Warsaw Night Market Warsaw Night Market

What’s Warsaw talking about this weekend? That’s the new Nocny Market that made its debut at the start of June. Met with a wave of fanfare and publicity, this unique space has revived an otherwise derelict industrial area and transformed an abandoned wasteland into a hive of activity…


by Alex WEBBER


Set on and around a disused train platform, the approach takes visitors through a Bladerunner backdrop of battered-looking buildings coated in graffiti. Treading across cracks and potholes, it’s a route that eventually opens out to blaze of buzz and colour.  

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Assembling dozens of independent traders, the organizers have excelled themselves in collecting a diverse assortment of merchants and sticking them under one roof – actually, not so much a roof as it is a series of decomposing corrugated slats that hang above the platform. For all that, the untamed, overgrown nature of the venue lends a highly individualistic slant that works well with the offer: lined-up like soldiers, find stalls and trucks dealing in everything you want on a Saturday night…

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Palace of Culture socks? Certainly.

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A new Frisbee? That too.

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Maybe a tattoo? Yep, there’s a mobile, tented parlour and all.

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But mostly, it’s a place that’s about food and drink. To meet that end, the recruitment drive has led to a number of qualified names hawking their wares: curry from India Express, artisan donuts from MOD, hot dogs, roasted chestnuts, Vietnamese street food, falafel from the legendary Falafel Bejrut

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The list goes on, and the kitchen smells that waft over this decaying concrete construction are temptation in its purest form. Unsurprisingly, the reaction of the public has been immense: find the place thronged with gents with waxed whiskers, families, foodies and everything in between. Keeping the atmosphere upbeat, live acts spin records while bar staff knock-out new wave beers and generous cocktails (if there is a criticism, then one suggestion would be a separate queue for beer and a different one for drinks that take bloody ages to make). On-trend and energetic, mark this in your diary as a summer must-visit… 

Nocny Market
ul. Towarowa 3, facebook, open Fri-Sat 17:00-1:00; Sun 16:00-23:00

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