Almost impossible to pronounce correctly by a non-Polish person, Wrzeszcz is one of the boroughs of Gdańsk. Its name comes from the old name of the area - Wrzost, which derives from wrzos, a Polish word for heather. The area used to be a forest and fields of heather.
The oldest part of this district, recently revitalized, is home to 19th century architecture, second hand stores and funky, vegan spots. Its character and laid-back atmosphere, Wajdeloty Street especially, attracts people of all ages and is becoming one of the most trendy destinations in the city.
In the now-famous junk shop with pink walls, called Emalia, you’ll be able to poke around three floors in search of all sorts of collectibles. I managed to score a few antique cook books, a tiny Philips radio and an addition to my white & blue tea cup collection. Yay!
Chatting with the owner, who used to be a chef in the UK for years, was an extra perk too.
Just around the corner, along Aldony Street, runs a tiny river, Strzyża, a stream really, which makes this part of town look like a mini-version of Venice :)
Also, while exploring Wrzeszcz, you mustn’t forget to look up and appreciate the beautiful architectural details in aging balconies, metal railings and fading window moldings. Architecture does not disappoint!
Old Wrzeszcz is quickly becoming one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Gdańsk and that’s a fact!