The Best Places to Get Pierogi
- Leniwa (Torun): Leniwa means "lazy," but the genial folks here are anything but in making some of the best pierogi in the country. The various types of sweet and savory dumplings come with bargain-basement prices. It's popular with locals, so be prepared to wait.
- Pierogarnia na Bednarskiej (Warsaw): Not far from the Royal Castle, a lovely cobblestone lane leads to this vaulted-ceilinged chamber. The menu has all the usual suspects and a bunch of hard-to-find varieties.
- Pierogarnia U Dzika (Gdansk): Pierogi used to be widely dismissed as dowdy peasant food, but no longer. At this is upscale pierogarnia -- literally, pierogi restaurant -- they're all the rage. The menu includes the usual fillings, plus a few inventive variants such as Pierogi "Wilenski," stuffed with a delicious buckwheat and bacon combo.
- Pierozki U Vincenta (Kraków): This tiny and inviting pierogi joint in Kazimierz serves every style of pierogi imaginable. The house special, "Vincent," is stuffed with minced meat and spicy lentils, and served with fried onions and bits of bacon. Other concoctions include Moroccan-inspired couscous pierogi and "Górale" (highlander) pierogi stuffed with sheep's cheese.
- Domowy Przysmaki (Kraków): An informal lunch counter, with excellent pierogi (try the fruit-filled varieties). It's just a few minutes' walk from the main square and has the best-value lunch for miles around.