Vegan Poland. A Short Guide.

Since I just came back from a short trip to Poland, I decided to share some of my experiences here. I have already shared most of these photos on my Instagram stories (time to follow me on IG!), so I’ll just talk a bit more about them here. This time I visited Warsaw and Gdansk with my family. It was my second my second time in Warsaw. I went there around 1.5 years ago and it already was so vegan friendly! Now it got even better!

I’m going to split this post into 4 parts:

  1. Eating out
  2. Groceries
  3. Cosmetics
  4. Other useful info
The Old Town of Gdansk.

1. Eating Out.

There are loads of vegan cafes and restaurants in Poland. And yes, I’m not talking about vegan-friendly or vegetarian places, I’m saying fully-vegan. Of course, Happy Cow is still your best friend while travelling, but in case you forget to plan your meals you won’t have trouble finding vegan meals, at least in the bigger cities.
A few of the places I went to this time:

Fried pierogi with spicy tofu and vegan mayo (21.00 PLN)

Pierogarnia Mandu (Gdansk). Having some pierogi is a must while in Poland and they may be one of my favorite things about the country. Often, traditional cabbage and mushrooms pierogis are vegan, but in Mandu you can try some not so traditional options (3 vegan options were available now). I had fried pierogi with spicy tofu and vegan mayo, which may not look like much but were very good! Non-vegans can try a variety of traditional and not traditional pierogis as well as dumplings from around the world. Hopefully, they will expand their vegan menu too! Their homemade lemonades were really good too and the staff spoke English perfectly. Also, you could see how they make the pierogis.

Ice cream with passion fruit, pineapple and shredded coconut.

N’ice Cream Factory (Warsaw). I went here the first time I was in Warsaw and had to come back! Basically, they make the ice cream using liquid nitrogren right in front of your eyes! First you choose a base (dairy milk, yoghurt, soy milk or sorbet) and then up to three flavors with are added to the base. The two combinations I had were:
Salted caramel + peanut butter + chili,
Passion fruit + pineapple + shredded coconut.
I really liked both. But keep in mind that the portions here are quite big (same as everywhere in Poland!) so don’t come here when you are already full from dinner. Or share a portion with a friend. If you have already been here, share your flavor combo in the comments!

I have talked a bit more about eating out in Poland in my old videos: here (about Krakow) and here (about Warsaw).

2. Groceries

If you are really out of options, there seems to be hummus everywhere.

From what I noticed, the selection of vegan products is bigger in Carrefour, Piotr i Pawel and Tesco, while Biendronka and Lidl usually have less options. In the first three grocery stores vegan products are usually separated in different sections from actual meal and dairy products. Sometimes these shelves are also marked, saying that these are vegan products and other times they are not identified differently. You can also find vegan products in small organic stores. Some of the things, that I bought:

Super Krowka toffee (9.99 PLN in Carrefour).

Since I don’t have a big sweet tooth, I hadn’t notice that we also have these toffees in Lithuania. They come in a few different flavors: original toffee, coconut, cranberry, banana and others. I only tried the original one, but I really liked it since they are not too sweet. Places, where you can buy these are listed here.

The first two spreads are from Tesco, although you can find this type of soy pâtés in many grocery stores. Creamy Valsoia spread. Pineapple and curry spread from Lidl. I haven’t tried any of these yet.
Coconut and mango yoghurt.
Polsoia hot dog and cheese alternatives. Can be found in most bigger grocery stores.
If you have a kitchen while travelling, you can pick up some cabbage and mushroom pierogi to cook yourself.
Peanut and hazelnut ice cream from Lidl (6.99 PLN). This flavor was fine, nothing too impressive. I’d like to try the second flavor which was vanilla and berries.

3. Cosmetics.

I’ve noticed that more Polish brands are choosing to identify their products as vegan, which makes choosing self-care items and make-up much easier.

Look for either the usual vegan sign or the “viva!“
I was surprised to find a whole skincare line marketed to vegans. It also includes liquid foundations.
Vegan, SLS-free and paraben free self care and cleaning products. Found in Lidl.

4. Other useful info:

A short dictionary with some useful words:

vegan – wegan (w is pronounced like the english v)

vegetarian – wegetarian

milk – mlieko

eggs  – jajka

cheese – ser

meat – mięso

chicken – kurczak

honey – miod

gelatin – żelatyna

wege/vege – some vegan/vegetarian products are marketed with these words

I am always curious how vegans live, what they eat in other countries. So I hope you found something interesting here too! And hopefully this will be useful to vegans travelling to Poland. Until next time!

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