Naschmarkt is probably Vienna's most famous market. It has over a hundred and twenty stalls with a mouthwatering selection of foodstuffs, plus several cafes and restaurants.
On Saturdays there's also a huge flea market set up. Whether you're buying or just window shopping it's a great place to spend a few hours.
Of course it attracts tourists but it's also a place that local people go for their shopping and entertainment, so you can soak up some genuine Viennese culture.
Naschmarkt extends over 1.5 km and is the city's most popular, and therefore liveliest market. It dates back to as early as the 16th century, but it gained popularity towards the end of the 18th century after the city ruled that all fruits and vegetables brought to Vienna by land should be sold at Naschmarkt. Today, it mostly owes its ever increasing popularity to the wide variety of products available, ranging from exotic herbs and spices to cheese, wine and other such delicacies imported from all over the world, and also to the presence of some of Vienna's best delis and snack bars, where you can wash down a delicious sandwich with a local beer while watching people go by. It also includes a flea market where you can get plenty of cheap souvenirs. While you're in the area, you should also try looking for Nos. 38-40 Linke Wienziele, also known as the Wagner apartments. These were designed by Viennese architect Otto Wagner in 1899. No. 38 is decorated with an elegant gold pattern while No. 40, called Majolikahaus, features a lovely floral pattern in soft pink, green and blue.
Include a visit to Naschmarkt (open-air market) if you happen to be in Vienna on a Saturday morning. There are 3 reasons why I go there from time to time:
1) have a hearty breakfast with friends at the Deli or lunch in one of the restos there (even those across the street are great). When I was a student, my friends and I would meet there for breakfast to discuss our lessons. er- of course, with hangover because we usually had fun elsewhere on a Friday night. In here, you will find the lively Viennesse people. In many occasions, I have seen some famous Austrian personalities here. Nobody bother them so to each his own.
2) buy fresh vegetables, fruits, meats and seafoods at reasonable prices. what more - you can find all the spices in the world there and there are Asian shops too and a great teashop.
3) visit the flea market on the other side. one thing you should remember: haggle - but you've got to learn the Austrian way.
Before, the U-station was a meeting place of drug addicts (they're not causing trouble to passengers in Vienna) and during my last two visits there, I didn't see any haggard-looking folks. There are many strangers in this famous place so BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR WALLETS.
If you like to browse through antiques or just looking around for bargains or just wanting to spend the day/afternoon, then maybe you will like the Flohmarkt (near the Naschmarkt). Every saturday, there is a flohmarkt set up on the large parking lot next to the U4 Kettenbruckengasse train station. You will find all kinds of knick-knacks, antique stuffs, second-hand goods, etc., for sale (if the price is right). You can try your bargaining skills, just for fun.
I absolutely loved the Naschmarkt. It's a huge market near the city centre which is open daily except on Sundays. You will find everything you need here, from nice eateries to exotic fruit, from soap to spices or sunglasses. The smells and colours here are amazing! I especially liked all the spices sold here. Sooo colourful and nice!
Please note that the goods get more expensive the closer to town you get. At the market's end at Kettenbrückengasse you get the cheap stuff (clothes and food). At the other end there are the fancy fish stalls and even the vegetables are more expensive than on the other side.
One lane of the two lanes of the market is full of food stalls, in the other one there are cafes in little containers which serve great food and drinks. Nice atmosphere there!
One warning: The first time we visited was on a Friday early afternoon. It wasn't too crowded so we walked over the market and really enjoyed it here. The only thing which made me crazy were the pushy salesmen which started to talk to you at every booth you passed by. When we came back on a Saturday around noon the market was so packed with people that it took ages to walk through. All these people really made me aggressive. Better not visit when it's too busy (if you have a choice that is!)
There are a number of markets where you can buy fresh vegetable, food, desserts, arts and crafts, etc., but the Naschmarkt is a Viennese institution which dates back to the 16th century (On Saturdays, Vienna's major flea market sells anything from junk to antiques to early birds). Located on the Wienfluss (Vienna's second river), the Naschmarkt is a unique mixture of Austrian traditions and oriental influences...kind of like Viennese attitude meets bazzar mentality. it's a great place to shop for goodies and to have lunch at one of the many stalls, coffee shops and restaurants.
This historical market (I think it was first established in the 1930s) is pretty large and long. Great funHere you'll find cafe's and shops selling all sorts of food items from cheeses to olives to sweets to fresh seafood. There are also several eating places where you can get food for cheap. We had one of the best doner kebabs ever here.
As we were there in January, the market didn't open till as late as was advertised in a tourist brochure we had. It was dead quiet by 8.00 pm. Probably much better to visit in the summer time of course.
During the week this market sells fruit and veg but on Saturdays it's fleamarket day and there are all the usual stalls selling secondhand bits and bobs - old clothes, and toys and bric-a-brac etc etc etc!
Open Mon - Fri 6am-6.30
There is quite a number of markets where you can buy fresh vegetable and asorted tidbits. But Naschmarkt is arguably more than that: it is a Viennese institution dating back to the 16th century.
The location itself is spectucular: Wienfluss, Vienna's second river, was roofed over during the 19th century. Some dealers put up their stalls on top of this roof and that was that.
Today, Naschmarkt is a unique mixture of Austrian traditions and oriental influences. Viennese shrewdness meets bazar mentality. It is a great place to shop for goodies and to have lunch at one of the many stalls, coffee shops and restaurants.
Saturdays, Vienna's major fleemarket sells anything from junk to antiques to early birds.
The Naschmarkt is a tradition going back to the 16th century. It is a very large outdoor market area where one can purchase fresh baked goods, top quality fish, meats, vegetables, spices, along with antiques, furniture, clothing, etc...
It's open every day during the week and resembles a large flea market yet with better organization. One can literally spend a few hours here, wandering from one booth to another. There are *excellent* food stands and restaurants here as well, which cater to vegetarians, meat eaters, sushi lovers, beer drinkers, coffee lovers, etc...
This is definitely the spot to go for Christmas presents, to find unique treats for friends or dinner parties, and interesting trinkets or gifts to take home. This is also the spot for those on a budget, or those with a lot of money to burn (it all depends on what you want to do!). I spent quite a bit of time here meeting up with friends for a cheap but tasty lunch. There are some delicious salad spots here, with sit down tables both indoors and outdoors, and also food stands that are for takeaway.
This is must see in Vienna! Naschmarkt market is located close to Karlsplatz near Linke Wienzeile. It is narrow and long market that looks very oriental. You can just walk through watching all possible kinds of fruit and vegetables being amazed by scents.
Visit the Naschmarkt and pick up some food for a picnic.
This market sells everything from fresh farm produce to smoked eel to sturm (new wine) to stuff you would find at your average flea market here in the U.S.
We had such fun picking up items for our picnic, everyone had a story about the food they were selling. We got some fantastic olives, some great tyrolean smelly cheese, great bread, and some sturm to wash it all down. The market is most active on Saturday morning.
Mostly a food market but also a flea market. Try the local delicatessen and beer. You could easily spend a saturday morning here.