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Poznań, Poland: our favourite cafes, bars and restaurants

By Matt Morelli

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.

Post Contents

  1. Weranda: fresh, beautiful breakfasts & lunches
  2. Na Winklu: perogi by the specialists
  3. Lavenda: Lavender Tea with Lavender Syrup
  4. E.Wedel Chocolate Lounge: scrumptious chocolate tasting menu
  5. 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.

Outdoor seating area at Weranda Cafe, Poznań
Outdoor seating area at Weranda Cafe, Poznań
The beautiful interior of Weranda Cafe, Poznań
The beautiful interior of Weranda Cafe, Poznań

Weranda: fresh & beautiful breakfasts & lunches

Address: Paderewskiego 7, 61-770
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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.

Delicious parcels of loveliness at Na Winklu
Delicious parcels of loveliness at Na Winklu

Na Winklu: perogi by the specialists

Address: Śródka 1, 61-125
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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.

A pot of lavender syrup sits atop a cup of lavender tea at Lavanda
A pot of lavender syrup sits atop a cup of lavender tea at Lavanda

Lavenda: Lavender Tea with Lavender Syrup

Address: Wodna 3, 61-781
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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.

A trio of desert awaits their fate
A trio of desert awaits their fate
The chocolate trio, part of the tasting menu at E.Wedel
The chocolate trio, part of the tasting menu at E.Wedel

E.Wedel Chocolate Lounge: scrumptious chocolate tasting menu

Address: Stary Rynek 92, 60-101
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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.

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Matt Morelli

I've travelled to 38 countries across 4 continents, both independently and with my wife. I've been writing travel guides and making videos since 2007, all based on my real-life experiences. Here To Travel is a place for travel advice and inspiration that encourages us all to make mindful decisions. If you want to have life changing adventures that have minimal impact on the places and people you visit, Here To Travel is for you.

2 thoughts on “Poznań, Poland: our favourite cafes, bars and restaurants”

  1. It looks so nice! I have been to Poland few times, but never to Poznan, I didn’t even know that it was great! I definitely need to go there too it looks amazing. I usually stay in Warsaw, and it is also very nice and in my opinion worth visiting. I am a huge foodie so my favorite aspect is always going to different cafes,bars and restaurants and exploring new flavors. My personal favorite spot in Warsaw is a bar and restaurant in one place and it is called Bubbles. They specialize in champagnes and wines, but their food is also so delicious. I always spend hours there, trying different specialties and of course different champagnes :D

    • Hi Sarah,

      When we were looking to travel to Poland, we didn’t read that many positive things about Warsaw, so I’m really glad to hear that you think it’s worthwhile visiting. Thank you for your recommendations too. We combined Poznan with a trip to Wroclaw which was also good, but we did generally prefer Poznan out of the two. We like smaller cities and it has a cool, laid-back and young vibe – probably as it’s quite a university town. If you visit then we’d recommend the Airbnb we stayed in – cute, compact, good value for money and the hosts are amazing. They gave us such great tips on where to eat locally so we owe a lot to them. We’d really like to visit again and try out some more of the restaurants and get a different perspective on the food scene there now that we are pescatarians.

      We’d also recommend that you check out these Instagram accounts dedicated to food in Poznan which we love.

      Many Thanks,

      Jade & Matt


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