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Located in the eastern part of Europe, Poland is famous for its beautiful destinations and drinking culture. Read this article and get inspired to plan your trip to Poland today.

 

1. Delicious food

Polish cuisine is tasty!

Travelers can try meat dishes, especially pork, chicken and beef (depending on the region), winter vegetables (cabbage in the dish bigos), and herbs. Potatoes are used a lot in different meals.

Polish food pierogi

Pierogi is a must-try Polish food

If you go to Zakopane, Poland, you should definitely try the traditional Polish smoked cheese, Oscypek.

what to eat in poland

Oscypek is famous in Zakopane

 

2. Drinking in Poland – Party Kingdom

You can buy cheap beers and shots with just 4 złoty ~ 1 Euro. The price for a cocktail is more expensive, but it is still affordable. Some clubs will charge money to get in, but there are plenty of free-entrance clubs to go.

If you love drinking and partying, you cannot miss Poland!

3. Many beautiful places to visit in Poland

Before visiting Poland, I did not have any expectation.  However, I was totally surprised and amazed by how beautiful this country is!

There are many beautiful places to visit in Poland, from nice coasts, hills, mountains, land of thousand lakes, to Błędów Desert. Therefore, you can do everything here! Love hiking or skiing? You can go to Zakopane to visit the Tatra Mountains. Love swimming? Gdańsk is for you with nice resorts and beaches. The countryside is also really beautiful! You can take a train and observe the beauty all the way.

 

4. Poland is cheap!

Are you traveling on a budget? Poland is a great place for budget travelers.

a) Drinking

As I mentioned above, drinks are much cheaper than another part of Europe. Not only drinking, you can also save some money by eating at Milk Bar. Food in Milk Bar will
cost you less than 20 złoty ~ 5 Euro, with interesting choices.

 

b) Accommodation

It’s easy to find cheap but excellent accommodation while traveling in Poland.

I stayed at Bubble Hostel when I visited Kraków. It’s a lovely accommodation with cheap price. Just 5 minutes walking from the train station, you can get to Bubble Hostel which located in Kraków Old Town.

There’s a nice kitchen where you can make your own food.

Bubble Hostel also provides free breakfast, especially you can drink free tea and coffee all the time without any cost. I totally recommend you to stay there.

You can book directly from Booking.com with the link to the accommodation Bubble Hostel, and read more reviews of the guests from here


Booking.com

 

5. Polish are friendly

Polish people are so friendly and welcoming.

I was hosted by 2 Polish girls when I visited Gdańsk, and they were really friendly and nice. Also, You can always ask people if you get lost or don’t know where to go. Polish people are so easy to talk to, and yes, to party too ;)

 

6. Breathtaking architecture

There are many impressive buildings in Poland. While Warsaw is famous for the Old Town, Krakow has its charm with Wawel Castle.

7. Great place to go shopping

Are you a big fan of shopping?

There are various shops and malls for you. You can find many shopping districts with discounts and beautiful clothes from different famous brands. Also, the local brands and local shop are great places to find interesting and unique souvenirs.

 

8. Different types of entertainment

If you are looking for a place for relaxing and chilling, you can find many spas and resorts in Poland. I haven’t tried any kind of spas there, but would love to check it out!

 

9. Rich history

If you are interested in learning about World War, you can visit Poland and feel the sympathy for the losses that Poland suffered. There are many museums such as Warsaw Uprising Museum, or Auschwitz concentration camp. In these place, you can see everything by your eyes, feel and understand more about the history.

 

10. Transportation in Poland is easy to use

Public transportation in Poland is great! Travelers can travel by bus, train, tram around with affordable tickets, which range around 3 złoty to 5 złoty.

There are night buses, so it’s very convenient if you go out late and need to go back your accommodation.

*The article was updated on May 1st, 2018.

A visit to “Milpolandawis a compulsory activity if you have a chance visit Poland. Milk bars, or Bar Mleczny, were opened during Communist era to provide cheap but nourishing food. Initially, Milk bars were opened to provide all people with cheap meals which were subsidized by the state.

