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Focus Hotels: your getaway in Gdańsk and Sopot!

Are you going to the seaside and looking for a good place to stay? Focus Hotels are a great option regardless of the nature of your visit and the duration of your stay.

Focus Hotel Premium Gdańskis a modern four-star hotel located near Gdańsk Wrzeszcz Railway Station, Galeria Metropolia department store and the impressive restored Dolny Wrzeszcz district. The hotel location allows its guests to get to Sopot within 15 minutes and get to the airport very fast, too.

Focus Hotel Gdańsk is a perfect choice for those who are looking for comfortable accommodation at an attractive price. The three-star, comfortable hotel is located near the greatest attractions of the city centre, within a 15-minute walk of the Old Town and a 20-minute ride of Sopot.

The latest hotel of the chain is Focus Hotel Premium Sopot, opened in April 2018. The hotel combines modern design and functionality and it’s located in the centre of Sopot, which is a perfect spot for those who are after lying on the beach, partying at night, or sightseeing in Tricity. The hotel is located 150 metres of popular Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street, and 1 kilometre of the pier and the beach.

All Focus Hotels offer a free sauna, a gym, and fast Internet connection. Guests can also order free coffee and take-away sandwich in the morning. Children and teenagers under 18 stay in the hotel for free if they stay in a room with their parents or guardians. It’s also a great place to stay with your family!

EXPERYMENT

EXPERYMENT Science Centre in Gdynia aims at inspiring curiosity and presenting science in an attractive form. EXPERYMENT offers:

  • 3500 m² exhibition area,
  • over 200 interactive stands,
  • unlimited time of visit,
  • enthusiastic hosts and a good, creative team,
  • over 250 visitors a year,
  • educational offer,
  • special events for families.

Exhibitions encourage interaction: observing, touching, asking questions. They arouse the curiosity of both children and grown-ups. The most attractive part for visitors is exploring mysteries of physics and nature directly.

The heart of EXPERYMENT comprises five permanent exhibitions:

  • Hydroworldis dedicated to the power of water,
  • Invisible Forces make physics more accessible,
  • Operation: Humanpresents how human body and senses work,
  • The Tree of Life shows harmony, beauty and fascinating strengths of nature,
  • Direction Health proves that health doesn’t mean lack of illness, but general well-being resulting from taking proper care of physical, mental and social aspects of daily life.

EXPERYMENT stands use technological solutions, mobile apps and anatomical models and attract visitors of all ages.

An interesting fact:

There are 78 different organs in the human body. The heart is of a size of a clenched fist, it contracts 100 thousand times and pumps about 10 thousand litres of blood a day. Can you place organs in a phantom like puzzles? Visit EXPERYMENT and find out!

What’s on in Pomorskie

Opener Festival

47 July, Gdynia-Kosakowo

One of the most interesting music festivals in Europe. In 2017, over 120 thousand people gathered at Gdynia‑Kosakowo military airport to listen to the most popular contemporary artists. It’s one of the few festivals that combine performances of pop and alternative artists in such a spectacular way. This years’s line-up includes such classics of music as Depeche Mode and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds as well as Bruno Mars, Danish singer MØ, Migos group, Arctic Monkeys and Gorillaz.

22th Shakespeare Festival

27 July 5 August, Gdańsk

The next edition of festival in the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre has big names and unusual experiences in store. Like every year, giants of the contemporary theatre have been invited to present their interpretations of works of the famous Englishman. This year, performances from all over the world, beginning with Great Britain, through North Korea, to Zimbabwe will be staged.

An interesting part of the festival will be the Summer Shakespeare Academy with workshops, meetings with authors and seminars. What’s more, fans of the playwright will surely enjoy events held as part of ShakespeareOFF, where Shakespeare’s works are presented in a contemporary form such as performance, stand-up, dance or happening.

St Dominics Fair

28 July 19 August, Gdańsk

A historical event held in the heart of Gdańsk. St Dominic’s Fair has been held for 758 years since 1260 when Pope Alexander IV allowed Dominicans from Gdańsk to organise a fair in order to incline people to participate in the church-fair service. Beside Oktoberfest and Weihnachtsmarkt, it’s the largest outdoor fair in Europe. During the fair, artisans and merchants from all over Poland gather to present their goods, ranging from handicrafts, through local delicacies, to works of art. St Dominic’s Fair is a must for those who want to travel back in time, haggle, as well as eat and drink in the hubbub of vendors and artists.

