200g) – 0.40$/Budyń ze śmietana i cukrem – 1.40 zlMis.jpgTu dla moich polskich braci moj ulubiony fragmet z Misia:

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SWOJSKA CHATA Dyscont bar

Just opened recently, so does recently became one of my favourite. Highly recommended for tourists, students and “grandma`s kitchen” lovers”. You can find here pierogi, mash potatoes with meat, loads of salads, krokets and more. Its very close to the city center (main square). You just must to pop in!!!

Address: ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 17 (next to NH cinema), Wrocław

Opening hours: Mon-Fr: 11:00 – 19:00, Sat: 10:30 – 16:30

Examples of dishes and prices (English/Polish)

  •  Traditional Polish dumplings (6 pieces) – 1.80$/6 pierogów ruskich – 5.90 zl
  • Full main dinner (mash potato, large polish meat ball, salad) – 2$/Ziemniaki puree z koperkiem, kotlet mielony, surówka) – 8.90 zl
  • Pancake with white cheese – 1$/Naleśnik z serem – 2,90 zł
  • Potato dumplings (Polish traditional dish) – 1$/Kluski śląskie – 3.60 zl
  • Krokets with yellow cheese and mushrooms (2 pieces) – 1.70$/2 krokiety z serem i pieczarkami – 5.80 zl
  • Salads like: beatroots, cabbage, carrot – 0.50$/Surówki z buraczków, kapusty, marchewki – 1.70 zl
  • Tomato soup – 0.80$/ Zupa pomidorowa (z rosolu z wczoraj) – 2.80 zl
  • Stewed fruit drink – 0.50$/ Kompot 1.60 zl

 Mewa Milk Bar (Bar Mleczny Mewa)

Another milk bar very similar to Miś Milk Bar. Also in the city center area, just a bit further north. Prices and menu are very similar to Miś, so you can have a tasty, homemade, delicious meal at a very affordable price again. The big plus is that this place seems less busy than Miś, but also popular. Pierogi are served from 13.00 and are the most popular dish, so you need to pop in earlier to have a chance to get them.

Address: ul. Drobnera 4, Wrocław
Opening hours: Mon–Fr: 9.00–18.00, Sat: 9.00–16.00

Examples of dishes and prices (English/Polish)

All dishes and prices are very similar to Miś Bar (see above).


Jacek i Agatka Milk Bar (Bar Mleczny Jacek i Agatka)

Located in the city center makes a perfect place for a delicious, homemade breakfast, lunch or dinner. Another very popular one, but less busy than Mewa and Miś. This milk bar offers more than 100 positions to choose from, so every mouth would be satisfied.

Address: pl. Nowy Targ 27, Wrocław
Opening hours: Mon–Fr: 8.00–18.00, Sat: 9.00–17.00

Examples of dishes and prices (English/Polish)

All dishes and prices are very similar to Miś Bar (see above).


MiszMasz Restaurant (Restauracja MiszMasz)

MiszMasz is one of the cheapest restaurants in Wroclaw. It is very close to University of Wroclaw, so it is a very popular place to eat for students. Apart from typical traditional Polish food, like pierogi or kartacze, you can also find a sweet and sour chicken or Mexican tortilla.

Address: Nożownicza 14-16 Street, 50-119 Wrocław
Opening hours: Everyday: 11.00–20.30

Examples of dishes and prices (English/Polish)

  • Traditional Polish dumplings filled with potato and white cheese (8 pieces) – 3$/Pierogi ruskie (8 szt) – 9,60 zł

  • Vegetarian risotto – 3$/Wegeteriańskie Risotto – 9.60 zł
  • Chips, chicken tight, salad, drink – 3$/Udko z kurczaka, frytki, surowka, napoj – 9.90 zł
  • Chicken breast in dill sauce, potatoes, salad, drink – 3.80$/Filet drobiowy w sosie koperkowym, ziemniaki, surówka, napój – 11.90 zł
  • Steak in bread crumbs, potatoes, salad, drink – 4$/Schabowy, ziemniaki, surówka, napój – 12,50 zł

  • Sweet and sour chicken, rice, salad, drink – 3.70$/Kurczak słodko-kwaśny, ryż, surówka, napój – 12,90 zł

Promotions

Happy Hour. After 20:00 every meal is 50% cheaper.

Free large beer at order above 9.90 zl (3$)…… ulalalalalalal, Homer say yes!


Witek Bar (Bar Witek)

This bar offers a great traditional range of our old school PRL toasts – a typical Polish fast food during the communism time. It has been opened in 1979 and still serve one of the best and very cheesy toasts with mushrooms. Portions are very big and very filling.

