Street Art in Lodz: Discover the city through murals

Who knew a city could be discovered by going on a street art frenzy?

Long before my trip to Lodz, I made a list of all the murals I wanted to see. I scanned every inch of the city with Google Maps and wrote down the addresses. When the time had come, I had a full map of locations to visit. I just didn’t know that it would make me discover how awesome Lodz is by itself.

In this article, I’ve tried to list every mural worth noticing. Because I had limited time, I didn’t get to visit them all. Still, I think it is still fun to see how much of the city you can see within 12 hours or so. I recommend you take more time to soak up all the incredible street art Lodz has to offer and to enjoy the rest of the city, which is pretty darn awesome as well.

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What you should know before you visit Lodz

Before we get started, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

When you know Poland from its colorful market squares and picturesque streets, Lodz might disappoint you. The city is much more raw and urban and not like cutesy Poznan or Gdansk at all. You can still see the former glory of a city, rich due to its industry. With an emphasis on former: Lodz can be a bit messy and dusty. I personally loved Lodz just because of that!




Some areas mentioned below are not ready for tourism. While that does give you a glimpse of day to day life in Lodz, some streets can be especially gloomy. Basically anything off Piotrkowska Street (and especially the west side) can be a bit rough. Still, I roamed the streets for colorful murals without problems.

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A very brief cultural history of Lodz

The city of Lodz, located in the center of Poland, used to be the most important place for textile in Europe. As the textile industry was flourishing in the 19th century, it gave Lodz the nickname ‘the promised land’.

Along with textile, Lodz was also the cradle of cinematography. The Lodz National Film school produced famous Polish directors such as Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda. Wajda even made a film about the textile industry and Lodz’ creative atmosphere called ‘The Promised Land’.

Even today Lodz is known to have produced the best directors, tv hosts and camera men in the country.

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Street art in Lodz

Alongside film making, Lodz has another trait: street art can be found scattered all over the city. Large murals grace the concrete walls throughout almost every district.

Poland has a rich tradition of using urban wall space for creative ideas. Back in communist times, street art was used to advertise state-run companies. An example of those murals is the giant butterfly on Ulica Sienkiewicza 21, which used to advertise Pewex shops.

In 2009, the Urban Forms Foundation initiated a project to turn the city’s gloomy streets into an open-air museum for urban art. The city of Lodz invited artists from all over the world to paint 40+ large murals all over the city. Polish artists, Like M-city, are well represented as well.

 

How to discover Lodz through street art

Below you’ll find a list of every piece I could find. Most of them you will find in Śródmieście, on which the famous Piotrkowska Street is located. Only a few others are scattered over the city, for those you have to travel a bit.

I marked every piece I could find beforehand with a yellow star on Google Maps. Once found, I changed the mark to a heart. Easy peasy!

To make it even easier, I’ve cooked up a walking route with map of all the locations for you as well.

It is important to have enough time if you can to see every splash of paint Lodz has to offer and there will be a lot of walking involved. I needed 7-8 hours to visit 50% of the murals and art installations in Lodz.




It’s good to know that there’s almost no logical way to discover every piece of street art in Lodz without walking back and forth a lot. We divided Piotrkowska Street into East and West, which made us walk up and down this long street a few times. You can also choose to go crisscross.

 

Check out all the locations on this handy map!

Below you’ll find the descriptions of all the murals and art installations. You can use this map to get to them all.

Street art to see in Śródmieście, Lodz

 

Piotrkowska Street and east of Piotrkowska

Starting on the south side of Piotrkowska street, you’ll find a lot of amazing murals. This route takes you along the streets east of Piotrkowska until you reach the neighborhood of Fabryczna.

 

Things to see on your way:

  • OFF Piotrkowska – an area filled with shops, galleries and restaurants – Piotrkowska 138/140
  • The various statues on Piotrkowska Street, like the Artur Rubenstein piano statue.
  • Lodz’ own walk of fame, featuring many stars from the television and film world.

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OFF Piotrkowska is filled with cute bars, restaurants, shops and art studio’s. It’s one of the highlights of my visit to Lodz and incredibly easy to reach from Piotrkowska Street.

Street art to be found on Piotrkowska and east from Piotrkowska:

Piotrkowska 152 – City of Lodz

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The largest mural in Lodz is this gorgeous street art version of the city of Lodz, created by Meisal i Bary. Centrally located in on Piotrkowska Street, you can’t miss this one!

On the same address, there’s another mural. You’ll recognize it from the many windows painted on the large white wall. Inside of the windows a lot is happening.

 

Roosevelta 5

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Made by Aryz (Spain) and the Os Gemeos brother (Brazil). This artwork was part of the Urban Forms Project.

 

Jana Kilinskiego 127

Created by Portuguese artist Bordalo II for the Urban Forms project in 2015. When you look closely, the bird is made from old objects, like house trash and car parts. It portrays the role of waste in the environment, damaging nature and wildlife – like the bird.

 

Sienkiewicza 81 – Enjoy the Silence

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This mural, behind OFF Piotrkowska, was created by Etam Cru & Robert Proch. It covers a huge wall above a parking area.

Sienkiewicza 71 – Zoer and Velvet Mural

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Created by French artists Frédéric Zoer and Matthieu Velvet for the Urban Forms project in 2015.

 

Tuwima 16 – Industrial Mural

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Made by the Polish artist M-city in 2015 for the Urban Forms Project.

Sienkiewicza 39 – The Cat Lady

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Created by Polish artist Raspazjan.

Sienkiewicza 21 – The Pewex Butterfly

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A mural that looks like an outsider when you compare it to the other artworks in Lodz. This giant butterfly is actually a leftover from communist times. Back in the day it served as a commercial for Pewex.

Sienkiewicza 18 – Artur Rubenstein mural

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With a statue on the famous Piotrkowska Street and this mural, made by Brazilian artist Kobra, the Polish-American pianist Artur Rubenstein is well-represented throughout Lodz.

Narutowicza 25 – NUNCA mural

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Made by Brazilian street artist NUNCA in 2014.

Stefana Jaracza 20 – Taurus Mural

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Created by OPIEMME for the Urban Forms Project in 2016. This colorful mural is made in collaboration with the locals of Lodz who got to throw 300 bags of paint on the artwork.

 

Fabryczna

From here you’ll walk into the Fabryczna neighborhood, which is still located in Śródmieście. You get to explore a little of this cool neighborhood, which also houses the new Fabryczna train station, the Grand Theatre of Lodz and a university.

Alongside of street art, you’ll get to see the following things in Fabryczna:

  • Helenow Park
  • Staszic Park
  • Grand Theatre of Lodz
  • Music Theatre of Lodz
  • Park im. Moniuszki
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Alexander Nevsky

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Large murals to be found in Fabryczna:

Unfortunately, my day of searching was over before I could reach these awesome murals. Make sure to visit them, as they are well-worth the trouble of taking a stroll outside of the city center.

  • Stefana Jaracza 59
  • Uniwersytecka 12 – Primavera
    Created by Sainer in 2012, Primavera is one of the most famous murals to be found in Lodz.
  • Pomorska 92 – Wave
    Created by Chinese artist DALeast.
  • Pomorska 79 – The Second Life of a Factory
    Created by Polish artist Andrzej PoPorsotu in 2016.
  • Pomorska 67 – Woman in bath & Borondo Mural
    Made by Spanish artist Aryz. On the other side of the wall, you’ll find the Borondo Mural, Created by Spanish artist Gonzalo Borondo in 2015.

 

North east of Piotrkowska

Stepping outside the Fabryczna neighborhood, you continue to walk the streets east of Piotrkowska until you reach the north side of the street.

