11 Delicious Dishes You Need To Eat In Poland

A trip to Poland would be incomplete without sampling some of the country’s traditional and tasty dishes.

We’ve put together this list of 11 delicious dishes that you need to eat in Poland.


Pierogi are polish dumplings and a dish you need to eat in Poland

If there’s one dish you need to eat in Poland, it’s pierogi.

Pierogi are polish dumplings made of thinly rolled dough that’s steamed or fried, and then stuffed with sweet or savoury fillings. Popular fillings include meat, mushroom, cheese, or strawberries and blueberries.


Zurek is a white creamy soup served with bacon, sausage, onion and even a hard boiled egg. We know it sounds weird, but trust us - it works!

Zurek is traditionally served in a hollowed-out bread bowl

Zurek is a white creamy soup served with bacon, sausage, onion and even a hard boiled egg. We know it sounds weird, but trust us – it works!


Sausage is a staple dish in Poland and comes in all kinds of varieties

Sausage is a staple dish in Poland and comes in all kinds of varieties

Kielbasa is type of Polish sausage and is served with grilled onions, pickles and sauerkraut.

Juicy and full of flavour – Kielbasa gives German sausage a run for it’s money.


Golonka is Poland's national dish and after you've tried it, you'll see why it was one of our favourite things to eat in Poland

Golonka is traditionally served with sauerkraut, mashed/boiled potatoes and mustard

Golonka is Poland’s national dish and after you’ve tried it, you’ll see why it was one of our favourite things to eat in Poland.

The slow cooked Pork knuckle is bursting with flavour and the meat is so tender it literally falls off the bone.


Bigos is a very traditional Polish dish

Bigos is a very traditional Polish dish, made with shredded white cabbage, meat, sausage, wild mushrooms, onions and tomatoes.

Sometimes referred to as ‘Hunter’s Stew,’ Bigos is a hearty dish that will keep you warm in the winter.


Oscypek is a type of Polish grilled smoked cheese made of sheep milk

The cheese is usually served with cranberry sauce

Oscypek is a type of Polish grilled smoked cheese made from sheep’s milk.

The cheese comes in all shapes and sizes and has a strange texture, but we couldn’t get enough of this squeaky snack in Poland.


Polish open-faced sandwiches have become an increasingly popular street food dish in recent years.

Traditionally topped with sautéed white mushrooms, onions and cheese, zapiekankas are nowadays pretty much made to order. After choosing your toppings, the sandwich will be finished with a thick drizzle of Polish ketchup across the top.


Fancy something sweet to eat in Poland? 

Fancy something sweet to eat in Poland?

Similar to doughnuts, Paczki are sweet deep-fried pieces of dough. These sweet treats are usually filled with an orange filling, smothered with an icing glaze and sprinkled with orange zest.


Kaszanka is a traditional blood sausage

Kaszanka is a traditional blood sausage, made of a mixture of pig’s blood, pork offal, and buckwheat kasza stuffed in a pig intestine.

We know it sounds a bit gross, but if you’re a fan of black pudding you’ll love this tasty alternative. Kaszanka is usually flavoured with black pepper and served with grilled onions.


Golabki is a Polish delicacy made of boiled cabbage leaves wrapped around minced pork or beef

Golabki is a Polish delicacy made of boiled cabbage leaves wrapped around minced pork or beef, chopped onions, rice.

The Golabki is then baked in a creamy tomato sauce and served with mashed potatoes. This hearty meal is a must-eat in whilst in Poland.


Poland’s rival to the schnitzel, this breaded pork escalope is traditionally served with mashed potatoes or chips and coleslaw.

So simple, but so good when it’s cooked right.

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  1. John
    23rd January 2018 / 9:45 pm

    I never thought that Polish cuisine is so amazing, until my first trip there 2 years ago,when I fell in love with it 🙂 Since then I go to Poland regularly and I always try to discover some new flavors and culinary spots. My absolute favorite place is in Warsaw. It is the Akademia Restaurant, a Polish restaurant with really excellent food. I love everything about this place – from impeccable service to delicious food and wine. Love it!