Address: ul. Wita Stwosza 40/1a, Wrocław
Opening hours: Mon–Fr: 9.30-19.00, Sat: 10.30-18.00

Examples of dishes and prices (English/Polish)

  • Traditional toast with cheese and mushrooms – 2.5$/Tost tradycyjny z pieczarkami i serem – 8 zł
  • Village style toast with mushrooms, cheese, sausage and onion – 3$/Tost wiejski – pieczarki, ser, kiełbasa wiejska, cebula – 9,70 zł
  • Salad with feta (600g) served with bread – 3.20$/Sałatka z serem feta (600g) podawana z pieczywem – 11 zł
  • Open-faced toasted cheese sandwich with mushrooms – 2$/Zapiekanka tradycyjna z pieczarkami i serem – 7 zł

    Bar Mały (Mały Bar)

Another amazing milk bar near the city center. This one is open a bit longer. You can find loads of tourists here, as its very close to the main train and bus station. Food is homemade and very traditional, however a bit more expensive than other milk bars like Miś or Mewa.

Address: ul. Kołłątaja 27/28, Wrocław
Opening hours: Mon–Sat: 10.00–19.00

Examples of dishes and prices (English/Polish)

  • Traditional Polish dumplings – 2.80$/Pierogi ruskie – 9 zł
  • Pancakes with cheese or apples or spinach – 2.80$/Naleśniki z serem, jabłkami lub szpinakiem – 9 zł

     Lepione Restaurant (Restauracja Lepione)

There is no way I will not think about Lepione (old Bazylia restaurant) without remembering my time at university. This buffet style restaurant is located inside one of the law department buildings, where I studied. I can’t say the food is top mach, but I love the fact that its cheap, you can fill your plate with everything you like, and you pay the same price of 0.90$ (2.79 zł) per 100g. I used to eat there after my lectures, exams, alone, with friends or family. The other thing about this place is location and surrounded stunning architecture you can enjoy while eating.

Address: ul. Kuźnicza 42, Wrocław 
Opening hours: Mon–Fr: 08.00–19.00, Sat-Sun: 7.30-19.00

Examples of dishes and prices (English/Polish)

This is a buffet style restaurant where you add to the plate anything you like and pay for 100g. You will find there anything from traditional dumplings, salads, fish, chicken, goulash to Chinese chicken with bamboo. Price is 3.59 zł, that’s 1$, for 100g.

Promotions

After 17.00 all 15% cheaper, after 17.30 all 25% cheaper and after 18.00 all cheaper by 50%.


Karmazyn Bar (Bar Karmazyn)

This amazing bar is located in one of the biggest indoor markets in Wroclaw, called Hala Targowa, so after a very tasty traditional, homemade meal you can have a look around.

Address: ul. Piaskowa 17, Wrocław
Opening hours: Mon–Fr: 9.00–18.30, Sat: 9.00–15.00

Examples of dishes and prices (English/Polish)

All dishes and prices are very similar to Miś Bar (see above).


Sunny Bar (Bar Słoneczny)

One of my earliest discovery of a great food at a very low price. However, this bar is special for me for another reason. Staff keeps some unused food to share later with homeless people and that is a huge plus for me!

Address: ul. Komandorska 147, Wrocław
Opening hours: Mon–Fr 10.00–18.00, Sat: 10.00–17.00

Examples of dishes and prices (English/Polish)

  • Traditional Polish dumplings – 2$/Pierogi ruskie – 6 zł
  • Greek fish (100g) – 1.5$/ Ryba po grecku (100g) – 4.20 zł
  • Fish filet in bread crumbs (100g) – 2$/Filet z ryby (100g) – 6.90 zł
  • Pork liver (100g) – 1.5$/Wątróbka wieprzowa (100g) – 4.80 zł
  • Goulash from pork meat (200g) – 2$/Gulasz wieprzowy (200g) – 6.90 zł
  • Sweet rice with strowberrys – 1.40$/Ryż z truskawkami – 4,20 zł
  • Pancakes with white cheese and strawberries (1 pancake) – 1$/naleśniki z serem i truskawkami (sztuka) – 3,20 zł
  • Dumplings with meat (300g) – 2.80$/ Pyzy z mięsem (300g) – 8.50 zł
  • Traditional salad from cucumber and sour cream (100g) – 0.90$/Mizeria (100g) – 2.90 zł
  • Chicken breast in bread crumbs (120g) – 2.5$/Filet z kurczaka (120g) – 8.80 zł
  • Ribbs (100g) – 1$/Żeberka (100g) – 3.60 zł
  • Lasagne (100g) – 1.20$/Lasagne (100g) – 4 zł
  • Potatoes (200g) – 0.80$/Ziemniaki (200g) – 2.40 zł
  • Chips (120g) – 1$/Frytki (120)g – 3.50 zł
  • All soups from 0.80 to 1.5$/Zupy od 2.50 do 4.20 zł


Getting from the Airport to the city center in Wrocław (updated June 2018)

 Welcome to Wrocław, the coolest city on Earth. The best place on the planet. Most beautiful, amazing, interesting, with the tastiest food ever and the best nightlife, you will experience. Yes, you guessed it right, I am from there. Been born there, raised, studied and worked. Welcome to my home. However, since I wont pick you up from the airport, at least I can guide you on getting from there to your hotel.

