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. The Market will open on the 1st of December and stay open till the 23rd. Every year one can expect new attractions at the fair. This time it will be a beautiful, two-level Gdańsk Carousel and Food Court. The list of attractions is overwhelming! Throughout December, Targ Węglowy (Eng: The Coal Market) in the picturesque historic centre, Gdańsk Old Town, will turn 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.