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Ul. Mariacka

  ul. Mariacka, Gdańsk ,   Old Town         13 Jun 2019
Locally known as simply Mariacka, this cobbled street lined with amber galleries and cafés, runs from St. Mary's Basilica to the Motława River. It was badly damaged during WWII, though unlike other streets in Old Town Gdańsk which were reconstructed with new materials, ul. Mariacka was pieced back together with salvaged-debris from elsewhere in the neighbourhood. The most notable relics on this street are the ornate gargoyle rain gutters on the gabled terraced houses, known locally as Rzygacze (English: Spewers). The exquisite detail of the railings, front stoops and stone terraces lining the street are characteristic of Gdańsk Old Town.

Gdańsk is the amber capital of the Baltic states and you will see many stalls selling this curious mineral all over Tri-city. However, ul. Mariacka is where the most knowledgable and prestigious amber dealers can be found. Take a look at Galeria WydraSalonik Pod Skrzydlatym Aniołem and Amberstyl just around the corner. Some of the best coffee houses in Tri-city reside here as well, most notably Drukarnia in the old printing house. Next door there is the charming abode of Café Kamienica and Literacka is a cosy wine bar that offers wild boar and other impressive items on their food menu. ul. Mariacka is a must visit in Gdańsk!

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