Your Guide to Gdansk
Food & Wine
Arts & Culture
Gdansk, a gem among Baltic cities, offers a unique blend of historical significance, picturesque beauty and maritime charm. The Old Town presents a remarkable tapestry of Gothic masterpieces, vibrant facades and tranquil canals that rival the charm of Amsterdam's famed canal network. Moreover, Gdansk's proud Polish heritage adds an enriching layer to the experience, where visitors can delve into the country's storied past, sample traditional Polish cuisine and immerse themselves in the warm hospitality of the locals. Whether it's the grandeur of St. Mary's Church, the somber history of the Museum of World War II or the sun-kissed beaches, Gdansk offers a captivating fusion of Baltic allure, Polish culture and a unique sense of place that sets it apart as a must-visit destination.
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Where to stay in Gdansk
Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdańsk
A luxurious retreat nestled in the heart of historic Gdansk, offering contemporary comfort and unparalleled service, steps away from major attractions.
Hotel Gdansk Boutique
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Marina Club Hotel Old Town
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Things to do in Gdansk
Visitors are drawn to Długi Targ, the Long Market, a bustling marketplace adorned with colorful facades, historic architecture and vibrant atmosphere.
Main Town Hall (Ratusz Glownego Miasta)
The view from the main town hall of Gdansk encompasses the charming rooftops of the Old Town, the iconic spires of St. Mary's Church and the scenic Motława River, creating a captivating vista of the city's historic beauty.
Mariacka street beckons with its enchanting cobblestones, historical architecture, amber jewelry shops and charming cafes, creating a romantic and artistic ambiance.
The WWII Museum in Gdansk provides a powerful and immersive experience, delving into the city's wartime history and offering valuable insights into the global conflict.
The Green Bridge connects the mainland to Granary Island (Wyspa Spichrzów), a historic district known for its beautiful waterfront, charming warehouses and lively atmosphere.
The medieval crane in Gdansk stands as a symbol of the city's maritime heritage, where visitors can explore its fascinating history and enjoy panoramic views from its top.
Gdansk's diverse neighborhoods, such as Oliwa with its tranquil park and famous organ concerts and Wrzeszcz with its trendy shops and vibrant atmosphere, offer unique experiences and a glimpse into local life.
Tricity (Trójmiasto) Region
Beyond Gdansk, travelers can explore the charming streets of Sopot, known for its stunning beach and vibrant nightlife, as well as visit the historic city of Gdynia, home to modernist architecture and a bustling harbor.
A short trip from Gdansk leads to the magnificent Malbork Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where visitors can marvel at its grand medieval architecture and rich Teutonic Knights history.
Places to eat & drink in Gdansk
Syrena Milk Bar (Wrzeszcz) is a great example of a “bar mleczny,” the no-frills, low-cost, cafeteria-style restaurants that served traditional Polish comfort food during the Communist era.
Pierogarnia u Dzicka (Old Town), located on Ulica Piwna (Beer Street) serves a huge variety of savory and sweet pierogi.
Beer (& Food)
Piwnica Rajców offers a great selection of craft beer, some of which is brewed on site, and complements their reasonably priced Polish and Italian menu
Brovarnia, the oldest continually operated brewery in Gdansk, offers craft beer and Polish cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
Wine (& Food)
Piwna47 Food & Wine Bar (Old Town) is a small, elegant space that boasts an extensive wine list to complement international and regional cuisine, specializing in meat and fish dishes.
Chleb i Wino (Granary Island, 2 locations), as its name suggests, offers artisanal bread (chleb) and a curated collection of wines (wino), with a full menu that features house-made pasta and mouth-watering roasted meats.
E. Wedel (Granary Island) offers a vast menu of thick, decadent Polish-style hot chocolate (and other treats), including a chocolate flight for those who can’t choose just one.
Dobra Pączkarnia (Old Town) serves heavenly freshly baked pączki filled with a variety of classic (e.g., rose) and creative flavors, but you have to get there early for the best selection.
International / Fusion
Pierogarnia Mandu's (Old Town and Oliwa) specialty is dumplings, including the traditional pierogi and international offerings such as Korean mandu and Georgian khinkali.
Gyozilla Ramen (Wrzeszcz) a tiny contemporary spot, serving Japanese-inspired cuisine (including vegan options) is the place to go when you want a break from traditional Polish food.
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