Bus

  • Update April 2018. New bus available from the airport to the city center called WRO AIRPORT EXPRESS, a nice and easy option for tourists.

A shuttle bus operates on the route Airport –  City Centre (Plac Dominikański) – Dworzec Wrocław (Central Bus and Railway Station). A ticket will cost PLN 10 or 2.5 Euro (to be paid directly to the driver by cash or by card). The journey will take about 30 minutes. Bus is waiting just outside the airport, blue colored, can`t be missed.

Departures from the airport:

04:10 05:00 05:50 06:40 07:30 08:20 09:10
10:00 10:50 11:40 12:30 13:20 14:10 15:00
15:50 16:40 17:30 18:20 19:10 20:00 21:05
22:55* 23:40* 01:00*        

* departure time depending on the aircraft’s’ arrivals

Price: 3$ or 2.5 Euro or 10 PLN (but paid only in Polish currency PLN) 

Length: 30 minutes

  •   Nice, easy and cheap option. The bus stand is located just outside the main entrance on the right hand side and runs very frequently (mostly every 20 minutes). The number is 106, but no need to remember that, as it is the only one there anyway. Night bus 206 is also available available. See the timetables below. The ticket cost 3.40 złote (around 1$) and is valid for a single journey. Ultimately, for the same price, you can buy a time one for 30 minutes, if you need to change. Students and pupils have 50% off on all public transport, but I am not sure if polish authorities do accept foreign student cards. You can buy a ticket at the kiosk inside the airport, from the dispenser close the stand, or just from the machine inside the bus that is, actually, inside every public transport in Wroclaw, but accepts only cards. The bus will terminate at the main railway and bus station (called Dworcowa), from where you can continue your journey, if Wrocław is not your final destination. The railway station will be just in front of you, and the main bus station, called Wroclavia (with shopping mall), is hidden behind it.

  For the city center (where your hotel/hostel probably will be) you have to get off just one stop before the last one. The stand is called Renoma, and from there you will, I assume, just walk to your accommodation. It takes around 30-40 minutes to get to the city center, unless traffic is very bad.

106: PORT LOTNICZY (Airport bus stop) Day Bus

PORT LOTNICZY – DWORCOWA

Airport-Main railway/bus station

W dni robocze (Mon-Fr)
Sobota (Saturday)
Niedziela (Sunday)
05 20 43 53W  
06 03 23 38 53W
07 03 18 35  
08 01 26 40Z 53
09 13 28 53  
10 13 28 53  
11 13 28 53  
12 13 28 53  
13 13 38 53  
14 02 10 25 50
15 08 24 49  
16 08 24 50  
17 07 29 42 54
18 09 31 56  
19 11 21 31  
20 03 33    
21 03 33    
22 03 18 33  
23 04 34G    
05 32 52  
06 12 32 52
07 12 32 52
08 12 32 51
09 11 31 51
10 11 31 51
11 11 31 51
12 11 31 51
13 11 31 51
14 11 31 51
15 11 31 51
16 11 31 51
17 11 31 51
18 11 31 51
19 11 31 58
20 12Z 33  
21 03 33  
22 03 33  
23 04 34G  
05 32 52  
06 12 32 52
07 12 32 52
08 12 32 51
09 11 31 51
10 11 31 51
11 11 31 51
12 11 31 51
13 11 31 51
14 11 31 51
15 11 31 51
16 11 31 51
17 11 31 51
18 11 31 51
19 11 31 58
20 12Z 33  
21 03 33  
22 03 33  
23 04 34G

206: PORT LOTNICZY (Airport bus stop) Night Bus

PORT LOTNICZY – DWORZEC AUTOBUSOWY

Airport-Main railway/bus station

niedz. (Sun)/ pon. (Mon) – czw. (Thur)/ pt. (Fr) pt. (FR)/ sob. (Sat) sob. (Sat)/ niedz. (Sun)
00 07 37
01    
02 07  
03 37Z  
04 37Z  
05 03Z  
00 07 37
01    
02 07  
03 37Z  
04 37Z  
05 03Z  
00 07 37
01    
02 07  
03 37Z  
04 37Z  
05 03Z

PLEASE NOTE that the night bus 206 with Z letter does not go straight to the city center, you have to change, so during the night I really would suggest taxi or Wro Airport Express buss!!

Price: 1$ 

Length: 30-40 minutes

Taxi

  Nice, quick and comfortable way. Please always agree on the price before getting in! You shouldn’t pay more than 50-60 złoty to the city center area. That`s around 15$. Taxis are just outside the main entrance, and driver should speak good/enough English.

Price: 15$

length: 15-20 minutes

Other

I am sorry, but there are no more options, unless you want me to come and pick you on my bike. The tram does not go there, and we do not have an underground. Walking is not an option too, since the airport is on the edge of the city.

Please contact me if you need any tips. I will be more than happy to help and thank you for visiting my city 🙂