Gdańsk is the jewel of Poland’s Baltic Coast. It is a city steeped in history, from the Hanseatic era to the times when it was the ‘Free City of Danzig’ to the Solidarność movement of the 1980s. These days, it has turned into a popular tourist city, which has meant an increase in both the number of restaurants and the prices they charge. This budget list will ensure you can still save some cash while eating out at some of the best restaurants in Gdańsk.
You can still find a cheap eat on the busiest street in historic Gdańsk. Commercial capitalists out there might be disappointed to hear that legendary Gdańsk remains pristine and pure to its roots; right in the middle of its most popular tourist street, Ulica Długa, is a cheap and cheerful Polish Milk Bar. This is Bar Mleczny Neptun, a real gem of a place, if you are able to find it. Get excited about delicious pierogi, soups, salads and meat dishes served cheaply from 7:30am onward in an old two-storey building. 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!
The ever-reliable and popular Polish chain Pijalnia Wódki I Piwa (drinking house of vodka and beer) has a venue right in the heart of Gdańsk’s Długi Targ (long market). These are no-frills bars with incredibly low prices and consistent décor. You can get any item on the food menu for between 8 and 10 złotych (€1.85-2.25), and it is open until 5am. Typical dishes here include sledz (herring with onions), kiełbasa (Polish sausage) and toast. Vintage Polish newspaper reports adorn the walls, and staff serve up 4.5 złotych (€1) beers until dawn.
Bar Turystyczny is for sure the cheapest place to eat in Gdańsk. It is a well-known budget restaurant in Gdańsk’s 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 (€0.35) or fasolka po bretońsku (British-style bean dish) for 5.5 złotych (€1.30). The lunch menu has items such as soups like Barszcz ukraiński for 5 złotych (€1.15). For main dishes, try the kotlet schabowy (pork cutlet with vegetables) for 8.5 złotych (€2) or the pierogi for 9 złotych (€2.10).
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