Dinner-Date with History | Best Historic Restaurants in Gdańsk

09 Apr 2024

With a Renaissance old town lined with medieval defensive walls, and significant traces 18th/19th-Century infrastructure from the days of 'Danzig' in its surrounding districts, its obvious that the millennia-old Baltic city of Gdańsk has plenty of real estate available for ambient dining.

Restaurants on Długi Targ in Gdańsk Old Town occupy many of its Renaissance-era townhouses.


"The oldest restaurant in Gdańsk"
Kubicki has been operating continuously in one form or another since 1918, which makes it the oldest restaurant in Gdańsk Old Town. While some remodelling has taken place in that time, it has still managed to retain bits like the fireplaces and furniture and its cosy Danzig-era charm overall. Foodwise, the menu is equally as old school, allowing you to indulge in tasty serves of roast duck with red cabbage and Marinated Matias (a herring, better known by the Dutch term 'Matjes'). 
The old school interior of Kubicki, the oldest restaurant in Gdańsk Old Town.

Restauracja Za Murami

Within Gdańsk's old defensive walls!
Found within Dom Harcerza (ENG: The Scout's House) in the south-western corner of what is left of the city's medieval defenses, you may be surprised to find a revitalised modern interior is completed with schmick wooden furniture, with a touch of plant life and lighting, which makes dining here an absolute pleasure. Expect to find all the Polish classics - żurek, beef tatar, all the greatest hits of pierogi, kotlet schabowy and much more!

Thai Thai

Where all the king's horses bunk down...
A peripheral component of the royal way on the old town's main drag is where all the trusty steeds would be ushered off for water, hay and rest. The royal stables at ul. Podgarbary 10 is now home to Thai Thai, one of the Gdańsk's (and Poland's) best Thai restaurants. Their reputation and fine credentials mean that the menu is quite pricey, however you really do pay for what you get here!
Thai Thai in the former Royal Stables of Gdańsk.

Piwnica Rajców

The counsellors' beer hall
More or less in full swing since the Renaissance, Piwnica Rajców was once the drinking and dining hall of the city counsellors, who did their business in the nearby Old Town Hall. Today, such prestige has been carried on in its current brewing operation, one that has garnered appreciation from the likes of the esteemed Polish Craft Beer Competition and many others. The historic cellar caverns are lined with photographs and archival material of how things used to look, as well as the nicely-integrated additions such as the self-pouring beer wall and the impressive brew operation itself. Food wise, Piwnica Rajców focuses on a decent range of Polish and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, making everyone's choice a bit easier.
Piwnica Rajców in Gdańsk Old Town.

Słony Spichlerz

Renaissance granary on the waterfront
Translating as 'salty granary', Słony Spichlerz is one of the many renaissance warehouses on Granary Island that, as its location would suggest, was used to store grain! With ample space and multiple levels, it really owes itself to the restaurant market concept that it now hosts. Amongst your gastro choices, there is Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Mexican, Italian, American, Greek, and a bar on the ground level. Furthermore, its waterfront location across from other Old Town buildings such as the iconic crane, earning itself extra historic dining points!

Nowy Browar Gdański

19th-century industrial brewery
Located in the district Wrzeszcz, a short train ride north of the Old Town, the infrastructure of the once-dominant brewery has been repurposed as everything from apartments to office spaces. A decent slice of it has continued the brewing legacy and is outputting its own range of beer, all available on tap. The menu is the whole 9 yards of pub food, as well as pizza and lighter choices such as salad, soup and fish. Altogether, this Nowy Browar Gdański is currently the largest restaurant brewery in Poland!
Nowy Browar Gdański in Gdańsk Wrzeszcz.

Mielżyński - Wine Spirits Specialties

The firestation of the Imperial Shipyard
Whilst projects like 100cznia and W4 Food Squat caters to the casual foodvan/streetfood crowd, this establishment aims for the more discerning sit-down diner, with top-of-the-line alcohol to complement. This is a venture by Robert Mielżyński, Poland's celebrity wine importer,  and here, he has set up shop in the former fire station of the Imperial Shipyard area. Dating from 1884, the garage on ground level is the wholesale-vibe wine shop and tasting bar, whilst the top level houses the restaurant, with a great view of some historical landmarks in the nearby area. There is a firepole as well, though sadly the chute has been glassed up so you can't try it out! Another milestone in the revitalization of Gdańsk's Shipyards district, and one that is certainly worth a dine-in if your budget allows for it!


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