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Global Hotspot – Sopot, Pearl of the Baltic Sea

The formerly run-down soviet seaside town Sopot might not exactly have been number one on jetsetters’ top-travel lists for a long time, but in recent years Sopot has become an increasingly fashionable seaside destination. Today it easily competes with the famous rivieras in Spain, Italy and France – at about 1/10 the price of its Mediterranean rivals. Poland’s summer capital is rich in tradition and history and was considered “Monte Carlo of the Baltic” ever since its rise as a fashionable resort in the 19th century. Sopot became Europe’s ruling class’ beach destination and was in full bloom as the most popular resort of the Baltic sea for the best part of a century.

However, after the mayhem of World War II the Soviets did not care much for reconstruction and the Polish lacked the funds to do so – until recently. In the last 10 years the smallest member of the Tri-City (consisting of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot) has once again become a hip and happening town. Its sandy beaches, top class spas&resorts, elegant villas and vibrating nightlife scene make it a one-of-a-kind experience. 

Highlights

The picturesque sea side resort offers a whole range of fascinating views. Apart from the longest Pier in the Baltic region you’ll also find stunning architecture, historical places and some of the best party options in Poland. Here’s a quick overview of the places that we consider a must-visit!

The Pier – with 511m it’s the longest pier in the Baltic region. Stunning views of the sea!

Lighthouse – located right next to the pier entrance. A spiral staircase takes you to the 25m viewing platform, where you can see Gdansk and Gdynia in the distance

Crooked House – crooked, crazy and absolutely amazing. Design that melts brains

Esplanade – 10km path right past sandy beaches and a maze of trees – leads all the way to Gdansk

Monte Cassino strip - your place for the wild nights out

Two Men and a Wardrobe – a wooden wardrobe located on Sopot’s sea shore

Forest Opera – an amphitheatre in the forest built in 1909

State Art Gallery – exhibition space for contemporary Polish artists

The Grand Hotel Sopot (Sofitel) – originally called the “Grand” or “Kasino”. Around since 1927, one of Sopot’s most defining features

Restaurants

Before its return to glory and glamour, Sopot was mainly frequented by party-hungry Poles. The restaurants weren’t exactly sophisticated at that point, but with the development in the city in recent years Sopot now has a fair share of high class restaurants to dine in style. From Polish cuisine to international, from fusion to Italian or Chinese – quality food has conquered Sopot!

White Marlin (TOP PICK)
Excellent location right at the pier. Elegant Scandinavian interior meets great service and marvellous food. Easily the best restaurant in Sopot.

Caly Gawel
Stylish cantina coffee shop serving food from local and regional sources: lovely breakfast, few mains and creative burgers. The place has been around since December 2015 and is already frequented by urbanites, hipsters and young families.

Avocado
In this fusion restaurant you’ll find Asian food combined with European influences. Fresh lobster as a specialty. It’s located on the main street of Sopot and boasts a wonderful outdoors terrace, great atmosphere and definitely the best sushi in Tri-City!

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Very cozy, small restaurant. International kitchen with some inspirations from Polish Cuisine. Beware: the paintings on the sealing are only for adults.

Bocian Morski
Author kitchen specializing in local products and fish. Cozy place with a warm brick interior.  They offer a big variety of wines only one turn from the main street.

Galeria 63
International cuisine, everything from traditional Polish dishes to pasta, fish and steaks. The deco is modern, on some evenings a DJ plays discreet chill out music.

Rucola
Inspired by the world’s diversity, Rucola offers Polish specialties and innovative combinations, exotic meals, an extraordinary wine list, only local, fresh products and fresh fish from the local fishermen. Located in the famous Mont Cassino Crooked House.

Toscana
Authentic Italian cuisine. 10 min walk from the hotel – delicious sea food and pasta.

Zatoka Sztuki
Multi-level cultural centre with art exhibits, resort, beach restaurant & club.

Party Destination Sopot

Ask anyone in Sopot where the parties get the wildest and you’ll only hear one answer: Monte Cassino. A lively mix of people from all over the Tri-City rush into Sopot’s main drag at night, where the concentration of clubs, bars and more sophisticated drinking establishments is so high that even Chuck Norris would get drunk. The strip’s intense charisma is crowned by the fairytaile flair in the air, radiated by the Crooked House – basically a house that looks like it’s been taken straight from Alice in (Sopot) Wonderland. Just.. this Alice goes full-blown party mode. With a nightlife as unique and pulsing as Sopot’s, make sure to hit up at least one or two of the famous night clubs as well. But beware of lightly dressed ladies, they’ll dance the money out of your pocket in no time. 

Bars

Wtedy (TOP PICK!)  - new happing place with industrial charm 

Dwie Zmiany – attracting an arty crowd 

3 Siostry - cool bar with vintage furniture

Café Ferber – the classic bar on the party strip

Mewa Towarzyska – popular club/pub

Bar Max - a great place to kick off the night 

Beach Clubs

Zatoka Sztuki Beach Club (TOP PICK!) – “THE” beach club on the Riviera of Polen. Party animals keen to soak up that hedonistic Sopot summer vibe won’t want to pass up on the Beach Club culture – This is undoubtedly one of the places to be in the Tricity! Situated on a prime spot of Sopot’s beach, it’s easy to believe you are on Ibiza as you sip a cocktail, watch the sunset and enjoy the open air parties.

Sofitel The Grand Hotel - There is a big private beach out front making the Grand Hotel a top-class beach hang-out during the summer.

Tropikalna Wyspa – People are raving about their food but come here to drink outside with the sea lapping less than a stone’s throw away

Scena Klub -  Restaurant, bar and beach lounge with cabañas overlooking the bay.

White Marlin Beach Bar – Enjoy the laidback vibe in Marlin´s own beach bar, a true summer location!

