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Coffee at Drukarnia. Photo: Drukarnia
Coffee at Drukarnia. Photo: Drukarnia


Eat, drink and live well in Gdansk

City life is flourishing in Gdansk with good coffee, daring cocktails, proper restaurants and charming places to stay. Here’s a selection of places in the city center and Sopot, where you won’t go far wrong.

Hotel Podewils

One of the most beautiful boutique hotels in Gdansk is located in a delightful baroque building on the Motlawa River. It has an unbeatable location in the historic quarter of the city, where pretty much everything is within walking distance along with views of the river and waterfront. Good restaurant, genuinely helpful personnel and a fantastic breakfast.

ul. Szafarnia 2, Gdansk

Coffe at Drukarnia

Drukarnia. Photo: Drukarnia

Coffee nerds should get their coffee fix at Drukarnia in delightful Mariacka. You'll find every kind of fashionable coffee here, and the austere, industrial interior design is a complete contrast to the rest of the street, that’s dominated by gargoyles, amber and craft stores. Highly addictive!

Mariacka 36, Gdansk

Milk bar: The Communist cafeteria

The Bar Turystyczny is a renovated milk bar that has been here since 1956. The menu was originally vegetarian and dairy food only, but now it’s in private hands, meat is also served. They’ve been serving home style food made from scratch for decades and while nobody could call it fine dining, it’s an authentic Polish food experience at a bargain price.

 ul. Szeroka 8/10, Gdańsk

Czekoladowy mlyn

Death by chocolate? Then Czekoladowy Mlyn være might be paradise. Photo: Lise Hannibal

Half-timbered building, rococo furniture and chocolate heaven. This chocolate café serves drinking chocolate, filled chocolates, chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate…If you can’t make up your mind what to have, try the bargain taster menu. And you can calmly order another helping, if you really love chocolate. Because it’s wicked. And you can’t eat it all yourself. 

Ul. Na Piaskach 1, Gdansk

Fresh fish at Morska

Many new restaurants have opened in Sopot recently including the superb Morska. The menu’s very much fish and shellfish oriented, but if you want a black angus steak, you can also order that here. Large wine list, really good service and awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor in 2016.

ul. Morska 9, Sopot

Sofitel Grand Hotel

Sopot is The Hamptons of Gdansk and it’s here that Polish celebrities come to party and be seen - ideally at the Grand Hotel. It’s one of the venerable spa hotels, with its own private beach, spa, exclusive restaurant and handsome art nouveau architecture that’s a treat for all the senses and lovers of good old fashioned luxury. Relax on the sandy beach, go for a run along the network of little trails, check out the famous 511m wooden pier - the longest in Europe and stroll along the pedestrianized Monte Cassino for a spot of people watching.  

Powstancow Warszawy 12/14, Sopot

Bocian Morski

The charming Bocian Morski serves well-prepared Polish cuisine with a modern twist, made using local ingredients. The interior is plain and cozy and it’s mostly fish on the menu plus some meat dishes. The menu changes depending on what’s seasonally available. High quality food at prices that are pretty reasonable by Scandinavian standards.

ul. Pułaskiego 19/1, Sopot

Blekitny Pudel

Eclectic interior at Blekitny Pudel. Photo: Blekitny Pudel

From the outside Blekitny Pudel (The Blue Poodle) looks like any other pub, but inside you’ll find a charming, eccentric hostelry with old padded sofas, dark wooden furniture, fading photos, floor lamps and antique mirrors. A good place for coffee or a snack and a beer, or a couple of beers. 

ul. Bohaterów Monte Cassino 44, Sopot

Craft cocktails

A new cocktail bar in the popular speakeasy style from the 1920s and 30s. Atmospheric lighting, swing music on the gramophone and glittering cocktails mixed by the bartenders who know what they’re doing. Plus, the prices are pretty reasonable, what more can you need for an enjoyable evening?

ul. Szeroka 48/49, Gdansk

Craft Cocktails. Photo: Craft Cocktails

Text: Lise Hannibal

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