Opened in 2002 Galeria Łódzka became the first modern shopping centre in the city, with some 160 retail units occupying a space of 45,000 sqm. On the fashion front consumers needs are met by stores like H&M, Reserved, Medicine, Nervous skate shop and California skate shop, though those with credit cards tend to head in one direction alone: Peek & Cloppenburg and 50 Style. Other needs come catered for in the shape of Lidl, Home & You, Pepco and cosmetic and beauty store Apteka Super-Pharm. Food-wise there’s the standard mall mix, with all the big Yank franchises represented, as well as Hana Sushi, Sphinx, Costa Coffee, Kuchnia Marche, Berlin Döner Kebap and Salad Story. Ranked as Europe’s Best Shopping Centre in the 2004 ICSC Awards, GL realised their expansion plans fitting in even more stores than before. It’s within walking distance from Piotrkowska street, though car owners can choose from 1,400 parking spaces (the first 3 hours are free!).