Slow Fest Sopot

2324 July, Sopot

A culinary feast in a ‘slow’ version. Slow Fest Sopot gathers 200 cooks from all over Poland, who promote regional and traditional dishes as well as culinary experiments for sophisticated foodies. The guiding idea of the festival is Slow Food philosophy aiming at restoring traditional meetings at the table in the contemporary busy world. All that in the surroundings of the waves on the longest, over half a kilometre long, pier on the Baltic Sea.

The 6th edition of the festival includes such attractions as food tasting – 70 000 tasting portions to choose from, PLN 5 each – as well as regional beer tasting, culinary lectures and workshops.

Historical reenactments

2022 July, Malbork

11 August, Gniew

One of unique attractions in Poland is a possibility of participating in historical reenactments. It’s a chance not only to improve your knowledge of history, but also to experience it first-hand. The most exciting events this year include the Siege of Malbork and Vivat Vasa. The first one is a reenactment of the famous attempt to conquer the fortress of the Teutonic Order by the forces of Władysław II Jagiełło. Despite outnumbering the opponent and the great moral and military victory in the Battle of Grunwald, the army of the King of Poland didn’t manage to break the castle defence. Vivat Vasa is the famous duel in Gniew between the members of the Vasa dynasty, Sigismund III Vasa, the King of Poland, and Gustav II Adolf, the King of Sweden. The reenactments will take place in the defence walls preserved intact. The castle in Malbork is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sports events

 

Pomorskie also promotes physical activity both for amateurs and professionals. Here’s our pick of top sports events for those who lead a healthy lifestyle and develop their passions or feel like supporting others during sports competitions:

  • CSIO 5* International Show Jumping Competition Sopot, 1417 June
  • PKO Bank Polski Midsummer Night Run Gdynia, 2223 June
  • Triathlon Gdańsk Gdańsk, 15 July
  • Volvo Gdynia Sailing Days Gdynia, 25 June 17 July
  • Biegun OCR RUN Quicksand Gdynia, 1415 July
  • Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia powered by Herbalife Gdynia, 35 August
  • 25th St Dominic’s Run Gdańsk, 4 August
  • Castle Thriatlon Malbork Malbork, 89 September

Dom sushi

WHEN AT THE COAST, IT MUST BE FISH AND THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE TO APPRECIATE FULLY ITS TASTE THAN AT DOM SUSHI.

Located by Motlawa River in Gdańsk and at the trendy Monte Cassino Street in Sopot, Dom Sushi offers a unique dining experience full of flavoursome and colourful culinary art, and all these without the unnecessary pomposity. Sitting by the kaitenzushi (bar with a sushi river) feels very comfortable – you can either pick up one of the plates from the river or ask sushi master for his recommendations. The colour of the plate determines the price. There are no fixed rules or specific sushi menu – you can get anything you like, made to order and fresh in front of your eyes by the most talented sushi chefs in Tricity! If you’re in for a treat, make sure to order the Flaming Dragon – this Dom Sushi flagship composition of tempura prawns in uramaki covered with Japanese grilled unagi eel (enflamed!) will certainly win your heart. As it is on a sweeter side, it will be perfect as the end of your meal. The food at Dom Sushi is truly divine. What we also love at this place is simply sitting at the bar and observing the sushi masters at work. Their professionalism and precision with which they prepare sushi is tantalising! You can see their passion in literally every move of their hands. Make sure to ask them a few questions – they will happily tell stories about history of sushi, origins of each ingredient and the different ways of making sushi.

During weekdays, it is always a good idea to visit Dom Sushi for a lunch – special lunch menu is served between 12-16 p.m. and offers two good value for money options – 33 PLN for a two course set menu (soup + sushi) or 45 PLN for three course set (appetizer + soup + sushi).

