Like so many other people, the first thing that we wanted to do when we arrived in Poland was eat pierogi. Pierogi are probably the best known dish of Polish cuisine, and food good reason! These delicious potato dumplings are the perfect mix of flavorful filling and doughy exterior. Plus, there are so many different types of pierogi to try that you really must try them multiple times in order to find your favorite kind.
Despite the obvious appeal of eating pierogi for every meal, we were careful to remember that Poland has lots of other delicious foods. After arriving in Wroclaw, we decided we wanted to try a pretty good mix of Polish food, from pierogi and potato pancakes to hunter’s stew and gzik.
We ended up discovering a fantastic food scene in Wroclaw, Poland. We wanted to write about our experience to help like-minded foodies find the best restaurants and dishes in Wroclaw, Poland.
Navigating Wroclaw’s Food Scene
Before we jump into some of our favorite restaurants and dishes, we wanted to give a bit of advice based on our experience. The Wroclaw food scene is very easy to navigate, but we are some of our thoughts to make sure you have a seamless experience.
- Credit Cards are widely accepted. We were shocked that every single place we went to accepted credit card. This is basically unheard of in Eastern Europe, where tons of places only accept cash. It made it very convenient to not have to use cash even once!
- Prices are very affordable. We found the prices in Wroclaw to be extremely affordable. For only a couple U.S. dollars, you can usually get yourself a pretty good meal. Just remember that the Polish Zloty has roughly a 4:1 conversion rate with the U.S. dollar.
- Service is a bit slow. Maybe it was just the restaurants that we went to, but we found the service to be fairly slow. It’s definitely not a big deal, just mentally prepare yourself to have to wait for a little bit before your server takes your order or brings you your check.
- Don’t be afraid to try milk bars. Milk Bars are government subsidized cafeteria-style restaurants from the communist times. They are still around in Poland to this day, and they’re a great way to get a delicious hearty meal for a bargain.
Best Restaurants in Wroclaw, Poland
Kurna Chata was probably our favorite restaurant that we went to while in Wroclaw. The atmosphere is cozy and quaint, and the entire restaurant smells of fresh food. The food is extremely good, so definitely plan on coming here for a great dining experience.
It’s also nice because Kurna Chata is a bit out of the way from the main tourist area. This means there are way more locals eating here, and the prices were very good (especially given the large portions). A bread bowl with piping hot soup is the best thing to order here!
Fun fact: Kurna Chata is actually Polish for “damn cottage,” a hilarious fact that we found out while we were eating there.
If you’re looking for a low-key place to eat at, look no further than PreWar (Przedwojenna). This local joint serves up affordable Polish classics and has a very cheap drink menu, as well. Everything on the food menu is 9 zloty (about $2 USD), but the portions are fairly small so plan on ordering a couple things.
There’s a dining area upstairs that offers great views of the restaurants. Overall, we loved this place and felt like we got a really cool authentic Polish dining experience.
Nasza Paczkarnia is a bakery that is famous in Wroclaw for their Polish donuts. Every day, they bake fresh donuts with different decadent toppings, and most filled with a sharp Polish fruit jam.
This is a spot that’s popular among locals and tourists alike. It’s the perfect place to pick up a breakfast on-the-go.
Pierogarnia Stary Młyn (“MOMO’s)
Pierogarnia Stary Młyn is a restaurant located in the heart of Market Square that is famous for its pierogi. The food here is very delicious, but be warned that since it is in a touristy area of Wroclaw, you’ll see way more tourists than locals here.
Patrons aside, the food here really is very tasty and it’s worth a visit. They have a covered patio that is perfect for people watching, as well as ambient indoor seating.
Różowa Krowa Milk Bar
There are a bunch of great milk bars in Wroclaw, but we ended up eating at Różowa Krowa. The reviews aren’t the best, but we thought our food was absolutely delicious! The atmosphere was great and modern, too.
The prices are definitely the main draw of milk bars. We ordered a plate of pierogi and a fresh chicken salad and the total was only about $6 USD. What a bargain!
Best Polish Dishes To Try
Polish donuts!? Yeah, you heard right. Polish donuts are Poland’s own take on the internationally loved breakfast treat. They normally come with a sharp fruit jam in the center, and can be topped with all sorts of goodies.
You can’t leave Poland without trying at least a couple different types of pierogi! We like the classic boiled type best, and for fillings, you can’t go wrong with onion, potato and cottage cheese.
We’ll be honest: we had no idea what gzik was when we ordered it. It turns out that it is a type of cottage cheese dip that is popular in Poland. It tastes a little bit like extra-whipped cream cheese if I’m being honest.
Gzik can be served with all types of things for dipping, but potatoes are the best in our opinion. It’s a great dish to order for an appetizer or a light lunch.
Potato Pancakes (Latkes)
Potato pancakes are a Jewish specialty that my family has been cooking since I was a little girl. And since Poland has a big Jewish population, it’s one of the best places to try authentic potato pancakes (AKA latkes).
These are typically served with sour cream or apple sauce. They should be extra crispy on the outside and warm and soft in the middle. Yum!
Borscht is a sour soup made of beats that is extremely popular in Eastern Europe. While Poland might not be its exact country of origin, it is a dish that is extremely popular and worth trying.
Call me crazy, but there’s something about the taste of the soup that I don’t really like. But I do love how in Poland it is sometimes served with a meat croissant on the side.
Hunter’s Stew (Bigos)
Hunter’s Stew or Bigos is a Polish stew that is made with some type of meat (usually pork), cabbage, sauerkraut and mushrooms. It’s meant to be served warm, making it the perfect dish for a cold winter’s day.
Bonus points if you order your Hunter’s Stew served in a bread bowl!
It was a blast trying a bunch of different Polish foods in Wroclaw, Poland. Being a foodie in Poland is definitely a good time! While we probably didn’t even scratch the surface of all the delicious Polish foods there are to discover, we hope this guide helps give you a good taste for the Wroclaw food scene.
Happy eating! Oh, and don’t forget to check out our other posts from Poland:
- The Ultimate Travel Guide to Poznań, Poland
- 11 Best Things To Do in Poznań, Poland
- The Foodie’s Guide to Wroclaw, Poland: Best Restaurants & Polish Foods To Try
- 11 Best Things To Do in Wrocław, Poland
- 13 Incredible Restaurants in Poznań, Poland
- 7 Polish Vodkas To Try (Vodka Tasting in Warsaw, Poland)