Let me start by clarifying the pronunciation of Wroclaw. This isn’t because I care especially about how you say it but because I struggled to pronounce it for a long time leading to much confusion when I tried to buy a train ticket. Do not say “row claw”, its more like “vrotz-wav”. /EndPSA
I’ve mentioned a few times before that Poland is extremely inexpensive and I’ll say it again. Its one of the least expensive places I’ve ever been in my life and definitely the cheapest European country I’ve visited. My hostels cost on average around €15 for a private room with shared bath (less than half of what it would cost in even moderately priced cities). Every meal we ate was beautiful, tasty and clocked in at under €5 even at nicer cafes.
See also: Bar Mleczny (Milk Bar). These aptly named bars originated serving mostly milk based meals (don’t ask me for an example) and not, as I imagined, as pubs supplying your daily frosty pint o’ 2%. Though they date back to the 1800s, the Milk Bar scene really popped off during Poland’s Communist Era when workers who weren’t provided lunch by their employers could get a super cheap full course meal. Subsidized by the government, these bars were able to serve fast, homemade meals to Polish citizens even when the country was hopelessly poor. Today, some Milk Bars still stand (many went bankrupt, no surprise) and are popular with older folks and students seeking a generous serving of decent food for under €3. When you go, its unlikely that anyone working there will speak English so you’ll be left to point at what you want, school cafeteria style, and forget about asking any questions (“Do you guys have almond milk?”).
Besides the cheap food, Wroclaw has a cute and compact city center, the Rynek, with the usual things you’d expect from an old revitalized center (so, an H&M and a McDonalds alongside beautifully restored architecture). The brightly colored buildings are fun to stare at though, while you drink your beer with juice in it.