It is still empty in here but you can feel the smell of success in the air. We just visited Hala Gwardii one week before its opening.
The hall will open its doors for visitors on Friday, 29th September at 8 AM. Yes, so early because there will be also a breakfast zone. Besides it is a market place so it should be open from the early morning hours. The disadvantage is that it will operate only during weekends.
Let’s go back to the past – the city took over the second Hala Mirowska and wants to create a big market with merchants who already sell outside. It is a good idea because selling the historic building to the developer and transforming it into the next shopping centre would be the easiest solution. City doesn’t have so much money for adaptation, so it has announced a tender for a tenant, who for three consecutive years, will try to create a market place there.
Fortunately, there are some people who are eager to take a risk because even the most provisional adaptations require considerable amounts of money for example for repairs of electrical installation, heating, creating interior design dedicated to food market. Tenants approached to the matter quite ambitiously. There is no room for makeshift. Interior design was created by Bulanda & Mucha Architects with stationary stands for restaurants and shops and mobile stands which will occupy half of the hall. There will be all in all 100 tenants. Let’s hope fees will be reasonable and business will be in full swing from the very first weekend. It is not a place to buy cheap parsley, but the market still functions outside. Besides, this is a place where the restaurateurs will supply themselves with fresh products so everyone should be content.
One of the operators of the market is Krzysztof Cybruch, a creator of the Breakfast Market, so the formula will be similar – a row of 25 restaurants (among which Tel Aviv Urban Food, Krowarzywa, Kiełba w Gębie, Shiso Noodle Bar, Tel Aviv Urban Food, Tikka Masala Indian Restaurant , Warburger) and stands with organic food products and ecological cosmetics. Additionaly, there will be two bars- Bar Nie Tylko Mleczny with interesting polish cuisine and SMAK Brasserie on the entresol with waiter service, fine food, wine and retro furniture from Wyrobki. This bar might be a revelation, because the view from this place stretches on the whole hall. Additionally there will be some art: photo exhibitions, place for kids run by Mała Kwiaciarnia Grafiki and a shop by the Bęc Zmiana Foundation – „Bęc: books and stuff”.
We keep our fingers crossed because we miss such places in Warsaw. Maybe we will finally stop mooning over such market places abroad regretting that Koszyki could be similar but it is not.
Opening of Hala Gwardii: Firday, 29th September, 8 AM. It will be open on Fridays, Saturdays 8 AM – 5 PM market, from 11 AM – 1 AM shops and gastronomic zone, 8 AM – 1 AM SMAK Brasserie. On Sundays: 9 AM – 5 PM market, 11 AM – 11 PM shops and gastronomic zone, 9 AM – 11 PM SMAK Brasserie.
Photo: Aga Bilska and Filip Klimaszewski