More often than not, I find myself daydreaming of Polish pierogies and craft beer. This usually prompts me to book a spontaneous day trip to Szczecin for the sole purpose of eating and drinking. While I love Szczecin, there came a time when I knew I had to expand my horizons and explore a new place in Poland.
That turned out to be Poznan. Since my first visit in the spring of 2018, I’ve been back three times. I plan to return again and again. With each visit, I spent a lot of time indulging in all the Polish cuisine I could handle and as a result penned this humble little guide of Poznan restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Poznan Restaurants for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Poznan, located in Western Poland has a population of around 550,000 people and is one of the oldest cities in the country. With a combination of new architecture and one of the most beautiful and pristine Old Towns I’ve seen yet, it’s well worth a visit. It’s also renowned as being a destination favored by foodies and is filled with plenty of top-notch places to eat.
Recommended reading: To see what travel experts have to say about the food scene in Poznan, read The 10 Best Restaurants In Poznań, Poland from The Culture Trip and this guide from In Your Pocket. Or check out this Poznan restaurant guide from Here To Travel.
It’s not often that I write food guides, but I so thoroughly enjoyed each and every place I visited in Poznan that I couldn’t help but put this together.
1) Ptasie Radio
Ptasie Radio is located near the Imperial Castle and is set inside an old Art Nouveau tenement house. The decor draws inspiration from the popular Polish poet, Julian Tuwim who wrote many famous children’s poems. There are three different bird-themed rooms and while such a bold design choice easily comes across as tacky, the restaurant is one of the prettiest places I’ve ever had the pleasure to eat.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, come for a hearty brunch, late afternoon coffee and cake, or a relaxed dinner with wine and music. The wait staff is friendly and attentive and the chefs are passionate about making good food. On Sundays, certain brunch dishes are offered at half-price!
While my meal was hardly Polish, I opted to have a cappuccino, chicken club with salad, and a dessert of tapioca/fruit pudding combination. The club sandwich was especially delicious. My meal cost 22 złoty // 5 euros.
Address: Kościuszki 74/3, 60-101
2) Restauracja Ratuszova
On my second trip back to Poznan, I opted to have a late lunch at Restauracja Ratuszova set in Stary Rynek, the city’s main square. While I usually try to avoid eating in establishments located directly in a tourist district, the reviews of this place were too good to ignore.
I started off with a hearty soup, a traditional Polish pickled beetroot borsch with meat-filled dumplings and raspberries. Next, I had another traditional Polish dish, a lamb shank, complemented by la ratte potatoes, black salsify, and smoked butter sauce. Everything was delicious and well worth the expensive price tag of a solo dinner – 156 złoty // 37 euros (which also included a couple of glasses of red wine).
As this place gets busy during peak season as well as any evening all year round, it’s recommended that you make a reservation in advance.
Address: Stary Rynek 55, 61-772
Hands down, this is one of the best Poznan restaurants. When I read up on the craft beer scene in Poznan, I just knew I had to both eat and sleep at Brovaria, a hotel with its very own brewery! I not only enjoyed their beer – I tried the IPA and the pumpkin-flavored ale, but also a delicious dinner while sitting at the bar. Since I was on a meat-eating streak, I continued with pork knuckle stewed in Brovaria beer, with mashed potatoes and pan-fried sauerkraut. Dinner with the beer came to 75 złoty // 18 euros.
Verdict? Brovaria’s beer was on point and the meal paired with the beer perfectly.
Address: Stary Rynek 73-74, 61-772
4) Pierożak Pierogarnia
If you’re looking for some homemade pierogies on the cheap, look no further than the budget-friendly Pierożak Pierogarnia. This family-owned business only has one item on its menu and that’s the traditional Polish dumpling. From savory to sweet, they feature a wide range of pierogies, including vegetarian, vegan, and even gluten-free ones that are cooked from scratch in their open kitchen. I opted for six dumplings, three Ruskies with turkey, pork, and chicken, and three Oriental ones with lentils, carrots, beetroot, ginger, garlic, chili, and peanut butter. As this restaurant is so popular with locals, expect to wait around 10 -15 minutes to receive your order.
Address: Wrocławska 23, 61-838
5) Republika Róż
Republika Róż is well known for its Sunday buffet brunches, sweet treats, and sparkling cocktails, they also offer a rather nice lunch and dinner menu with items like coffee-crusted pork loins, zucchini rosti, and more. I went with their featured dish, the pulled duck with hash browns, smoked plum, rosemary, red cabbage, black currant, baked applesauce, and leek hay. Let me tell you, it was heavenly and I’ll be dreaming about that meal for a long time to come.
Address: Plac Kolegiacki 2a, 61-841
While I didn’t eat there, I did stop for a Polish IPA at the coolest of cool spots in Poznan, KontenerART. Open from May until September, a local artist turned a lonely place by the river into a place where locals flock to eat, drink, listen to music, attend exhibitions, take part in workshops, and more. The space makes use of old shipping containers and is changed every year, but you’ll find an artificial beach, volleyball court, and loads of seating areas – swings, couches, wooden palettes, lounge chairs, and even hammocks. Containers have been repurposed into a stage, a bar, and food stands offering pizza, ice cream, burgers, and more. Some are even filled with art projects that feature a rainbow-colored throne or giant floral peace sign.
Address: Ewangelicka, 60-995
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Good To Know
1) If you’re looking to escape Berlin for the weekend (as I often do), Poznan isn’t too far away. Do the environment a favor and don’t fly there. I took the train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof at a cost of €70 and arrived there in about four hours. Alternatively, you can take the bus there for about €50. If you’re visiting by car, why not rent a car and do an epic road trip?
2) Most trains and buses arrive at Poznań Główny, the city’s main train station. You can easily take public transit or a taxi into the city center, however, as the city’s small, it’s only about a 15 – 20 minute walk. If it’s a nice day or you don’t have too much luggage, opt for the healthier option and take a leisurely stroll. For more transport options, check out Wikitravel.
3) Poland does not use the euro, but the złoty:
- Check xe.com to check how the forint fares against your local currency. Your money will go a long way in Poznan, as prices for most things tend to be lower than in many other European cities.
- You can easily go without cash in Poland, as you can use bank or credit cards in most places. However, if you really need some cash, there are plenty of bank machines around.
- When you pay by card, you’re often asked which currency you want to pay in – złoty vs euros. Choose to pay in local currency as you’ll save money on the exchange rate.
4) Need somewhere to stay when you’re visiting Poznan? Check out hotel offerings on booking.com.
5) Experience one of these tours when you’re in Poznan.
6) Looking for more Poland travel inspiration? See some of my favorite posts about this lovely country:
- A Day Trip From Berlin to Visit Szczecin Poland – Find out why you should visit Szczecin Poland. From old castles to modern architecture, numerous museums, & craft beer, learn how to spend the perfect day.]
- How To Spend A Weekend In Gdansk Poland – How to spend a weekend in Gdansk, Poland. Think cool cafes, relaxing times at a sauna, eating pierogies, and enjoying the Old Town.
- See The New Jewish Cemetery Krakow Poland – A visit to the New Jewish Cemetery Krakow is a powerful experience that will touch you with its haunting beauty, and tragic history.
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