 

Things to discover while hunting for street art:

  • Galeria Rynek Sztuki (art gallery) – Wschodnia 69
  • Museum of the city of Lodz – plac Wolności
  • Staromiekski Park – Nowomiejska
  • Parafia Zesłania Ducha Świętego (church) – Piotrkowska 2
  • Museum of Archeology and Ethnography – plac Wolności 14

 

Street art to be found north east of Piotrkowska:

Unfortunately in my full day of mural searching, I didn’t come this far. Still, I want you to have these addresses in case you get to complete your street art hunt.

There’s only one on this list that I’ve found by myself, as it is very close to Piotrkowska Street. On the opposite side of the street, you also find a few smaller artworks.

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  • Rewolucucji 1905 roku 58 – Revolution of 1905
    This mural shows the revolution in Lodz in 1905 and is made by the artists known as Takie.Pany.
  • Jana Kilinskiego 26  – Sentir
    Created by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz in 2015.
  • Pomorska 28
    Created by Spanish artist Kenor.
  • Pomorska 22 – The Vision of St. Dominic I
    Made in celebration of the 800th birthday of the Dominican Order in Lodz. The creators, Paulina Nawrot and Ola Adamczuk, painted several murals all over the city. This mural is supposed to be the main one.

 

Nowomiejska 7 – Mural by Roa

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Belgian artist Roa created the mural in 2013 for the Urban Forms Project.

On the opposite side of this mural, you’ll see some smaller artworks. One of them is the oh-so cute Totoro from Ghibli’s hit film ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988).

 

North west and west of Piotrkowska

This area is very rich with gorgeous murals as well. When we walked west of Piotrkowska street, we were found in a less pleasant part of Lodz. Some streets were especially gloomy and filled with shady individuals wanting the very last of our sloty’s.

We felt comfortable enough to continue the search, but if you don’t, make sure to stay as close to Piotrkowska Street as possible. For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t do here after dark!

I’ve tried to make a logical walking route, however, the pieces are so scattered sometimes that you might want to divide this route into 2 parts: north west to south and on Piotrkowska Street. Trust me when I say it’ll be less walking back and forth!

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Things to see north west of Piotrkowska Street:

Some palaces listed below can only be seen from the outside. Nonetheless, it is fun to know a bit more about the fancy buildings on Piotrkowska Street.

  • Museum of the History of Pharmacy. prof. Jana Muszyńskiego – plac Wolności 2
  • Teatr Powszechny – Legionów 21
  • Puppet theatre – Wólczańska 5
  • Palace of Karol Poznański – Gdańska 32
  • Museum of Modern Art – płk. dr. Stanisława
  • Kipper Palace – Gdańska 42
  • Rudolf Keller Palace – Gdańska 53/49
  • Gallery Zielona 13 – Zielona 13
  • Gallery Willa – Wólczańska 31
  • Nissen Rosenblum’s house – aleja Tadeusza Kościuszki 21
  • Bernard Glucksman’s house – Andrzeja Struga 7
  • Juliusz Kindermann Palace – Piotrkowska 137/139
  • Gustav Adolf Kindermann Palace – Piotrkowska 151
  • The Schlösser house – Piotrkowska 152

 

Street art to see north and north west of Piotrkowska:

Roza’s Passage – Piotrkowska 3

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A wonderful courtyard filled with mirrors in a rose pattern, reflecting natural light on what once was a gloomy backstreet of Piotrkowska.

Joanna Rajkowska, the artist responsible for this gorgeous art installation, named this work after her daughter, Roza. Roza was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer and lost her sight. After extensive treatment, she was able to see again. The passage is now worth seeing again, thanks to natural light being reflected from the mirrors.

This space is also home to another art installation: a lace web from Polish artist NeSpoon graces this alley as well.

 

Legionow 19 – Industrial Mural

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Made by the Polish M-city for the Urban Forms Project in 2012. Mariusz Waras, M-City’s real name, is a Gdansk local with a fascination for industrial art and architecture. This artist is well-known all over the globe for his precise and rhythmic murals. He is the first artist to ever paint a mural on an airport control tower.

 

Zachodnia 62

Created by Polish artists Sepe & Chazme for the Urban Forms Projects in 2011.

