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The most atmospheric place to have dinner is the Old Town's Restauracja Pod Łososiem ("Restaurant beneath the Salmon"). From 1598 there was an inn and distillery on this location, which later produced the famous goldwasser. Though production ceased in 1945, it is still the location of a restaurant specialising in salmon dishes. It is very much an "old worlde" kind of place, done out in red leather seating, brass chandeliers and gas lamps.

There is a choice of after-dinner entertainment. Firstly, in the centre of the Motława on Ołowianka Island is the Baltic Philharmonic Hall ( There is almost always something on here, from chamber music concerts to big music festivals. A good place for pre-dinner drink is the river-facing terrace of the neighbouring Hotel Królewski, housed in a former granary.

If you are in the mood for something more lively, head a little further south along the river to Miasto Aniołów ("City of Angels"). This nightclub has plenty of dance music happening within, and out on the Motława River there is a floating deck to chill out on.

How to get there
Gdańsk is well connected by air to numerous European cities, including London, Dublin, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Rome. Check for full details.

Tim Richards is an author of Lonely Planet guides including the Poland country guide, and the Eastern Europe multi-country guide. He writes a regular travel blog at


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