The riverside with the characteristic promenade of Gdansk, Poland.
28th March 2016

A Local’s Guide to Gdansk with Justyna Malinowska

Gdansk blogger Justyna Malinowska runs Blog z Miasta, a website about cycling in Gdansk and the places she discovers on her travels. We recently caught up with her to find out some local tips on how to make the most of a visit to the city – check out Justyna’s advice and get up to speed on Gdansk’s best bits…

 

First Impressions

 

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Justyna Malinowska

“When a friend visits me in Gdansk, the first place I take them is the Main Town and Długa Street – that’s where most of the well-known attractions are, like the old crane and the Neptune fountain. These are worth seeing at least once! Also, there are lots of options for grabbing a coffee or lunch here.

 

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The Neptune fountain in Gdansk

 

Spring is the best time of the year to come to Gdansk, the weather is starting to get warm, so it’s perfect for taking walks and going sightseeing. Plus, you get to see the city before it fills up with tourists. If you don’t like crowds, autumn is another great time to pay a visit.

Getting Around Gdansk

Trams and buses are the easiest way to get around Gdansk. You can avoid the traffic and just sit back and watch the city while you travel. And you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot, which can be difficult near the most popular places. Keep in mind when travelling by tram or bus that you validate the ticket when on board, but when it comes to city trains (called SKM), you must validate your ticket at the station.

Colorful cityscape of Gdansk in Poland. Beautiful part of polish old city with houses and churches.

 

Gdansk is a cycle-friendly city and most of the interesting parts of the city are connected with bike lanes. A word of warning though – be prepared for hills! Getting to some of the city’s higher districts won’t be easy for inexperienced cyclists.

 

Where to Eat

Loveat is my favourite place for breakfast in Gdańsk because they have the best sandwiches and salads, always fresh and healthy. I really recommend their fruit or vegetable cocktails! One of the best things about Loveat is their locations usually located just where we need them – on the way to work or university.

A good place to enjoy a coffee is Pikawa at Piwna street. If you prefer a cup of tea, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere of Józef K. (also Piwna street).

Mantra Indian restaurant in the Przymorze district is a great spot for dinner because of its delicious, colourful dishes. It’s located a little out of the way, but it’s always busy. I’d also recommend Mandu (Oliwa) and their absolutely fabulous dumplings, but be prepared for long queues, it’s very popular!

 

mandu pierogi

Mandu is THE place to go for tasty pierogi in Gdansk

 

Vegetarian?  Head to  Wajdeloty street, there’s a vegan bistro,  a vegan café, and most of the nearest restaurants have vegan and gluten-free dishes too. There’s even a vegan, gluten-free pizzeria!

 

Secret Gdansk

stones in woods forest outdoor. stream in gdansk danzig polish city oliva park poland. Nature.

Oliwa Park

A lot of people think that the most interesting parts of Gdansk are located in the Main Town, but it’s worth making the effort to see places in more remote districts – the gorgeous beach on Sobieszewo, the colourful murals in the Zaspa district, the beautiful parks in Oliwa and Orunia or the cosy streets of Wrzeszcz. Every district hides something worth seeing!

Check for upcoming events before you travel.  St. Dominic’s Fair (July-August), FETA – Street Theatre Festival (July) and Narracje – a festival of visual artistic installations in autumn. There’s always something going on!

 

Gdansk for Free

 

The best thing to do for free in Gdansk is visit Góra Gradowa and Grodzisko. Not only will you see the beautiful panorama of Gdańsk, but also the unusual bunkers hidden beneath the grass. You’ll find a tiny exhibition in each one!

 

 

 


 

Gdańsk is home to one of the biggest mural collections in Europe, you’ll find them in the Zaspa district. There are around 54 paintings here, and the number is still growing. Each year, new murals are created and you can come for a free guided walk and hear the stories behind each painting.

 

 

Gdansk Nightlife

Gdansk Street with Town Hall at Night. Popular Touristic Destination at Baltic Sea in Poland, Europe. Toned Photo with Long Exposure and Blurred People.

Gdansk’s Old Town

 

The ­­­­­­­­­­Old Town and Main Town areas have the best nightlife, but a lot of people prefer going to Sopot, a city located just next to Gdańsk. Most of the clubs are located around Monte Cassino street.

 Shopping in Gdansk

Head to the malls for the best shopping. There’s Galeria Bałtycka (Wrzeszcz), which is Gdansk’s biggest shopping mall, as well as Madison (Main Town) or Alfa Centrum (Przymorze).

 

 Don’t Leave Gdansk without…

 

Taking a stroll around Dolny Wrzeszcz and checking out the architecture and unique atmosphere of this neighbourhood. There are a lot of hidden corners. Every time I visit, I discover something I haven’t noticed before.”

These are Justyna’s tips for Gdansk.  Been to Gdansk recently?  Got your own tips to share?  Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

Fiona Hilliard

Fiona Hilliard

A love of new cultures is what drives Dublin travel writer Fiona Hilliard to explore the cities of Europe and beyond.

5 Comments

  • Maciek

    Great tour:)

    29th March 2016 at 7:45 am
  • Kate

    Where to Eat? Szafarnia 10 is my favorite. Great fresh polish food and nice decorate. 🙂

    27th June 2016 at 3:35 pm
    • Leo

      Hey Kate, I agree with U. They have great food and fresh decorate. Also you can drink coctail
      on the terrace with beautifull view on Gdansk. 🙂

      26th July 2016 at 10:12 am
    • Irma

      I think that there are many reasons to go to Gdańsk. We can ther explore beautiful spots, meet with friends or arrange business meetings. Certainly the ideal place for that is Szafarnia 10- as Kate said:) near Moltawa River, which serves delicious seafood and fish. In addition, the atmosphere of the place is an amazing.

      3rd January 2017 at 6:03 pm
  • Geraldine Sharples

    I Loved Gdansk and Sopot. I love Poland. Poznan Is another vibrant city. The Polish people are so friendly and welcoming especially the young people and such beautiful places to visit. I visited Warsaw for the first time last year and was blown away by the beautiful architecture, much of it lovingly rebuilt after the second world war. I must admit though Gdansk is my favourite city. What an amazing atmosphere and great places to eat. The trip on a pirate ship to Sopot is to be recommended for modern historical reasons as well as seeing the Baltic in warm sunshine.

    20th January 2017 at 12:18 pm

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