While the Naschmarkt in Vienna is a historic landmark it’s also our best fresh food and flea market. My Viennese mum hunts there for the best food and vintage things every Saturday. As a result, we are sharing our free insider guide to the more than 100 vintage and food stalls, bars and restaurants.
The Naschmarkt in Vienna is its window to the Balkan, apart from selling regional Austrian food. Unlike in most other Austrian cities, you can see Turkish butchers selling next to Polish sweet shops and Austrian farmers. Mediterranean and Asian restaurants and snackbars mingle with Viennese cafés. The upper section is dedicated to a flea market. It takes place every Saturday.
Dating back to the 16th century the Naschmarkt tells you 500 years of popular Vienna history. Many of its current stalls are from the 1920s.
What To Buy At Naschmarkt In Vienna
Austrian Food and Regional Produce
My mother, a passionate cook and street market addict, visits the Naschmarkt every Saturday. So, here is our shopping guide for travellers which focuses on the best regional produce and local food brands. Be aware that most of the food sold is more expensive than at an average supermarket.
- Uhudler (fruity wine, Austrian rarity): Beim Georg
- regional honey products, from honey wine to liquors, honey gummi bears and soap: various stands
- sweet desserts from Austria and Hungary: watch out for the non-established ‘flying’ stalls from Hungarian and Lower Austrian farmers close to the flea market
- chocolate, hand scooped, in mind-numbingly delicious flavours: Zotter
- aromatic oils (from fennel, chili, basil, pumpkin seeds, apricot stones and other) and vinegars (from wine, apples, blackberries, elderberries, pomegranates, cucumbers, saffron, sweet peppers and other): Gegenbauer
- wine: the best wine bar at Naschmarkt is Wein&Co; to actually buy wine head for one of the vinotheks nearby; there is a guided wine walk to those places;
- wholemeal bread and rolls (oat, millet, spelt, rye, wheat, kamut, amaranth): Gradwohl bakery
- stone chocolate (pieces of sugar coated chocolate resembling pebbles): various stands
If you want to try Eastern European food, go for the Turkish lamb sausages, the spices, and baklava and other sweets from the Near East.
Opening times: weekdays (06.00am to 09.00pm); Saturdays (06.00am to 06.00pm)
For three days each month between April and October, small local and regional food producers line up just behind the Naschmarkt stalls along Rechte Wienzeile street. Unlike the established shop-like stalls at Nasch-markt, many of the Mottomarkt sellers are as fresh on the market as their produce. Especially foodies searching for original gift ideas will love bagging Viennese honey, artisan pickles and spirits, confectionery and gingerbread from Vienna’s last respective manufactory, hand made Viennese soap, and much more. Each month, the market hosts a different motto.
Mottomarkt dates 2019: between April and October; Dates tbc in early 2019.
Another Naschmarkt addict roams that place regularly: Peter has been guiding both Viennese and travellers through his personal food paradise for years. He loves to share his favourite stalls and delicacies at Naschmarkt in Vienna with people, along with recipes and culinary tips. For a couple of years, Peter has been guiding small groups of maximum 10 travellers through the market’s 500 years of history. You will stop at various stalls to taste new food and flavours: from our good old Viennese gherkins to cheeses, Turkish honey, Balkanese kebabs and exotic spices. Peter is also a good source of opinion to discuss the market’s development over the years.
Naschmarkt In Vienna: Vintage Goods
While my mum is an upmarket fashionista she loves to make bargains at the flea market. The sellers represent a mix of local Viennese and Eastern European traders. Her favourite vintage buys are:
- hand bags
- gem stones
- decorative items
- children’s dirndl dresses (new)
My tip: Arrive there as early as possible. The best items go quickly.
Opening times: Saturdays 06.30am to 02.00pm
With so much fresh food in front of your nose, you wonder what restaurants at the Naschmarkt itself are doing with it. The number of trendy bars and eateries has exploded in the past years. Here is our little short list:
- BG4Lokanta: small down-to-earth eatery serving a fresh mix from the surrounding stalls: mostly Greek, Italian and Arab food;
- Nautilus fish restaurant: serving probably the freshest fish in Vienna; pricey;
- Naschmarkt Pavillon: one of the first restaurants at Naschmarkt, serving Austrian/Mediterranean cuisine and wines;
- Palatschinkenkuchl: specialises in Palatschinken, the Austrian version of pancakes;
- Kurkonditorei Oberlaa: traditional patisserie famous for its cakes and macaroons.
My tip for Naschmarkt in Vienna: Visit the stands, bars and restaurants on weekdays. They are less crowded and you may well mingle with a few sous-chefs of many of the restaurants in Vienna who like to shop there.
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