Top 5 child friendly restaurants in Sopot

If you travel with kids or babies, Sopot and Tricity on the north coast of Poland is super child friendly, not only cos it’s got miles and miles of sandy beaches for them to enjoy galloping freedom, but also because of the super child-friendly restaurants!

Travelling with a (super active) 15 month old means you can’t exactly chill while you peruse the menu and eat calmly all afternoon 😉 So it’s fantastic to go somewhere where almost every restaurant has an indoor play area for kids to play, and/or even an outdoor playground for them to get their energy out before the meal, all within view of where you’re eating! And once they get hungry, they can happily sit in their high chair for their meal, before racing off again while you keep eating. Win win!

The top 5 restaurants we’d personally recommend in Sopot:

  • Pomaranczowa Plaza (orange beach) – one of our all time favourites for food, kids playground and great coffee and cinnamon green tea! Ok so we had about 5 breakfasts and 3 lunches here as we enjoyed it so much – the massive outdoor area, the sandy playground by the tables with a fab slide, swing and play house, an indoor play area, and the sea is literally 1 min walk ! See why we couldn’t resist it daily? 😉

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  • Ristorante Tresoro – about an 8 min walk from the beach, every time we walked past it was filled with families, tons of high chairs and another great playground outside.

  • Tawerna Rybaki (fishing taverna) – right off the beach, no outdoor play area but a great use of the large under stairs area with kids toys, play kitchen, chairs and a lovely rocking horse.
  • Restauracja Nowosopocka (new sopot resto) – 5 mins off the beach and part of a big hotel. Lovely big outdoor dining area an a great little corner with tables, chairs and toys for kids.
  • U przyjaciol (friends’)– 10 mins from the beach, no outdoor play area but a lovely little table and chairs for kids and toys so a small area to occupy the super small ones.

So get booking that child friendly holiday to Poland! 🙂 we thoroughly recommend it !

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January snow in Lublin’s LSM

Spring might be on its way now, but back in January when we flew over to Lublin, we experienced beautiful Polish winter full on at -20 (!!!) degrees Celsius! We’ve not seen temperatures like that in the last few Christmasses so it was quite a surprise for everyone stepping off the plane!

However even tho the frost was biting, the sun was beautiful and as long as you weren’t out for too long, you could enjoy this beautiful weather, not often seen. We recommend it for your next visit. Just remember layers layers layers and a lot of fatty cream on your face to protect it from the biting frost …. 🙂

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Amber shops in Gdansk

If you like Amber jewellery, then the Gdansk shops are for you.

Head straight for the Mariacka street, which is full of very cute basement shops side by side with an unbelievable range of Amber jewellery from small items to some serious giant rocks that would make heads turn! We spent hours (!!) in this street with my friends, and no, noone left it empty handed….

You will also find more Amber shops along the Motlawa river and some in the main Dluga street.

And wherever you go, remember to negotiate! Every price is up for discussion, especially if buying more than 1 item and the shop keepers expect it so they’re unlikely to be offended.

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Boat trips to Westerplatte

Dramatic cloudy weather accompanied us on our boat trip from Gdansk to the poignant Westerplatte memorial where WW2 broke out in Poland on 1st Sept 1939.

Well worth a trip and a walk around the memorial park. We went on a pirate ship, which all the kids on board really enjoyed, you can also go on a normal boat as well.

On the way to Westerplatte, the boat goes past the giant Gdansk Shipyard, still active today with its massive ships, the place where the Solidarnosc movement started in 1980.

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Beautiful Lublinianka hotel

The 100 year old Lublinianka hotel is beautiful for a stay if you’re visiting Lublin. As one of the oldest hotels in the city and situated in the centre, it’s a great 4* hotel that could easily pass for a 5*.

We’ve stayed here a few times, the rooms vary from cheaper loft style rooms, to middle range to the spectacular honeymoon suite that we stayed in last year – which comes with the only terrace balcony in the hotel – amazing views over central Lublin!

The staff are very friendly, the breakfast buffet is on til 12 and very plentiful and room service has some amazing dishes.

See more information on their website – http://www.lublinianka.com/en/

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Hello BA Club Europe

We were very pleased to fly back from Warsaw to London in the BA Club Europe cabin last month, and we had a lovely experience with the extra space (middle seat turned into table proved a very useful card game table!), the food, the wine…. (OK champagne ! and we didn’t even brag about our wedding anniversary ! ) and the very nice attentive service from the flight attendants!

See some photos below! 🙂

We recommend it…. a nice treat when you have some spare air miles knocking about !

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Top things to do in Hel

Top things to do in Hel in Poland:

  • Hire a Malex (gol-type-buggy) with a lovely knowledgeable driver to drive you to get your bearings
  • Head for the beach on the tip of the peninsula
  • and for the main beach on the open sea
  • Visit the WW2 bunkers and walk around the underground tunnels
  • Eat some amazing fried and grilled fish in the harbour
  • Try some water sports
  • Climb 203 steps of the lighthouse for amazing views across Hel
  • Visit the seal sancruary
  • Explore the shop stalls for an amber souvenir
  • Take a boat trip around the Hel peninsula

Enjoy!

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