Now, milk bars have become one of the cultural experiences for any visitors to Poland. Having a meal at milk bars, you can enjoy a taste of Communist-era Polish cookery, and experience the warm feeling with the cafeteria style. In this article, I will introduce 2 famous milk bars in Warsaw and Kraków:  Prasowy and Milkbar Tomasza.

 

1.Prasowy in Warsaw

Arrived at Warsaw Chopin Airport in the early morning of February, I was welcomed by a heavy rain. I decided to start my journey in the capital of Poland by stopping at a milk bar because it rained heavily outside. After checking carefully on the Internet, I decided to pay a visit to Prasowy.

Prasowy was one of the top milk bars appeared in my search, along with lots of good reviews. It was also near my hostel, and easy to reach by bus from the airport. The location is good as it is near the center. Also, there is a park next to it, you can just come by after eating.

Before entering the milk bar, I tried to learn some basic Polish words such as saying “Yes” and how to point at the food. However, the waitress could understand English so it was easy to order food.

 

Design and atmosphere

I found the design of Prasowy very cute and friendly. It has some cool words and decoration on the wall. Entering the door, I found some pink tables on the right and blue chairs with white table on the left. The place was clean with cafeteria style, and of course with the irresistible food aroma.

places to eat in warsaw Prasowy

where to eat in warsaw Prasowy

eating in warsaw Prasowy

 

Menu

The menu is in Polish, but you can ask the waitress to help you to translate. There is an A4 paper menu, and a menu on the wall as well. Prasowy serves a breakfast menu with scrambled eggs and bun. However, I chose to try a meat dish with rice and vegetable instead.

 

Food

After paying at the cashier, I received a receipt and waited in the middle of the restaurant to receive my food. The portion came bigger than I expected for the cheap price (17 Zolty for all). It also tasted delicious and gave me “home-made” feeling.

what to eat in poland

Although feeling full already after the main dish, I wanted to try the dessert and drink there because they were incredibly cheap! I just simply came to the cashier, pointed at the dessert because I did not know the name. And yes, here they are!

what to eat in poland

Review

With good location and cheap but delicious food, Prasowy should be on your checklist during your visit in Warsaw.

 

Location

Address: Marszałkowska 10/16, 00-590 Warszawa, Poland

Open time: 9am – 8pm

 

2. Milkbar Tomasza in Kraków

As a budget traveler, I think it’s the best way to experience the culture and enjoy good but cheap food is to eat at milk bars. Milkbar Tomasza was on my list after reading a good review and also the location. It is located in Old Town, so you can just stop by if you are around there.

where to eat in krakow

Design and atmosphere

Milkbar Tomasza has a modern design, with a compact size of a small restaurant. I feel that it’s newer and more modern compared to Prasowy Milk bar in Warsaw.

 

Menu

Milkbar Tomasza has an English menu, and the staffs can speak English fluently, so there will be no problem in choosing and ordering the food. I chose the dish of the day on the menu because it seems more economic than choosing separately.

 

Food

Different from Prasowy, in Milkbar Tomasza you will be served at the table after ordering food. The food came with a good portion, and delicious as well. I received my soup first and then the main dish. I was really full after having those dishes.

places to eat in krakow restaurant

where to eat in krakow

Review

Modern style restaurant, good location, affordable and delicious food, Milkbar Tomasza is a perfect choice to get a good meal in Kraków. I visited there in the evening, but I heard that it served excellent breakfast menu as well. So let’s give it a try!

 

Location

Address: Świętego Tomasza 24, 33-332 Kraków, Poland.

Open time: 8 am – 8 pm daily except Monday

 

Conclusion

Eating at milk bars, I could enjoy the cultural experience by eating like locals and exploring dishes from Communist-era time. Although the dishes are mainly simple, they are delicious and worth trying. Prasowy has a different style compared to Milkbar Tomasza. In Prasowy, I could feel the “old-time” and cafeteria way by self-service, while Milkbar Tomasza brings me more modern style and well-advanced. Each place has different atmospheres as well as different dishes, so pay a visit to each will fulfill your trip to Poland.

* The article was updated in 1st May 2018.