Poznan has become a popular spot for travelers looking to explore stunning Renaissance architecture in a country that’s a bit less expensive than many parts of Europe. And those who are wondering where to eat in Poznan are in for a treat—the city offers some incredible cuisine. Poznan restaurants have a wide variety of options that are sure to please everyone.
I was fortunate to check out the Poznan restaurant scene for myself during my time in Poland with JayWay Travel, who arranged my visit. JayWay specializes in boutique travel for Eastern and Central Europe and are experts in the field. Be sure to check them out when planning your own travels.
From fine dining to Polish comfort food, check out this list of my 12 favorite Poznan restaurants.
Located near Poznan’s Old Square, Pastela serves homemade Polish cuisine made from organic local ingredients. The menu’s local dishes have been interpreted through a modern lens. We enjoyed their cakes and homemade lemonades, and my friend absolutely loved their cold summer beet soup.
Their indoor dining area gives of homey yet contemporary vibes. But if possible, try to get a table out on their garden patio. It makes for a lovely lunch or dinner spot. They also serve vegetarian and vegan options.
And while we mostly ate their for brunch, Bo. also has an impressive dinner menu.
However, I must say that the restaurant’s location and popularity can make seating quite limited, especially by mid-morning. They’ve also been known to sell-out of some dishes. So, if you want to try their brunch, plan to arrive as early as possible. Bo. is open weekdays from 8 am and weekends at 9:30 am.
While a bit far from the city’s center, this Poznan restaurant is a great place to go for a fine dining experience. Like other restaurants on this list, A Noz Widelec serves authentic Polish dishes with a modern twist.
Their stark yet elegant atmosphere matches their gorgeous plating. The service and wine pairings were also excellent.
Avocado Restaurant & Wine specializes in fusing Polish and Asian cuisine. This makes for some unique and typically delicious dishes. While small, their menu is well designed. So don’t be afraid to try something a bit adventurous.
I particularly enjoyed their shrimp risotto.
And, (perhaps) best of all, Avocado serves brunch until 3 pm on weekends. This makes it a great place to recover or reminisce after a late night out.
Finally, I must say that I’ve heard mixed reports about Avocado’s service times. So, if you do plan to check out this restaurant, make sure it’s not when you’re in a hurry.
I discovered many of these restaurants on a walking food tour of the city that I took during my visit. If you would like to learn not only about local dishes but also the fascinating history of the city be sure to book a tour for yourself! You can find more details about the tour by visiting this link.
Housed within a boutique hotel that was once a brewery, Blow Up Hall 5050 is another perfect place for those looking for fine dining experience. This Poznan restaurant delivers European cuisine with a minimalist menu built around high quality, local ingredients. Everything about this place is professional—from their plating to the service and atmosphere. Blow Up’s chef has even won the fifth season of Poland’s version of Top Chef.
As many regular readers may know, I’ve always been a fan of tasting menus. They let me try a little of all the best a place has to offer. This restaurant is no exception. They have three available tasting menus with different course options and they are known for their seafood dishes.
With a great location just across the Bishop Jordan Bridge from the city’s famous cathedral, Dynx is an excellent option for those out exploring Poznan. While they serve only a few dishes at a time, their lunch menu, featuring modern Polish cuisine, rotates daily. Be sure to be on the lookout for their risotto dishes when they appear on the menu.
The staff here is friendly and happy to share excellent pairing suggestions from their impressive wine list. I found the restaurant’s decor and design trendy but relaxing.
Those wandering the city square and wondering where to eat in Poznan should check out Pod Niebieniem. The restaurant has crafted a menu that seeks to revive and pay homage to local Polish food traditions. Their “tradition served fresh” attitude makes for some phenomenal meals rooted in the country’s nobility and common culture. As you can see below, their plating was also impeccable.
You can even find vegetarian dishes on the menu, like this one known as the dove of peace.
Be sure to save room for dessert! Fans of chocolate will love this double chocolate cake plated with a berry pureé and sprinkled with sliced almonds.
Oskoma is another great fine dining restaurant worth checking out. The chef, who is also a former competitor on Poland’s Top Chef, crafts a new seasonal menu every week based on what’s fresh and locally available.
The restaurant features a tasting menu and some superb wine pairings. The food here tasted as good as it looked, and the decor was also impressive.
I recommend the crispy roasted fish with pan roasted cauliflower and herbed potatoes
Though this is a fine dining establishment, the prices weren’t excessive. I definitely plan to return.
Just a few blocks from the Grand Theatre, Kuchnia Wandy is an excellent spot for cheaper but delicious eats. The restaurant makes it’s own pastries and bread, which it uses to craft some stellar sandwiches. They’re open all day, which makes this a great place for brunch.
Menu items include some real treats, like the duck, pork loin and some excellent dessert options.
Check out this plate of beef cheeks with oyster mushrooms—the plating is gorgeous!
Be warned—Kuchnia Wandy’s menu is only in Polish. But don’t worry, the staff are patient, friendly, and happy to help.
Another trendy Poznan restaurant, Autentyk has gained acclaim throughout Poland. The chef, a Poznan local, crafts a rotating seasonal menu that hinges on what’s fresh and local.
With great staff, an impressive wine list and and a welcoming atmosphere, this restaurant is a great place to gather with friends for dinner or meet someone for lunch.
One of Poznan’s highest rated restaurants, Wiejskie Jadło offers the best in traditional polish comfort food. Located just off the city’s main square, I found this a great place to stop for a bite while out discovering the town.
I particularly enjoyed this breaded pork cutlet with potatoes and cabbage.
But, I also heard great things about their other dishes, including the sauerkraut soup and dumplings.
The prices were reasonable, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the beer tasted great. I have no complaints.
A word of caution—this restaurant is a little small. And, because it’s so popular, getting a table can occasionally take some time. Be sure to budget this potential delay into your plans.
This hotel/restaurant/brewery is located in the heart of Poznan, making it a great place to spend an entertaining evening with friends.
Brovaria’s gourmet menu features both regional and European cuisine designed to accent whatever’s on tap.
I recommend this corn-fed chicken with koryciński cheese,
but their grilled pork and beef tenderloins also looked delicious.
Brovaria’s beers, brewed in house, include a honey beer, a pilsner, a wheat ale and rotating seasonal options like the Vermont IPA and coffee stout. It’s definitely worth spending an evening sampling them all.
If it’s available, I recommend grabbing a table in their historic cellar room. The exposed brick and warm lighting will make for a genial night out.
Which of these Poznan restaurants do you most want to try? Let me know in the comments section below!
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