£ód¼, like Buenos Aires and tango itself, is a creation of many hands, cultures and world views. What began as a modest village, in the 19th century turned into a powerful industrial metropolis, put together by Poles, Jews, Germans and Russians.
It has always been a city of great wealth, but also great poverty; magnificent beauty, but also morbid ugliness; a promised land of entrepreneurs, visionaries, workmen, artists and madmen. You love it and you hate it, like your tango partner. Nowadays £ód¼ is one of the most successful Polish cities and astounds you with its multicultural, postindustrial air. Beautiful in its nostalgia, it is the perfect place for tango.
PLACES WE RECCOMMEND
Piotrkowska is a favourite meeting and strolling place with the locals. It’s an over 4 km-long backbone of the city under area conservation policy, which has recently undergone a complete revitalization. On and off the street, you can find numerous places to hang out, both creative and traditional, as well as shops and institutions.
Our favourite places there are:
Green Way, 80 Piotrkowska Street
A nice place with affordable vegetarian cuisine.
Breadnia, 86 Piotrkowska Street
“Gallery, wine, bread” - an industrial sort of bistro, located in the beautiful Gutenberg House.
Restauracja Polska, 12 Piotrkowska Street
A highly recommendable stylish place with typical Polish cuisine
Z innej beczki, 6 Moniuszki Street
Good beer and a variety of other beverages, a nice urban garden.
Lokal, Aleja Leona Schillera
A celebrated chef, creative menu, best ingredients, non-committal decor. Try the “little plates” selection and the typical £ód¼ soup - zalewajka!
Lavash, 69 Piotrkowska 69 (in the backyard)
Spectacular Armenian cuisine, perfect service.
Montag, 107 Piotrkowska Street (in the backyard)
Bakery and patisserie in a most creative place. They serve the hugest pieces of cake ever!
Otwarte drzwi, 120 Piotrkowska Street
Best pizza in town.
The Brick Coffee Factory, 63 and 136 Piotrkowska Street
A great variety of coffees - traditional and alternative ones.
Agrafka, 90 Piotrkowska Street
Cool place with nice service. Lots of breakfast options. Serves breakfast from 7 am.
6. Sierpnia Street
Our famous woonerf. Perfect place to take a stroll and sample food from all over the world.
An excellent Italian restaurant run by a true blue Italian, serving both classics (we recommend pastas and vitello tonnato) and seasonal dishes (fish, mushrooms, frutti di mare).
Large variety of beers.
Japanese tradition and a culinary open-mind combined!
Traditional Jewish restaurant.
An excellent restaurant on the other side of the YMCA building, which is where our festival workshops take place. Creative take on the Mediterranean cuisine, pizza, excellent pasta, interesting décor.
Delicious icecream, cake the way your grandma would have made it. During the festival - special icecream flavours!
138/140 Piotrkowska Street
The most creative, bottom-up area in £ód¼. Once your typical £ód¼ factory, it is now a new home to cool designers, architects and artists. It houses interesting cafes and shops with unusual products. On the weekends they organize organic fairs and handicraft markets. Our favourite places there are:
Great vegan and vegetarian food slightly off the Off, at 7 Roosvelta Street.
Pan Tu Nie Sta³
Hipster clothing brand from £ód¼
Excellent modern cuisine, one of the trendiest hangouts in £ód¼
BEFORE Food Market, 217 Piotrkowska Street
The first-ever food market in Poland, offering xcellent cuisine, unique products from all-over the world and novel approach to urban entertainment. Open from Thursday to Saturday, from 5 pm to 11 pm.
U Milscha, 21 £±kowa Street
A family-run restaurant in a style redolent of old-time £ód¼, on the first floor of a neo-Renaissance villa, which belonged to one of the local manufacturers. The cuisine it offers is also typically £ód¼ and home-like. The desserts and chocolates are legendary. It hosts our weekly milongas and the festival preparty.
Best icecream in town
Lody na okr±g³o - 13 Sienkiewicza Street
£ódzka Fabryka Lodów - 52 Piotrkowska Street
Wasiakowie - 2 Traugutta Street
Manufaktura, 58 Drewnowska Street
The biggest shopping and leisure centre in Poland, created in the former Israel Poznański’s factory complex. Breath-taking industrial architecture, cinemas, shops, museums (including a vast and fascinating modern art collection), plus about 60 restaurants, bars and cafes.
A vast complex of factories and houses, belonging once to the second of the most eminent manufacturers of £ód¼, Karl Scheibler. It’s a veritable city within a city, dating back to the era when £ód¼ was a thriving industrial behemoth. It comprises evenly spaced and uniform factory buildings, a residential area, villas of the owners and managers, complete with gardens, as well as entire streets, railways, a school, two hospitals, fire station, gasworks and a factory club. The complex is located between the streets on Tymienieckiego, Przźdzalniana, Fabryczna and Kilińskiego.
Jewish Cemetery, 40 Bracka Street (nowadays the entrance is at Zmienna Street)
A beautiful and haunting memento of a community which before WW2 formed one third of £ód¼ population. It’s the biggest Jewish necropolis in Poland.
Bia³a Fabryka, 282 Piotrkowska Street
The White Factory, presently the seat of the Central Museum of Textiles, erected in the years 1835-1886 by the family of Ludwig Geyer, an immigrant from Saxony, is an example of magnificent industrial architecture. The four-wing mill with the building of the Old Boiler House in the middle of a big courtyard, with a high chimney, two dust towers and two water-towers is a unique solution of industrial architecture, unobserved in other mills.
Art Museum, 36 Wiźckowskiego Street and 19 Ogrodowa Street (Manufaktura)
One of the largest contemporary art collections in Europe.