Poland realities – guidebook for Exchange Participants #2

Chapter 2

Polish traditional dishes & Prices in Poland


Pierogi  (dumplings) – a case of dough filled with a savory filling (as of meat, cottage cheese, or vegetables) and cooked by boiling and sometimes then panfrying.


Rosół – clear chicken soup, usually served with noodles or potatoes.


Gołąbki – cabbage leaves stuffed with spiced minced meat and rice or with mushrooms and rice served with sour cream or tomato sauce.


Placki ziemniaczane – potato pancakes usually served with sour cream.


Oscypek – hard, salty cheese from non-pasteurized sheep milk which is smoked over a fire.


Sernik (cheesecake) – one of the most popular desserts in Poland. It is a cake made primarily of twaróg, a type of quark fresh cheese.



Currency:  1 złoty (translation: “gold”) = 100 groszy zloty-trouble1

Polish currency is the zloty (zł, PLN), divided into 100 groszy (1 zł = 100gr)

Banknotes are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 zł and coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5 zl and 10, 20, 50 gr.

Prices of food products in Poland are not too high, the cheapest places are supermarkets and the markets.

bread: 2-3 zł

mineral water: 0.5 l: 2 zł

coca cola: 0,5 l: 2,5 zł

coffee: 5 – 15 zł

cigarettes: 10 – 15 zł

dinner: from 10 – 20 to 50 zł

cinema ticket: 15 – 25 zl, theatre 30 – 50 zł


In most places payment should be done only in the Polish currency.

NEVER change money at the airports because commissions are usually high. Go to places called “Kantor” and be aware of your currency exchange.