If you also think that it’s impossible travelling without tasting local dishes, this article is made for you. I love traveling, and since I was young I always loved traveling around new places and tasting typical dishes, first of all because I think that one dish represents the culture, second of all because I like to try out new food, no matter where it is from. If you share my point of view and if you thinking about traveling to Poland, then you should read this article. Here I will recommend you what to eat in Poland and some Polish typical dishes. Let’s start!
Pierogi (you should read it pi-ero-gee) are one of the ultimate Polish typical dishes. Those are dumplings that are prepared first in steam and then they are fried in a pan. Pierogi are always shaped like a half-moon and they can be both salty or sweet. Sometimes you can find this as a street-food, but mostly pierogi are prepared in restaurants.
The salty version is usually stuffed with eggs, potatoes and cottage cheese or meat, while the sweet version contains fruit, such as blueberry or strawberry. Luckily, you will find also vegetarian options for this Polish typical dish. It is inexpensive: you can buy a pierogi dish usually for 4 euro and you will feel full after eating one.
Zapiekanka is a typical Polish dish that you can mostly eat as a street-food. It seems like a French typical dish, but no: it is Polish.
It consists of an open-sandwich made with half of a baguette then tapped with a variety of tasty ingredients that may vary according to your taste (cheese, mushrooms, meat, sausages). This Polish typical dish was invented during the communist time: people had to re-invent food and to make tasty even the simplest food.
Zapiekanka is tasty and if you are in Poland you have to try it out. They are quite cheap. By the way, if you are in Warsaw I would recommend you try them at Zapiexy Lukusowe, a nice place located not far away from the Palace of Culture. From there you can enjoy a nice view of PkiN.
This is my favorite typical Polish dish as far. Placki ziemniaczane are potatoes pancakes served with a mushroom sauce or cream. Those potatoes pancakes are also super easy to cook since they consist just on potatoes, onions, eggs, and salt. Placki ziemniaczane are delicious: they are usually crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
They are served as a one-dish meal and its price is not so expensive; if you go to a Polish restaurant, you won’t spend more than six euros. This is absolutely a good option as a traditional Polish dish if you are vegetarian.
Obwarzanki are ring-shaped bread boiled and sprinkled with salt and sesame or poppy seed. Let’s say that it’s like a Polish bagel.
Obwarzanki are typical from Krakow, and if you will walk around the old town for sure you will find some street carts where you can buy them. It is interesting to highlight that you can find those ring-shaped bread only in the Krakow’s region because they are protected by the geographical indication.
If you are trying to learn Polish with Duolingo just as I did, one of the first words that you will learn will be kotlet schabowy. This typical Polishdish is really similar to Viennese schnitzel and it is made with pork breaded cutlet or pork chop.
This typical Polish dish can be found both in restaurants or in mleczny bar. Mleczny bar is perfect if you are traveling on a budget, since those are like the canteen but with a wide selection.
If you are vegetarian, don’t worry! In Poland you can find several restaurants that are specialized in vegan food and you will be able to try kotlet schabowy there.
This is probably one of my favorite typical Polish desserts, and I swear that it’s not because of its name (spoiler: it mean Italian ice-cream, even if it’s not Italian at all). Lody włoskie is a soft cream similar to ice-cream but softer and less tense; you can find different flavors such as vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, mixed or blueberry.
The price of those traditional Polish desserts is cheap; it’s like 5 zloty for one ice-cream. You will find several kiosks that sell and prepare this with specific equipment.
I still can’t believe that I am actually writing about rurki, since I don’t like them. But it doesn’t matter: maybe you will like them! Rurki (it means pipe or tube in Polish) is a typical Polish dessert that consists of a thin pastry typically filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. Rurki are typical also from other countries, such as Bulgaria and Turkey.
Honestly, I didn’t like them but it’s worth a try. You can buy them for less than 5 zloty at a piece, also in the Warsaw city center.
This is a traditional Polish dessert that consists of a traditional apple pie based on a buttery shortcrust and then filled with spices, cinnamon, and shredded apple. This is a classical and it is usually served warm. It is perfect to eat this cake during winter, maybe just after a long-exhausting walk that you took somewhere in Poland.
Rogale świętomarciński (in English St. Martin’s croissant) is a typical croissant that can only be found in the city of Poznań and in some other parts of its region. It is protected for geographical indications by European Unions, and maybe that’s also why I was looking forward to trying it out during my trip. Rogale świętomarciński is a croissant with white-poppy seed filling and it is prepared to celebrate St. Martin’s day.
If you want to buy it another day of the year, I would recommend you to buy it at Piskorska ,a traditional bakery.
Oranżada tradycyjna is a typical Polish beverage that was started to produce in 1948, so if you are wondering why you saw its packaging in a Communism museum, well, that’s it. This typical Polish beverage consists just in water with sugar; sometimes it can be coloured, such as red or orange, but the most popular one is the white one (the transparent one).
Something else that you must try when you are in Poland is Polish vodka. In Warsaw, you can also find the Polish vodka museum. I went there and I tried different kind of vodka and it’s true: according to how they are made (from potatoes, whey or grain) they do have a different taste.
I would recommend you to go to that museum! At the end of the guided tour, there is a vodka’s tasting.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this article and that you will be motivated enough to try traditional Polish dishes, desserts and drinks!