It is a traditional Polish chicken broth-like soup, eaten with egg noodles, boiled carrots and finely chopped parsley. It is often served at traditional festivities, such as wedding parties or other family gatherings. There is literally no better thing to comfort yourself after an intense night out or if you have the flu!


Polish red borscht has a lot of different varieties, but the most important ingredient never changes – it is a soup made out of beetroots. Its vegetarian version is served traditionally at Christmas Eve feast with uszka – little dumplings stuffed with a forest mushroom filling.

Śledź w oleju

Oh, don’t make us even start to talk about the amazingness of herring in oil served with finely chopped onion. We never refuse to treat ourself with this weird sounding dish and here’s why you should too – it is a crispy, salty and flavourful dish to munch on any occasion.

Kotlet de volaille

Cutlet de volaille (better known as Chicken Kiev) is a rolled chicken or turkey breast, fried in a golden coating of breadcrumbs. It contains a rich filling, usually made of combination of following ingredients: butter, cheese and herbs. Served with mashed potatoes and some salad.


Known as “Polish hunter’s stew”, it is an absolute must when it comes to trying Polish cuisine. As usual, there are many varieties, but bigos definitely should be made out of cabbage (fresh, sauerkraut or different proportions of both). In bigos you will also find different meat cuts, dried mushrooms, honey, wine and spices. Yes, it does look weird, but don’t let it discourage you!

Placki ziemniaczane

Polish potato pancakes made of grated potatoes, onions and eggs. They can be covered with steamed goulash, splash of sour cream or simply sprinkled with sugar or salt. What is important – there is no wrong way to eat them, your imagination is your only limitation!


It is a popular Central and Eastern European dish. It is basically a cabbage leaf stuffed with meat and either rice or groat and served with dense tomato sauce and boiled potatoes. Definitely worth giving a try!

Ryż z jabłkami

Rice with baked apples with cinnamon. It is a very comforting food that brings back all the childhood memories. It doesn’t get much simpler than that – rice with preheated apples and rich sprinkle of cinnamon, optionally dolloped with cream.


Called either faworki, chrust or chruściki, depending on a region. It is light and crispy deep-fried dough sprinkled with icing sugar, served on Fat Thursday – the best day of the year in Poland when we eat unimaginable amounts of doughnuts and faworki!


Last, but definitely not least, Polish dumplings! Thereis a variety of different fillings to choose from, starting from meat and onion, through sauerkraut with or without mushrooms, fruity fillings, ending on Ruthenian filling, which is made of potato, cheese and onion. Book a table at some fancy traditional Polish restaurant and just eat until you can’t fit no more.

Recommended places in Warsaw to try Polish food:

Restauracja Zapiecek

Restauracja Dawne Smaki

Restauracja Chata Polska

Mleczarnia Jerozolimska

by Maria Doleżych, ESN SWPS