Foodies rejoice! There's a up and coming city for you to explore and that city is Poznań (located in the north-west of Poland). Not only is Poznań a tourist-friendly city that's full of colourful, ornate buildings & pretty cobbled streets, but the food is outstanding.
In this post, we've listed some of the best cafes, restaurants and bars in Poznań that we discovered ourselves on our visit to the city.
We were really surprised at how consistently brilliant the food scene is in Poznań. Just about every single plate of food we encountered was fresh, inventive, full of flavour, impeccably presented and served in cafes, bars and restaurants that were decorated with great care and run by considerate and friendly staff.
We went to Poland expecting plates of dumplings served in Formica-clad cafeterias, but left with our assumptions on Polish cuisine blown to smithereens.
We really couldn't have been more wrong!
Please note: This post was originally written before we became vegetarians. Some of the places listed therefore have meat-heavy menus. If you're looking for veggie-options in Poznań, check out Weranda, Na Winklu and Lavenda, who all offer good options.
- Weranda: fresh, beautiful breakfasts & lunches
- Na Winklu: perogi by the specialists
- Lavenda: Lavender Tea with Lavender Syrup
- E.Wedel Chocolate Lounge: scrumptious chocolate tasting menu
- Honourable Mentions
The Best Cafes, Bars & Restaurants in Poznań
To whet your appetite and help you prepare for your own visit to Poznań, we've compiled the following list of places that we think are the very best places to eat and drink in the city.
Weranda: fresh & beautiful breakfasts & lunches
One of the first things we did in Poznań was drop-by Weranda, a gorgeous cafe near the town square. Inside, old mismatched furniture, distressed wood paneling and a web (or maybe that should be nest) of brown paper birds on strings created a cosy, welcoming ambiance. Outside, a lush canopy of trees shaded patrons from the warmth of the sun while they dined and socialised on the patio.
Since it was mid-morning, we opted for brunch in the form of a stack of pancakes. When it arrived, we were genuinely stunned by how beautifully presented our food was. It was almost too good to eat!
To drink, we opted for some fruit teas served with fresh mint and homemade jams. Perfection!
A few veggie options, but no vegan options.
Na Winklu: perogi by the specialists
Na Winklu specialises in perogi and is popular with the locals. It's location makes it a perfect lunch option if you happen to be visiting the nearby Cathedral. The restaurant is small and normally busy, so expect to have to wait for a table.
The perogi we tried were tasty and, like most of the dishes listed on this page, inexpensive.
There are options for both veggies and vegans.
Lavenda: Lavender Tea with Lavender Syrup
One of our last meals in Poland was lunch at a cafe called Lavanda, a mere stone's throw from Stary Rynek (assuming you have a good, strong throwing arm). We enjoyed a crayfish salad amid the chilled-out atmosphere that we thought was a perfect setting for spending a lazy Sunday morning.
Considering the name of the cafe, we couldn't pass on the opportunity to order a Lavender loose leaf tea served with lavender syrup. As you can probably imagine, it was delicate, floral and ever so refreshing.
If there's still room, make sure you treat yourself to one of their delicious cakes.
We're pleased to say, there are some fabulous veggie options here.
E.Wedel Chocolate Lounge: scrumptious chocolate tasting menu
Address: Stary Rynek 92, 60-101
E.Wedel is effectively Poland's national chocolate maker. As well as manufacturing tasty treats, they run a network of chocolate lounges, one of which can be found on Poznań's Stary Rynek. We dropped in on our last night in Poland to sample their tasting menu.
We started with their 'Flavoured Chocolate Trio', three hot drinks, each flavoured with rose, chilli and blackcurrant. We then shared three deserts, a baked fruit crumble with vanilla ice cream, a tiramisu and a hazelnut ice cream sundae with hot salted caramel sauce. We were also treated to some soft bread sticks and samples of their chocolate spreads for dipping and a chocolate truffle.