Łódź is one of Poland’s up-and-coming cities with its increase in tourism in recent years. Poland’s third biggest city, after Warsaw and Kraków, Łódź now boasts an eclectic range of bars, cafés and restaurants it can be proud of. If you’re looking for a freshly prepared frappé or a milky latte, look no further than this selection of the best cafés in the city.
Grand Coffee is one of the swankiest coffee venues in Łódź. Situated in the heart of Łódź’s main shopping street, Ulica Piotrkowska, this classy establishment prides itself on superb coffee, comfortable seating and a relaxing atmosphere. The coffee menu is vast, with over 20 varieties ranging from a simple Americano to a frothy frappé or a vanilla mocha or a caramel macchiato. The venue has a high ceiling and a traditional aesthetic. With fast, free WiFi, tranquil seating and ample desk space, this is an ideal spot for the digital nomad, business visitor or anyone wanting to hold a low-key business meeting. Grand Coffee also offers tasty sweet treats including apple pie, blueberry muffins and ice cream.
On the longest shopping street in Europe, Ulica Piotrkowska, sits a cosy little tea and coffee house known as Herbaciarnia Kocie Oczy. Here, you can sip some of the finest teas and coffees in Łódź surrounded by cats! This is a definite treat for cat lovers. The interior is full of cat-related items, and delightful cakes and cookies adorn the menu. The decor reflects a vintage family home complete with such items as sewing machines and old-school wardrobes. On top of all that, Herbaciarnia Kocie Oczy is located on Łódź’s most iconic street.
Dzień Dobry Caffe translates to ‘Good Day Coffee’ in Polish and is a popular, cosy option in central Łódź. The coffee menu includes a typical selection of fresh coffees from frothy lattes to creamy cappuccinos. Healthy snacks are served throughout the day as well. Breakfast choices include lots of fresh fruit salads and oatmeal options. Dzień Dobry also delivers a tantalising range of cakes, pastries and desserts bound to be irresistible for customers with a sweet tooth. This includes raspberry tarts, lemon meringues and Polish apple pies (known as szarlotka). With free WiFi, it’s also a good business meeting venue.
Using the quote, ‘Do not believe that chocolate is a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate’, this place truly serves up some of the finest chocolate-based drinks in Poland. From the minty chocolate shake to the special house drink, Najsmaczniejsza zwykła czekolada, the number of chocolaty concoctions available is tremendous. For coffee lovers, be sure to order the ‘Kawowa’ (chocolate coffee). Chocolate Retro Café serves up delicious desserts like chocolate fondue, apple pie, cookies, muffins and more for those with an insatiable desire for chocolate.
Verte is one of the more modern and central coffee houses on Łódź’s famous Ulica Piotrkowska. Tea and tasty treats are served on slabs of wood, while coffee is prepared to precision. Verte is a trendy, state-of-the-art café that attracts local writers and performers throughout the year. Check the venue’s Facebook page for upcoming events and music nights. Verte is also licensed and serves international wines and craft beers. The food menu includes a mix of healthy dishes, such as fruit salads and vegetable quiches, but it also boasts tasty sweet treats like banoffee pie.
Hort Café specialises in a range of international teas and coffees. Experienced baristas serve up rich coffees, such as the ‘Picasso’ (with banana, caramel and whipped cream) and a fine selection of spiced teas, green teas and black teas. When it comes to food, it’s all about delicious desserts that look great on Instagram. Try the artistic bowls of ice cream, which include the intriguing ‘Koala’ (which resembles a koala bear) and the ‘Pinocchio’ (which even has a long nose). Hort is actually a chain of cafés in both Łódź and in Rzgów, but the most central venue is on Ulica Piotrkowska.
In central Łódź, enjoy a coffee or a tea at Przędza, which is a Polish slang word for ‘yarn’. You should try their quirky ‘Tonic Espresso’, which is basically a shot of espresso coffee served in a glass floating on top of tonic water. Sweet cookies, blueberry tarts and slices of pecan pie all make up an ever-changing range of delicious desserts. The staff are bi-lingual (Polish and English), and the venue is also licensed to serve alcohol, which attracts a post-work crowd on Friday evenings.