  2. 27th November 2017 / 6:40 am

    I definitely should not have read this post before eating dinner … it all looked so good! I’m definitely going to try Zurek on my next trip to Poland

  3. Ivy
    27th November 2017 / 3:00 am

    Yummm I love reading about food guides! Bigos and Golonka sound amazing, they’d be the first dishes I try in Poland. We loved the schnitzel in Austria, how do you like the Kotlet Schabowy in comparison?

  4. 26th November 2017 / 4:34 pm

    I get hungry 🙂 Did’nt know that Poland has so many yummi dishes to choose from 🙂

  5. 25th November 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Ironic, we have been talking about going to Poland and I was wondering what I could eat (no meat or chicken for me). But the Oscypek sound Yum!!

  6. Brooke
    25th November 2017 / 7:00 pm

    When I was in Poland I unfortunately couldn’t eat anything that was ‘traditional’ as they put flour in literally EVERYTHING even things you wouldn’t imagine would have flour in them. Thanks to an allergy I had to stick to overcooked meats and vegetables and then hang on until I got to big cities to find some Asian or other ethnic food options that would allow me to eat more interestingly!

    Though I did get to taste plenty of their fruit infused vodka that they make at home-that definitely packs a punch!

  7. 25th November 2017 / 6:21 am

    uhhhh blood sausage! It seems every country has it’s specialty made out of blood haha 😀 … Zurek would be absolutely for me though; would love to try it! I love those hearty and rich dishes. Thanks for sharing

  8. 25th November 2017 / 12:14 am

    Dumplings are my favorite. Pierogi looks yum. I think I will love the Polish open-faced sandwiches too. They can be topped so many interesting bites. Paczki, the sweet deep-fried pieces of dough also look my kind of thing. Thank you for the delicious post.

  9. Parnashree Devi
    24th November 2017 / 5:12 am

    OMG! I am already hungry seeing these photos. pierogi seems like Indian MOMO (dumpling ). The most appealing to me is traditional Polish dish, Bigos. You have no idea how much I am craving these dishes, especially I am on the strict diet.

  10. 23rd November 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Mmm yummy, I am actually heading to Poland next year so this is a great post as a foodie myself and KOTLET SCHABOWY looks very filling. Great post

  11. 23rd November 2017 / 4:21 am

    When I visited Poland I missed so many of these dishes and some look delicious. I did eat a Oscypek but didn’t know its name! I also tried the Polish answer to the schnitzel, I got a delicious one and the potatoes were delicious too!

  12. 22nd November 2017 / 11:14 pm

    Holy moly yummmmoooo! I love pierogis! This might sound silly, but I had no idea they were Polish. How amazing to learn this. Golabki sounds delicious too and surprisingly I actually really like cooked cabbage so this would be perfect for me. Plus woud be great to eat during the winter!

  13. Yukti
    22nd November 2017 / 12:50 am

    Zurek with Polish food looks perfect place as they lots of unique varieties which I have not heard of. Hopefully I can get something vegetarian here or they can customize it. But I can try Zurek which is a white creamy soup with Polish breads. I will share this with my Polish friends.

  14. 21st November 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I really want to visit Poland soon and being a die-hard foodie I love to try local food, so this is so very helpful. The Zurek and Zapiekanka look especially delicious and totally something that I would pick up. Obviously the Pierogi as you mentioned is a must so that will be on the top of my list.

  15. 21st November 2017 / 6:08 am

    Guess what? I once had Zurek in India at a Polish week in a restaurant! Loved it. It was a veggie version with chickpeas in it! Glad to see the authentic one from Poland here. Oscypek looks delicious. Most of the other stuff seems to be off my list, being a veggie!

  16. 21st November 2017 / 3:45 am

    OMG, this post is making me drool so much! It makes me want to go to Poland just to try the food.

  17. Lisa
    21st November 2017 / 1:49 am

    Ooh, I would devour all of these! I’ve already tried pierogi and kalbasi before, just delicious, but i’ve never heard of Golanka despite it being the national dish! I need to get to Poland!

  18. 20th November 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Oh my. How my mouth watered scrolling down the post! Pierogis I knew and love – but there is so much in this list I need to try! The Oscypek looks fantastic… So does the Zurek – interestingly there is a similar version in South Africa, soup served in a hollow bread.

    Need food. Will be back to dream in front of your post!

  19. 16th November 2017 / 10:00 am

    Zurek looks like the perfect winter warmer. And as for those sandwiches… YUM!

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