My first and only time to Poland so far has been to Gdansk on the northern coast. I didn't do much research beforehand I must admit as I mainly went there for a wedding of friends. Polish weddings are really an experience by the way - people here know how to have a good party! The food, the copious amounts of alcohol and fantastic 90's dance music mixed with traditional and modern tunes... I had a fantastic time (even though I didn't try the vodka)!
I didn't really know what to expect of the city itself but before and after the celebrations we had plenty of time to squeeze in some sightseeing.
The most obvious tourist attraction is simply the architecture in the old town! I mean, look at this...
Then there is the waterfront with countless little shops and restaurants.
Gdansk is also one of the main centers for Amber trade in the Baltic region. There's an Amber lane where several beautiful little jewelry shops sell necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Perfect for buying a souvenir for your loved ones or simply spoiling yourself - I went home with two beautiful pairs of earrings.
And now for the food... as a vegetarian-barely-gone-vegan I thought I'd have lots of problems finding anything to eat. After all, Poland is famous for its meat dishes, right? But let me tell you there's an abundance of yummy veggie food everywhere!
There's a chain of health food restaurants in Gdansk called Bioway and they serve beautiful dishes like these...
My favorite place, however, was The Retro Cafe in the city center. The decor was just super cute and they had vegan cake & hot chocolate! What's not to like?!
And one last tip: try the local specialty Pierogi - filled dumplings. They are oh-so-yum! For a veggie friendly version I ordered the ones stuffed with potato, sauerkraut or mushroom.
Hope you liked this little tour around Gdansk! :)