Where to find the best vegan food in Warsaw, Poland

One of my favourite things about travelling is trying new food and eating at different restaurants. After two years of being a vegetarian, I used to worry about whether or not I would be able to find somewhere to eat. I’ve generally found that there is almost always at least one vegetarian option on the menu (apart from at a little roadside restaurant we ate at in Ayutthaya, Thailand) and if there isn’t, the chefs are normally happy to create a dish without any meat in it for you.

However I’ve recently began to cut eggs and dairy from my diet (for reasons I’m not going to go into now – I’ll save that for another post) and, since doing so, I’ve become a little worried that I’ll struggle to find vegan food on my travels. But in Warsaw, I was surprised to find that I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Warsaw has a rich culinary scene and there are so many up-and-coming vegetarian and vegan restaurants – many of them are popular even with meat-eaters because the food is just SO good. And because it’s mostly simple dishes, it’s often very affordable (particularly with the favourable exchange rate from the pound to the złoty). Most places provide English menus as well as Polish ones; if not, staff are always happy to help.

I love eating at specifically vegan restaurants because I can be 100% confident that there will not be any hidden animal products or bi-products in my food, as many places across the world don’t declare ingredients like ghee, gelatine, or even fish(!!) in things like sauces etc. I recently read a blog post where a traveller described that while travelling, she ordered a vegetarian pumpkin soup, but when it arrived it contained “bonus” pancetta! Many people have different reasons for choosing to eat or not to eat meat, but I find it a lot easier to go to specifically vegan or vegetarian restaurants to avoid any confusion.

I wish we had stayed a little longer in Warsaw to try out some of the other 98 recommended restaurants we found on happycow.net – here are my five favourite places serving vegan food in Warsaw.


Momencik

Address: Poznańska 16, Warsaw | Cost: $ | Open Mon-Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-8pm

This small Mexican restaurant is as authentic as it gets. Hidden in a basement along Poznanska Street, you’ll be greeted by friendly staff, funky stools and the [drawing] smell of delicious Mexican food. They specialise in burritos, tacos and toscadas – and if you don’t know what a toscada is, ask! (Neither did I – oops!)

To start, we shared the nachos, which were really filling and you could have by yourself as a main course. I then had two tacos for my main course, and James chose the California burrito (with rice, black beans, and veggies) in a spinach wrap. Not too spicy that you can’t taste the flavours, but still with a good kick. You’re also provided with additional sauces if you’d like to make it slightly spicier! We each had a mango juice to drink. This place is great for lunch.

Tel Aviv Food & Wine

Address: Poznańska 11, | Cost: $$ | Open Mon-Thurs 11:30am-00:30am, Fri 11:30am-2am, Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-11pm | Website: http://restauracjatelaviv.pl/en/

If you’re looking for somewhere a little swanky but won’t break the bank, Tel Aviv has got you covered. This place is HUGELY popular with locals and tourists, but luckily it’s open till late. We booked in advance online, but you can walk in and find a seat too.

Offering Israeli Street Food as well as a Vegan Fine Dining Menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice. To start, we shared the Abu Gosh mezze with hummus, vegan brie cheese (delicious!), olives and roasted veggies. It was a tough choice between this dish or the hummus platter, but you get two types of hummus with the mezze. To drink, we ordered a cocktail each: the beetroot one for me and the absinthe for James. They also serve a large selection of wine.

For our main courses, I chose the Sabich Set. It was two pita breads with scrambled tofu, aubergine and kale pesto, with a side of roasted veggies, a raita salad and the most incredible mango dipping sauce. James chose the Buddha Burger Set – a beetroot burger with the same sides as my dish, but with vegan mayo instead of the mango dip. Again, they were both incredible – so tasty that it actually made me question whether it was all actually vegan (of course it is though!) Being a little full from the starter, I could only manage one of my pitas but the waiter kindly wrapped it up in tinfoil for me to take it home, so I had it for lunch the next day!

Vegan Pizza

Address: Poznańska 7, Warsaw | Cost: $ | Open midday until 10pm daily

This one does what it says on the tin – with a menu of 26 different varieties of vegan pizza, you may struggle to decide on one! I always imagined vegan pizzas would be tomato bases with some veggies on top, without the cheese. Yummy but a little boring. But, Vegan Pizza do their own home-made vegan cheese – and it’s delicious! They also do vegan versions of meats like salami and pepperoni. There are only a few tables; luckily we were able to eat at the restaurant, but they also do takeaway options and sell pizza by the slice.

Mango Street Food

Cost: $ | Opening times vary depending on location | Various addresses around the city, see their website here.

We went to one of the four Mango restaurants located around the city on our first evening in Warsaw – and it set the tone for the food we were going to eat for the rest of our trip! They specialise in pita breads with various fillings such as falafel, tofu and vegetables, Here, I had a delicious falafel wrap, while James chose the massaman curry. Both were really tasty!

