Filled with lunar curves and a light, bright atmosphere the shopping mall side to Manufaktura brings a new angle to the otherwise red brick architecture. The entire complex covers 27 hectares, and the mall has been split into four themes – industrial, cinema, design and textile – so as to make navigation easier. Those arriving with their kids in tow should consider dispatching them to the Jupi Park crèche found just off the Rynek.
Flagship stores include Leroy Merlin as well as a vast range of brand name clothing stores like Hugo Boss, Hilfiger, H&M, Timberland, a designer baby shop called LuxBaby and an Adidas superstore. In total over 300 retail units are occupied with other tenants including the Smyk toy store, Media Markt, EMPiK and RTV EURO AGD. It’s not just mega-brand stores though that are drawing processions of spenders, but a top selection of specialist stores that you’ll be lucky to find elsewhere, let alone under one roof. If you’re not ready to put your trust in Łódź’s restaurateurs then by all means, see if you can do better yourself. Your first point of call should be Kuchnie Świata (first floor).
After, why not hit Old Havana for your post-dinner cigar. Complete with a walk-in humidor chamber this is just the place for aficionados to test cigars imported from Cuba. Another store to watch for is the Apple iSpot for all your Mac needs.
Outside the main range of shops don’t forego a visit to the craftsman’s alley between the Rynek and the mall; it’s here you’ll find all manner of stores including a cobblers, as well as privately run stores specialising in everything from metalwork to traditional rural-style souvenirs. Top restaurants like Polka and Bawełna also make Manufaktura an attractive destination just for dining. There's even a casino for those feeling lucky in Łódź. Finally the complex plays host to a whole bunch of events both inside the shopping mall and outside on the square, which is surrounded by terraces with a huge choice of restaurants and bars.
For a full map of the shopping centre or further info don’t be afraid to approach the English-speaking staff manning the information point at the main entrance.