Good quality at a air price

Although there are plenty of department stores in Gdańsk, there is only one outlet centre in Tricity, where you should start your shopping spree. Located in district Szadółki in Gdańsk, near Tricityring road, Designer Outlet Gdańsk offers 100 best fashion and lifestyle brands and is a paradise for fans of a growing smart shopping trend. Here, you can buy quality products even at a 90% discount!

Smart shopping is a term gaining significance in the field of contemporary fashion market. Who is a smart shopper? Firstly, a smart shopper is a client aware of their needs, who makes reasonable decisions, pays attention to details, is frugal and doesn’t spend money on the spur of the moment. A smart shopper knows the value of top quality dresses, trousers, or shoes – knows, that it’s not only about the look of clothes or an impressive tag, but also – or primarily – on their durability, quality and reliability. At the same time, the client takes economics into account and tries to purchase the dream product at the most attractive price possible – overpaying is neither pleasant nor trendy!

Designer Outlet Gdańsk opens up such opportunities. It’s not a standard department store – the complex is designed to look like a fishing village, and its symbol that can be seen from afar is a lighthouse. It’s great to fish for great occasions in such a cosy and convivial atmosphere! The available brands include Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Benetton, Pepe Jeans, Asics, Nike and New Balance. A 30% discount on a regular price is a minimum, which is always offered. But very often discounts are much higher, even up to 80 or 90%! What’s more, there are also some additional special offers, such as ‘Buy two, get one free’ or extra -50% on the second product. It’s a perfect place for smart shoppers!

Come and check it for yourself!

Little France in the centre of Sopot

Cyrano et Roxane is a special place with excellent dishes. A combination of traditional French recipes and family atmosphere gives foodies a taste of sophisticated French cuisine.

In the hubbub of famous Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street, there is a cosy French restaurant, Cyrano et Roxane. It was named after the hero of Edmond Rostand’s comedy Cyrano de Bergerac. It’s a warm, congenial place with a touch of French sophistication. French cuisine, exquisite and inaccessible to some people, in the hands of the experts from Cyrano et Roxane, turns into a family meal in a roadside French inn.

It’s no coincidence as the owner of the restaurant, Marc Petit, a Frenchman from Bergerac located in historical Gascony, makes dishes to family recipes passed down from one generation to another. Thus, in Cyrano et Roxane, foie gras and duck leg confit have a unique taste as the recipe has been brought to perfection by successive Petit family generations. The same with the selection of wine imported from small, family-run vineyards in southern France, including Bergerac, Bordeaux and the Southern Rhone Valley. It can be said that they come from the owner’s friends. The menu includes about 50 types of wine, and Marc Petit and professional waiters offer advice as to food and wine pairing. Wine served in Cyrano et Roxane matches both the dish ordered and the individual taste of the customer. Besides, not only wine, but also most ingredients are brought from France, which guarantees a uniquely French taste of dishes, impossible to recreate with substitutes.

Everyone will find something to their liking here. The restaurant offers a wide range of appetizers, including boards with pâté, ham and French cheese, as well as meat and fish dishes. There are also special dishes for vegetarians and vegans available. The price of a main course is between PLN 39 and 70.

Luxury and tradition

The Main Town is one of the most beautiful parts of historical Gdańsk. Walking by the Motława River, you should definitely visit Baryłka, one of the best restaurants in the city. When in the neighbourhood, don’t pass up Lux Apartamenty Old Town, where you will enjoy all attractions and every comfort at your fingertips.

Baryłka is located on Długie Pobrzeże, a charming street by the Motława River. The restaurant offers traditional Polish cuisine appreciated by its guests for twenty-six years. It has one of the best selections of meat in the city, including exquisite tartar usually served as an appetizer. Main courses include a wide selection of fish, which you can have with traditional Polish alcoholic beverages. At the end of your visit, have a home dessert made from fresh ingredients. The restaurant is a perfect choice both for a romantic dinner for two and big parties as it can house up to eighty people.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, check out Lux Apartamenty Old Town. Its handy location will allow you to get to every place in Gdańsk in a fast and easy way. Besides, if you choose Lux Apartamenty Old Town, you won’t have to look much further as you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips. The charming apartments are located in historical buildings in the centre of the Main Town, on Długie Pobrzeże Street, next to the Medieval Crane by the Motława River. It’s a great opportunity to make your stay in Gdańsk something more than a mere sightseeing trip around the most important sites. If you stay in the apartments, you’ll have a chance to truly experience the place and get to know the life of the locals. The apartments have splendid views of the Motława River, which you’ll never get bored with.