Clubs

Libation (TOP PICK!) -  The fashionable location is owned by the Polish metal band Behemoth’s lead singer. Their motto: “decadent atmosphere of pre-war Paris and Berlin, strongly inspired by the theatre”. With a more select crowd, leather sofas and somewhat pricier drinks they’re definitely not far from it. Well done!

Unique Club – Sopot´s most elegant vip nightclub

Spatif – One of the enduring wicked legends of Sopot´s nightlife. Heavy selection at the door. Theoretically a private club, so don’t get upset if they don’t let you in without a membership 

Sixty9 – Sopot´s gay friendly club in a villa 

Sfinks  – Advanced clubbing with an international DJ line-up

Hotels 

Obviously Poland’s #1 seaside resort doesn’t have to hide when it comes to housing. You’ll find something appealing near the center in all price ranges – from hostels and pensions to luxurious hotels, Sopot has it all covered. Better book in advance as the demand for rooms goes through the roof in the main season! 

Sofitel The Grand Hotel (TOP PICK!)  - Formerly known as the “Grand” and “Kasino”, The Grand Hotel has a long history in Sopot. Its marvellous location and the lush surroundings are nothing short of spectacular and unmatched in the whole of Sopot. Get comfortable in one of the 127 charming, elegant rooms and you’ll soon feel the hotel’s class and luxury. When you’re done being pampered at the Grand Spa, do take a visit to its in-house Art Deco restaurant and taste creative French cuisine with a Polish twist!

Mera Spa Hotel – highlight: infinity pool on the roof with stunning view of the sea

Fisher House – highlight: Scandinavian styled resident hotel set next to the beach of Sopot

Sheraton – highlight: private beach area overlooking the bay

Also worth noting: Bayjonn HotelSedanMolo Hotel and Hotel Sopot

Excursions

With two beautiful cities like Gdansk and Gdynia just a stone’s throw away, they’re the perfect choices for your next day trip. You can hop on the train in Sopot and 20 minutes later you’ll already enjoy a cold drink in the shade of one of Gdansk’s many attractions. Optionally you can always choose the easy way and order a cab, which will cost you about 50-60 Zloty (about 13€) to either Gdanks or Gdynia.

Alors on Gdansk

The Hanseatic Pearl looks back on more than 1000 years of tumultuous history. Gdansk is a marvellous medieval city permeated with the currents of different cultures, nations and believes. Both beautified and scarred by history, Gdansk looks like no other Polish city. Cobbled streets with imposing buildings, distinctive cafés and a selection of amber shops create a crossroad of old and new and make it the perfect destination for dwelling in Europe’s architectural history.

Gdynia mate!

Gdynia used to be a little fishing village near Gdansk and Sopot. With the end of World War I, the Polish state was reformed and in desperate need of a port, since Gdansk was still controlled by the Germans. So – within just 5 years – a new city and major port had been built, going by name of Gdynia. Today the city has a population of over 250.000 and one of the most flourishing economies in the country, while still managing to look like a relic of the Soviet era. Start your day trip at the harbour area with its museums and theatres and then work your way towards town, where you’ll find restaurants and cafés to suit your culinary needs.

Premium Yachting – Rent a yacht, catamaran or a sailing boat

Walk Out  - The game of escaping a room has never been so popular, even in Polen!

Castle Malbork - The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork – UNESCO World Heritage

More information about Sopot 

Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia

About Sopot

Inyourpocket Sopot

The Scene meets Le Faubourg

West Berlin is on the rise! The western part of the city has been evolving rapidly these last few years and has provided us with some real high-class restaurants. Among the many new establishments that enrich the scene on a constant basis, there’s one that’s already cooked its way into the very heart of Berlinagenten. Located in the prestigious Sofitel Kurfürstendamm, Le Faubourg only opened last month and still is a real insider tip (brought to you by – who else could it be! – us). 

The restaurant’s setting feels pleasantly classy and simple, yet timeless and appealing – making you feel comfortable but leaving the real focus where it should be – on the food. It’s cuisine is defined by chef Felix Mielke’s imaginative take on traditional french recipes, fusing the classic french cuisine with a modern touch. But fear not! If you’re a fan of traditional recipes, Le Faubourg won’t disappoint, leaving you with the choice of the modern version of a recipe or the classic one. 

The Choice is all yours: either the classic beef tenderloin with fries, salad and sauce béarnaise or the modern approach – a delicious dry-aged rumpsteak cooked sous-vide with balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese, spinach, pine nuts and beetroot. Then there’s the traditional roasted turbot on saffron vegetables with tomatoe and bouillabaisse brew and it’s modern interpretation – turbot, cooked sous-vide, spicy chorizo, beans, white onions and pumpernickel. What sounds like an unlikely combination of ingredients makes for a real culinary highlight. I have to be honest here: I have been drooling all over my keyboard for the last 2 minutes. Surely, this is high class cuisine at its finest!

Apart from their obvious talent for cooking Le Faubourg knows how to impress their customers: the young and friendly team (chef Felix Mielke is only 29 and they also employ Mathias Brandweiner, whose 19 years make him the youngest sommelier in the whole of Germany!) specialize in using only regional and high quality organic products for their dishes. But it doesn’t stop there: 85% of their over 150 different wines are from Germany and France and make for some good stories. For example the background story of the fruity pinot-gris Teenage Dreams from Scherer&Zimmer, which features two young up-starters from Bad Krozingen, who fulfilled their dream of becoming winemakers by buying the cellar of an old pigsty and now successfully produce their own high quality wine. 

Although pricey (main courses range from 20-40€) Le Faubourg has everything the culinary heart could wish for. If money is no issue for you and your stomach craves for something innovative yet delicious – this is the place to go.