I spent a month in Gdańsk, Poland on my digital nomad adventure, and concluded that I LOVE this city. A lot of people raise their eyebrows when I say how much I love traveling to Poland. But it is on the top of my list for a budget traveler wanting comfortability, and especially digital nomads. Gdańsk is incredibly affordable, beautiful, and has reliable WIFI. During my one month stay, I found a lot of tips for places through research or by locals. I am making my dream guide I wish I would have had during my stay. I am including places I recommend to eat, stay, and play. Enjoy!
Poland is an underestimated travel location. Centrally located and with excellent public transportation, it is perfect for someone wanting to experience Europe without busting their wallet.
Where to eat:
For cheap, authentic Polish food:
I cannot rave about this restaurant enough really. This restaurant was a recommendation by my AirBNB host. The food was delicious and authentically Polish. They serve a lot of traditionally polish cuisine like dumplings, potato casseroles, and fresh potato slices. A perfect place to treat yourself after a long day of exploring. They do get very full quite often, so be prepared to wait. I think you can make reservations if you are more than one person, but I am not entirely sure. For an appetizer, HUGE meal, and drinks it cost $14 USD for two people… I know, I was shook too.
For a cheap quick bite:
This was my first time eating at a “milk bar”. Essentially, this joint felt like a cafeteria for workers. It is extremely cheap and quick too. It is definitely a local’s spot so be aware that the workers may not speak English. Hand language may be necessary. To be honest, it personally was not my favorite, but I loved the prices as a budget traveler. It also gives you a way to look at mundane and non-touristic life in Poland. And as a traveler, this is an important experience to have.
For a comfy-casual atmosphere:
I essentially ate here almost every other day. The atmosphere is very suave, and the food is delicious as well as decently priced. They have good coffee for your productive days and yummy cocktails for your boozy nights. I was obsessed (ate it almost every time I came) with their sour soup. This savory soup has a mixture of sausage, poached egg, in a seasoned broth. This entire bread soup bowl dish cost about $5. What. a. deal.
For a nice outdoor spot:
If you come to Poland on a nice warm day, I recommend coming to this cafe for their aesthetically pleasing and divine culinary. I actually tried their Grzaniec, the Polish hot beer (check out my youtube video here). I know, hot beer sounds disgusting, but I was pleasantly surprised. You can sit on their front patio and enjoy people watching from the Old Town. They have upscale food, for a moderate price. The workers are extremely friendly here, too.
Where to stay:
The best option, in my opinion, is an AirBnb, especially for a digital nomad like myself that stayed here for a full month (AirBnb has insane monthly discounts. I actually did an entire Gdańsk apartment tour on my youtube channel that you can check out here. I absolutely adored my apartment, and I thought it was a great bargain it cost $580 for the entire month. Get $40 USD off of your AirBNB and $15 USD off your experience by using my link here.
The wifi was amazing and the hosts were extremely responsive, which are the most important factors for me.
Where to play:
Climb up and take pictures at St. Mary’s
You can truly get some amazing pictures at the top of this tower. WARNING: it is a climb. I do not recommend this experience for someone that is not able to walk up long flights of stairs. It was pretty exhausting IMHO. But definitely worth the view. It costs around $2 USD so this is definitely an extremely budget-friendly activity for entertainment.
I highly recommend, or deem it NECESSARY, for any traveler to walk down Long Lane for two reasons.
It is free
This walk gives you insight into the history of Poland, it’s devastating past, and bright future. The architecture down Long Lane is impressive and immaculate. I would argue that you really cannot fully understand Gdańsk without walking and observing Long Lane.
So, just do it. That is all I have to say.