Surrounded by a flurry of snowflakes fluttering down from a silver sky, delicately showering coats and hats, the rest falling onto the wet ground, melting quickly before our eyes… it was a very, very beautiful start to our first full day in Gdańsk, and one that will stay in my memory for years to come.
The snow began while we were having breakfast at the chic Lookier Cafe on ul. Długa, just steps from our hotel. Tucked away at our alcove table by the window, I glanced behind at the scene outside the cafe and noticed a few lone snowflakes drifting around in the wind. I had a good feeling about it but didn’t want to get my hopes up, so I returned to my delicious breakfast of fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and mango kiwi smoothie. Lookier Cafe turned out to be my favourite place to eat in Gdańsk thanks to its bright and airy interior with beautiful decor like in a New York hotel. Our breakfast matched the look and feel of the cafe perfectly. Dave had a Gdańsk twist on a traditional Polish breakfast set, which consisted of things like twarożek, a popular Quark-style cheese, and sourdough bread. It was so sweet watching him putting all the different combinations together!
Following our delicious breakfast, we decided to explore Stare Miasto, the old town part of Gdańsk, and upon leaving the cafe, the faint few snowflakes suddenly turned into thousands, covering us in a light blanket of snow. It was the most perfect moment we could have wished for on our wintery Christmas break! A brief walk through ul. Długa, which is the main street in Stare Miasto, took us past lots of cafes, restaurants and cute little souvenir shops to explore later. Continuing under some beautiful archways, we arrived at the entrance to Gdańsk’s Christmas Market, now fully covered in snowflakes.
We wandered around the stalls, admiring the snowy scene and festive decorations, but it was quite hard to see anything because the snowflakes decided to keep getting stuck in my eyelashes… There were so many beautiful touches added to the market, including a reindeer carriage draped in fairylights, and even little made-up festive street signs, like ul. Cynamonowa, meaning Cinnamon Street!
By the time we looped around the market, we were both pretty much frozen head to toe, and after some deliberation over whether it’s too early or not (but we’re on holiday! It doesn’t count abroad, right?!) we decided to try one of the cosy bars on ul. Długa that we passed earlier for a festive mulled wine. Liberum is a cute boutique hotel that we actually considered staying in, and is tucked around the archway just outside of the Christmas Market. It has a really hyggelig bar downstairs and the sign on the door read ‘Grzaniec 16zł‘ enticing us to come in for some mulled wine!
I really love the first day of a holiday when everything feels new and exciting, waiting to be explored. What’s your favourite way to start a holiday? Have you seen snow yet this year? I’d love to hear about any wintery breaks you have been on or are planning. Also, what do you think of my hat? I panic ordered it the night before from Asos, expecting it to be another return purchase, but it actually turned out to be a lovely neutral shade, completely different to the image on the website! And it actually fits my pea-sized head, woohoo. I’m about to start my next post on the rest of our first day so keep your eyes peeled! I really hope I’m not boring you all with my travel posts – I just love visiting different places, and I find that blogging about it afterwards helps to keep the post-holiday blues away and hold on to the memories for longer.