The Old Market Hall is a historical building from 1910. In its over a 100 years long history, it served many purposes; it was a market space as well as warehouse and studios for the Slovak National Television. Since 2013 a civic association The Alliance Old Market Hall (Aliancia Stará Tržnica) takes care of this building owned by the City of Bratislava. Since then, the Alliance revitalizes this before abandoned market hall with the aim to turn it into a marketplace as well as a cultural event venue.
The food markets take place every Saturday (with the exception Christmas) from 09:00 a.m. until 03:00 p.m. On the rest of the days, various cultural, gastronomic, social events or markets take place.
On the perimeter of the building, there are various businesses in operation. There's the Lab café, which includes a coworking space and a DIY workshop place in the underground. Langos Bar offers a traditional street food dish of the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy - sourdough langoš. In the Výčap u Ernöho pub, you can enjoy beer from a small brewery Shenk, which operates in the underground of the building. Right next to it is the Foodstock bistro which offers Asian cuisine and then there's the Viecha naturálnych vinárov, where they serve craft wines from small local wineries. Situated inside the building is Sódovkáreň, a soda water manufacture, and a bike courier service Švihaj Šuhaj. With their cargo-bikes, they distribute our soda water and beer in the city. There's also The Oasis, which serves as a greenhouse and an adoption center for unwanted plants and at the same time a place for tastings and exchanges of plants and clothes during the Saturday markets. In the space next to the Oasis, there is a ceramic workshop that offers courses for the public and an "open studio" every Saturday.
How was the market square before the Old Market Hall? Was this building even necessary to be built? And how did it change its surroundings? If you'd like to know the answers to these and other questions about the history of the Old Market Hall, you can dig into this section on the Bratislavské rožky website (Slovak only).