Due to Coronavirus Restrictions, the 2020 Gdańsk Christmas Market is available online from 20th November until 31st December! LOOKING FOR THAT ESSENTIAL SOUVENIR MUG? Find it here. It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas and, if your planning to spend some time in Poland around this time of the year, then a visit to the Gdańsk Christmas Market should be in your calendar. Every year one can expect new attractions at the fair. In 2020, obviously things are going to be a little different! Usually, we find Targ Węglowy (Eng: The Coal Market) in the picturesque historic centre, Gdańsk Old Town, turned into a quaint Christmas village offering decorations and treats galore, woollen scarves and socks, handmade jewellery, children's toys, mulled wine, hot cider and steaming portions of Polish food.
What to Eat at Gdańsk Christmas Markets?From the range of traditional Polish cuisine that you'll find at the Christmas Markets, servings of Oscypki (Eng: Smoked Cheese), Pierogi and Grilled Meat from one of the BBQ stations are standard fixtures. On the latter, hardcore meat-lovers may want to enquire about Kaszanka (Eng: Black Pudding / Blood Sausage). If you want something a little more balanced (fibre is important on evenings like this), try some Bigos (Eng: Hunter's Stew) which is actually not as wet as it sounds - shredded sour cabbage with chopped meat. Those searching for something more exotic will find a Tatar food stall, which offers foods from the Central Asian republic. Burgers, chip-sticks and other Americanised-standards can also be found. Each to their own... however we'd love you to be adventurous!
On the sweeter end of the palate, Ginger Bread makes a big appearance at Christmas time, but you'll spot other standards like Gofry (Eng: Waffles) which come with a number of toppings. Another notable non-Polish indulgence are the Hungarian Kurtosze stalls that sell Chimney Cakes - steamy, hollow dough-tubes, baked and covered in sugar and cinnamon or chocolate and nuts.