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Great food in Szczecin

As in many other countries, the Polish food culture is influenced by world cuisine. Thai food, sushi, pizza and burgers are a familiar sight in larger Polish towns, but this doesn’t mean Polish cuisine has been forgotten. Here’s our recommendations on Polish food and other delights in Szczecin.

Traditional Polish cuisine is solid homely food with plenty of meat, potatoes and cabbage. Pickling, salting and fermenting are traditional techniques that have been used through the ages to conserve vegetables, mushrooms, berries and fruit for the long winters. These sour, salty and fermented tastes are still an essential part of Polish cuisine.

Pierogi - en af Polens nationalretter. Foto: Shutterstock

One traditional favorite is placki ziemnaczane, potato pancakes that are often served with creme fraiche or goulash. Most Poles would also recommend you try the ravioli-like pierogi, whether in a choice of meat, cabbage, mushroom or cheese filling. Golonka, braised ham hock, is a must for meat lovers, while bigos or hunter’s stew, with cabbage, meat and sausage, is a timeless classic. And then there are all the soups – from beetroot soup barszcz and chicken soup rosol to fermented sour bread soup, zurek. 

Here's our recommendations for traditional food and plenty of other delights in Szczecin.

Karczma Pod Kogutem

A traditional Polish restaurant, where you can imbibe food nostalgia to your heart’s content. Inside, the restaurant is redolent of a bygone age and the food served is the kind Polish housewives have cooked for generations. Smalec and pickled cucumber as starters, followed by delicious pierogi, ham hock, wild boar, gravy and potatoes. Accompanied by beer and vodka naturally, plus some wonderful desserts if you’re wearing elasticated pants. The menu is printed in four languages, including Danish, which goes to show it’s not just locals who love the concept.

Karczma Pod Kogutem

Lotnikow 3, Szczecin

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Open Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun noon to 10pm.

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Stockholm kitchen and bar

If you think traditional Polish meat, potato and cabbage dishes are a bit heavy on the stomach, Stockholm Kitchen and Bar is a fine alternative. Here, they serve modern, Nordic-European café food in light and airy premises along the river walkway. The view offers sunshine and water and there’s even vegetarian dishes on the menu, not always a given in Szczecin. Good for brunch, lunch, coffee and evening meals.

Stockholm kitchen and bar

Bulwar Piastowski 1, Szczecin

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Open 10am-11pm.

Pijalnia Czekolady Wedel

E. Wedel is a famous Polish confectionery company that was founded in Warsaw in 1851 and is the number one chocolate brand in Poland. The company is behind this chocolate mecca of a café by Szczecin’s baroque royal gate Brama Królewska, where you can enjoy chocolates with fillings, chocolate drinks, chocolate figures and chocolate desserts. Enjoy la dolce vita and the delightful surroundings after a sightseeing walk round the city - the chocolate café is namely just a stone’s throw from the new city museum and concert hall.

Pijalnia Czekolady Wedel

Brama Królewska, Plac Holdu Pruskiego 1, Szczecin

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Open daily from 10am-10pm.

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Z Drugiej strony Lustra

Fine dining in Szczecin. Head chef Iwona Niemczewska and her brigade serve Franco-Polish fusion cuisine made from the finest ingredients and have a wine list with 100 carefully selected wines from all round the world. Here, you can order everything from confit of duck, foie gras and steak tartare to pierogi with duck and black pasta with smoked trout. There’s also plenty of vegetarian options and a children’s menu that includes tomato soup, pasta in a tomato sauce and chicken and French fries. Everything, including ice cream and desserts, is made on the premises from scratch and to individual request. Recommended by Gault & Millau 2018.

Z Drugiej Strony Lustra

ul. Pilsudskiego 18, Szczecin

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Café 22

They may not serve the cheapest coffee in town here, but the views are definitely priceless. Café 22 is on the 22nd floor of the eye-catching commercial tower Pazim in the city center by the Galaxy shopping mall and Radisson Hotel, familiar to many visitors to Szczecin. The café boasts 360-degree views over the city which you can admire over coffee, hot chocolate, delicious cakes and desserts. The menu also includes cocktails, sandwiches and snacks.

Café 22

plac Rodla 8, Szczecin

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Dobre Rezczy Na Slowackiego

Park Kasprowicza, the largest park in Szczecin, is bisected by Slowackiego, where you’ll find Dobre Rczecy, a little pearl in a house with views over the park. Here, they serve delicious food and coffee based on Polish and international cuisine, home-made using excellent ingredients. Charming interior design and delightful service.

Dobre Rezczy Na Slowackiego

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Last edited: February 4, 2019

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