Manufaktura is a huge complex created in a Victorian era red brick textile mill, containing shops, restaurants, climbing wall, museums, cinema, laser quest, art gallery etc. There is something for everybody here and an easy way to fill a day.
However, if I wanted chain shops, chain fast food bars and expensive restaurants I could've stayed at home! By comparison to England then arguably, yes, some of it is cheaper. No denying the beer is! But compared to the restaurants in town it is quite expensive. Many of the restaurants also have branches in town, coffee heaven, Green Way, Ganesh etc. The food court in the mall could be anywhere with the biggest queues at KFC and Burger King. Tucked in the corner are 2 great Polish style buffet food bars with excellent choice and value of more traditional style food.
My teenage kids killed an afternoon here in the laser quest whilst we viewed the art gallery but in the shopping mall I could've been back home in the Trafford Centre. It's bright modern appearance is certainly a stark contrast to the centre of Lodz.
I didn't visit any of the museums here but other people have said they give a good presentation of the history of industry in Poland. I wasn't impressed with this place except for the building itself which is a spectacular preservation and regeneration exercise. I think there is much more to see and do here than we did so its worth the visit to see what you can find!
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