a snowy first morning in Gdańsk

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.

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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!

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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 wineLiberum 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!

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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.

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24 Comments

  1. December 19, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Beautiful pictures! It all looks so Christmassy in the snow 😊 I’m the same – I like to blog pretty much straight away once I’m back from a trip, makes it feel longer!

    • milenkamillie
      December 19, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Thank you lovely! It’s a nice way of making it last longer isn’t it! ☺️ xx

    • milenkamillie
      December 19, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you! I wish I was still there! Aw thanks lovely ☺️ xx

  2. December 20, 2016 / 8:24 am

    Amazing photography! This place looks absoluetly gorgeous- you look like you have had a fantastic time!

    • milenkamillie
      December 20, 2016 / 8:28 am

      Aw thank you so much! It was so lovely I didn’t want to leave aha! Thank you for commenting ☺️ xx

  3. December 20, 2016 / 11:08 am

    I love Gdansk <3 As always the pictures are amazing.

    • milenkamillie
      December 20, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      It’s lovely isn’t it 🙂 x

  4. December 20, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    I adore the pictures Milenka – The structures covered in faiylights are absolutely adorable! My trip to Kraków was so last minute that I had no time to get a hat 🙁
    Viola xo | A Piece of Viola

    • milenkamillie
      December 20, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Aww thank you! They were so pretty and photogenic that I got a bit snap happy ahaha! Aww no, did you have a good time though? ☺️ xx

  5. December 20, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Your trip looks magical! Such beautiful photos. I hope you had an amazing time! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      December 20, 2016 / 3:37 pm

      Aww thank you so much! ☺️ I really didn’t want to leave! xx

      • December 20, 2016 / 4:01 pm

        I can imagine! xx

  6. December 20, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Such a beautiful place with such unique beautiful decorations! I think the snow makes it that much more festive and fun, although a bit cold by the looks of it lol at least you had some wine, im sure that warmed you right up! 🙂

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      December 21, 2016 / 10:43 am

      It was a really wonderful place and we got so lucky with the snow! Ahaha exactly! It definitely helped 🙆 thank you for commenting ☺️ xxx

  7. December 21, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    The snow looks so magical! The breakfast and mulled wine look so nice too. Glad you had a lovely time!

    • milenkamillie
      December 21, 2016 / 3:51 pm

      Thank you! ☺️ Wish we could have stayed longer! xx

  8. December 21, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    Omg that smoothie looks like heaven! 👀 And the snow! Makes everything look so magical in the photos! And the hat looked lovely on you – great choice💕xx

    • milenkamillie
      December 21, 2016 / 11:02 pm

      It was SO instragrammable I didn’t know where to start ahaha 😅 The snow was such a lucky surprise! It didn’t last for too long but I guess that made it all the more special! Thank you! 💛 xxx

    • milenkamillie
      December 22, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Thank you! It was lovely ☺ x

  9. December 24, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Gorgeous pictures once again! So lovely that you got the snow too, must have made it feel really like Christmas. I am hoping to fins some snow a bit further north in the New Year.

    • milenkamillie
      December 24, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you so much! Yeah it was such a nice surprise 🙂 hopefully there will be some! x

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