 

Adama Próchnika 15 – The Vision of St. Dominic IV

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This mural was made to celebrate the 800th birthday of the Dominic Order. There are several part of this mural to be found in Lodz. The main mural is located on Pomorska 22.

Adama Próchnika 18 – Reflowering of the Factory

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A work designed by school children, painted by Meisal and Ovca.

Wólczańska 13 – Cizna (Silence)

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The other half of installation ‘Szum’ (Noise), located in Katowice. Polish artist Łukasz Berger created this piece with a half-ton of nails in 2015.

Więckowskiego 9 – After the Call

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Made by Russian artist Morik in 2014. Morik started with graffiti and 3d design in the early days of his career. He then introduced photorealism and surrealism into his work. Nowadays he combines everything he has done before into one painting, with a strong emphasis on form, color and graphic arrangement instead of a message.

Piotrkowska 26 – Ordinary

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This mural was made by the group ‘Tworzywo’ in 2010. It is hidden in a small courtyard on Piotrkowska street.

Wólczańska 27 – The Vision of St. Dominic II

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Another piece of the murals celebrating the 800th birthday of the Dominican Order in Lodz.

Piotrkowska 73 – Lodz Hall of Fame

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Created by Krzysztof Jaśkiewicz in collaboration with the city of Lodz. It shows the rich and famous of Lodz as well as Jewish daily activities.

Wólczańska 50

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Created by Gregor Gonsior, who has done several murals in the city of Lodz.

aleja Tadeusza Kościuszki 27 – Bang!

The image of a falling boy was created by the Etam Cru and SatOne in 2011.

 

aleja Tadeusza Kościuszki 32 – Kenor Abstract Mural

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Spanish artist Kenor made this mural for the Urban Forms Project in 2011.

Wólczańska 109 – Heart Mural

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Created by the artist ‘Lump’ for the Urban Forms Project in 2012.

Street art to discover outside of Śródmieście, Lodz

The murals on the list below are scattered all over the city and might be a bit difficult to reach because of the variety of locations. If you do have some time left in awesome Lodz, make sure to make an effort to see them. Especially Madame Chicken (Aleja Politechniki 16) is gorgeous!

  • Stefana Zeromskiego 103
  • Lakowa 10
  • Aleja Politechniki 16
  • Przemyslowa 12

 

Where to eat in Lodz

There are a lot of cool restaurants to discover on Piotrkowska and its little backstreets. We didn’t find as many places serving the local, Polish cuisine located in the city center but they are there! For those, I’d suggest you walk a little off Piotrkowska.

 

Senoritas Mexican Food

Let me start by saying, I haven’t found the perfect Mexican/ Texmex restaurant in Poland. Just like back home, the food is usually served to Western standards. This means that if they warn you it’ll be spicy, it’s usually not!

But that’s not the worst things about Mexican restaurants here. We tried out many places and what we found was horrendous. First of all, most places are not Mexican but Texmex and sometimes even Spanish. (?)

One restaurant had a dessert that was served by Zorro. One of the staff members put on a cape and rampaged through the restaurant with a fizzing bowl of ice cream while his coworkers played a million-year-old tape of Spanish bull fighting music and gunshot sounds. I don’t even have to tell you the food was terrible!

Senoritas, although rating zero on the scale of spiciness, don’t need a Zorro as they offer amazing dishes that are full of flavor. Our quesadillas contained gorgeous, barbecued meat and were served with delicious Mexican rice, pico de gallo and sour cream.

Is it a completely Mexican restaurant? No, but I reckon you’ll forgive them for the amazing food they’ll put on your table.

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Bobby Burger

Apparently, Bobby Burger is a thing throughout Poland and I never would’ve noticed if it wasn’t located on good old Piotrkowska Street.

The restaurant serves amazing burgers, packed with flavor. I loved the double cheeseburger, although it was a bit much. My boyfriend, who had the double bacon burger, said he could feel his aorta once he finished the meal. With a little health warning in mind, this is one of the places to enjoy a great, meaty meal!

