There are plenty of things to do when you visit the Tricity area of Poland, which includes the cities of Gdansk, Sopot, and Gdynia, but what you will likely do the most of is eat and if you are staying in Gdynia there are plenty of hot spots serving the local flavors to choose from. There are also plenty of international restaurants as well, which surely you will want to try a few of, but one thing that is a must is trying some of the Polish favorites served in the area as well. There is little point in visiting a country and not submersing yourself into the local culture of the cities you visit, and food is the number one way to do that. Not only do you get to try the local flavors when you visit the local restaurants, but you will also get to experience the local culture through the locals as well.
Polish cuisine is very different from what travelers might eat in the West, but delicious even if some of the dishes are a bit unique. Meats play an important role in Polish dishes, as do a little something called a dumpling. Polish dumplings, also called pierogies, can be filled with anything and cooked a variety of ways. Visiting multiple restaurants that serve both Polish cuisine, as well as other international cuisines, will allow you to try the different variations on the specialties that certain countries are known for. You can try both traditional dishes as well as those with a modern twist and then decide which you like best and go from there. There are a few restaurants in Gdynia that are particularly great places to start your Gdynia culinary journey, depending on what type of food you want of course.
- Kapitan Cook Restaurant – One of the restaurants in Gdynia that serves an eclectic mix of international dishes that is worth trying is the Kapitan Cook Restaurant. The décor of the restaurant is rustic and cozy yet still elegant, and the atmosphere is nothing if not laid back. In addition to great food and a great atmosphere, the restaurant also provides entertainment for guests on weekends as well. This is an added bonus for obvious reasons, but particularly for travelers who are looking to experience Polish culture in its entirety. You will also find that the restaurant has an extensive, excellent wine list. The meals and the drinks are a bit more on the expensive side than some of your other choices in Gdynia, but this is the perfect place for your one special occasion dinner during your holiday. Some of the dishes to try at the Kapitan Cook Restaurant are the Seafood Soup, the Roulade of Sole w/ Spinach and Feta Cheese, the Fisherman’s Plate of Smoked Fish, the Royal Grilled Octopus Served on Salad, and the Polish Rye Soup w/ Sausage and Bacon. These are only a few of the delicious menu items you can try, but some of the best for sure, and well worth spending the money to try.
- Good Morning Vietnam Restaurant – If you like Vietnamese food then you will love the Good Morning Vietnam Restaurant. The restaurant is in an ideal place in Gdynia, so it is easy to get to for tourists, and the décor is beautifully sophisticated. Best of all, the authentic Vietnamese dishes will make you think you time warped out of Gdynia Poland and somehow traveled momentarily to Vietnam for a little side vacation. You will have the opportunity to try some classic Vietnamese dishes, such as Saigon Curry, Ga Xoai Nuong, Ga Nuong Lamb, Bo Xao Toi, Vit Ha Long, and Tom Chien. This is a great variety of different meats served in the best Vietnamese ways, a treat for those that fancy this particular cuisine.
- Sztuczka – For a truly elegant European dinner during your stay in Gdynia, Sztuczka should be at the top of your list. This is by far one of the best restaurants in the modern city, and is a monument to its modernity as well. The décor is anything but traditional, yet mellow and relaxing as well, lending the entire restaurant a very laid back atmosphere. And the dishes are hearty with complex flavors, yet not overbearing in any way. The meals served here are not your average home cooked meals, but will provide comfort all the same. The prices are a bit on the high side, but the dishes are worth it, as is the experience as well. Some of the dishes to try here, from starter to the main course, include the Pan Fried Scallops, Parsnip Puree, Tangerine Marinated in Black Pepper, and Parma Ham, the Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup, the Pan Fried Barbary Duck Breast Sautéed w/ Spinach Potato Rosti, and Orange Sauce, and the Earl Grey Crème Brulee. This is a meal that will be heavy on your pallet as well as your wallet, but the experience will leave you with great memories when your holiday is over.
- Ristorante Tutta Mia – If you find yourself in the mood for Italian food while you are staying in Gdynia you will not have to hop a plane to get to a restaurant serving what you’re looking for. There is actually an excellent Italian restaurant right there in Gdynia and they call it Ristorante Tutta Mia. The restaurant serves simple Italian dishes, nothing too extravagant, and also serves pizza, which is nice to have available particularly if you are traveling with children. The best part is, you can enjoy the elegant waterside setting yet still feel relaxed and comfortable, as the restaurant is far from stuffy. Some of the great dishes to try in addition to the excellent pizza, of which they offer 20 different varieties, include the Lasagne, the Filetto di Mano al Gorgonzola, the Spaghetti Puttanesca, and the Antipasto. All of these dishes will exceed your Italian cuisine expectations, and the prices won’t necessarily empty your wallet either.
There are plenty more restaurants throughout Gdynia but it would be impossible to list them all. This gives you an idea of what is out there in regards to international cuisine, since you already have the low-down on Polish restaurants. A mix of a little bit of everything will make your stay in Gdynia especially memorable, something of which others can only dream of.