“All these places feel like home” – Gary Lightbody.
Poland’s gorgeous seaside city of Gdańsk has certainly shot up in the tourist stakes in recent years. Even since my first visit in 2016, I have noticed an influx of tourists, more bars and restaurants opening and new business arriving all the time. It’s a good time to visit the Tri-City (Trojmiasto) area before the city truly cements itself as the must-visit destination for anyone wanting to see what Poland, Europe and history is all about.
“The one where the travellers cross, on a road past the gate” – Ocean Colour Scene.
A city once its own “free republic” with its own currency. A city once destroyed by Russians, Germans, Prussians, Hanseats etc. A city now revelling in the post-communist, post-solidarity, post-German ordeals of days thankfully gone by. Jurassic Chickenburger. As I have promoted many times on my blogs down the years, come and visit Gdańsk. Here are some of my articles on Gdańsk:
My favourite bars and pubs in Gdańsk
12 Reasons to visit Gdańsk once in your lifetime
Doing a food tour in nearby Gdynia
Unusual things to do in Gdańsk
The Best Wi-Fi cafes in Gdańsk
Touring nearby city Starogard Gdański
On this return in December 2018, I stayed in one of the cheapest hostels in Gdańsk at the Hostel Przy Targu Rybnym (Hostel in front of Fish Street!). It was one of my favourite trips to Gdańsk so far, eclipsing perhaps that of my early days when I relocated to here after a period of severe depression. This time I loved being alone in the cold winter and seeing my favourite bars, streets, cafes and sights all over again. I was reborn here.
“In an interstellar burst, I am born again” – Radiohead.
If you are looking for a cheap budget backpacker place for a quick trip to Gdańsk, head to the Hostel Przy Targu Rybnym in the old town for these reasons…
The location is in the heart of the main tourist part of Gdańsk. It sits just a street away from the water, where you can get a boat to Hel, or Gdynia, or even Westerplatte. The Hostel Przy Targu Rybnym is also close to the famous Ulica Dluga (Long Lane) where Neptune’s Fountain sits. Here is also the oldest restaurant in Gdańsk – Kubicki, a 1 minute walk from Hostel Przy Targu Rybnym. Infamously I dated a Polish lady here. But the good location remains unperturbed by such people.
For those on a budget, prices here are simply superb here at Hostel Przy Targu Rybnym, considering how well located it is. Apart from maybe Moldova and Albania, there are not many places in Europe you can sleep in such comfort for £6-7 a night. But here you can, off season of course. If you go in the summer prices go up a bit.
3.Quiet and Relaxed
Out of all my trips to Gdańsk down the years, this was the quietest and most relaxing. The hostel occupies a corner of a street which becomes quiet at night, away from the busier hostels in the touristic part of Gdańsk. It chilled my northern life “till a halt”.
4.Cosy, easy lounge
The kitchen and lounge here are chilled out, you can relax without a load of people interfering in your life.
Other than that, this is the coolest budget backpacker place in the city – go there and tell me you love this city. It’s a city I can be back at, and back living in again someday.
“Screamager” – Therapy?
Here are the details for booking a room at the Hostel Przy Targu Rybnym in Gdańsk:
Gdansk Hostel Targ Rybny
Grodzka Street 21
tel. +48 58 301 56 27
Here are some videos from my time staying at the Hostel Przy Targu Rybnym in Gdańsk: