Polish Zapiekanki from Zapsy, Bristol

Recently, I’ve been extolling the virtues of Zapsy and their tasty Polish sandwiches (zapiekanka). You’ll probably have seen me waffling on about them ALOT on my twitter and instagram.  Actually, I first told you about these guys last year when they sold their amazing sarnies from a small hatch near our old flat in Stokes Croft.

When I returned from my travels, I was horrified to see that they’d closed down.

Fortunately, my horror was short lived as they have a new place in Fishponds. Handily just around the corner from a friend’s flat and our home on and off for the next few months. We’ve already visited three times in less than 6 weeks. This is turning into a real addiction!

A Taste of Krakow, Fishponds, Bristol

The Zapsy place doesn’t look much from the outside and mostly caters to take away customers with just a small bar area to eat at. BUT, believe me, it’s brilliant. They sell a range of meaty and veggie zapiekanki and meaty, veggie and sweet pierogi dumplings too.

I would suggest you go for the ‘Country’ (pictured below). It’s by far the best one. A crusty baguette half, loaded with sauteed mushrooms and cheese, ham, gherkins and topped with crispy fried onions and chives. Sauce wise, you have a choice of two from a list. I always go for mustard and garlic, or sometimes American hot.

The ‘Dragons Tongue’ is also pretty good, loaded with all the cheese, hot salami and jalapenos. It works well with the Gyros sauce which is a kind of creamy, dill-flecked affair.

What is a Zapiekanka?

For this, I turn to my old friend Wikipedia:

A zapiekanka  is an open-face sandwich made of half of a baguette or other long roll of bread, topped with sautéed white mushrooms, cheese and sometimes other ingredients, and toasted until the cheese melts. Served hot with ketchup, it is a popular street food in Poland. With its origin dating back to the 1970s, the zapiekanka is associated with the austere times of Poland’s Communist regime, but it has enjoyed renewed demand in the 21st century, which has also brought a wider range of varieties.

Eating zapsy in Fishponds

Why is Zapsy SO GOOD?

My research is zero. I’ve only eaten zapiekanka from Zapsy so I don’t know if it’s particularly authentic but what I can tell you is that it’s bloody delish. Their pierogi are homemade and their zapiekanka are made using really soft, crispy bread loaded with ingredients.

The other reason it’s so good is the price. The zapiekanka come in two sizes and start at under £3.00 – UNDER £3.00!! Even the small size is enough to fill me up for a meal. So, even if you’re feeling skint, you can always treat yourself to one of these!

We’ve tried the pierogi too (of course). They can be a little greasy if you opt for the bacon bits and butter topping. Go for any of the meaty options and just eat them as they are, loaded with salt and cracked black pepper. So. Good.  Maybe next time we go, I’ll be brave and go for sweet pierogi.

Want to try this for yourself? See below for directions. And finally, why not share your pictures using my hashtag (#addictedtozapsy)? I’m currently the only person on the internet using it and I’m lonely! 


  1. 4th June 2017 / 10:04 am

    I have to admit I haven’t heard of zapiekanka but that sandwich looks delish! Although it’s not quite authentic can you make it with a baguette?

    • 4th June 2017 / 10:25 am

      Yes definitely, if I made them at home, I’d use a baguette! They are SO delish!

  2. 4th June 2017 / 2:32 pm

    That looks so good. Wish I lived nearer 🙂

  3. 4th June 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I’ve only actually been around the centre of Bristol so I’ve never ventured out to Fishponds. This is a good excuse to next time I take a daytrip to the city. Great selection here, and I love the name of the “Dragon’s Tongue”!

    • 8th June 2017 / 12:03 pm

      Dragons Tongue makes me laugh too! Fishponds is around 15 mins drive out of town. There isn’t too much more there but worth a trip for Zapiekanka!!

  4. 4th June 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing this.I hadn’t heard of zapiekanka before but they do look like they would be pretty tasty.

  5. 4th June 2017 / 9:43 pm

    I’ve never heard of Zapiekanki before, but as I’m a big fan of all the Polish foods I’ve eaten in the past I’m sure I would love it. And your food pics just look amazing. Super hungry now!!

    Louise x

    • 5th June 2017 / 9:55 am

      Thank you! Glad you liked the pictures! I’m hungry again now and fancy one but the place is closed on Mondays! DOH!

  6. 4th June 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Well you certainly learn something new every day don’t you?! Really informative read – and I have to say, I’m now quite peckish having read this – might have to try and recreate it! 😉

  7. 5th June 2017 / 9:35 am

    oh my gosh i have never heard of this but i need one in my face right now! They look delicious!

    • 5th June 2017 / 9:54 am

      Teeheee! I’m like the new zapiekanki spokeswoman!

  8. 5th June 2017 / 11:24 am

    I have never heard of this before, it looks so tasty. I would love to try it 🙂

  9. shelley
    5th June 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Never heard of them before but it looks so delicious – a must try!

  10. Shoshana Sue
    5th June 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Oh my food heaven. I want to stuff my face into this Zapsy! How on earth have I never heard of it before? I will be on the hunt for one now. Right now!

    • 6th June 2017 / 8:46 am

      Hehehehe! That’s what I was like when I first tried it. Haven’t seen anything similar in the Midlands where I’m originally from either!

  11. 5th June 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I’m glad they had a new place – nothing worse than finding somewhere and then it closes x

  12. 6th June 2017 / 6:56 am

    I have to admit this is the first time I hear about zapiekanka, but I’m drooling just by looking at your pictures. I can’t wait to try myself!

    • 8th June 2017 / 12:04 pm

      I think I’m going to become the official Bristol Zapsy ambassador!! hehehehe!

  13. 6th June 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Such a shame when somewhere you love to visit closes down but lucky for you to have found a replacement that does fab food for excellent prices

  14. 7th June 2017 / 8:58 am

    I need to find somewhere close to me who does zapiekanka, those sandwiches look amazing.

  15. 9th June 2017 / 3:35 pm

    This looks delcicious. I have not heard of the dish before but would love to try it

  16. 11th June 2017 / 11:40 pm

    A trip to Bristol for one of these may be on the cards… they look amazing!! And I love that you admit that you’ve not eaten them anywhere else lol x

  17. 12th June 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Yummy that food looks amazing b and sounds amazing my OH would love some of the combination you mention

  18. Stephanie
    3rd July 2017 / 11:14 pm

    Oh they look delicious x

  19. 5th July 2017 / 6:07 pm

    The food looks delicious. What a great place to dine out.

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