Poznan is one of the most beautiful yet underrated cities in Poland
. The charmingly colorful Old Town, lovely gardens and parks, and amazing historical landmarks are just the tip of the iceberg of the things you can see in Poznan
, and it's not that touristy yet, so it feels like having the city all to yourself.
Another thing to experience is, of course, the food, which we all know is a huge part of traveling. Even though it's quite a small city, there are plenty of incredible places to eat in Poznan. Those include traditional Polish restaurants, the cutest cafes and brunch places, and international cuisine restaurants. Here are a few suggestions you can add to your itinerary.
Places to Eat in Poznan: Polish RestaurantsPierogarnia Stary Młyn
Tucked in a small street right next to Poznan's Old Market Square, the beautiful wooden decor of this restaurant will surely win you over (just as much as the food will).
The menu mostly includes traditional boiled pierogis (=Polish dumplings) and piecuchy
(oven-baked pierogis), but it also offers soups, potato pancakes, potato noodles, and salads.
For dessert, do not miss their sweet piecuchy
and shortcake pierogis. I mean, who can say no to a pastry filled with apples and cinnamon, cherries and chocolate, or banana and peanut butter? In one word - YUM.
In comparison to other Polish restaurants in Poznan, Pierogarnia Stary Młyn is a bit more expensive, BUT the portions are big, the food is delicious, and the prices are still affordable (especially for a European city break).
Address: Zamkowa 7.
Opening hours: Everyday 11 AM - 11 PM.
With two more localities in Gdynia and Gdansk, this restaurant is a paradise for potato lovers. Eastern European cuisine cannot survive without them, and in this place, you'll find them served in all forms and shapes. From dumplings to pancakes to casseroles, everything is made from potatoes.
A huge plus is that there's a large variety of dishes to choose from and that everything on the menu is clearly marked for containing allergens, meat, fish, or vegetables only. So essentially, anyone can find something to eat at Pyra Bar.
Address: Strzelecka 13.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 11 AM - 9 PM, Sunday 12 PM - 9 PM.
If you're looking for a quick, cheap meal, head to Pierożak Pierogarnia. Unlike other Polish restaurants in Poznan, this place only serves pierogis and two types of soups, the vibe is more modern rather than traditional, there are no waiters, and it's an 'eat and go' kind of eatery.
On the pierogi menu, you'll find classic fillings like potatoes and mushrooms, gourmet flavors like goat cheese, and even sweet fillings of apples with almonds or raspberries with white chocolate. The bonus: each pierogi only costs 1.30-1.90 PLN (0.3-0.45 USD).
Address: Półwiejska 10 and Wrocławska 23.
Opening hours (Półwiejska): Everyday 10 AM - 9 PM.
Opening hours (Wrocławska): Monday - Friday 11 AM - 9 PM, Saturday - Sunday 12 PM - 9 PM.
Serving some of the best pierogis in Poznan, Na Winklu is situated in the little neighborhood of Srodka on the other side of the Warta river. Although it's a bit further from the city center, the food you'll get here is worth it.
You can go for the classic boiled pierogis and their traditional fillings (potatoes, mushroom, etc.), but don't forget to try the baked ones. They're a bit pricier, but they're significantly bigger, and they have a few unique flavors like Italian mozzarella and dried tomatoes and a Mexican-style filling.
Extra tip: This place is quite small yet very popular, so making a reservation
Address: Śródka 1.
Opening hours: Everyday 12 PM - 6 PM.
Wiejskie Jadło is the place to go to indulge in hearty Polish food, as well as the traditional atmosphere, courtesy of the rustic decor. This restaurant serves a wide range of dishes, from soups and Polish dumplings to meat and fish. Although it's not exactly vegetarian-friendly, there are a few meat-free options like potato pancakes, vegetarian soups, pierogis, and most of the side dishes.
Address: Stary Rynek 77.
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 12 PM - 10 PM, Friday-Saturday 12 PM - 11 PM.
Serving only pierogis, potato pancakes, and soups, this budget-friendly, cozy restaurant is located only a few minutes away from Poznan's Imperial Castle. The menu is not huge, but it's diverse enough for both vegetarians and meat-eaters to find something to eat, including sweet pierogis for dessert (filled with cherries or apples).
Address: Garncarska 2.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 12 PM - 5 PM, Saturday 12 PM - 4:30 PM.
Cafes, Breakfast, and Brunch Places in PoznanWeranda Caffe
Weranda Caffe is the perfect place to start your morning (though it's also great if you're looking to grab a light lunch). From the moment you step inside, you'll be instantly charmed by the modern vintage decor and the seasonal decorations hanging down from the ceiling.
