Lódz has a lively cultural calendar jammed with art and film festivals. Check with the tourist information office to see if something big is happening while you are there. The highlight is November's "Camerimage" (www.pluscamerimage.pl) international film festival. The "Four Cultures" festival (www.4kultury.pl) in September celebrates the city's Polish, Jewish, German, and Russian roots.

Cafes, Pubs & Clubs

Lódz is a shot-and-a-beer town in the best sense of the term, and if you're looking for a spot to drink, carouse, and club, you needn't go any farther than Piotrkowska: 4km (2 1/2 miles) of restaurants, cafes, and bars that open early and close late. One reliable suggestion is Lódz Kaliska (Piotrkowska 102; tel. 42/630-69-55), a rowdy bar and club filled with inventive photography on the walls and packed with university students and other revelers. Jazzga Jazz Club (Piotrkowska 17; tel. 42/630-27-44), through a passageway and up some metal stairs, is a lively bar and music club with frequent live rock acts but, it should be noted, rarely jazz. Art & Caffe (Piotrkowska 83; tel. 694/512-511), in a little passage off the main street, is a relaxing, welcoming spot for coffee and has the added benefit of a reliable, free Wi-Fi connection.


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