That was then though. The early years of the 21st century have seen huge development in the retail sector with state-of-the-art shopping malls appearing all along the coast and most noticeably at pretty much every major exit on the Tri-city Ring Road ('Obwodnica;' S6/E28). Now it is easier to count the international brand names which are not present than those that are, and the Tri-city has become a veritable shopping destination, particularly for Germans and Scandinavians who enjoy the convenient, ultra-modern malls and competitive prices. No matter what part of the Tri-city you're stationed in, if your ambition is to shop until you drop while here, you won't have to travel far to find a modern shopping Mecca, the best of which we list below.
Remember that non-EU residents can claim a tax refund on purchases over 200zł (about €50) taken outside the EU in an unused condition in personal luggage.