Did you know that Sopot is the smallest town in Poland to have a multiplex cinema? The Multikino was one of the things the city gained with the complete redevelopment of the lower part of Sopot some years back. An area that had previously been a mismatch of huts and ramshackle buildings thrown up after the war on war damaged land, the Haffner Centre, named after the city’s famous French doctor, formed the centrepiece of the new square. As well as the cinema you’ll find a waxwork museum, a hotel – the Bayjonn and a good choice of places to eat or to relax with a coffee. The terrace is a popular spot during the warmer months as you watch the world and its dog heading to or from the beach or take in one of the street entertainers going through their act. The centre boasts a café, Mount Blanc, selling a huge choice of Belgian chocolates and an outlet of the famous Polish Grycan ice cream company. There’s some very good dining choices too with the Moshi Moshi Japanese restaurant; the Bosco Italian restaurant; Pelican, a smart wine bar and tapas joint; Nowy Swiat, which offers modern Polish cuisine and Monte Vino, with its great wine selection and menu. The building is also home to the classy TAN nightclub, the queues to which demonstrate its popularity and exclusivity.
The Haffner Centre is also home to the city’s EMPiK store where you can get books, DVDs and CDs and the like.