Aloha and Happy 2020, and a happy new decade! Welcome to the exciting world of Łodź (pr. Woodge)! This central city is not the first place people choose to visit in Poland. In fact, most don’t know much about it. But the word is out, Łódź is definitely worth visiting. Those who find themselves in the city are in for a treat as they reap the benefits of seeing a city on the rise, yet still not fully on the travellers’ radar. From culture and fashion, design and architecture, to technology and education – Łodź is on the cutting edge. While Winter in Łodź can be both brutal and beautiful, it is the perfect time of year to explore the city on foot (post-industrial heritage on p.10 or general wanderings up and down the main street, pp.22-27), or check out the city’s many indoor attractions, gastronomical offerings and social scene, all found in this guide. One of the best ways to get a feel for what’s going on, apart from reading Łodź IYP, is to attend some of the many events and exhibitions taking place over the next few months. Check out our Events section (p.12) for full details of cultural events and festivals. As always, let us know how you got on in Łódź on our FB page and/or show us what you’ve seen during your time in the city by using the hashtag #Lodzinyourpocket on social media, or if you prefer, just use good old fashioned email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter can be bleak in Poland, but illuminations can brighten things up! Our cover shows a great aerial shot of Plac Wolnośći (p.22), the gateway to ul. Piotrkowska (pp.22-27), Europe’s longest pedestrian street, looking very much like an airplane landing strip!
Right in the heart of Manufaktura, it offers a varied BBQ menu with a European/Balkan flare to the grilled meat options. Read more ➞
From the same crew at Gastromachina Stacja, their cult status already firmly rooted. Meat rules the roost, and it’s in the spacious interior that the giant grill, which is also a smokehouse, allows for some quality food to be made, from steaks and BBQ meats. Read more ➞
Mandoria City of Adventure
A theme park with a 16th-century renaissance vibe; the age of discovery, a time of exploration! Open all year and contain attractions for all ages. Read more ➞