‘A million great mates’Great music, crazy buildings and informal flair are all part of the Polish port’s ever-increasing appeal
“At first glance, Gdansk will remind you of other northern European port cities like Amsterdam or Bruges because of the brick churches and the canals,” says Polish DJ Tomek Hoax, of his home. “But Gdansk is unique. Together with neighbouring towns Sopot and Gdynia, it makes Tricity – Trójmiasto in Polish – which has something for everyone. Sopot is the party metropolis, Gdynia is an oasis of calm, and Gdansk is the old town stuffed with cafés, pubs and jazz bars. There are a million of us living in Tricity and everyone seems to know everyone. People are open to tourists and the tourists like that. There are more of them coming here every year.”
TOMEK’S CITY HIGHLIGHTS
Franciszka Mamuszki Ave 1
“The best club in Sopot, where top DJs come to play. After short break it was re-opened by world-famous jazz pianist, Leszek Mozdzer. He’s often there and he likes to improvise on the piano with the DJs.”
2 KRZYWY DOMEK
Jana Jerzego Haffnera 6
“The name means ‘crooked little house’. It’s a must-see, built by two Polish architects inspired by the bizarre drawings of Swedish artist Per Dahlberg. Inside are shops, bars and amusements.”
“An area with a flair all of its own. Street artists have painted huge graffiti murals onto the grey, communist residential blocks. If you want to see it all, factor in a two-hour walk. It’s worth it.”
4 NEIGHBOURS KITCHEN
“This is the answer to ‘Where should I eat in Gdansk?’ The place has a high-end menu as well as offering things like burgers. They make whatever they can on the premises, including the burger buns.”
5 FOOD TRUCKS
All over Tricity
“Our food trucks are legendary. Gaudy chow wagons seem to pop up wherever there’s something going on. My favourite is Carmink and Muka Bar, which does excellent falafel sandwiches.”
ACTION IN AND AROUND GDANSK
Sailing boats on runners, glinting ice and high speeds: the frozen Masurian lakes
are ice-sailing paradise.
Want to explore a sunken sea vessel as you dive? You can do that off the coast at Gdansk all year round.
A new outdoor skatepark that, thanks to the gentle climate in this part of Poland, can be enjoyed during the winter.