The Naschmarkt is Vienna’s most popular market. Located at the Wienzeile over the Wien River, it stretches out about 1.5 kilometres long. Fun fact: from 1793 onwards, all fruits and vegetables brought to Vienna with carts had to be sold here at this market, while goods arriving on the Danube were sold elsewhere.
The Naschmarkt has existed since the 16th century when mainly milk bottles were sold and now has over 100+ permanent stalls. A true fixture in Viennese life, this fantastic market has been running for hundreds of years and the diversity of food here is astonishing. We had come to find some ingredients for our latest recipe but I could not wrap my head around the German we needed to communicate (hand signals it is!), so when we first arrived we wandered around checking out all of the colorful displays of food.
Turkish food, Italian pastas, and soups of every variety were steaming in front of us in huge iron pots, calling us back to inspect them with their smells wafting over. Fresh cheeses, lots of yummy looking vegan fare, and fish lined the market stalls. We met a nice vendor from Ecuador who was living in Vienna making a pretty good living selling his soups and ready made lunch meals. After so much snow and rain, the day warmed up and the sun came out, shining over our faces and just enough to cast a warm glow over the fruits and vegetables.
I decided to make these photos wider so I could share all the details of how wonderful this market really was. Our visit was in the late afternoon on a day that didn’t seem as busy so we made a serious effort to look for our recipe ingredients (like juniper berries, which we only found because a nice young shop owner’s daughter googled it for us.) Vienna for me wasn’t really a place that I’d jump to visit again however the Naschmarkt was gorgeous and is definitely worth an afternoon if you’re in town. We didn’t eat at any of the fresh prepared food stalls because dinner at our Viennese apartment beckoned but as far as we were concerned, all of the places looked delicious and it would be hard to pick a favorite!
On Saturdays the place really busts open at the seams with the flea market, which we hear is quite the spectacle. We managed to get all of our ingredients for our Viennese dish, so stay tuned for the recipe which will be published shortly!
Naschmarkt: between Karlsplatz and Kettenbrückengasse
U4: Station Kettenbrückengasse
U1, U2, U4: Station Karlsplatz
The market is open every day of the week except Sundays, usually staying open until 7:30 pm on Monday to Friday but closing early on Saturday at around 5PM.
*Thanks to the kind folks at GowithOh for hosting us in Vienna!