Chłodna 15 by Wilamowski

Real talent, persistence and passion! How to become a world-class chef here’s a story of Arkadiusz Wilamowski.

He is only 25 years old and he has 7 years of experience in working with the best chefs in the world in restaurants, where Michelin stars are a standard. The most talented graduate of the prestigious CFA Louis Prioux. At present, he is a co-owner and chef in one of the most promising restaurants in Poland, which aspires to win top laurels. Can it all be about a modest guy from Łódzkie Province? Arkadiusz Wilamowski proves that everything is possible!

He gained his first experience in restaurants in Łódź. His first inspiration and influence, who instiled passion for cooking in him, was Krystyna Wierzbicka, a chef, who has learned to cook from famous Paul Bocuse. Arkadiusz decided to learn French to get to the prestigious CFA Louis Prioux, a cooking school in Bar le Duc, France.

When he was only 17, he went to France. During entrance exams, he got the best results in the history of the school. After graduation, the future master could work in the best French restaurants.

He began working in Au Pampre d’Or*, which had consequently defended its Michelin star for 20 years. There, he had a chance to work with Jean-Claude Lamaze, a very demanding chef, imposing strict discipline and standards, which even required measuring vegetables… with a ruler. Literally!

Next, he gained experience in a series of the best restaurants in the world. Arkadiusz got a job in Magasin* in Metz, France, where together with famous Olivier Valade he ran courses for culinary enthusiasts, including chefs from all over the world.

The next stop on his way was Sketch**, where he worked with Pierre Gagnaire and discovered original combinations of flavours, such asfoie graswith bananas and mint, which are particularly memorable.

Then, he went to Marseilles to Le Petit Nice Passedat***, where he worked as Chef de Partie. In that kitchen, there was a ban on using butter, flour and cream. The cuisine was based on seafood, one of Arkadiusz’s favourite products, which can be found on his author menu.

He left France to conquer London! He quit his job in Hibiskus** with Claude Bosi after a heated argument with the chef and became famous in culinary London as a rebellious young talent.

The next point on his list was Dorchester***. To get this job, Arkadiusz had to prepare three dishes for the chef. Their taste was so excellent that he was appointed Chef de Partie right away.

Wilamowski is a modest person. The same with his cuisine, if we can speak about modesty in the case of using truly royal products, such as Breton lobster, sturgeon caviar and the best foie gras. Wilamowski’s cuisine follows a classical, French art of cooking based on sauces prepared to historical recipes, fresh seafood, top quality meat, lack of taste improvers and popular redundant elements, such as mousse or powder.

Wilamowski has already been awarded with prestigious ‘Three Hats’ – an award of Gault & Millau Yellow Guide for the best restaurants. He dreams of a Michelin star for his restaurant Chłodna 15 by Wilamowski in Warsaw, where he runs the kitchen together with his brother, Paweł Wilamowski. But his top priority is the satisfaction of his guests.

His role model, famous Alain Ducasse, once told him, ‘Don’t cook for Michelin, but for people’, and this has been his credo ever since.

 

Gdynia – a blend of tradition and modernity

Gdynia. A city of young, ambitious, and successful people. It was granted city rights only in 1926, which makes it one of the youngest Polish cities. Gdynia was founded so that a new port could be established, which was intended as an alternative to autonomous Free City of Danzig.
The port of Gdynia isn’t only a big player on the maritime market, but also a historical place. Polish emigrants would set off on their journey from there, in pursuit of a better world and perspectives. The former Maritime Station, from where ocean liners left for decades, now houses the Emigration Museum – the only establishment in Poland dedicated to emigration and lives of Poles abroad. The exhibitions are arranged in a modern and accessible way.


