Glorious Gdynia on Poland’s Baltic coast is blessed with enough decent restaurants, bars, and cafés to serve all kinds of diets and preferences. So, for those rising early and hoping to discover the city’s coolest breakfast and brunch spots, here is a list of the best morning options to satisfy your food desires in Gdynia. It’s a great city in which to get up early and enjoy a tasty morning meal, before exploring one of Poland’s prime seaside cities and a city that boasts some truly unusual things to see and do.
As a stylish venue for your early morning fix, Główna Osobowa (which nicely translates as “Your Personal Home”) ticks all the right boxes for your morning coffee and first meal of the day. It has a bright and raw interior that sets it aside from most other venues in the city centre. It opens at 8 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 9 a.m. on Sundays, starting with its Sniadania (breakfast) menu, serving a tasty range of egg, meat, and salad dishes until noon. Główna Osobowa is a mid-priced venue with meals from 12 złotych (€3) and up.
You simply cannot ignore the pure delight of Poland’s famous “Milk Bars,” and some of these offer fantastic breakfast and brunch menus. Gdynia’s best offering is the hugely popular Bar Mleczny Słoneczny, which translates as “Sunny Milk Bar,” and is also one of the cheapest places in the city to eat. Breakfasts are traditionally Polish-style at a venue that dates back to 1959. Egg dishes are common for the early start to your day, and by 11 a.m. traditional Polish meals such as pierogi (Polish dumplings), nalesniki (Polish pancakes), and a range of zupa (Polish soups) enter the menu. Drink-wise, it’s not a “coffee venue” though, so try tea or the famous kompot (standard fruit juice in these parts).
Bar Mleczny venues are simply the least expensive and most casual places to eat in Poland, with at least one in every Polish town and city. This particular location is another prime breakfast spot with its 7 a.m. opening hours and great Polish breakfasts. This is a good location for those hoping to escape the downtown buzz of central Gdynia, as it’s nicely located in the district of Grabowek, northwest of the city centre. It attracts a local crowd and offers a typical range of Polish dishes from 6 złotych (€1.50) and upwards, so you get your bargain breakfast to kick start your day.
In the past few years, Gdynia has witnessed a fantastic range of up-and-coming venues all bearing their own niche and playing their part in the city’s rapid rise to tourist fame. Venues such as Chwila Moment back up this claim with unquestionable aplomb. A truly charming spot that opens its doors at 7.30 a.m. on weekdays. Their breakfasts come in a cosy tray to be enjoyed in a peaceful setting in the city centre’s Świętojańska Street, and for vegans there is a superb vegan breakfast. The brunch and lunch menus contain an equally exquisite range of healthy meat and vegetable dishes such as the falafel option and the fajitas.
This delicious list of breakfast and brunch places in Gdynia continues by welcoming the popular Bar Restauracyjny Rozmaryn. The difference with this spot is that it has a spacious and open interior and serves up a fabulous range of sweet dishes aimed at those wanting some fruity and sugary options. Cakes are superb, and hand in hand with a good coffee, it can also be a good place to meet business partners. It’s a traditional daytime-only venue that is closed on weekends, so pop in for breakfast or brunch and enjoy the delights.
Aleja 40 on Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego Avenue is a quiet and cosy spot with a wide range of breakfast and brunch options featuring internationally inspired items. For example, the tasty Vietnamese-style “kanapka” (hot sandwich), New York-style bagels, and, of course, to prove this is still Gdynia, the best of typical Polish breakfast and lunch options satisfy the local taste buds, too.
The final entry on the list is somewhat a part of Gdynia’s history – the traditional Delicje is more of a cosy, traditional café than a modern swanky restaurant, and it serves this niche to perfection. It’s truly one of the best places in the city to start the day with a coffee and some good local cake or pastry. Being a well-known specialty café in central Gdynia, the venue is also independently run and owes its colorful décor and inspiration to days gone by. It has traditional Polish cakes called Makowiec, superb coffee, and an unusual range of ice creams to be devoured over two floors.