The next big post industrial courtyard development project on the horizon is known as Piotrkowska 217, which is conveniently also the address to tell your friendly rickshaw/taxi driver if you don’t feel up to a brisk walk or bike south. This former iron smelting factory has a similarly illustrious history to other factories in town, however on a slightly smaller scale, 217 focuses first and foremost on food. And not just any old food – but street food from around the world.
This brick and mortar fast slow-food joint got its start on four wheels as a food truck. Their specialty is veggie and vegan burgers filled with fresh ingredients and bold flavours inspired by middle, near, and far-east cuisines. Even for a meat lover like us, their delicious burgers, wraps and baguettes became borderline addictive.
This new bistro has taken a strong brand and fused it with the city’s newest architectural triumph – Łódź Fabryczna train station: industrial feel and transportation leit motifs. From hearty and healthy breakfast specials till noon (14:00 on weekends), which include coffee or tea for a grosz (penny), to borderline gourmet 3-course lunch specials Mon – Fri from 12-16 for only 19.90zł!!!, to their impeccable a la carte menu which includes such choice items as fresh oysters and seasoned dry aged Polish steaks.
Choose from a first floor perch (with a view of the wood burning pizza oven) or the downstairs multilevel dining areas (wine bar as well). After spending longer than we should have perusing the mouth watering menu we decided to truly test the merit of their kitchen by ordering the tripe soup followed by grilled sea bass. Our instincts paid off and we can’t wait to actually try their Italian specialties next time.
This petite Piotrkowska outpost turns out some of the best jumpin’ java juice around. Whether you appreciate your aeropress brewed upside down or not, these talented baristas have all sorts of delicious coffee tricks up their sleeves and are happy to make suggestions when they see you getting lost in their lattes. They keep it simple on the food front though and only offer cakes and cookies to go with your well crafted cuppa.
This Warsaw franchise was the first multi-tap bar in Poland to break the 20 tap barrier (one of their three Warsaw locations has a tap count at 97). They decided to raise the bar with their new Łódź location and the tap total comes in at a whopping 104 which makes it the largest in Poland! This outsized sud-tappery doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity either with all of their taps featuring premium Polish and International craft brews.
Hipsters scenesters and revelers of all shades rejoice, this is your new home away from home! Set deep inside a courtyard off of Piotrkowska (where else?) this bustling basement immediately feels cool and comfy. Local millennials gather to pre-game in droves on the weekend or to attend the latest ambient minimal techno D&B DJ rave-up in the dance room at the far end. Don’t pass too fast past the long central bar as you’ll find all manner of tipple from local craft beer, cheap cocktails in shots galore.
Climb three flights of stairs inside the first door on the right at Piotrkowska street’s most notorious address to find good vibes, great beer and even better snacks. There are two bars, a stage and plenty of eclectic tables and chairs spread out over six or so rooms of what looks like a large high ceilinged apartment. This hotbed of alternative culture hosts regular concerts, exhibitions, interesting debates and much more. They have original sandwiches, salads and other top notch savoury snacks served till late.
Located in the sleepy suburbs just Southwest of Łódź, this destination Hotel is the perfect place to escape the city for a day or two.
Author: Poland IYP Editor
Editorial staff at Poland In Your Pocket.