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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 2022.
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!
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!
Kotlet Schabowy (Breaded Pork Chop)
This is a very popular dish in Poland. It consists of a pork chop, breaded and fried. Pork loin is called ‘schab’ in Polish.
You can find it on the menu of almost every Polish restaurant and it is usually served with mashed or boiled potatoes and sauerkraut or with a salad.
Paczki (Polish Donuts)
A favourite treat of many Polish people is Paczki. Similar to a deep-fried doughnut, made with a soft, sweet dough.
Paczki are usually filled with a fruit jam or compote, although you can find a huge variety of fillings these days, including Nutella, apple pie filling and other sweet flavours, sprinkled with powdered sugar.
This is definitely a favourite dessert for my husband and his siblings.
They are usually eaten on Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek), the last Thursday before Lent. Outside of Poland, particularly in the USA, Pączki Day is celebrated on Shrove Tuesday.
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!