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Trzy Kruki in Hallera Square

Trzy Kruki in Hallera Square
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The owners - Bernadetta and Michał - are real enthusiasts and always set the bar high.

Three is a lucky number for Bernadetta and Michał, and crows are one of their favourite birds. Soon huge photographs of crows will hang on the Trzy Kruki (Three Crows) walls. They have not cluttered the space as they are both fans of the austere architecture of the 50s. Just like in the case of Drożdż in Muranów, the interior here is not spacious, yet very high with big windows. A unique facet (colourful frieze) discovered during the renovation works adds further spice to the atmosphere of this place. Not to mention a wooden diagonal counter designed by the owners.

In a menu, you can find mainly coffee and sweet pastry. Everything of the best quality from Miss Mellow, Good Coffee, and Rezerwat Jabłek. The owners are real enthusiasts and always set the bar high. And since they value slow life they like meeting with producers, confectioners, talking and building friendly relations with their suppliers. And at the end of the day, it all pays off when it comes to creating a cozy atmosphere at Trzy Kruki.

Despite the difficult beginnings when the neighbours tried to discourage them from opening the cafe saying that if they didn’t come from Praga, they were certainly doomed to fail, nowadays, they have their regulars who drop by with kids and dogs, for a quick morning coffee, a sandwich to take away or just to sit and work.

We keep our fingers crossed because Hallera Square is an exquisite place that has been so far unlucky with revitalization. It has been partially renovated – new benches, public outdoor gym, playground for children. Ugly as they seem, they work quite fine. There are many elderly people who spend time outside, kids who like playing, climbing up the trees and riding bicycles here. And when a graduation tower was erected within the participatory budget, one can indeed feel like in some sort of a health resort.

Hallera Square already has a perfect architectural design concept, granted from the “Centra Lokalne” programme, which awaits execution. Just change the rules of parking in the square, add some greenery, divide commercial space into smaller units so that the tenants could afford to run attractive cafes and shops here. This place is already worth visiting because of pizza at Plac Hallera or dinners at Kuchnia za Ścianą. Let’s hope for more such pleasant incentives.

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The Basic Market

The Basic Market
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Finally, we have a shop where you can buy eco cosmetics, detergents, cups, bottles and waste sacks under one roof.

Eco lifestyle does not necessarily have to be expensive, dull and full of sacrifices. There is a growing number of products that do not harm the environment and yet are a pleasure for the senses. You just need to drop by to The Basic Market, the newly opened shop in Mokotów to find out about it.

Jagoda Gierałtowska is an owner and runs the shop. Previously she studied fashion journalism in London and cooperated with the Polish edition of Harper’s Bazaar. When she was considering setting up her own business she found a gap in our market. In London, she saw numerous shops with design and cosmetics which allowed to reduce plastic. Warsaw is still missing such types of shops. We can buy cosmetics in drugstores, reusable cups in cafes, but is it good to have everything collected in one place. 

“The word basic means elementary and essential. That is why articles in our shop are selected so that customers could collect what is needed to live in harmony with nature”, says Jagoda. She carefully reads labels, verifies the credibility of the manufacturers and tests most of the products herself. The majority of them are produced outside Poland in England, Germany, the United States or Switzerland. However, day by day more and more eco-friendly products are being manufactured in our country. At The Basic Market, we can buy soaps, shampoo bars and deodorants by 4 Szpaki, reusable organic cotton pads by Mamy Natury, dishwasher or washing powders by Balja, cleaning products by Klareko, candles by Glyk Company and bowls made of wood wastes by Wood Spot.

Foreign products are sold at reasonable prices unless they are designer products that are highly desired and showcased at the most important design museums. We were fascinated by foreign products, for example, Kuro-Bō activated carbon water filters, feather-light reusable bottles by Swiss SIGG, rCup travel cups made from recycled single-use cups, Swedish 3 in 1 cutlery by Light My Fire, jute bowls by the British company ReSpijn. We could go on and on. 

If you still hesitate and you are not sure if it is necessary to use reusable shopping bags, biodegradable waste sacks, reusable razors with replaceable blades, toothpaste pills just visit The Basic Market, look around and don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is worth making this effort.  

The Basic Market, Bałuckiego St 21 and online: www.thebasicmarket.com

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New place: Asfalt Coffee & Vinyl

New place: Asfalt Coffee & Vinyl
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This vinyl and coffee concept introduced in Warsaw by Hałas has won our hearts.

New Asfalt in Tamka Street is a real blast! You will not find the shop in Kredytowa Street anymore as it has moved here for good. And it is a good choice since Tamka Street, Powiśle and Solec are getting more and more interesting these days. It is also a popular route if you want to get from the city centre to the Vistula river. 

Asfalt Coffee & Vinyl is not a regular shop but also a pretty spacious café. There are even two separate counters for ordering coffee and buying records. There is a wide range of hip-hop music released by Asfalt Records (O.S.T.R., Otsochodzi or Taco Hemingway), but not only. Rap is dominant here however, there is jazz, electro, and good Polish music as well. Apart from vinyl records, there are also CDs and photo albums. 

It is nice to see in the café porcelain mugs designed by Fenek, Asfalts’s neighbours from Tamka Street and custom made plates resembling vinyl records crafted by Ani Ani Studio. Kommunikat Studio is responsible for visual identification of the place. The café is open from 8:30 AM and serves fine coffee, patisserie by Formy Proste and sandwiches by Aromat. It offers also meetings with artists and culinary events, for example, Kwaśnie Jabłko cider testing.

This vinyl and coffee concept introduced in Warsaw by Hałas has won our hearts. We will be regulars here for sure. 

Asfalt Coffee & Vinyl, Tamka St 37, www.asfaltshop.pl

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Drożdż: pizza, beer, and bread

Drożdż: pizza, beer, and bread
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In this newly opened venue in Muranów world revolves around yeast.

There are such places that brighten up the district. Places with neighbourly atmosphere, where we drop by on our way home or arrange an unpretentious meeting with a friend. 

You will not miss this place in the evening, for sure. A glowing ball lamp on a facade will guide you and right after the entrance, just behind the curtain, you will be welcomed by an excellent installation consisting of colorful balls. This installation gives the place some urban vibes and creates a very cozy atmosphere. Moreover, this smell in the air! You will immediately know that something delicious is baking.

The whole family stands behind the success of Drożdż. Mateusz Czuban came up with an idea of a place that specialises in pizza. Previously he had been working at Mąka i Woda and Sexy Duck. The interior was designed by his brother Tomasz and Zofia Kurczych. They are both architects. Marta Czuban is responsible for place identity. She was inspired by the fermentation of yeasts. The whole project was executed by Mateusz and Tomasz with the help of their father. What will you eat at Drożdż? The motto of the place says pizza, beer, and bread. And as you see, from morning till evening all revolves here around yeast.

For breakfast, which starts at 8 AM, you can order different panuzzo sandwiches or sweet pizzetta with ricotta. At lunchtime, smaller pizza and soups and in the evening when you are hungrier try more classic pizza with various ingredients and drink a beer (soon available as the venue is still waiting for an alcohol license). Moreover, you can taste salads (the one with potatoes and truffle won our heats) and homemade desserts. 

Everything here is simple and delicious. Neighbours have already appreciated the venue but it is worth visiting the place even when you live in other districts. Let’s hope for more such places that will illuminate the forgotten facades.

Drożdż, Andersa St 22

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