Krowarzywa Vegan Burger

Address: Hoża 29/31 & Marszałkowska 27/35 | Cost: $ | Website: http://krowarzywa.pl/en/

There are two branches of the Krowarzywa restaurant in Warsaw; we went to the one on Hoza Street. The restaurant is a minimalistic, open-plan place where you can dine in or takeaway and it’s hugely popular. You can build your own burger: choose your bread, fillings and sauces. I recommend the sweet potato fries with coleslaw (which is so yummy) as a side but be warned that the burgers are very filling! I chose the Cieciorex with vegan cheese – it’s a chickpea, parsley, pepper and herb patty with lettuce, fresh spinach, sweet peppers, onions and gherkins. James had the Warzywex – smoked marinated tofu. I think this may have been the best burger I’ve ever eaten… and I’ve had a lot of burgers. The restaurants also serve smoothies and homemade lemonade.


Travelling to Warsaw?

Be sure to have a read of my guide to what to do in Warsaw to inspire you for your trip! I use booking.com and hotelscombined.com to find accommodation. We stayed at an apartment in Wola for 3 nights in Warsaw. I also love using AirBnB! Don’t forget your travel insurance!

Have you been to Warsaw? Where was your favourite place to eat?

Thanks for reading and happy travels,

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39 Comments

  1. As I vegan of 2.5 years I love this post 😀 It looks like you didn’t have much trouble finding options there! Which is great to know, I haven’t been to Poland yet but I will definitely look for this post if I do. The Krowarzywa Vegan Burger looks to die for.

  2. Wow this is a great post. If I am honest I am not Vegan but I am looking at going to Poland and I love trying different food. THanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Yesssss…I love finding healthy vegan travel eats…And that pizza looks so divine!! This will definitely come in handy when I go to Warsaw! Definitely bookmarking this! 🙂

  4. I haven’t been in Warsaw in years and now I’m dying to go again! I’ll share this also with a vegan friend who’s always complaining that bloggers never share info about vegan food!

  5. I eat everything, but I also like going to veggie restaurants for a change! Polish food is delicious all in all – btw your photos of food make me want to eat everything, haha!

  6. This is amazing! Thanks so much! I published a huge guide about vegetarian food across Europe, incl Poland a few days ago and this article would have been of so much help while researching.Nevertheless, pinning and sharing now so I know better while visiting Warsaw :)#ftb

  7. Great round-up! All the food looks delicious. 26 vegan options is really an impressive feat! I haven’t been to Poland before but it’s great to know that there are blogger recommendation lists like yours if I feel like having something more healthy!

  8. I’m also a non-meat eater (I do have a weakness for salmon so I can’t call myself vegetarian) and I love visiting vegan and vegetarian restaurants when I travel because I always find the menus so creative and inviting, and the food so colourful, healthy AND utterly delicious! I even took my meat-eating friend to a vegan restaurant in Poznan (also Poland) and she admitted that it was the best meal she’d had in a long time 🙂

  9. As a vegetarian, this post makes me so happy because all the food looks sooo good!!! I would
    Never have thought of Poland for great vegan food but now I want to hopiver there and eat my face off!!! Thanks!!

  10. YUM!!! When I visited Poland this past fall I was pleasantly surprised as well to find so many vegetarian and vegan options! I didn’t get a chance to visit any of your recommendations, but I’m saving them for later! I did go to a veggie place called Vegemiasto which I LOVED, though. So if you go back to Warsaw you should check it out!

  11. You’re right, Asia can be tough! I know someone with a severe seafood allergy. Whenever he comes for a business meeting to the region, it’s basically a death trap for him because though we expend all efforts to accommodate, you can never be 100% sure restaurants understand, you mean even the tiny bits of seasoning!

  12. Amazing food photography! I am a meat lover but I will ensure I try all the dishes you suggested once I go to Poland…especially the pita breads with scrambled tofu, aubergine, kale pesto, with a side of roasted veggies…It looks amazing!

  13. I’m so impressed! Finding vegetarian food in Europe is often a challenge, let alone vegan! I was regularly fed prawns & seafood in Belgium as the ‘vegetarian option’ haha. The photos look delicious too! Yum!

  14. This is such a helpful post! I’m going to Warsaw for the first time in May, and I was starting to worry about what I’ll be able to eat – I live near a Polish restaurant here in the U.S., and it’s definitely “not” vegetarian friendly. I’m so impressed with the variety of cuisines and flavors – many people unfortunately still think that a vegan/vegetarian should just be happy with salad and potatoes 🙂

    1. Glad you found it helpful, Brianne – I was really surprised too as I imagined Poland to be heavy on meat options! There is so much more to life than salad and potatoes! Enjoy your trip!

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