We feel that one of the biggest challenges you face as a stranger in the new city is finding reliable places to stock your fridge and pantry. Poland is known for its abundance of good quality natural produce, but knowing where to find these could be a challenge because of the language barrier.
We have tried to address the language issue through some useful phrases and by offering free Polish lessons to all Spartans and their partners. Now, onwards and forward to the ingredients, here are some links and recommendations.
Stores and supermarkets
Carrefour: Easily accessible at Galeria Bałtycka. Has a wide choice of fresh, frozen and processed products.
Piotr & Paweł: More upmarket, but has a wide selection of ingredients you won't find in other markets.
Intermarche: More upmarket, but has a wide variety of fresh and processed products along with household goods.
Lidl: Wide variety of fresh, frozen and processed ingredients and household products. Great for bargains and hosts many "international weeks" where you can get ingredients from other regions.
Biedronka: Wide variety of fresh, frozen and processed ingredients and household products. Great for bargains. Though, fair warning, the lines are long.
Tesco: One of those places where you can probably buy everything you need aside from a car and perhaps bigger pieces of furnitures! Because they are Tesco, they carry a lot of international brands and house brands that you won't find in other places. Tesco also has a few Tesco24 stores around the city.
Zabka: Small neighbourhood shops typically open from 6:00 - 23:00. Depending on the shop, you can find everything from cigarettes to baked goods and a limited array of fresh vegetables.
Most of the bigger stores have their own apps and dedicated delivery services.
Markets in the Tricity
Markets are a great place to walk around and see the freshest produce available. Tricity has a few markets known for their variety of vendors, availability of fresh produce and the sheer abundance of the freshest produce. Here are a few of our recommendations.
Plac Dominikański 1, 80-844 Gdańsk
Open from 9:00AM - 6:00PM on all days except Sunday
This market is housed in a heritage building in the Old Town. Also features restaurants and bars.
The Przymorsze Green Market
Czerwony Dwór 33, 80-980 Gdańsk
Open from 7:00AM - 3:00PM Monday-Saturday and 7:30AM - 1:00PM on Sunday
The market has a wide variety of vendors selling everything from fresh meat, veggies and flowers to clothes, antique stuff and household goods. Locals tell us that the freshest produce is available on Wednesday morning.
Gdański Bazar Natury
Juliusza Słowackiego 19A, 80-257 Gdańsk (Just opposite Stary Manez)
Open from 1:00PM - 6:00PM on Thursday and 9:00AM - 3:00PM on Sturday
Just outside the Sopot Wyścigi SKM station
Open from 6:00AM - 2:00PM on Tuesday & Friday
Targowisko Miejskie Gdynia-Chylonia. Stowarzyszenie Kupców
Plac Dworcowy 1, 81-001 Gdynia
Opens from 8:00AM - 5:00PM on all days except Sunday
Please remember to carry your own bags and cash as most of the vendors accept only cash.
Sourcing the not so common ingredients
Although the Tricity is becoming more and more cosmopolitan by the day, it can sometimes be difficult to source some ingredients from the normal markets and stores.
When we started hiring a lot of expatriates a few years ago, some of their requests flummoxed at first :). Our Asian colleagues wanted to know where could you find fresh lemongrass, curry leaves and green chillies, our American colleagues wanted to know why there was no hot sauce, our Middle Eastern colleagues wanted to know where to find Dukka and sumac! As some time passed, they managed to find quite a few ingredients. We got them to give us their favourite sources, here they are!
Kuchnia Swiata: great for sourcing certain ingredients from USA, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, India and Pakistan. Does not carry fresh vegetables. Used to be in Galeria Baltycka, but has now opened in Forum Gdańsk.
Little India: Great for sourcing fresh vegetables (like chillies, coriander etc) and dry ingredients from India, Pakistan, Arabia, Africa, Philippines and Bangladesh. Please note that you need to order fresh vegetables on Sunday and they will be delivered to you on Tuesday. They even have fresh Indian and Pakistani mangoes!
Desi Bazaar: Great for sourcing fresh vegetables (like chillies, coriander etc) and dry ingredients from India and Pakistan. Please note that you need to order the fresh ingredients on Wednesdays for it be delivered on Friday.
Lao Hei Supermarket: Your one stop shop for all the eastern and far eastern ingredients.