Poland’s swanky seaside town of Sopot normally attracts tourists in the summer months because of its beach, pier and overall buzz from the town’s main strip, Ulica Bohaterów Monte Cassino, right down to where the sandy shores meet the Baltic Sea. Sopot is the middle part of Poland’s famous ‘Tri-city’ (Trojmiasto) conurbation, the other two towns being Gdynia and Gdańsk. These are 10 of the best things to see and do in Sopot.
An unmissable work of art on Sopot’s famous Monte Cassino is Krzywy Domek (The Crooked House), an unusually shaped building constructed in 2004. It is about 4,000 square metres in size and is part of the Rezydent shopping centre. Inside, it houses art as well as bars, cafés and nightclubs.
Head to the end of Sopot Pier, and you can board a custom-designed pirate-themed cruise ship. They head out on the coast every day in the summer, allowing you to experience sailing on the Baltic Sea. On board, you can expect some light entertainment, tasty food and a licensed bar. Times and prices vary.
Sopot’s quirky Spatif Bar is a venue notorious for attracting creative people. The interior is eclectic, complete with walls adorned with paintings, quotes and all sorts of knick-knacks. You can grab yourself an ice-cold drink and take a seat, and within minutes, you could be mingling with some local artists, writers and poets. The venue is upstairs from the main street entrance and often has irregular opening times.
Sopot’s pier is the longest wooden pier in Poland. As well as cruises leaving from the pier, there are often summer activities taking place in and around it, plus there are some good bars and restaurants in the area. The views from the pier back to Sopot are fantastic on a hot sunny day. There is a small entrance fee, but it’s worth it.
On the main street, visitors will find two excellent breweries, both with their own beers, on-site. The first of these is Browar Miejski Sopot on Ulica Bohaterów Monte Cassino, and on the same street but close to the pier and seafront is Browar Lubrow.
Get photographed with the stars at Sopot Wax Museum
At Sopot Wax Museum, the local answer to Madame Tussauds, you can get your photo taken with many world superstars. There is a range of celebrities inside, including some local stars as well as the Flintstones, David Guetta and Michael Jackson. This venue is one of the main attractions of the town these days, and photography is encouraged.
Sopot has a reputation for being Poland’s number one party town, with some of the best nightclubs in the country. You’ll want to experience that, and there is no shortage of options here. Along the main strip, you will find Dream Club, Ego Club, Sfinks 700 Club and Unique Club. Be sure to look smart and go out in style because the clients here are elegantly dressed and looking for a good time.
Return to communist days at Retromaniak, a PRL-themed bar
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Instead of heading to the popular and busy parts of Sopot, you can take a left-hand turn away from the seaside when exiting the train station, and you will find a cosy little bar called Retromaniak. It is in here where you will find many reminders and memorabilia from the Communist times, the era when the country was known as PRL.
Attend a Mass at Kościół Garnizonowy pw. św. Jerzego
Catholicism is alive and well in Sopot, and with Poland being a proud and strong Catholic country, Sopot boasts a range of churches. The most central and prominent option in which to attend a mass is on Ulica Bohaterów Monte Cassino, where the Kościół garnizonowy pw. św. Jerzego (Catholic Church of St. George) sits on the corner of Ulica Tadeusza Kosciuszki. Check the listings on the church notice board for upcoming masses.
Finally, as Poland’s premier seaside resort, you can’t avoid the obvious: ice cream. With ice cream stalls on virtually every corner near the beach, treat yourself to a deliciously refreshing treat. The Polish call it Lody, and the various stalls feature a range of flavours and styles to match everyone’s preferences.