What To Eat Here?

dumplings: pierogi (pye-roh-gee) Polish traditional dumplings are white, larger than ravioli, and filled with anything you can imagine. Pierogi may be both spicy - filled with spinach, mushroom, and lentils – as well as sweet, especially popular as summer desserts.

Kopytka are hoof-shaped dumplings similar to Italian gnocchi but made with potatoes; placki ziemniaczane are potato pancakes served with sour cream and smoked salmon or just sugar;

krokiet-croquette are filled with meat or sauerkraut and mushrooms;

gołąbki are cabbage rolls stuffed with pork and rice served in a tomato sauce;
(kotlet) schabowy are breaded pork cutlets;

czerwony barszcz is a refreshing beetroot soup with vegetables and sour cream or served clear with 'uszka' ('small ears' dumplings, just like tortellini);

żurek -sour rye soup is mostly served with pork sausage (eg. white-raw) and hard-boiled egg;

flaki (or flaczki) is a thick meat soup with sliced strips of beef stomach as the main ingredient, traditionally served at wedding receptions, enjoyed even by polish kings;
bigos is a sauerkraut stew with chunks of various meats and sausages, extremely traditional;

kiełbasa is a Polish sausage and a staple of Polish cuisine, coming in dozens of varieties, smoked or fresh, made with pork, beef, turkey, lamb, veal with every region having its own specialty;

kapusta zasmażana is sauerkraut pan-fried with fried onions, cooked pork, whole pepper, and rich spices, and makes for a truly hearty side dish;

mizeria is a traditional Polish salad made from cucumbers in sour cream with dill;

ogórek kiszony is a Polish pickled cucumber, very good with vodka and/or bread with lard;
surówka z marchewki is a Polish carrot salad made with carrots, peeled apple and lemon juice;

smalec is lard, partially double fried with onion, marjoram and sometimes with apple or prune. It is spread over bread and served together with pickled cucumbers as an appetizer before the main meal;

zapiekanka is a pizza sandwich made of half baguette with cheese, white button mushrooms, and ketchup, and is a very popular street food;

kompot is an old-school dinner drink made from fresh cooked fruits;

piernik is a soft gingerbread either iced or filled with marmalade of different fruit flavours, and sometimes covered with chocolate;

sernik is a Polish cheesecake made primarily of 'twaróg', a type of fresh cheese, eggs, vanilla, raisins and orange peel, served cold, and is one of the most popular desserts;

makowiec is a sweet poppy seed pastry roll with a dense, rich, filling of poppy seeds;

pączek are golden brown closed doughnut filled pastries traditional to Polish cuisine, filled with rose petal jam or other fruit conserves. Saying 'to look like a pączek in butter,' means to look very attractive and luxurious;

rurka z kremem is a wafer tube filled with whipped cream;

kremówka is a Polish type of cream pie made of two layers of puff pastry, filled with cream, usually sprinkled with powdered sugar, and also known as 'Napoleonka' (French 'Millefeuille');

WuZetka is a cocoa cake saturated with rum or punch, layered with whipped cream, jam and covered in chocolate sauce;

Zygmuntówka is an almond-flavoured bun cake filled with chocolate mousse, cranberry jam and whipped cream, topped with a meringue in the shape of a crown;

gofry are waffles eaten them mostly with either powdered sugar, fruits, whipped cream, or any combination of these;

faworki are light crispy pastry twisters fried in deep fat, and covered with powdered sugar

SWEETS FROM A STORE - GOOD FOR SOUVENIRS
Ptasie mleczko is a soft chocolate-covered candy filled with soft 'Meringue' (or milk soufflé);

Krówki is Polish fudge, or semi-soft milk toffee candies;

Mieszanka Wedlowska are assorted chocolate covered candies;

Torcik Wedlowski is a circular, chocolate covered wafer with hand-made decorations;

Prince Polo is a Polish mass-produced chocolate bar;

Pawełek is a chocolate bar with a flavoured filling that contains a small amount of alcohol;

Śliwka w czekoladzie is a chocolate-covered plum;

Sękacz is a traditional cake;

Kisiel is a clear, jelly-like sweet fruit liquid, red currant is popular one.

Vodka- Orzechowa is hazelnut flavoured and best served with a bit of milk,

Żubrówka is Bison Vodka with a blade of grass inside the bottle, best served with a bit of apple juice and known as "apple pie."

For nightlife head to Mazowiecka street, which is full of clubs. Visit Ulubiona, Meta or Pijalnia to get some shots for less than €1. For some nice bars with local atmosphere and local prices check Pawilony, a cool courtyard behind Nowy Świat st. with 20 bars. By the river are some really good clubs, but you can also just grab a beer from a shop and enjoy the sunsets from the beach.

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