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Shopping and Eating in Gdansk

Shopping and Eating in Gdansk

Eating in Gdansk

The culinary traditions in Poland are not different from those you find in, for example, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Baltic countries, but of course with their own twists and specialties. The dishes are often strong and tasty, and it does not save on calories. The basic ingredients are sauerkraut, beets, cucumber, kohlrabi, mushrooms, sausages, pork, and the Poles use a lot of herbs such as parsley and dill, as well as a lot of pepper.

Like the rest of the central and eastern parts of Europe, Poles also eat a lot of dumplings (kopytka or pierogi in Polish). These can be simple, as an accompaniment to meat dishes, or elaborate, with, for example, bacon pieces, vegetables, cheese, or something else as a filling. There are also dessert varieties. In Gdansk, kopytka is often served as an ingredient in good goulash.

The towns along the Baltic Sea naturally also offer seafood, and in Gdansk you will find many good fish restaurants.

In addition to very many restaurants with traditional food, you will find more than ok restaurants with international cuisine. If you want to eat French delicacies, Italian pizza, or American hamburger, you will easily find it too.

Prices are a good deal lower than at home in Norway, but somewhat higher than in the Czech Republic, for example. In any case, you will probably be left with the feeling that you got a lot of food and drink for your money.

Gdansk is located in the far north of Poland

Nightlife in Gdansk

One of the characteristics of the nightlife in Gdansk is that it does not seem to close. Here you will find nightclubs that are open until ordinary people go to work in the morning. Even the pubs seem to suffer from fear of sheets, and are often open until both 03:00 and 04:00 at night / in the morning.

Most of the nightlife is concentrated in the old town, and in the area on and around the marina.

If we are to recommend anything special, it must be that you visit one of the many and good bars located in Gdansk. Several of them are open until late at night, and are often converted into more music clubs at some point during the evening. In Gdansk you will also find several exciting beer bars, with good beer from local microbreweries. There are also several brewery pubs in the center, where it smells delicious, freshly brewed beer when you enter the door.

Shopping in Gdansk

According to DigoPaul, Gdansk is probably no Milan, London or Paris when it comes to shopping, but you can easily find everything you need of fashion clothes, shoes, and whatever it is you need. Prices are lower than at home, and the selection is much the same.

Shopping in Gdansk

The easiest way is to find your way around the large shopping centers in the city. Here are four of the biggest and best. Three of them are close together, so here you can get the shopping done in one go:

  • Galeria Baltycka– This is the most famous shopping center in Gdansk, and offers over 200 different shops. You will find the internationally known brands here, such as H&M, Zara and Benetton, as well as some Polish brands. The center also has many other types of shops, as well as many restaurants and cafes. You will find Galeria Baltycka right by the stop of the same name if you take tram number 6, 11 or 12.
  • Metropolia– The shopping center is right next to Galeri Baltycka. It’s a little smaller, but newer. Metropolia is a must if you are looking for toys or children’s clothes. You will also find many fashion stores, accessories stores and much more here.
  • Manhattan– The shopping center is located in Wrzeszcz, and you get there with the same tram routes as to Galeria Baltycka (6, 11 and 12). This is a good center, with a good selection, and it is also a little less stressful here.
  • Madison Shopping Gallery– This is located right next to Gdansk Glowny Central Station and within the boundaries of the Old Town. If you get your feet wet to get to Madison, Gnilna Street is the one you aim for. The center is large and goes over 4 levels. The shops are mainly those with fashion clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty and skin care, sports, as well as a number of restaurants and cafes.