Poland: Food Guide - Dining Out

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Poland Food Guide - Dining Out

Poland cuisine is rooted in the country's traditions, influenced by Russian, Jewish, German, and Ukrainian amongst others. Poles love their meat and are especially fond of pork and to a lesser extent beef. Smoked hams and sausages, and cutlets of meat are common and ate at any time of day, whether for a snack or a full meal. In the mountainous regions of the south, trout and carp are also common.

Restaurants are easy to find in all of Poland's major cities and towns, while smaller towns and villages tend to have little more than bars and cafés. Prices in most restaurants are very reasonable; a three course meal should not come to more than 70 or 80 PLN, though in most cases you can eat for less than half that amount. There are more expensive, high quality restaurants, where a three course meal will set you back between 150-200PLN, but these type of establishments are generally found in larger cities, particularly the capital, Warsaw. Local alcohol is relatively cheap, especially outside of Warsaw city centre, a pint of beer costing between 5-8 PLN depending on the place.

Prices in Warsaw city centre and nightclubs can be around 10-15 PLN. Imported beers can generally only be found in major tourist locations, but cost around 50% more than its Polish equivalent. Tipping is usually around 10 per cent of the bill though this is not compulsory. Visitors should beware that saying “thank you” (dziekuje) when handing over money to a waiter or barman indicates to them that they may keep the change.