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Cost of Grocery Shopping in Warsaw

Cost of Grocery Shopping in Warsaw

When choosing a new city to live it can be easy to focus on the cost of fun activities, the cost of nightlife and socializing, but one of the most common and unavoidable costs you’ll have to deal with is the cost of eating. In this article we are going to cover the cost of grocery shopping in Warsaw. We will try to cover all different styles of diets including meat eaters, vegans, gluten free diets and more. It is not possible to cover every single item in a supermarket within one article so for this reason we have tried to stick with the most commonly bought items from a survey we ran with 50+ internationals living in Warsaw.

There are three different major supermarkets in Warsaw: Biedronka, Carrefour and Zabka. Around the city you’ll find some smaller and single family owned stores, but the prices can arrange greatly between them depending on the location, opening times and other factors. In this article we are only going to focus on supermarket pricing.

5zl =   €1 | $1.2 | £1 | ₹83   | ₽74
10zl = €2 | $2.4 | £2 | ₹166 | ₽148
20zl = €4 | $4.8 | £4 | ₹332 | ₽296

All pictures and pricing was taken on 24th April 2017. These prices are subject to change at anytime. Please use this article only as a baseline to gain an understanding of the cost of grocery shopping in Warsaw.

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Alcohol
Bread
Candy
Cheese
Drinks
Gluten Free
Milk
Meat
Potato Chips
Pasta/Rice

Alcohol

The Alcohol selection available in Poland supermarkets is quite wide. The supermarket we were in (Carrefour) had three double sided aisles with one dedicated to beers, one to wines from around the world and one to sprites ranging from vodka to whisky to rums and much more.

Imported beers – 5-12zl
Polish beers – 3-5zl
Bottle of wine – 15-35zl
Big brand bottles (Jack Daniels, Bacardi, ect) 50-100zl
Large Polish vodka – 25-40zl
Small Polish vodka – 5-15zl

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Bread

Bread is commonly sold in single bed rolls. These can range in price depending the the ingredients, size and uniqueness. You will need to collect your single bread rolls in to one bag and take them to a checkout. If you want different styles of bread rolls then we’d recommend putting them in separate bags to make the checkout process easier and faster.

Single bread roll – 0.30zl-1.50zl
Packed sliced bread – 4-6zl
Hot dog / burger buns – 4-6zl

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Candy

In major supermarkets you can find a large range of different candies and sweets. Some imported brands can be somewhat expensive when compared to the cost of locally produced Polish candy.

Famous brands (snickers, twix, etc) – 2zl-4zl
Polish brands – 1-4zl
Large chocolate bars – 3-5zl
Jelly / Gummy candy – 2zl-5zl

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Cheese

In large supermarkets it is common to see Cheese sold in packets pre-sliced. If you want a block of cheese (not sliced) then you’ll most likely find this next to the meat counter. The cheese at the cheese desk are shown in ‘price per KG’ so don’t be shocked by the prices. Most large supermarkets have pieces of cheese already cut and wrapped and the price can be found on the label. If you don’t see the cheese you want already wrapped then you’ll need to ask for them to cut the cheese for you.

Cheese slices – 4-6zl
Spreadable cheese – 3-6zl
Piece of uncut cheese – 3-7zl
Piece of specialty cheese – 9-12zl

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Drinks

There are a wide range of drinks available in both large and small supermarkets in Poland. You’ll easily find well known brands, but also at lot of locally sourced juices and a lot of juices created by the supermarket.

Tap water is safe to drink in Poland, but you can find bottled water in all supermarkets.

Common brands (Coke, Fanta, ect) – 2-5zl
Juice – 2-6zl
Water (2L) – 1-3zl
Water (5L) – 4-6zl
Energy Drinks – 2-6zl

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Gluten Free

The larger the supermarket the more likely you are to find dedicated areas for gluten free products. It can be quite rare to find these in smaller stores, so if you have strict gluten free dietary needs we’d recommend making the trip and stocking up.

Gluten Free Cookies – 10-14zl
Gluten Free flour – 10-16zl
Gluten Free baking kit – 5-7zl
Soy Milk – 5-8zl

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Milk

You can find milk in almost any supermarket or small store. You will only find more specialized milks like soy, rice, coconut and other milks at large supermarkets.

Standard milk – 3-4zl
Unique milks – 6-10zl

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Meat

In the larger supermarkets you are likely to find prepackaged meats and this can be convenient if you’re in a rush, but in smaller supermarkets you are more likely to find a meat counter were the meat is behind glass and you must ask for what you want. This can vary from store to store, but you will be required to order in Polish depending on the person serving you.

Chicken breast – 5-8zl
Whole (uncooked) chicken – 11-14zl
Beer mince meat – 10zl-13zl
Sliced sandwich meats – 4zl-7zl

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Potato Chips

You can find a wide range of Potato chips at a range of different prices. In large supermarkets you’ll find cheaper supermarket brands, but you can also find global brands at most stores.

Standard brands – 5-9zl
Supermarket brands – 2-5zl

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Pasta/Rice

In most major supermarkets you can find a wide range of different pastas from brown, white, green and mixed colors. You can also find many different shapes and sizes.

Rice is also available, it is most commonly sold in boil-able bags but you can easily find loose rice in large supermakerts

Rice – 5-10zl
Standard Pasta – 3-4zl
Fresh or unique pasta – 5-9zl
Instant noodles – 2-3zl
Pasta sauce – 4-6zl

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We hope you enjoyed this article and it helped you gain a better understanding for a Cost of Grocery Shopping in Warsaw. Please remember to use this as a basic guide, these prices are subject to change. One of the reasons we did not include vegetables in this article is because the prices range so widely from season to season, but as a farming country was native vegetables are very cheap in Poland.






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