Excitement surged when the Polish Tourism Bureau extended an invitation to explore the captivating cities of Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznan and experience Poland’s culinary renaissance. The Michelin Guide’s acknowledgment of 27 restaurants across these cities in its 2023 Poland Guide set the stage for my 9-day adventure, eventually expanding to 14 days as I delved deeper into Warsaw’s vibrant heart.

Armed with an insatiable appetite and stretchy pants, I uncovered a tapestry of flavors that exceeded all expectations in this Central European country of 39 million people with a rich and complex history. From reigning as the largest kingdom in Europe to enduring events like the partition of Poland, World War II, and the fall of communism in 1989, Poland has rebuilt, evolving into a democratic nation and a member of NATO and the EU.

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