Blending tradition and modernity is the domain of Gdynia, a city inhabited by young and active people always ready for something new to come. It is not without reason that Gdynia hosts Open’er, one of the biggest music festivals in Europe, and the Polish Film Festival, one of the oldest film events in Europe. Thus, modern Gdynia, historical Gdańsk and Sopot resort perfectly complement each other.
Shopping is another strong point of Gdynia. Suffice to have a walk down one of its main streets – Świętojańska Street – to find plenty of boutiques of local designers. But it’s shopping centres with international brands and top Polish producers that are a true paradise for shopping buffs. The Klif shopping centre in Orłowo offers primarily luxury brands, and Riviera houses over 250 popular chain stores as well as original Polish fashion and beauty stores.
Those who are after peace and quiet will find it in Orłowo, a less commercial part of the city, which is definitely worth visiting. Its name is said to have its origins in an inn Adlershorst, which literally means eagle’s eyrie (Orle Gniazdo in Polish), set up by Hans Adler, a fisherman, at the beginning of the 19th century. However, the name was officially changed into ‘Orłowo’ only in 1920. The fishing district still cherishes the tradition of a 1920s resort, combining it with modern architectural forms. Its highlights include a cliff covered in shrubs and trees, separating wild nature from the calm grandeur of the sea. Orłowo also boasts a beautiful beach, which is a hundred metres wide. It’s one of the cleanest and least crowded bathing spots in the area.


The district has also been popular with artists. For example, in the interwar period, it was often visited by Stefan Żeromski, a Polish novelist also known as ‘the conscience of the nation’. The place he used to stay in has been turned into a museum and a café. Another artist who fell in love with Gdynia was Antoni Suchanek. The painter was commemorated by a statue on one of benches in Orłowo.

Sopot – a city of two faces

Sopot is the subject of legends in Poland. On one hand, it’s a resort and spa, boasting the famous Grand Hotel, being one of its architectural highlights, which has been visited by great personages such as, for example, Charles de Gaulle, Alfonso XIII of Spain, or a Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner – Czesław Miłosz. On the other hand, it’s a vibrant, popular holiday destination.
The most famous street in Sopot is Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street, commonly known as ‘Monciak’, which leads to the longest wooden pier in Europe, stretching over half a kilometre into the Gdańsk Bay. Along the street, there are plenty of clubs and restaurants, the famous Crooked House, the Wybrzeże Theatre Chamber Stage and auction houses, where you can buy artistic memorabilia. In the vicinity, there is also famous SPATiF, the original Society of Polish Theatre and Film Artists, a meeting place of Polish artists in the times of the Polish People’s Republic as well as now. A lot of famous artists have drunk and engaged in discussions there, including Faye Dunaway, Jerzy Skolimowski and Roman Polański. A must for contemporary art buffs as well as those who prefer more classical art is the National Art Gallery, located at the end of the street, in the Zdrojowy Square.


But cultural life in Sopot isn’t limited to Monciak. Suffice to mention the famous Forest Opera, which has housed concerts of top international artists, such as Elton John, Sting and Whitney Houston, for years. Another popular concert venue is Ergo Arena, located in between Gdańsk and Sopot, famous for classical music concerts of artists like Hans Zimmer and Andrea Bocelli as well as giants of pop music stage, such as Lady Gaga or Armin van Buuren.
Near Ergo Arena in Sopot Wyścigi, there is another venue worth visiting – the Hippodrome. The history of this horse racing track began in the 1870s, when so-called Black Hussars held hunting races there. Over time, its character has changed, and today you can admire and ride various kinds of horses there. It also holds the prestigious International Jumping Competition CSIO 5*.


But there is also another side of Sopot waiting to be discovered. Apart from cultural attractions, parties and concerts, Sopot is also a place where you can relax and restore your health. The resort is famous for its beneficial health effects and climate, first mentioned about 1770, when the first dressing room for the baths was opened there. The foundation stone for the future infrastructure was laid by the godfather of the city, Jean Haffner. At first, the healing power of Sopot was put down to cold baths in the sea. Over time, however, the city has developed in terms of ideology and technology, and it has become a modern and effective resort. Other highlights of Sopot include the Balneological Centre near the famous Sopot pier. This facility, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, offers saline baths, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, balneotherapy and a variety of other rehabilitation treatments. Such treatments are particularly recommended for patients suffering from chronic respiratory diseases or rheumatic disorders.