In 2022, we started intensively focusing on the idea of a green roof in the Old market Hall. The ecological benefits of planting a large area of the roof are indisputable, both for the building itself and for the city center. This project is another step towards the long-term sustainability of the entire Old Market Square project.
In the first step, we started with a test version in the form of a community garden for people from the Old Town. Various crops are grown, a passive green roof zone is created, various substrates are tested, water management is adjusted and the garden is also used for educational purposes or as a stop during the tour of the Invisible Market.
The long-term vision is a full-fledged green roof, to which the wider public will have access, with the possibility of growing for their own use and for growing crops for the surrounding businesses. As well as educational activities for all age groups with a focus on the topic of green roofs and ecological sustainability of cities.
The Community Garden project is realized thanks to the financial support of the Bratislava City Foundation, cooperation with the companies Strešné substraty and Ecosedum. Educational activities are carried out thanks to the financial support of the ZSE Foundation.
Aliancia Stará tržnica has a two-room apartment on the third floor of the administrative building. This apartment was originally used to house maintenance workers and craftsmen, as a large number of repairs had to be carried out in the first years after the launch of the Old Market Square project. Since 2022, the apartment has been reconstructed and serves as a residence for artists and experts from various fields, who during their stay help to improve the Old Market project with their skills, advice and a new perspective. Over the past year, we have hosted artists from Hungary and Ukraine, and artists preparing the Summer Art Installation also stay here regularly.
In the kitchen, which is located in the basement of the Old Market Hall, you will regularly find chef Daniel Karas, who is engaged in vegetable fermentation under the Rodkva Ferments brand. In his offer, you will find fermented Beijing cabbage, known as kimchi, but also for example smoked jalapeño salsa, kimchi cucumbers, or pickled Pak choi with shitake mushrooms. You can buy these products every Saturday at the Trh-Piac-Markt.
Daniel is also behind the spicy-smoky-funky concept of Bechu by Rodkva, which you can meet regularly at Street Food Park. At his stall, you can taste delicious dishes inspired by Korean cuisine.
Langos Bar offers a traditional street food dish of the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy - sourdough langoš. There are two prominent personalities of the Slovak gastro scene behind the idea of Langos Bar - the talented chef Lukáš Hesko and the experienced sommelier Róbert Nagy, who come together with a traditional/non-traditional food concept.
The Oasis is a space situated inside the Old Market Hall. It serves as a greenhouse and an adoption center for unwanted plants. The Oasis was founded in November 2018, and since then, it broadened its activities. Currently, there are regular events during the Saturday markets. You can experience here plant and clothes SWAP´s, workshops and tastings.
Next to Oáza, a ceramic workshop was created in the fall of 2019 in the adjacent space. You can visit it every Saturday as part of the "Open Studio" which is an accompanying activity during the Saturday markets Trh-Piac-Markt. In addition, there are monthly ceramic courses during the week and a summer ceramics school during the summer holidays. The workshop also organizes various projects such as "Workshop for a school" or "Sculpture Symposium".
The Foodstock bistro offers Asian style cuisine. Their most significant meal is the Japanese gyoza – fried dumplings with a vegetarian filling. You may have encountered them before at the Street Food Park, but in their bistro, they like to experiment with different gyoza versions. Apart from the dumplings, they also have other goodies to offer – ramen, hummus, kimchi and more.
The cafe is made for your business meetings or creative moments. It includes a coworking space on the floor level and a shared workshop in the basement with various machines ready for use. Available are 3D printers, laser cutter, as well as other machines both basic and hi-tech. Lab also offers various trainings and creative courses, which will provide you with useful knowledge and skills!
Výčap U Ernőhowww.facebook.com/vycapuernoho
The Výčap u Ernőho offers beers from the Shenk Brewery situated in the basement of the Old Market Hall. You can enjoy your pint inside or, as many others, in the nice atmosphere on the square before the hall. The employees of the Výčap also help us maintain and clean this space.
The Shenk Brewery is situated right in the Old Market Hall's basement. Various kinds of craft beers are pleasing to many lovers of this golden drink. You can taste these right in the Old Market Hall – in the Výčap u Ernőho, but you may also encounter them in other pubs in Bratislava. In a spontaneous cooperation between the Old Market Hall and the Strekov 1075 winery, the special edition of Pivo S. had been made last year.
Soda Water Manufacturewww.sodovkaren.sk
A small soda water manufacture follows the tradition of the Old Market Hall, which in the past served as an exchange point for the soda bottles. Some sources even say, that soda water had also been manufactured right here, but it's not for sure. Anyway, you can now buy fresh soda water at the regular food markets, daily in the Výčap u Ernőho and you may also encounter it in various other bars and restaurants in Bratislava.
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Viecha naturálnych vinárovwww.viecha.com
Natural winemakers' wine cellars are based on the legacy of the Pressburg wineculture and traditional wine cellars. Its offer is special, here you can enjoy authentic wines from Slovak natural winemakers, including members of the Autentista Slovakia association. In addition to wine, they offer products from vendors from the Saturday markets and there are also regular piano concerts.
Bratislava Volunteer Centerwww.dobrovolnictvoba.sk
The Bratislava Volunteer Center helps to connect people, who want to help, with organizations, that need their help. For those interested in volunteering, it organizes a number of volunteer projects and programs, as well as regular Dating with volunteering. It helps organizations find the right volunteers and at the same time organizes interesting trainings for them.