Shopping is one of the many areas where Sopot benefits from being part of the Tri-city conurbation. While the town itself does not have a major shopping mall, there are fabulous shopping options within easy reach in neighbouring Gdansk and Gdynia while Sopot itself offers interesting boutiques, galleries and antiques as well as plenty of places where you can pick up Sopot and Polish souvenirs. Note that many Polish stores are not open on most Sundays so it is worth reading our post on Sunday Shopping in Sopot which you’ll find here.
Shopping Malls and Outlet Centres
The nearest shopping mall to the centre of Sopot is found right on the border between Sopot and Gdynia. The Klif shopping mall offers the best collection of high-class shopping in the Tri-city with plenty of top brand stores and boutiques spread over three floors in the most attractive and classy shopping mall in the region. It can reached within 10 minutes by car or taxi while it is just two stops on the local commuter train (SKM) at Gdynia Orlowo.
Also easy to reach is Galeria Baltycka, found in the Wrzeszcz district of Gdansk, which offers over 200 stores as well as a comprehensive range of cafes and restaurants, the majority of which you will find in its popular food hall. The centre is modern, light and airy and you’ll find everything you could possibly need under its glass roof. The centre has parking for 1,100 cars and can reach in 20 minutes from the centre of Sopot, while the local commuter train service (SKM) can get you there in 15 minutes. The Gdansk-Wrzeszcz station is six stops from Sopot and is found opposite the shopping mall.
The Tri-city Ring Road (Obwodnica) which bypasses Sopot, Gdansk and Gdynia, offers a large choice of shopping options with retail parks at most of the major junctions. The Designer Outlet near Kowale, offers over 100 brands in a modern mall with lots of parking and can be reached in under 30 minutes from Sopot.
Convenience stores and supermarkets
You will not have to look far if its groceries that you are looking for and the location of these types of stores is the most asked shopping question we receive. The centre of the city has lots of small convenience stores and delicatessen where you can pick up the basic supplies you need if you are staying in a rented apartment. For the ‘bigger’ shop, there are two small supermarkets in or close to the main train station while you’ll find three larger ‘discount supermarkets’ from the Lidl and Biedronka brands within 5-10 minutes’ walk of the city centre.
The nearest large supermarket or hypermarket can be found either in the second of Gdynia’s shopping malls at Riviera (Auchan) or in the Gdansk Przymorze district, just over the border from Sopot in Gdansk, where you will find Real and LeClerc close to each other.
Sopot has a good choice of small fashion boutiques and you’ll find these around the centre on ul. Bohaterow Monte Cassino and in the Spa House development. Among the names you’ll find is Helly Hansen.
The largest choice of fashion items can be found in Sopot’s longest trading department store. Known as Walter, the store stands on the spot where Walter Edelstein began offering fashion wear in 1907 and is today named after him. The store has three floors of well-known brands and also is home to a bistro at street level, a restaurant on the third floor and a terrific roof terrace overlooking the sea and the Sopot rooftops.
The best place to find souvenirs of Sopot is on the 2nd floor of the Spa House in the Sopot Tourist Information building. As well as the souvenir shop there, the Tourist Information organisation also run a stall during the warmer months on the street below.
Elsewhere you’ll find small stores and stalls offering Sopot branded or produced souvenirs. Other places to look for souvenirs are the small stalls near the church on ‘Monciak’ and the Sopot Loves You Art & Souvenir Shop opposite the Sopot Post Office.
If you are looking for something a little more ‘special’ you might be interested in visiting the Sopot Auction House (Sopocki Dom Aukcyjny) on the main street – Bohaterow Monte Cassino where you’ll find antiques and art as well as experts on the local antiques scene.
Sopot has an open-air market which operates on Tuesday and Friday mornings next to the racecourse at Sopot Hippodrome. It’s is extremely popular with residents and visitors alike as it is an opportunity to buy fresh meat, fish, eggs, fruit and vegetables often direct from the producer.
You’ll also find a collection of traders offering a wide range of other products such as clothes, shoes, furniture and household goods. The market is a 15-minute walk from the centre or one stop on the SKM local commuter train. Get off at Sopot Wyscigi.