This old New Market Hall has a similar title problem as the new Old Bridge. It’s more recent than the Stará tržnica in the Old Town, but definitely has a more retro feel about it. It’s a quirky place usually visited by very specific population groups – seniors or connoisseurs – people who know their shopkeeper personally so shopping there is not an anonymous experience. I’m surprised this place is not full of hipsters yet.
With its unique architecture it reminds me of the George Pompidou Centre in Paris with enormous vents at the foot of the building and ducts crossing it inside. When I was a kid it looked like a magnified construction set. The tones of red, beige and yellow make you feel like you are looking at the world through an Instagram filter.
The shopping here is unlike anywhere in Bratislava, maybe only comparable to Miletička market, but here you have the postmodern architecture as a bonus. You can find the classics here such as seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, meat and eggs, but also Indian spices or a bouquet of fresh flowers. You can have your hair cut or a leather bag repaired. When hungry, head upstairs to experience the notorious Slovak standing luncheon in a “bufet” and try the typical cod salad (treska). This whole place is cool and absolutely not aware of it.
The proof – the award-winning artist Kateřina Šedá recently organized a social game here called Tržnica Bojárt. I love her unique projects!