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All the must try food in Poland you need to experience when you visit Poland. Enjoy the traditional Polish food and cuisines that make your travels even more enjoyable to this incredible part of the world.
This article was first published in August 2015 and updated in 2021.
Traditional Polish Food
Polish cuisine is a regular in our household since my husband’s parents are from Poland, however, nothing quite compares to feasting on regional favourites and the must-try food in Poland while travelling.
There is something wonderful about enjoying smoked sausages after exploring one of the Old Towns, or warming your belly during a Polish winter with a hearty serving of pierogi.
They also have some of the best street food!
During our month in Poland a few years back, we had a great time sampling all the must-try food in Poland in the different cities we visited. And every visit since!
This is my other favourite of the Polish delicacies. So good!!!
Placki Ziemniaczane (Potato pancakes)
This is every bit as carb loaded as it sounds, but Placki ziemniaczane is a Traditional Polish food that is very popular.
Think shredded potato made into fried pancakes and served with a topping of your choice. In Poland, this can often be fried up mushrooms, cabbage or sour cream.
Here in Australia my hubby and his brothers are fans of BBQ sauce on their placki. Yep… it’s a bit sad! They are great just as is though, kind of like a flat chip!
Makowiec (Poppy Seed Cake)
And for dessert… well honestly I’m personally not a huge fan of Polish desserts, however, my husband and his siblings will tell you a must try food in Poland for dessert is makowiec, which is a poppy seed style pastry.
It is pretty much a bread-like roll, filled with crushed poppy seed. Not nearly sweet enough for my preference, but a Polish favourite worth trying.
Our eldest daughter is a big fan too and while I wouldn’t say it’s the best Polish food, it’s definitely one that many love.
Gofry (Polish Waffles)
Waffles may be a popular dessert from Belgium, but Poland does a pretty good job too!
The rectangular Polish waffles – gofry, are easily one of our favourite street food treats.
The stalls serve them with your choice of toppings – icing sugar, flavoured syrups, melted chocolate or Nutella. Don’t forget the whipped cream.
If you are planning to visit Poland, make sure you aren’t coming with plans to eat light. When in the country, embrace the hearty food on offer and fill yourself with the must-try food in Poland.
You won’t regret it! The traditional foods of Poland are worth skipping your diet!