10 Restaurants To Experience In Białystok , Poland

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Josh Wright

Białystok in north-eastern Poland, has attracted settlers from various nationalities and religions over the centuries. The local cuisine has been influenced by this fusion of cultures but still retains its own regional identity. Here are some of the most exciting restaurants to try in the city.

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1. MultiBrowar

Restaurant, Polish

Branicki Palace
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MultiBrowar boasts a wider selection of draught beers than any restaurant in Poland, as evidenced by the 30 taps that lie at the centre of its stylish interior of wood and exposed brick. With flavorings ranging from fruit juice and chocolate to herbs and spices, you’ll have worked up an appetite by the time you decide with which selection you’ll wet your whistle. Luckily, the food at MultiBrowar is as acclaimed as the beer: the menu consists of hearty Polish cuisine like pork knuckle, potato pancakes, and pierogi,dumplings stuffed with minced meat, cabbage, mushrooms, and cheese.

2. Nova

Restaurant, Polish

Pierogi polish dumpling
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A Mediterranean-inspired restaurant equipped with its own wood-fired oven and offering pizza, pasta, seafood, salad and soup, Nova is another restaurant to consider if you have had your fill of local cuisine for the day. The restaurant’s minimalist decor is reflected in its food, presented elegantly and light yet delicious. The architecture is innovative, foregoing traditional restaurant layouts with its circular shape that is reminiscent of the SkyCity restaurant atop Seattle’s iconic Space Needle. Looking out from the windows you’ll be able to see Nova’s spacious terrace and nearby Planty Park.

3. Lipcowy Ogród

Restaurant, Polish

Esperanto Café
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Located within Hotel Podlasie, Lipcowy Ogród is the place to enjoy the region’s culinary riches in style. The restaurant contains three dining rooms, each exquisitely decorated and incorporating elements of both rustic and modern decoration. The diverse menu is full of regional cuisine, with specialties including bison meat dumplings, ham of deer, and wild boar stew. Lipcowy Ogród offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Białystok and its restaurants, and the 10-minute journey outside of the city center is worth it for the quality available here.

4. Esperanto Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Polish

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Esperanto. the international auxiliary language for which the café is named, was created by Ludwik Zamenhof, whose hometown was Białystok. His legacy continues with the cultural events held here that promote social equality and international relations. Another product of the city is the bialy, a baked roll filled with garlic, onions, poppy seeds, or breadcrumbs that is served here along with other authentic regional foods. Another interesting treat to try is buza, a thick, fizzy, fermented drink made from crushed millet that was brought to Białystok prior to World War II by Macedonian settlers.

5. Restauracja Kawelin

Bar, Restaurant, Polish

zahav beef cheeks, potatoes, caramelized onions, paprika, celery
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Being attached to Hotel Esperanto, Restauracja Kawelin provides a stylish bar area as well as its main dining area and outside terrace. The extensive selection of wine, beer, spirits, liqueurs and cocktails are available throughout, to accompany chef Arkadiusz Błażowski’s blend of Podlasie and European cuisine. For example, zurek soup, made with meat and soured rye flour, shares the menu with baked salmon in Tuscan wine with a saffron emulsion. The restaurant is named after a colorful figure in Białystok’s past, Mikołaj Kawelin, and the operators endeavor to bring his spirit of merrymaking to the present day.

6. Savoy

Restaurant, Polish

White pizza
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The menu of this upscale restaurant is full of Podlasie produce, and changes with the seasons. The immaculate table settings, marble floor, and color palate of black, cream and gold all scream luxury, and it is within these surroundings that you’ll be able to sample traditional dumplings with crayfish as well as a lamb sous-vide with plum brandy sauce. The artistry of the food presentation is matched by the ambition of the chefs, who provide intriguing combinations such as the beef cheeks with strawberries.

7. Trattoria Czarna Owca

Restaurant, Polish

Trattoria Czarna Owca
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There’s no excuse for missing out on this authentic Italian restaurant just because it’s located in a cellar. What light can enter in through the windows illuminates a charming, homey decor with potted plants, dainty lampshades, whitewashed chairs, wooden pews, and red checkered tablecloths. The menu features seasonal specialties such as lamb and duck with rhubarb and beetroot mousse in addition to the standard Italian fare of pizzas, pastas, seafood, and salads.

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