Gdańsk is packed with local and international restaurants all looking to impress the great number of tourists who visit year on year. With so many international options, like the Italian restaurants, Mexican-style eateries and kebab houses, it can be hard to know which of the local eating places are the best. This list compiles the most delicious and traditional Polish restaurants in the city, including Gdańsk’s oldest restaurant and a truly special pierogi house.
You can find one of the famous Bar Mlecznys (Milk Bars) in the heart of historic Gdańsk. This is Polish cuisine and culture all in one cosy little venue. Bar Mleczny Neptun is in the middle of the most popular tourist street in Gdańsk, Ulica Długa. It is a cheap and cheerful Polish Milk Bar. Get excited about delicious pierogi, soups, salads and meat dishes served from 7:30am in an old two-story building, including some of the Polish foods you must try. Apart from the great food, another bonus is the price. You can be sure to find the cheapest meals in this part of Gdańsk without any doubt!
Restauracja Kubicki is the oldest restaurant in Gdańsk. It is a charming little restaurant that dates back to 1918, surviving World War Two, the Communist regime and the aftermath of Solidarność, Restauracja Kubicki is also the oldest surviving restaurant in Gdańsk. This place is ideal for a romantic date for two or for a business lunch. It can get very busy, though, so booking ahead is recommended. Try the local Gdańsk-style pierogi or one of the soups, which contain mini pierogi hidden inside. Polish beer, wine and vodka is also served. The bar has an outside section that provides superb views over Gdańsk harbour.
The well located Restauracja Gdańska is a charming old-style restaurant in the heart of the bustling streets of Gdańsk. With its traditional décor, stylish seating and welcoming staff, this is one of the finest Polish restaurants in the city. Feast your eyes on a typically Polish menu, which features the best pierogi, bigos and Polish soups you can try. Once you have ordered your food, stare at the walls around you, which are full of memorabilia related to the history of Gdańsk. From model boats to old flags to reminders of the German invasion and the Communist era, this is a truly artistic restaurant in which to dine. Unsurprisingly, there is also a great range of wines and vodkas on the drinks menu. There is a separate dessert menu that includes szarlotka (Polish apple pie) and ice cream.
In the heart of the city centre of Gdańsk sits the popular Pierogarnia u Dzika. It is situated on the famous Ulica Piwna (Beer Street) and offers two rooms of indoor seating and two balcony views over this thriving avenue. Pierogarnia u Dzika has a truly exquisite menu, which includes one of the largest ranges of pierogi for a restaurant in Poland – there are over thirty varieties. Be prepared to take your time to choose the pierogi you want. You might like to try the local pierogi Kaszubskie (which contains goose and represents the local Kashubian region), or the immensely delicious pierogi Mysliwskie (which are filled with game meat), or indeed for those with a sweet tooth, prepare to be thrilled by the zesty pierogi fantazyjne (which are stuffed with cottage cheese, cinnamon, raisins and peach). Quite simply, this is a place for pierogi lovers who enjoy new and unusual types of pierogi.
One for the potato lovers is this wonderful little restaurant in Gdańsk, which is famous for its potato-dominated menu all prepared by top-notch Polish chefs. Pyra Bar is the perfect place for potato lovers and one of the quirkiest restaurants in the city! As well as the hearty potato-based menu, it is great value and the food is locally recommended. Naturally the menu is focused on potato, as pyra means potato in the Poznań area of Poland. They have potato cakes, potato bread, potato casserole and even potato-based desserts. The venue has indoor and outdoor seating and is also a perfect place for sipping good cocktails, beers or the homemade kefir.
A restaurant that mixes great Polish food with its own brewery is the popular Browar Piwna, which is nicely located on Ulica Piwna (Beer Street!). Browar Piwna serves its own homemade beers with a range of tasty Polish meals from the local Kashubian-style sausages to the pierogi choices to the golonka (pork knuckle). The bar is also situated less than a minute’s walk from the famous St. Mary’s Church. The venue also sells merchandise such as t-shirts and gets busy on weekends. As well as the hearty food menu, there are some truly superb Polish beers on tap to try, including a wheat beer, a dark beer and a light beer. The venue also has free Wi-Fi and an outdoor beer garden in summer months.
Bar Turystyczny is a cheap place to eat that also has tasty and superb Polish food despite its name making it sound like a touristic bar. It is a well-known budget restaurant in Gdańsk Old Town. If you happen to visit it during peak hours (lunch time from noon to 2pm or from 5pm to 7pm), there are normally large queues. This is because the prices are some of the cheapest in the city, and the food is also good. For breakfast you can get jajko sadzone (scrambled eggs) for 1.5 złotych (€0.30) or fasolka po bretońsku (British-style bean dish) for 5.5 złotych (€1.20). The lunch menu has items such as soups like Barszcz ukraiński for 5 złotych (€1.10). For main dishes, try the kotlet schabowy (pork cutlet with vegetables) for 8.5 złotych (€2) or the pierogi for 9 złotych (€2.10).
Brovarnia is a restaurant and microbrewery situated at the Hotel Gdańsk, and one of the few such institutions in Poland. This is a superb place to sample Polish beer and food all at once in a prime location overlooking the harbour. Their beers range from schwarzbier to lagers and special brews, best accompanied by classics of hearty Polish cuisine such as pork knuckle baked in house beer, or beer goulash with buckwheat and pickled cucumber. The interior is exactly what you would expect from a brewery, with brass tubes zigzagging on the walls, a convivial atmosphere throughout the night and a historic warehouse-style location in a 17th-century granary that miraculously escaped destruction during the Second World War.