There are so many fascinating areas to explore around Northern Poland, but I’ve found that Sopot has the most unique and artsy attractions. If you’re someone who enjoys finding the secluded treasures in otherwise quite popular locations, read on to find out what’s on offer.
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A lot of Poland’s attractions are well known and often heaving with tourists, but I know a few places where you’ll find quite a different atmosphere.
Krzywy Domek (The Crooked House)
The Crooked House is definitely a must-see, and makes for some brilliant photographs. Although one of the more popular sites among tourists, you’ll certainly be glad you came when you set eyes on this astonishing building.
The masterpiece opened in 2004, and the designer, Szotyńscy Zaleski, has won architectural awards for its unique illusions. The building is filled with shops, bars and cafes, so you can grab some refreshments as you head on your next adventure.
The National Gallery of Art
Showing works from both contemporary and traditional artists, The National Gallery of Art has won several prizes for its exhibitions, including second place for Most Interesting Institution of Contemporary Art 2017.
You’ll find artwork from world-renowned painters, photographers, even sculptors, and the gallery is often hosting events such as the Festival of Photography, various museum nights and educational art activities. It is a brilliant place to visit if you want to discover historical and cultural features of Poland, and admire some stunning creative work at the same time.
As well as the excellent sightseeing, Sopot has some truly unique and artsy cafes that are ideal for those looking for something a little different. Here are a few that you might want to try out:
Very much hidden away from the touristy areas, this quaint little cafe and bar is unique in many ways. It has a distinctly authentic feel, serving locally brewed beer and boasting a beautiful exterior. Indoors it is cosy and intimate, and there are never too many people there (which is handy if you prefer a peaceful coffee break).
The cafe hosts a variety of events, from outdoor movie screenings to poetry readings and live concerts. Bring your friends along to experience this wonderfully authentic place together and create some beautiful memories.
This small, traditional theatre cafe is easy to miss when walking along the main street, but trust me, it’s there! The artistic, independent style is wonderfully appealing, and the cosiness inside makes the theatre experience all the more enjoyable. There are plenty of events on at this cafe throughout the year, so there’s likely to be something on if you happen to pop in.
This bar is slightly better known among tourists; however it certainly isn’t one you should just pass by. Its incredible interior is renowned across Poland and is truly stunning to look at. Artists, poets and writers often gather here, sometimes delivering talks and recitals. Spatif bar is a remarkable cultural experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is in the area.
Where to Stay
Monte Verdi – Apartamenty24 – Just a short walk from the beach and an even shorter walk to the popular attraction The Crooked House, these beautiful apartments are in a great location. Plus, they have all the amenities you could need, including well-equipped kitchens, living areas and comfortable bedrooms. The apartments all have a classic, modern style and are beautifully decorated.
Restaurants are plentiful and close by, as is the fantastic nightlife. The bars all have a brilliant atmosphere and are reasonably priced. The nearest airport isn’t far away either, so everything really is on your doorstep.
Villa Ozone – This property also has a sleek, modern touch, but is a hotel rather than an apartment. Breakfast buffets are served each morning, and the hotel has its own sauna for guests to use.
Ozone is also in a great central location; perfect for those wanting to explore more of the city. The train station is just a five-minute walk away, and popular points of interest are just around the corner.
Dream Hostel Sopot – Situated just a little out of the centre, this is a great option for a budget-friendly stay in Sopot. The rooms are simple but clean and spacious, and there are seating areas and garden views in some.
Restaurants and bars are just a short walk away, as are many attractions that can keep you busy throughout the day, such as the Lysa Gora skiing area and the infamous Crooked House.
How to Get There
From the UK, getting to Sopot is relatively simple. Flights into Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport take just 2 hours from London, and there are around 32 flights going out every week. The journey to Sopot from the airport is about 25 minutes long, and for this I would recommend a Shuttle Direct transfer. From my experience, the drivers have always been immensely helpful and friendly, keen to make my journey as hassle free as possible.
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