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What to Eat in Warsaw: 10 Fantastic Foods to Try in Poland

Learn about what to eat in Warsaw, Poland on a weekend city break in summer. Discover typical polish foods and unleash your inner Warsaw foodie.
Have you experienced the Warsaw food scene? 

There are so many reasons to visit Poland but when we travel, food memories always linger the longest and Warsaw was no exception. 

What should you eat in Warsaw? Eat your way through Poland’s capital with these 10 Polish foods to try on a weekend city break. 

Read on and unleash your inner Warsaw foodie.

What to eat in Warsaw Poland: Potato pancakes with sugar

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1. Orange and Rose Doughnuts

Warsaw food: Orange and Rose Doughnuts from Cukiernia Pawłowicz
Warsaw is an easy place to sate a sweet tooth. We stumbled upon Cukiernia Pawłowicz along pedestrianized Chmielna and were drawn in by the lovely smells wafting from the place and the long queue. 

Queues usually indicate that there will be something good at the end for those with patience. In this case, we sampled an orange and rose doughnut. 

This Polish glazed confection was topped with candied orange pieces and filled with sweet rose jam. The flavor combination was unusual but yummy, a definite "must try" for an aspiring Warsaw foodie!
Where to eat in Warsaw Poland: Cukiernia Pawłowicz
What to eat in Warsaw, Poland: Orange and Rose Doughnuts from Cukiernia Pawłowicz

2. Sip a Beer in a Warsaw City Center Beer Garden

What to drink in Warsaw: Polish beer taps

Hidden in the back alleys behind Chmielna are a number of beer gardens. Sip a Polish beer at prices you'd never get at home (2-3 EUR a pint) while enjoying a bit of sunshine.

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Looking for inspiration on other cities to visit in Eastern Europe? Check out Brno in the Czech Republic (aka Czechia) for fantastic craft beer.

3. Experience Traditional Polish Food and Folk Music at Warsaw's Restauracja Dawne Smaki

Where to eat in Warsaw, Poland: Restauracja Dawne Smaki
I love Polish food, although it can be heavy so bring your appetite! Restauracja Dawne Smaki combines the best of Warsaw food with a side of folk music in a garden setting for a lovely al fresco dining experience. We sampled perogi filled with cheese and topped with bits of lard. 
What to eat in Warsaw: Perogies at Restauracja Dawne Smaki
Potato pancakes with mushroom sauce were definitely a highlight.
What to eat in Warsaw, Poland: Potato pancakes with mushroom sauce at Restauracja Dawne Smaki
To help our digestion, we were served a complimentary shot of cherry vodka (tasted a bit like cherry cough syrup...yum).
What to drink in Warsaw, Poland: Shot of cherry vodka at Restauracja Dawne Smaki

4. Sample Lody Tradycyjne (Traditional Polish Ice Cream) in Old Town Warsaw

What to eat in Warsaw: Lody Tradycyjne ice cream menu
Summer in Warsaw is the perfect time to sample Polish Lody Tradycyjne (traditional homemade ice cream). We stumbled upon an ice cream shop and were lured in by the low prices: about a euro for 2 scoops! I tried cream and wild strawberry and Scott sampled forest berry.
Warsaw food: Lody Tradycyjne ice cream
We stood and ate our ice cream on the Old Market Square admiring the reconstructed buildings and reflecting on Warsaw's history.

5. Smoked Cheese and Cranberries for a Taste of Modern Warsaw Food

Modern Warsaw food: Smoked cheese and cranberries

The New Market Square in Warsaw features lovely sidewalk cafes serving up modern Polish food. We sampled smoked cheese and cranberries at Freta33 washed down with a pint of old fashioned Polish beer.

