Poles dine out, prefer breakfast at home: report

The increasing pace in people’s lives makes eating on the go more attractive. Photo: Pexels

Around 80 percent of Poles eat lunch and dinner "outside of their homes," which is the highest number in Europe, a study by Nielsen reports.

The global research conducted by Nielsen Media Research has investigated people’s habits around the world. The report indicates that only nine percent of Europeans eat breakfast out. The data does not mean, however, that Poles eat out at restaurants and eateries in large numbers, but includes all meals consumed "outside of the house," said the Rzeczpospolita daily. This would include sandwiches at work and other snacks on the go.

To this day, eating breakfast out remains a southern European custom, although young people from Poland seem to have been influenced by this custom more than their parents and grandparents.

A rising popularity to eating breakfast could be triggered by new breakfast-brunch spots, which arise mostly in larger cities.

“Creating new types of bistros offering a dedicated morning menu, sometimes available throughout the day is one of the trends over the last few years,” the head of pizzaportal.pl, an online food ordering and delivery service, Bartosz Sala has pointed out.

“However, in online orders, this trend is not firmly visible,” Mr Sala says.

Not always a healthy start

Fast food chain McDonald’s is promoting its breakfast menu in Poland, despite the fact that eating breakfast out “does not have a long tradition in Poland, according to a company representative.

She added that in 2008, one-fourth of Poles ate their first meal out, and now the number amounts to 40 percent.

While breakfast still remains a house-meal, around 80 percent of Polish nationals dine out. The main cause of this trend may be Poles’ working hours, since most people finish work at 4 PM and dinner time for Poles fluctuates around 2 to 3 PM.

Not only restaurants

Eating out includes ready-to-go meals, that can be heated up, for instance, at work, or snacks that could replace lunch.

The increasing pace in people’s lives makes eating on the go more attractive.

The report also indicates that every other Pole eats in restaurants less often than a month, however, the percentage of people eating more often in restaurants is on the rise.

A significant change to Poles’ morning eating habits is visible primarily in the youngest age group and especially in big cities. The growing variety of possibilities encourages people to try out new forms of brunching.