For the best surprise of what’s been a bit of a rotten summer, see the reopening of Nocny Market: months after Warsaw bade a tearful final farewell to this nocturnal institution, along came the news that, well, they hadn’t died yet.
For newbies, then the story is thus: debuting in 2016, Nocny Market brought together dozens of street food vendors to form a patchwork of uber cool traders and hip little stands. But more than just an ultra-edgy collection of ethnic cook spots, the Nocny Market became the place to get tattooed in front of baying strangers, stock up on artisan donuts, swag some Indigo-colored Palace of Culture socks, get the whiskers waxed or simply boogie on down to side-burned DJs rescued from the Lost Years of Hipster. To many, it represented the essence of Warsaw.
But doom lay around the corner. Set on the disheveled, disused platforms of Warszawa Główna station, word that PKP were finally going ahead with returning this lost piece of real estate to its original function spelled the end for this seasonal sensation. Warsaw wept.
Not so fast! Having been granted a miraculous last minute stay of execution in 2019, the same situation has played out again this year with PKP granting a Nocny Market another bonus season.
Reopening for the first time this Friday, tenants will include Mr. Oh, Nordic-themed Makrell, El Puertito, the fabulous Brasil On The Plate, Melted (purveyors of Swiss-style raclette and other grilled, cheesy goodness) and the cult Pyzy Flaki Gorące.
Unique, special and intrinsically crazy, it’s a place of good vibes, big beats and beery, blurry nights. Get there pronto to join the spirit of now.
ul. Towarowa 3 (Warszawa Główna)
Fri & Sat: 5 p.m. till 1 a.m.
Sun: 4 p.m. till 11 p.m.