For me Saturday mornings in December conjure dread: there’s a tendency to wake up in hot sweats, panicking about the Christmas rush and longing for an alternative to that manic holiday pilgrimage to shopping malls. But after a visit to Targ Śniadaniowy I feel all that is about to change. Quite frankly, Targ Śniadaniowy (Breakfast Market) is the latest trendy way to ‘hang out’ in the city during the weekend whilst casually ticking off all your chores on that long ‘to do’ list! Predominately frequented by the locals, this is a little gem, well hidden in the grounds of a Polish school in Żoliborz and open 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. each Saturday.
The concept is for local traders to introduce their products and to let the client taste, talk, listen and learn about the benefits and quality of homegrown talent in a casual shopping atmosphere. Buy gifts, fill the fridge and at the same time entertain and feed the family a healthy breakfast lunch or dinner.For December the market is going to hot up with lots of activities for the younger members of the family. The traditions of Mikołajki will be celebrated. Ceramic classes by Nomen Omen (Anna speaks impeccable English) are available from 1 p.m. and children are welcome to participate in workshops to create fun artwork. Whilst that’s going on, the grown-ups can peruse the abundance of seasonal goodies whilst sipping hot toddies! Think fresh fish (not yet jellied), cheeses, jams, breads, pesto’s, organic juices, honey, cakes, burgers, and fresh sushi. Not to mention handmade jewelry, children’s toys, books (mainly Polish), clothes and glitter tattooing!
Admittedly, my husband was apprehensive – he is the pickiest of eaters! But the first waft of homemade burgers being flipped in a pop-up café, not to mention the sight of that unmistakable orange glow from the (not so local) Dutch tent selling poffertjes and stroop wafels, meant he was hooked. So too was my daughter who scoffed two generous portions! So don’t let the December temperatures hold you back: muffle up and hang out at the hippest market in town – Christmas shopping has never been so laid back! (GBB)