This is not a chapter about Polish cuisine, but about Polish traditions in relation to food.
when do Poles eat?
Typically, Poles eat 3 meals per day - breakfast, usually between 6 and 9 a.m., lunch, typically between 12 and 3 p.m.,
and dinner, around 7 p.m. Some also eat a so-called 2nd
breakfast, typically coffe with a piece of cake or a sandwich, around 10 a.m.
However, restaurants remain open throughout the entire afternoon and evening, and tend to close around 10 p.m.
Cafes often close a bit earlier, around 8 p.m.
what do Poles eat?
This, of course, heavily depends on the Pole, but breakfast usually consists of either cereal or sandwiches, lunch is usually a warm meal, often two-course,
and dinner is usually served cold and consists of sandwiches and other bite-sized foods.
Please note that many Poles abstain from eating meat on Sundays due to religious reasons.
where do Poles eat?
The vast majority of Poles eats only at work, at school or at home and very rarely eats out. This is simply because of the added expense of eating out.
Breakfast is always eaten at home, before work/school, lunch is usually eaten at work/school at a designated canteen, while dinner is eaten at home,
often with the entire family.
This is not as applicable in Warsaw, where it is common and cheaper (thanks to special offers) to eat lunch in restaurants.