Fondly known as ‘Monciak‘ (Mon-chack) to the locals, ul. Bohaterów Monte Cassino (The Heroes of Monte Cassino street) is one of Poland’s most famous pedestrian streets. Crowded during the high season, it is the main commercial and tourist street in Sopot. The street flows all the way down (or up) towards the sea ending by the longest wooden pier in Europe. If you arrive by train you’ll exit through Sopot Centrum and you’ll come out to a small roundabout and straight on to Monciak.
If you’re the kind of person who prefers off the beaten track sites, this might not be the place for you to hang out in Sopot. You might feel better hitting the beach (also in Gdynia), strolling along the Baltic or riding on the many kilometres of bike trails. For those who don’t mind or if you decide to come on low season (also very advisable), it still has a lot of really cool spots hidden in plain sight. Here’s a shortlist of places you can visit, as well as restaurants and bars where you can go to eat and enjoy a drink while mingling with the locals.
EXPLORE: Garrison Church of St. George ➞
Located almost at the beginning of the street, it will be one of the first historical building you see when coming out from the street leading to the train station.
EAT: Dwie Zmiany ➞
? ul. Bohaterów Monte Cassino 31
A restaurant and a bar, therefore the name, ‘Two Shifts.’ this is a hipster magnet in Sopot. Vegetarian food, cheap tapas, craft beer, cider, prosecco. Eat during the day, drink after dark.
EAT: Pélican ➞
? ul. Bohaterów Monte Cassino 63
A relaxed eatery with an industrial feel (wood and metal) offering tapas as well as a seasonal choice of dishes. Check it out!
DRINK: Spatif ➞
? ul. Bohaterów Monte Cassino 54
This is where the local party is at! Once a den of beatniks and thesps, the crowd today is markedly ‘older,’ but hugely popular and as such has a strict door policy. Watch for the stairs. Once in you might even indulge in some late pierogi.
DRINK: No.5 ➞
? ul. Bohaterów Monte Cassino 5/U2