6. Warsaw's WakeCup!

What to drink in Warsaw: WakeCup! Coffee House

Polish food can be a bit heavy so a dose of caffeine is in order at least a couple times a day to keep energy levels up. We discovered Warsaw's WakeCup, an artisan coffee place serving a well-crafted cuppa. Try a cappuccino with a slice of blueberry cake for a perfect afternoon treat.
WakeCup! Coffee in Warsaw, Poland

7. Drink Polish Craft Beer and Cider at JaBeerWocky

What to drink in Warsaw, Poland: Polish Craft Cider at JaBeerWocky
After dark, we made our way to JaBeerWocky, a popular craft beer bar with an outlet that also sells craft cider and whiskey. 

We drank a Polish cider made with locally sourced apples for a refreshing treat and then walked next door to the main bar where more than 15 taps featuring craft beers from around the world greeted us. Since we were in Warsaw, it was a no-brainer to stick to the local beers.
What to drink in Warsaw, Poland: Craft beer menu at JaBeerWocky
A frothy saison hit the spot.
Craft beer at JaBeerWocky in Warsaw, Poland

8. Eat on the Cheap at a Milk Bar, A Communist Era Throwback

Warsaw food: Bambino Bar milk bar
Milk bars are a quintessential Warsaw food experience. Harkening back to the communist era, milk bars serve up hearty Polish food at rock bottom prices. We tried Bambino Bar located between the city center and Łazienki Park.
Where to eat in Warsaw: Bambino Bar milk bar
Hearty borscht with filling dumplings...
What to eat in Warsaw, Poland: Borscht at Bambino Bar milk bar
potato pancakes served with sugar...
What to eat in Warsaw, Poland: Potato Pancakes with Sugar at Bambino Bar milk bar
and traditional dumplings (Russian style with cheese) cost us the equivalent of about 5 EUR in total.
What to eat in Warsaw, Poland: Russian Perogies at Bambino Bar milk bar

9. High End Refreshments at Warsaw's Niezłe Ziółko

Where to eat in Warsaw Poland: Niezłe Ziółko Cafe

Our experience at Bambino Bar stood in stark contrast to Niezłe Ziółko. This airy cafe standing just up the street from the milk bar features high end snacks and beverages. 

The sun was shining in Warsaw and it was extremely warm when we visited so we stopped for a homemade lemonade and gourmet soda. The floor to ceiling windows were open for an al fresco dining experience alongside other Warsaw foodies.
What to eat in Warsaw, Poland: Homemade lemonade and gourmet soda at Warsaw's Niezłe Ziółko

10. Lody Szronowe! Handcrafted Summer Snow cones

What to eat in Warsaw: Lody Szronowe! Handcrafted Summer Snow cones
No summer visit to Warsaw is complete without a snow cone! (lody szronowe). We noticed a queue outside a small window just to the side of a local liquor store. 
Shaving ice for Lody Szronowe (Handcrafted Summer Snow cones) in Warsaw, Poland
The ice is freshly carved from a huge block and then doused in sweet syrup. We ate a 'Good Morning Sunshine' which was a combination of watermelon and blood orange for a fantastic refresher in the afternoon heat.
What to eat in Warsaw: Lody Szronowe (Handcrafted Summer Snow cones)
As you can see, Warsaw's food is a highlight of a long weekend city break in Poland's capital. What should you eat in Warsaw? From savory to sweet and everything in between, you definitely will not go hungry!

Keep in mind, a trip to Warsaw is just scratching the surface of Poland. Make sure to come back and visit Polish cities like Wroclaw (and the famous Wroclaw dwarves), Poznan, Bydgoszcz, Gdansk and Tricity.

Check out this Warsaw food map for locations of the restaurants and bars covered in this post. 

What to eat in Warsaw Map

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: What to Eat in Warsaw: 10 Fantastic Foods to Try in Poland
What to Eat in Warsaw: 10 Fantastic Foods to Try in Poland
Learn about what to eat in Warsaw, Poland on a weekend city break in summer. Discover typical polish foods and unleash your inner Warsaw foodie.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog