Feniks, or how it was before Amazon, AKA the most underrated shop in Wroclaw

This store has an uninviting atmosphere and seems to be from the 90’s, but it is such a gem in the very center of the city, it’s located in a 6th floors Art Nouveau building from 1904. I am here talking about the Feniks store of course !

I often go for walks in the center, enjoying a new restaurant, or discovering a new caf√©. I like to discover new shops and streets I haven’t had the chance to explore yet. The center is full of very cute colourful buildings and most shops are like any other European cities, own by international brands.
The entry of this old-looking mall is situated on Rynek, between a Burger King and a McDonald, on the other side the entry is next to an old barber shop, and is in fact the entry of the supermarket situated on the ground floor. You might have been to the supermarket full of very Polish goods, but skipped the next floors given the uninviting style of the elevators or the big marble stairs with their ugly looking neon lights. This design feels super outdated in today’s world where malls are big shiny places.

Each floor consist of a large space filled with a pallid light, and some dusty looking shelves but please don’t run away, because this shop is definitely worth it !

On the first floor, you will find plenty of made in Poland clothes including scarfs and leather gloves with fair prices, vintage looking but great value. A bunch of toys and games for kids, and a solid choice of stationery items. There is also a shop specialised in selling old coins, like old zlotys, it looks perfect for finding a gift for your grand parents !

On the second floor, you will find what I would describe to be what Amazon is today. You can find anything for you house, your bathroom, your kitchen, vintage or modern. I have never seen such a large choice of glasses, of vases, of cups, coffee utensils, plates. From grandma style looking cups to more modern standards. Basically all you can ever dream to find in the same shop. Of couse there will also be a large choice of old looking stuff, I won’t judge, all I can say is that there is something for everyone ūüėĄ even if it is a greyish looking sheep plush.

On the third floor, there is a bunch of clothing accessories, including rock&roll style T-shirts and clothes shop, a choice of skateboards, a large choice of shirts and suits (all of these items are always made in Poland) and a large choice of shoes for women and men. There is also a selection of old Vinyls between the military looking clothes and the Rock bands t-shirts and pin’s ūüėÉ.

address : Rynek 31/32, 50-114 WrocŇāaw, Pologne
Oh and they even have a website : https://www.feniks.wroc.pl (which exists but lack all you would want of a website)

Premiers pas en Pologne

Le centre-ville de Wroclaw

Oui nous sommes bien au temps du Coronavirus et de toutes ces restrictions mises en place par les diff√©rents gouvernements. Pourtant j’ai d√©cid√© entre deux ouvertures de fronti√®res de suivre une belle rencontre et d’aller vivre √† Wroclaw en Basse Sil√©sie, une r√©gion du sud ouest de la Pologne; √† 3h de Berlin ou de Prague. Une ville de la taille du centre-ville de Lyon. Un climat toujours continental mais un peu plus cl√©ment que dans le reste de la Pologne me dit on – cela reste √† v√©rifier- nous y sommes depuis un peu plus d’un mois.


J’ai quitt√© ma vie parisienne pour l’inconnu, enfin pour une inconnue ‚ėļÔłŹ. Je suis dans un pays dont je ne parle absolument pas la langue, qui n’utilise pas l’euro mais o√Ļ j’ai le droit de r√©sider car en union europ√©enne. D√©pays√© me direz-vous ? Pas tellement, finalement je fais mes courses alimentaires √† Carrefour, Aldi et Leclerc. Le magasin de bricolage porte le nom de Leroy Merlin ou Castorama, mes meubles sont IKEA. Ce qui me manque ce sont les commerces de proximit√©, m√™me si certaines denr√©es sont pr√©sentes ici comme du camembert; le reste est assez difficile √† trouver. Adieux √Čclairs au chocolat, brioches fra√ģches et pains au chocolat. 


On notera que la Pologne s’est r√©cemment faite remarquer dans les journaux du monde entier pour cette histoire de croissant dans un arbre, ce qui a entra√ģner l’intervention des pompiers pour animal exotique dangereux.


Je n’avais jamais √©t√© en Pologne avant de rencontrer ce grand amour et de la suivre. J’ai pourtant v√©cu √† Berlin pendant deux ans mais l’id√©e ne m’est alors jamais venue de traverser la fronti√®re. J’admets que j’avais des a priori sur ce pays avant d’en conna√ģtre… J’ai eu tort, c’est tr√®s moderne ici, il suffit de prendre le train pour imm√©diatement r√©aliser que les leurs sont en bien meilleurs √©tats de fonctionnement que notre pauvre SNCF.