The Best Cafés in Starogard Gdański, Poland

Starogard Gdanski's Stary Rynek |© Northern Irishman in Poland
Starogard Gdanski's Stary Rynek |© Northern Irishman in Poland
Starogard Gdański, the charming capital of Poland’s Kociewie region, is a hidden gem for the intrepid tourist, and a town often overlooked for nearby Tczew, Malbork, or Toruń. But here, Starogard Gdański offers a good range of local bars, cafés, and restaurants not often visited by a huge flock of tourists. These are the best cafés to sip a pleasant relaxing coffee in on a venture to this trendy up and coming town.

Klubokawiarnia Szafa

Coffee Shop, Polish, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food

Literally translating as a “cafe club in a wardrobe,” Klubo Kawiarnia Szafa is a well-located café and wine bar just a streets away from Starogard Gdański’s famous town square. The menu here at Klubo Kawiarnia Szafa is rather exquisite and personalized, with their own trademark drinks—try the “House Herbata.” Cakes are superb, the décor is very quaint, and the lighting levels are low which helps the place feel a little bit romantic. The venue also has fast Wi-Fi.

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Ice Cream Parlour, Polish, Ice Cream, Dessert, $$$

A popular and well-respected chain across Poland is Grycan—their cafés are prominent and consistent in most towns and cities. The Starogard branch is known for its good ice cream, waffles and fruit smoothies. Good coffee is also served and the venue is as relaxed as the town can get.

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Bodega Art

Wine Bar, Polish, $$$

Towns like Starogard Gdański tend to be blessed with independently run venues by local entrepreneurs and these make for some of the coolest bars and cafés in the least likely locations. The town once boasted the innovative “Projekt PRL” (a communist themed bar) and the quirky “Cafe Anka” (a coffee shop which doubled up as a library with a bicycle hanging on the wall) and though both were popular local haunts they have sadly closed down now to make way for this place. Today’s Starogard Gdański welcomes Bodega Art and with some aplomb. As well as live music, a good menu accompanies the venue’s artistic interior. They also have themed nights which have included an Irish night and some Halloween parties. So perhaps in such a venue, an Irish coffee might meet the local’s satisfaction…

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Hotel Hubertus Cafe

Cafe, Polish

Starogard Gdanski only has a few hotels. One of them, the stunning Hotel Ren, organizes beer festivals and houses within its compounds, a brewery (Browar Kociewski). However, across town, the Hotel Hubertus has a very cozy and idyllic café and restaurant with a more solemn and relaxed atmosphere. The region attracts those who follow horse racing and so Hotel Hubertus is the nearest café to the racecourse. It’s also fully licensed and has great food to accompany your cappuccino.

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Bar Mleczny Junior

Restaurant, Bar, Polish, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

Depending on your viewpoint, a “Bar Mleczny” (Milk Bar) in Poland is either a bar, a restaurant, or a café. The confusion of the word “bar” ends when you realize there is no alcohol for sale. However, in terms of cafés and cheap and cozy places to eat, chat, or enjoy a non-alcoholic drink, Bar Mleczny Junior is Starogard’s finest and the cheapest on this list. Make sure you know what to expect on your visit to a Milk Bar, but even better, order some pancakes and a coffee and enjoy the view over the town’s pretty square. They do a stunning Nutella pancake. “Junior” is in the heart of downtown Starogard and the most active on Social Media too—be sure to keep tabs on their changing menus and learn some Polish to fit right in.

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