Until recently, the future seemed bleak for Koszyki, one of Warsaw’s most popular markets. A big time property developer had bought up the real estate two years ago, the market had ceased to function and demolition work had levelled all but two of the trading halls. In 2013, though, the wrecking balls were stayed, thanks to a group of restaurant connoisseurs, who managed to rent the remaining spaces and reinvigorate the market.
Now the eco-geared, powerhouse of a bazaar is better than ever. The two bustling halls play home to myriad stalls selling artisan cheeses, rustic sausages, cured meats, organic vegetables, wine, olives and regional specialty products—both from Poland and beyond. There’s a craft beer and spirit stocked bar, too, that transforms into a buzzing spot come the weekend, when the city’s ‘it’ crowd make their way to market.