Podemus: Organic grocery
It took a while, but since October 2012 Bautzen has an excellent organic grocery. Vorwerk Podemus, at home in a rural suburb of Dresden, opened a grocery in the city centre of Bautzen. It's just outside the immediate old town, a five minutes walk from Reichenturm in eastern direction (Töpferstraße is the quiet northern parallel street to the major road B6). What I am also very glad about is that they restored a hundreds of years old farm house with barn (yep, in the town, which was smaller back then). Free parking available on their ground.
What to buy: They have all sorts of organic stuff. Just like any big grocery. Vorwerk Podemus is well-known for their own dairy and meat production. Definitely try the sausages (lamb and beef, in German Lamm-, Rindsknacker) and their Hausmacher Leberwurst. They make sure to have lots of regional products. For example, when I was there last time they had yummy apple juice from a traditional orchard near Dresden.
Another nice idea: Buy something from their bakery section, order a cup of coffee or tea, and have a seat at a table in the entrance area. That's what I did. Bought two rolls, some of their meat and cheese, some apple juice, they provided the glass for the juice, I even could wash my hands there before eating. A nice picnic was had by yours truly!
What to pay: Prices are slightly higher than in non-organic groceries, but still reasonable.
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Bautz'ner Senfladen: Mustard
One product Bautzen is famous for is mustard. The local plant belongs to a big chain now and the recipe seems to be changed slightly (and not in favour IMO). However, it's still a typical souvenir that you might take home.
The mustard shop in the old town is open:
Mon - Sun 10 am - 7 pm - which makes it a great stop to warm up on a gorgeous but freeeezing cold winter day :-)
You can try several sorts of mustard (free).
What to buy: Don't buy the typical 'mittelscharfer Senf' which you can get in any grocery store in (East) Germany. Get a mustard with a special spice. Large selection.
You might also buy one of the other regional products like pickled stuff from the Spreewald or the fitting pottery pieces.
What to pay: Mustard and pickled stuff are inexpensive, a few bucks only. Pottery can be considerably more expensive.
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The Casual Glance: window shopping
Though Bautzen certainly has its share of little craft shops we had limited time so were content to window shop. D and her mother are shown here enjoying mother/daughter moment.
What to buy: Though we did no real shopping for trinkets we did hunt savagely for a beer store since the brewery I came to visit was closed for repairs. We did eventually find one on the outskirts of town with some of the local wares.
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