Saturday – 30.09, 10:30 a.m., start: main entrance to the Market Hall, 17 Piaskowa St.

On Saturday morning, we will take a look at one of the last bastions of traditional trade in the centre of Wrocław.

We will, of course, pay for apples in a minimum of ten varieties or tailoring services by card, but each of the various stalls has its own rules, for which we should be ready and willing. We will not always be happy or satisfied with them. They are not perfect. For several years now, the Wrocław Market Hall, which has become a must-see also for tourist trips around the city, has been emptying. The rules of the free market, popandemic and inflationary times have not been kind to it. For the male and female residents of the Old Town estate, it is one of the few places where they can find a local, non-network offer of products and services.

Thanks to our guide Filip Kucharczyk, who has been running the small but very well-known Cafe Targowa here for over 10 years, we will learn more about the day-to-day running of the place. As Filip himself says: “I have been working on a photography book about the hall for several years now. I photograph the people, the strange coincidences, the absurdities of the place and the beautiful light. I talk to entrepreneurs and clients about the frustrating and the beautiful. I meticulously collect material. I’m mainly interested in what’s happening here in the here and now, under this pretty quilt of fruit and vegetables.”

During the walk, we will talk to entrepreneurs who have been trading here for decades and those who are just starting out. Kucharczyk will present the photographic material she has collected so far and a prototype of a book prototype. Perhaps he will share a tarot portrait analysis of the Market Hall, made by the Tarotist of the Hall precisely – because he already knows the future. We will exchange opinions and ideas about what the hall is and what it could be and, of course, have a good coffee. Together we’ll ask ourselves questions – what’s next for the place, when will there be any change?


Event carried out in collaboration and with support of the National Institute of Architecture and Urbanism