Foodies rejoice! There’s a upcoming 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!
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The Best Places to Eat & Drink 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.
Fluffy Pancakes with Bacon, Berries & Maple Syrup
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 served with bacon, berries and maple syrup. When it arrived, we were 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!
Cool, Refreshing Beers in a Simple Setting
Exploring a new city in the warm, late-spring sunshine is hot and thirsty work. Thankfully, there are options aplenty in Poznań when it comes to getting a drink. Both of us parched, we were glad to stumble upon Burger KONT, a cool-looking bar and burger kitchen located alongside the city’s main shopping center. If you’re shopping in the area, this place is perfectly located.
Burger KONT isn’t in a building as such, more an open-plan steel shell with plywood panels forming a roof and wooden decking as a floor. What it lacks in interior design though, it makes up for in comfort – you just can’t go wrong with deckchairs, beanbags and hammocks, right?
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Beetroot & Redcurrant Dumplings and Chickpea Stew
Update: Unfortunately, we’ve been informed that Je Sus Vegan is now closed. Thanks to our friends at FoodiesInPoznan for letting us know.
Since returning from Poland, we’ve both become pescatarians. Even before we’d made the switch from eating meat though, we were always intrigued by vegetarian/vegan cuisine.
Curious to see how Polish vegetarians/vegans get by, we made the effort to head to Je Sus Vegan, a laid-back cafe with a minimalist interior serving only plant-based food and drink. Seating (indoors and outside on the street) is limited so be prepared to wait.
The menu changes each day and consists of only a handful of mains. Staff talk you through the options rather than creating a physical menu. We ordered a serving of Beetroot & Redcurrent Dumplings and a bowl of Chickpea Stew.
The dumplings were a unique take on Poland’s national dish of Perogi. They were both sweet and savoury and came drizzled in oil and garnished with sprouting seeds. They were pretty filling.
The stocky, hearty and flavoursome chickpea stew was like a risotto, only made with barley and pulses. It was garnished with sprouting seeds, coriander and cashews.
To drink, we had what was described as a compote, essentially pear juice, but with half mashed pears left in and a spoon to eat them with.
Glass Skull Cocktails & ‘Bar Snacks’
Poznań’s town square, Stary Rynek, is a the centre of the city’s tourism industry and also of its nightlife. The square is lined with cafes, restaurants and bars where the seats and tables spill out onto the square itself. Each establishment offers something different, from civilised dining to lively, party-style drinking.
Occasionally, we like a lively night out, so we grabbed some seats on the square outside Tequilarnia Bar & Grill. The music inside blared through the open windows, but outside we were still able to converse and enjoy the atmosphere. Table service was provided, as were blankets to keep the chilly evening air at bay.
To start things off, we ordered some cocktails which were served in glass skulls and lavishly decorated.
We were pleasantly shocked by the quality of the food. What was described on the menu as ‘bar snacks’ were in fact carefully prepared and presented sharing platters. We gorged on chicken wings with a thick glaze of BBQ sauce and tacos filled with tempura prawns. It was a long way from a standard bar experience.
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Perogi by the Specialists at Na Winklu
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.
For those, like us, who are indecisive, Na Winklu offers a mix plate of large baked perogi with three different fillings – Meat, Spinach & Feta and Italian (Tomato). We also ordered a plate of smaller boiled meat-filled perogi. Both plates combined were enough for two people to share.
The perogi were tasty and, like most of the dishes listed on this page, inexpensive.
Juicy Burgers by Fat Bob
A sign in Fat Bob Burger informs its customers that Fat Bob is not Fast Bob. In other words, Fat Bob’s Burgers are freshly prepared to order and are worth waiting for. We certainly agree!
We ordered two burgers, one with juicy pulled pork, onions rings and bacon on top, the other with peanut butter, bacon, salsa, carrot, leek and alfafa spouts. Both were smashing and great value!
We shared a portion of coleslaw and chips for an extra 5zl and washed everything down with peach ice tea.
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.
Chocolate Tasting Menu Courtesy of E.Wedel
E.Wedel Chocolate Lounge (Cafe) | 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.
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These final three cafes and restaurants don’t warrant their own write-ups, but are still well worth checking out.
Firstly, the rooftop restaurant at Hotel Kolegiacki ( plac Kolegiacki 5, 61-841 | View on Booking.com), offering fantastic quality food and splendid views over Poznań. We had a pasta dish and a chicken dish.
Secondly, a breakfast buffet at Republika Róż ( plac Kolegiacki 2a, 60-101 | View on Tripadvisor), a friendly and welcoming cafe on a peaceful square just outside the city centre. A wonderful spread at a really great price.
Finally, these self-made ice lollies. You get to choose the coating from a wide range of options. Sadly, we can’t quite remember the name of the place that sold them, so keep your eyes peeled.
We’d love to know if you’re planning a visit to Poznań. We’re also keen to hear if you have any other suggestions for great places to eat and drink. Get in touch using the comments box below.
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