As for the food, the cafe's breakfast menu is served all day long and includes scrambled eggs or tofu, sandwiches, toasts, and breakfast platters. They also serve several types of salads and vegetarian lunch dishes. The delicious food, along with the unique atmosphere, is what makes this place a memorable spot you don't want to miss.
Apart from this cafe, the Weranda group has a few other restaurants in Poznan
Address: Świętosławska 10.
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 9 AM - 10 PM, Friday-Saturday 9 AM - 11 PM.
If you're looking for a healthy (yet not boring) breakfast, head to Jaglana. Not only do they make nutritious food, but they also offer vegan and gluten-free options and mark the number of calories and ingredients each dish contains.
On the menu, you'll find dishes like buckwheat pancakes with healthy Nutella spread, spinach pancakes with smoked salmon, scrambled tofu, and shakshuka. There's also a selection of healthy cakes, and you can even create your own healthy smoothie.
Jaglana is located only a minute away from the Old Market Square, so it's a great starting point to a day of exploring the city.
Address: Kramarska 1/5.
Opening hours: Everyday 10 AM - 3 PM.
If you love hipster breakfast/coffee places, you need to try Bardzo. Although the place is small and the menu is limited, the atmosphere is inviting, and the food and coffee are very good. That said, try to avoid the weekends, when it can get a little too crowded.
Address: Żydowska 29.
Opening hours: Monday & Wednesday-Friday 8:30 AM - 7 PM, Saturday 9 AM - 7 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 6 PM.
Located just across the street from the Imperial Castle, Bo Poznan has to be one of the best breakfast places in the city. From omelets and eggs benedict to french toast and shakshuka, this small, cozy place offers a diverse breakfast menu, which is served all day long. From 12 PM, you can also have lunch here, and although there are fewer options, it is suitable for both vegetarians and meat-eaters.
Address: Kościuszki 84.
Opening hours: Monday 8 AM - 7:30 PM, Tuesday-Friday 8 AM - 8:30 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM, Sunday 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM.
Lavenda Cafe & Lunch
Cozy atmosphere, big portions, delicious food - what more do you need? That's exactly what you'll get at Lavenda, whether you're coming for breakfast or lunch. Both menus offer a large variety of options, so anyone can find something they love to eat.
From warm focaccia sandwiches, french toast, and shakshuka for breakfast to burgers, pasta, and healthy bowls for lunch, the food at Lavenda is diverse, vibrant, and made with love.
Good to know: Everything on the menu is clearly marked for containing allergens.
Address: Wodna 3.
Opening hours: Sunday-Wednesday 8 AM - 10 PM, Thursday-Saturday 8 AM - 11 PM.
Other Restaurants in Poznan
If you have enough time in Poznan and want to try some restaurants that are not Polish, here are a few to check out.
You're not likely to just stumble upon this Italian restaurant. The sign is easy to ignore when you don't see any tables and chairs behind it, and it's not located in a super touristy area like the Old Town. Once you cross the big passageway entrance door and walk down the stairs, you'll discover an elegant yet inviting space.
As for the food, W Bramie is especially known for its pizza, but the antipasti, salads, and pasta are also extremely tasty.
Address: Fredry 7.
Opening hours: Everyday 12 PM - 11 PM.
Craving some Thai food? Check out Why Thai in Poznan's Old Town. Although the interior decor doesn't necessarily say 'Thai restaurant,' the food will certainly take you to Asia. From curry to Pad Thai to stir-fry dishes, everything looks, smells, and tastes so good. It's no wonder why this place is such a crowd-pleaser, whether you're a meat-eater or a vegetarian.
While it is not as budget-friendly as other restaurants, if you're looking for a non-Polish place to eat in Poznan, this is a great one to try.
Address: Kramarska 7.
Opening hours: Sunday-Monday 12 PM - 10 PM, Tuesday-Saturday 12 PM - 11 PM.
If you love Latin cuisine, check out La Baya. On the menu, you'll find a large variety of dishes like ceviche, nachos, chili con carne, burritos (including a vegetarian one), steaks, and much more. Apart from the vibrant food that says 'dig in,' you'll surely also love the modern, cool vibe and colorful (and delicious) cocktails.
Address: Za Bramką 1.
Opening hours: Sunday 12 PM - 9 PM, Monday-Thursday 12 PM - 10 PM, Friday-Saturday 12 PM - 11 PM.
When you think of eating seafood, your mind probably goes to Mediterranean countries like Greece or Italy, but surprisingly, you can also enjoy them in Poznan's city center. While Momo might be pricier than other places in Poznan, it serves great seafood dishes and brings something different to the city's culinary scene.
Address: Szewska 2.
Opening hours: Sunday-Monday 1 PM - 9 PM, Tuesday-Saturday 1 PM - 11 PM.