9 October 2016


It already feels like ages since we were there but I thought I'd give you guys a sneak peek and some tips from our city break to Gdansk last month, somewhere I'd never considered before but I'm so glad we visited because it is the cutest little place. Have to give Em the credit for recommending it to me and convincing me to book it!

The Hotel

We stayed at the Puro Hotel which was the perfect combination of modern and cosy, and it honestly had everything you could ever need in a city break hotel. In Gdansk there is a main street in the old town where all the restaurants are based and this hotel was tucked away just on the other side of the bridge, meaning it was away from the noise but literally a 30 second walk to everything so you could quickly pop back if you needed anything. We got a taxi from the airport which was about 60 Zloty (15ish pounds) and 20 minutes away from the centre, so definitely worth it rather than having to work out trains etc as soon as you land!

Everything in the room was controlled using this tablet, so you could change the lighting, temperature and even order room service without moving an inch! 

Exploring + Where To Eat

Walking up and down the main street in the Old Town, we couldn't help but fall in love with the patterned pastel buildings, each one prettier than the last. Countless restaurants lined the streets and you would honestly not run out of places to eat here even if you stayed for a month, there was so much choice and for a complete foodie like me, it was pretty much heaven! 
This ice-cream is also a must, they sell it at a few kiosks through the old town and you won't miss them. This one was actually a small!
Definitely head to the top of Gdansk town hall because the views are so pretty, and the ticket to the top includes access to the little museum there too! 

This little spot was called Lookier and was on the main strip of restaurants, definitely recommend for breakfast/lunch - the club sandwich was soooo good. Another spot where you can get a really good breakfast is Barylka which is along the river before you enter the main strip. For dinner, you'll want to try the dumplings at Familia Bistro because they were actually amazing, I'd say three each is the perfect portion - I don't actually have any photos because I suck and forgot my camera etc but you can check out the website here!
The Ice-Cream Cafe is one that you won't want to miss either, they had pretty much any flavour you could want and we both have a major sweet tooth so couldn't resist!

On the second day, we went for breakfast and the headed to the train station to get to the seaside town of Sopot about 15 minutes away. Although it was busy with tourists etc, it didn't feel crowded at all and somehow felt really peaceful and safe, which is weird considering I usually have to be somewhere for a while before I can feel that way! Look out for the waffle houses because they were so darn good and I obviously got all the whipped cream and Nutella in the world as well. Sad times that I can't have one right now to be honest.
We were craving all the carbs so we went to La Vita for an Italian lunch, which was part of the main square as you head away from the pier/beach. The pasta here was incredible and I proved once again that when I'm on holiday I eat for about 3 people. After lunch, go for a walk along the main street and look out for the wonky house!

As part of our third day there, we headed to the Stutthof Concentration Camp museum, which was one of those things that was always going to be pretty eye opening and hard to get your head around, but most definitely worth a visit because actually being there and seeing everything was so surreal. If you're in Gdansk for 3/4 days, do consider going because it's only about an hour away and really easy to get to by coach/bus which drops you right outside the museum. Entrance is free and you only have to pay a small fee to watch the short film in the cinema before going around. For obvious reasons I didn't take any photos so you can check out the website here.

I'm so glad I visited and got to see a tiny glimpse of what a city break in Poland is like, because I never really had a clue. I'd considered Krakow or Warsaw, but obviously because the weather was so lovely I preferred the idea of somewhere by the sea - I can't even imagine how cute it would be to go here at Christmas with all the markets etc as well! 

Have you travelled to Poland before? I'd love to know where in the world you'd like to visit next!
Thanks for stopping by :)

21 November 2015

Kensington Walks & My Old Dutch

Sometimes, laid back days are just the best (mainly because they're very rare). The ones where the biggest decision is deciding where to eat and which streets to wander around. Last week me and my boyfriend did just that and took to Kensington Gardens for a walk in the crisp autumn weather, where there was definitely not a shortage of crunchy leaves - I'm not the only one excited about that right?

Autumn in London is just my favourite season, and you only have to look at just how colourful everything becomes to see why. Not only that but you can pretty much throw anything on plus a coat and you're good to go, without worrying too much about being too hot like in summer or too cold (just yet).

I decided on an all High Street look, and kept it super comfy and casual. A black coat is a must because it goes with absolutely everything, though in my case that's usually just more black. This one is Topshop last season, but you can find a similar one right here. Green Jumper - H&M. Kiss-Lock Bag - Forever 21 and rings are a mix of vintage and a selection from this New Look pack.

After a wander around, we started to get peckish and walked along the high street to My Old Dutch, which thanks to Em is firmly my new obsession. I mean what's better than pancakes with possibly anything you could ever want on them? I usually go to the Holborn one but the Kensington one was just as great and had a smaller, more intimate atmosphere about it. 

My boyfriend had never tried them before so I set my sights on making him like it just as much as I do, and I think I succeeded. We couldn't decide on sweet or savoury so we just got both and shared (putting any 'Joey doesn't share food' emotions aside) and oh my goodness they were incredible. If you haven't tried this place then seriously go and give it a go! I can't believe I never had before a few months ago - such a game changer when you just fancy something a bit more fun.

Ankle Boots - H&M. Ripped Knee Jeans - Primark, though I do love the Topshop Leigh jeans too!

We then did our best to walk off the pancakes on the high street and had a browse through some shops - It's pretty great that he enjoys shopping just as much as I do, aka no boyfriend chair needed here (as long as we don't spend all the time in the Women's section, of course).

Let me know if you've visited My Old Dutch before, and do recommend me some more places to eat below - we all know it's pretty much all I do. Have a great weekend and speak to you soon!

26 September 2015

BonBon Chocolate Boutique

If you're ever in Manchester and craving copious amounts of chocolate, then the BonBon Chocolate Boutique is most definitely worth a visit. From freshly baked chocolate brownies, to flour-less chocolate cakes, this place has pretty much everything to satisfy a sweet tooth and is the perfect little stop off after a day of shopping.

It's not the biggest of places, but it doesn't need to be - I thought it was cute with lots of quirky touches from unusual lampshades to the books on the shelves and the wooden hot chocolate mugs.
Not only is the espresso-style hot chocolate pretty amazing on it's own (and made in a cauldron), you can add from a list of flavours too, from chocolate orange (which I opted for because chocolate orange anything is a no brainer) to salted caramel goodness. It's the type of hot chocolate which has a real kick to it, not sickeningly sweet and you can definitely tell it wasn't made from a sachet.
Aside from the hot chocolates and baked goods, there was also a selection of incredible looking handmade chocolates, as well as truffles and caramels from brands such as Booja Booja, which I was excited to see as I was already a big fan of their dairy free Ice Cream, and their truffles are pretty amazing too.

Do let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations of cute bakeries/sweet shops etc - I'd love to add them to my to-go-to list. Speak to you in the next post and have a great weekend!
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