 

Manekin

I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but Manekin is another chain restaurant in Poland that I really liked. This pancake restaurant is a great place for having a delicious, and very affordable, breakfast.

Almost everything Manekin serves comes in a crepe, except for the French toast. Scrambled eggs, wrapped in a crepe, with toast and salad with a dill yoghurt dressing was my favorite.

The best thing about Manekin though, are their prices, which are usually just a third of what other breakfast places ask for their meals.

 

Where to sleep in Lodz

We spent our nights at the Good Time Residence (Piotrkowska 120), which offered us ballroom-sized rooms with an awesome view on the glorious buildings of Piotrkowska Street. The room offered a spotless bathroom, comfy beds and a kitchenette.

There are also plenty of hostels in Lodz. Hostel Flamingo offers a bed in a dorm from €8 while Boutique Hostel has rooms for a single person from €16.

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How to get to Lodz

Lodz can be reached from all over the country by train, bus and car. Coming by train, you’ll likely end up on Lodz Widzew, which is located pretty far outside of the city center. From here you can take public transportation or a taxi to the city center.

By bus it is also possible to travel to Fabryczna Station, which is much closer to Piotrkowska Street. Flixbus has several connections to Lodz Fabryzcna daily.

Those you want to fly directly to Lodz can do so through Łódź-Lublinek airport. Although there are not many low-cost flights going there, it is possible to reach this airport from many cities around the world. Check out the connections here.

 

Visiting Lodz soon? Make sure to let me know how YOUR street art hunt has been! As always, I love to see you travel photos on social media!

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    One way cab
    July 31, 2018 at 07:14

    This post is very Awesome and mind-blowing. I have read your full post and I want to say that this is a very nice post with stunning photographs thank you to share this.

  • Reply
    Lodz aficionado
    August 10, 2018 at 16:15

    More better places to eat (screw Bobby burger, far from good!):
    – Gastromachina – Piotrkowska 89, inside gate -> burgers, way, way better than BB
    – Farina Bianco – Piłsudskiego 14, just 3 minutes from Piotrkowska -> multiple dishes, including good pizza with some Italian twist (but it’s not 100% true netapolitana by design)
    – Essenza Italiana – same gate as Gastromachina, on the very end -> Italian cuisine, main recommendation is pizza
    – Lavash – Piotrkowska 69 inside gate – Armenian cuisine, quite good
    – Forno Nero – Piotrkowska 79, inside gate – Pizzeria Neapolitana
    – Ato Sushi – 6 Sierpnia 1/3, 1 minute from Piotrowska – best sushi in the country. Their sushi master was best in Poland, attended championships in Japan – Global Sushi Challenge. Their fish and seafood travels via plane from Portugal!
    – Ato Ramen – Piotrkowska 140 (OFF Piotrkowska) -> good ramen, restaurant with same owners (I believe) as Ato Sushi.
    – Whiskey in the Jar – Drewnowska 58 Manufaktura – steaks and burgers mainly, worth visiting
    – Tawerna – Manufaktura – european food, more diverse than one above, nice seafood and pizza
    – Bawełna – Manufaktura – also quite a diverse menu, but worth visiting
    – Mare e Monti – Wigury 13 – Italian cuisine, but not focused on pizza. Great!
    And they’re just some of my favourites from the worth-recommending list.

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      August 13, 2018 at 13:24

      Thanks a lot for the additional info! We didn’t have much time to explore Lodz’ restaurants as we were too busy hunting murals. I liked Bobby Burger, we had burgers in several Polish cities and this was by far the best one we encountered. Will come back to try out your recommendations 🙂

  • Reply
    Robert
    August 11, 2018 at 19:02

    I am from Łódź and I am so happy that you enjoyed the stay in our city. Łódź is really amazing and every day it offers more and more the its citizens. 🙂

    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      August 13, 2018 at 13:26

      Thanks for stopping by, Robert! Lodz has a lot to offer and I liked it a lot! Let’s hope more tourists find your city!

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