One of the things I look forward to most about visiting a new place is trying the food there. I like to eat some local food where I can, but being a fussy eater makes that difficult-I’m not someone who orders a whole meal when I may not like it, even though I should. Doing food reviews is helping me to be better with this, and I’m hoping that in the future I’ll be able to jump out of my comfort zone completely, rather than just sticking a toe out like I do now. This post talks about Wroclaw, and what I ate when I was there in May-my Wroclaw food diary.
There’s not that much IN this food diary, as I very much went for two meals a day, one of which being cake for breakfast. Next time I go away, eating alone won’t be such an ordeal and I’ll be trying more things.
Steak, Chips and Cocktails at Whiskey In The Jar, Market Square
I’ve written a separate review about Whiskey In The Jar so I won’t talk too much about the place here, but it was somewhere I’d had recommended to me by Kirsty. Just around the corner from my hotel, it was the ideal place to have a few drinks with my meal, knowing I didn’t have to navigate a new city alone and tipsy.
Apple and Raspberry Cake at Cafeterie Chic, Cathedral Island
I’d walked for miles and was really hungry when I spotted this cute little cafe in the Cathedral Island area. I was going to have one of their gorgeous looking ice creams, but the apple and raspberry cake sounded better and I wasn’t wrong, it was so good. I can definitely recommend trying some. This one had a pastry bottom, lots of apple, crumble topping and plenty of raspberry sauce, and then a big dollop of cream. I went for both apple juice and water with my cake because I was so thirsty, and for some reason I crave apple juice when I’m abroad. A big thumbs up for this brunch.
Snickers Bubble Waffle from a stall on Market Square
This was another of Kirsty’s recommendations and I queued for ages in the sun to buy this. Once I had, I took it back to my hotel room to enjoy with a cup of tea. I wasn’t actually a massive fan, though-the ice cream is far creamier than ours, and the snickers was only in the middle bubbles. There was too much plain waffle dough for me and so I only ate half, but I’m glad I tried it anyway.
Fish and Chips from Hard Rock Cafe, Market Square
Hard Rock Cafe is obviously not a Polish place, but I’d got to a point I was tempted by McDonalds as I was so hungry. I wanted somewhere I could get easy, quick food so I could go out and take dusk photos of Market Square, and so Hard Rock Cafe it was. The fish and chips was huge, I struggled to eat it all and whilst it wasn’t the best I’ve ever had, it was alright. I wouldn’t go back given a choice of places, but if I had to eat there I wouldn’t refuse.
Polish Breakfast on Market Square
Clearly there’s a pattern here, as this was my first solo trip I mostly stuck to the area near my hotel when it came to food. Hardly a problem, given how pretty Market Square is-I enjoyed sitting and eating, watching children chase bubbles around the square. On my last morning I knew I wanted to go to see the musical fountain and I wasn’t sure how long I’d be gone, so I chose a big breakfast before I left. This was a Polish twist on breakfast and was similar enough to what I’m used to for me to order it, but it’s not a patch on a full english. I also can’t remember the name of where I ate, so that’s helpful. Whoops.
Cheesecake at Centennial Hall
I ate this Cheesecake (which was more of a cake texture than our cheesecake, with a layer of marmalade on top and then white chocolate, flaked almonds and icing sugar, served with cream and chocolate ice cream) and lemonade (very, very sweet!) at the Centennial Hall Cafe, Szczytnicki Park, overlooking the multimedia fountain. I’d timed it well, and my food came just as the 2pm show started, so I had a classical music backdrop as I ate. This place also had the weirdest toilets ever-two sets of mirrors facing each other, so when you looked into the mirror you saw yourself repeated over and over. The food was good, not the most amazing ever and slightly pricier than other placed I’d eaten at, but as I was miles away from the part of the city I knew and this was the only cafe around, I was a captive audience. If I go back, I’ll take snacks and eat at a bench near the fountain instead, although the cake was good.
Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans at Wroclaw Airport
Airport food, as we all know, is usually overpriced and terrible. Wroclaw Airport is the exception to the rule, and I was amazed to find I could have a decent meal there. I’m not sure whether it was just because I was tired and hungry but this chicken escalope, paprika flavoured potatoes and green beans was the best meal I had on the whole trip-tasty, filling and not badly priced either. Excuse the not very good photo, my camera battery had died by this point.
Is food important to you when you go away, or are you very much a ‘grab something whenever’ kind of person?