This is quite simply, a cult classic. Never mind that it’s the only cafe and or club on Freedom Square smack dab between Manufaktura and Piotrkowska Street, this place genuinely puts the FREE in freedom. Sporting a slightly faded and neon orange retro vibe the serve up great coffee beverages and solid mixed drinks all day and late into the night. The crowds that flock here are a mix of students, normcore locals and lovers of a good time of all shapes and sizes.
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.
Emerging from our tram stop on Aleja Piłsudskiego we noticed their neon sign and large windows from afar through the hazey filter of the ongoing construction. With a slight retro diner feel, this thoroughly modern gastronomic outpost is up to something big. The regularly changing menu reads like a who’s who of the trendiest and tastiest comfort foods on the planet from tacos to burgers (pulled pork!) and from Tagliatelli Nero to Vietnamese Pho. Quite simply a revelation and a revolution.
Just off the radar of OFF Piotrkowska is this healthy, hearty, heady and hip little cafe bistro. They offer up all sorts of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free and whatever-allergies-you-might-have free. Their set seasonal menu changes every month or two but expect exotic salads, handy sandwiches, exotic snacks and truly super soups, plus a cheap and filling two course daily lunch special (14zł!) that changes every day.