Hala Gwardii Hala Gwardii

Taking its cue from the market places of Lisbon and Marseilles, Hala Gwardii aims to reprise its former pre-war role as the city’s best-known food market.

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To do so, CBR Events – the building’s operator – have recruited the great (and even greater) of Warsaw’s gastro scene.

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Set around a communal dining area, 25 vendors have been signed up to feed the hip, happy and hungry that the project has attracted.

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Of these, there’s raclette from the cool couple at Melt Cheeeese & Wine, vegan goodness from Tel Aviv, the unimpeachable Warburger, boutique desserts at Deseo and a butcher to salute at Salon Beefshop.pl.

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But Gwardii is not just about the finished article: occupying a whole flank of this cavernous hall is a farmers’ market that rivals anything Warsaw has seen before.

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Designed to complement, rather than compete, with the market found outside, early indicators suggest a natural gravity effect that will be of benefit to both.

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Yet as pleasing as all this is, this represents more than just the (re)birth of a busy food bazaar. An urban concept the like of which the city has yet to see, Hala Gwardii is a sensory big bang: a place for workshops, concerts, art and socializing.

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Even the venue’s sporting heritage hasn’t been forgotten: considered the home of modern Polish boxing, a number of diversions celebrate this addresses past, including a small museum honoring coach Feliks ‘Papa’ Stamm.

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A catch-all solution aimed at more than just the ‘creative classes’ and ‘post-hipster generation’, there’s a direction here that feels focused – despite the diversity of the offer – on creating a space that makes Warsaw better.

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Hala Gwardii
Pl. Mirowska 2 (open Fri-Sat 8:00-1:00; Sun 9:00-23:00)

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