Either for shopping, food, beaches or history Gdansk is a good choice. Amongst Scandinavians Gdansk is a very well liked city as it’s so close and a weekend here can be decently affordable.
How to get to Gdansk Old Town from the airport?
I either get picked up by my boyfriend or I book an Uber to get home. An Uber from the airport to Old Town will cost you about 45PLN/100NOK/10EUR and take about 20 minutes. Depends on the traffic of course.
Where to stay?
IBB Hotel Dlugi Targ. A modern and clean hotel in the heart of Old Town. Cheap and good location.
Invest Comfort/BraBank is a nice alternative too. Here you can book short-term apartments for a nice price. Prices depends on season. The location is a little more “off” than the hotel mentioned, but still a maximum 3 minute walk to the restaurants.
What to do?
Museum of the Second World War. A good experience and a lot of important history. The building itself is quite modern and cool. The museum also arranges guided boat trips to Westerplatte. And if you’re into history it might be interesting to visit Stutthof, a concentration camp from WWII.
Visit one of Tricity´s beaches. If the weather permits, for sure. In my opinion Brzezno Beach is the nicest beach close to the city. Not that busy, but still alive. Stegna Beach is very nice too, and not touristy at all, but thats close to Stutthof and Sztutowo.
Oliwa Park, the most beautiful park in Gdansk. Beautiful flora and a lovely place for a refreshing walk.
Sopot Molo. If you go to Sopot you might want to take a walk at the molo. During the most busy summer months you need to pay 8PLN/18NOK/1.7EUR to visit the pier. And please keep in mind that Sopot during summer is crowded. Sopot is also known for their big spas and beaches.
Where to eat?
First of all. For breakfast, go to Cafe Libertas. Cute little cafe and the best breakfast spot in Gdansk.
If you want some tasty vegan/vegetarian food you should try Manna 68. A small and cosy restaurant with a lot of interesting dishes on the menu.
One more vegan/vegetarian restaurant to recommend is Vegan Port. (Close to Galeria Baltycka).
For Gdansk´ best pasta go to Glowne Miatso Italian. This restaurant has a good atmosphere, delicious food, but a small venue. It might be necessary to pre book a table.
If you crave anything Mexcian, Pueblo is the place to go. The food is tasty and the atmosphere and the venue is very Mexican. It is always full, so you should pre book a table.
I have only tried one of the burgers at Rednek, but that´s the one. The veggie burger with sweet potato fries and a add-on pineapple on top. OMG, so good!
Ryz in Oliwa. They offer very good thai food. Combine it with a walk in the Oliwa park.
Last but not least. Slony Spichlerz. Kind of a food court, with several restaurants to choose from. A very cool place. Highly recommended.
(I also would like to add Yummy! into my little guide. Here you´ll get the craziest milkshakes (or actually freakshakes), insane pancakes and a real sugar rush. A friendly warning: a visit here will triple your daily calorie intake.)
Anyway, this city has thousands of restaurants and I have only tried a few.
Forum Gdansk is the mall closest to Old Town. You´ll actually find what you need here. Stores like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, H&M, Max Mara, Sephora, Douglas and so on.
If you want more, you can have a ride with the tram to another mall called Galeria Baltycka. I think one way is about 3PLN/7NOK/0.7EUR. Or you can book an Uber, and pay approx. 17PLN/38NOK/4EUR. Kind of the same stores as in Forum.
And as that wasn´t enough, it is a new, huge mall in Gdynia called Riviera. Actually Tricity´s biggest shopping centre. By car from Old Town Gdansk, you´ll be there in approx. 25 minutes. To avoid completely chaos, I would reccommend to go to Riviera in one of the week days. (If you decide to go to Riviera/Gdynia, you have to grab a lunch at Pasta Miasta!!)
Keep in mind that in Poland all stores are closed on Sundays.
Thats all for now. We doesn´t feel 100% done with the exploring of this city yet, so I might add some more in the future.