The Polish seaside port of Gdynia is fast becoming a foodie’s paradise. With its non-commercial, locally run cafés, markets, bars, and restaurants, there is so much choice in a city that houses some of Poland’s most underrated food venues. It’s also not exclusive to Polish cuisine—some of these restaurants have received international acclaim and cuisines from all over the world can now be found in every corner of sparkling Gdynia. As the Polish love to say, “Smacznego!”
Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Mexican food has taken its time to settle in Poland, but those restaurants that pioneered its arrival here are the ones that continue to serve to perfection. While awaiting your starters and main course, you get nachos with dips at Pueblo
(which also has venues in Gdansk and Torun). Cocktail choices include the Michelada (spiced Mexican beer) and the Jimador Mojito.
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
is a local Polish chain which takes its name from the word “potato” in Poznan dialect. With branches in a few cities now, Pyra Bar venues are famous for their multiple tasty dishes made from the finest Polish potatoes. So if you want to see how many interesting and innovative dishes can be made from potatoes, this is the place to be. It is also licensed and serves good desserts.
Restaurant, Polish, $$$
One of Gdynia’s most exquisite restaurants, Stuczka
is famous for its fine soups and extravagant cuisine which has seen it become one of Poland’s few restaurants recommended by Gault and Millau.
Soup in Stuczka |Courtesy of Northern Irishman in Poland
Bar Pomorza GDY 50
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
It would seem crazy to tour the restaurants of Gdynia without visiting the pier and seafront for a chance to sample seafood. While there are many to choose from, a local favorite is the GDY 50 Restaurant which is a restaurant on a boat anchored in Gdynia harbor. The trademark fish and chips comes most recommended and locals swear by having a shot of vodka with it. It’s also pretty traditional—meals are served on paper plates with plastic cutlery.
GDY 50 Bar, Gdynia |Courtesy of Northern Irishman in Poland
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Serio has a rustic and wooden interior, which makes it a very cozy place to eat. The specialty here are the genuine wood-fired pizzas. They also have exquisite pasta meals in line with its Italian theme. Their trademark cocktails come highly recommended in what is one of Gdynia’s trendiest restaurants.
Restaurant, Fast Food, $$$
With the idea of gourmet style burger venues gaining momentum in Poland and globally, Gdynia gets in on the act with the excellent Surf Burger. Expect 100% beef burgers with a range of styles, toppings, sauces, and side dishes. As a bonus, Surf Burger also serves American pancakes and local craft beers. Specialities on the menu include the Hawaiian burger, nacho burger, and caramel burger.
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
The international appeal of Gdynia’s restaurant culture is evident by the number of exciting international options now available. Tokyo Sushi is the pick of the city’s Asian venues. This has very traditional Japanese style sushi and fish dishes and has received lots of local and national praise.
Restaurant, Polish, $$$
For some of the best modern Polish cuisine, Fedde is the venue of choice. The restaurant has a flashy and contemporary interior and they use fresh produce from local suppliers. Good wine and craft beers are served to back up the pulsating food menu which boasts good pierogi, steak, duck, fish, and bread.