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Fulfill Your Appetite with International Culinary at Naschmarkt
The Naschmarkt has existed since the 1770s as a milk market. The market was situated in front of a large aristocratic property outside the city walls. The market became popular in 1793, after the authorities decided that fruits and vegetables that brought to Vienna by carts must be sold here. The market was progressing, but at the start of 20th century, the market was relocated because of the water regulation works on the River Wien. The market then extended in 1977 further along the Wienzeile to an adjacent area every Saturday as a location for flea market. The market was last refit in 2015 and now has an area of 2.315 hectares and over half a kilometer long. Here, people can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, exotic herbs, cheese, baked goods, meats, seafood, clothes, and other vintage stuffs.
If you are wondering about Austrian food and regional product, then Naschmarkt is a place to try them all. Here, you will find the fruity wine from Austria named Beim Georg. You will also find various products made from honey, including honey wine, soap, and gummy bears with honey flavor in various stands and many kinds of breads made from oat, rye, wheat, and others. If you like sweets, then you can also try sweet desserts sold by farmers. The great thing is that there are Hungarian desserts as well. If you are a chocolate lover, then you can go to Zotter for its hand scooped chocolate, or try looking for some stone chocolates sold in various stands inside the market. For you who love to cook, do not miss the aromatic oils and vinegars made from wide variety of herbs and fruits. You can also buy spices, other sweets, or sausages from Eastern Europe here. However, be noted that some products can be more expensive than those found in the supermarket.
Not all of the stalls will offer you free samples, but if you have the time to look around, then you can get yourself free dried fruits, peanuts, or even falafel. Free samples are not a weird thing in Naschmarkt and they are definitely one thing that you have to try during your visit. If you are lucky, then you will be able to test one of the most best-selling items in Naschmarkt, the wasabi peanut. Just like its name, the peanuts have that strong wasabi smell and spicy taste. If you are looking for the falafel, then head to the stand number 560 named Dr. Falafel that claims to have the best falafel in town. However, since it is a famous place, then don't expect that you will get cheap product from this store. If you want smaller, cheaper falafel, then you can go to stand 360 that sells not only the cheapest falafel in the market, but also the delicious ones. While for some exotic fruits, you can go to Öyzürek Keg. Fruit stand that has the largest variety of fruits in the market.
Another reason to go to Naschmarkt is that here you will find perfect souvenirs for your family and friends. In each month between April to October, there will be three days when smaller local and regional food sellers open their stands behind the Naschmarkt stalls along the Rechte Wienzeile street. This line of stands is also known as the Mottomarkt. Here, you will find many fresh products, from Viennesse honey to pickles and spirits. For more unique souvenirs, then you can buy the hand-made Viennesse soaps. What is more interesting is that the market will hosts different motto for each month. You can surf the internet to look for the information when will the Mottomarkt open and what is the theme of each month.
If you have the time, then it is totally worth it to visit the Saturday flea market. Here, you will find many kinds of things for a cheap price. It is also a good place to test your bargain skill, from wearing a simple outfit to try to approach the seller with small talk. Some of the items sold here are hand bags, gem stones, glassware and silverware, decorative items, and antiques. Some people with more money like to come in the morning to hunt for the best items, but if you are looking for cheap stuffs, it is better to come in rainy day or at the end of the day as some sellers will make last minute sales. Talking about cheap, there is a stand that sells cheaper fruit and vegetable near the Kettenbrückengasse U4 subway station during weekend.
How To Get Around?
The only way to get around in the Naschmarkt is by walking. Not only because the market is packed of people, it is also the best way to make sure you don't miss a thing.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommended dresscode for visiting the Naschmarkt. However, it is better to wear light and comfortable clothes because you will take a long walk and walk through the crowd.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit the Naschmarkt is on Saturday morning to see more stalls and the flea market. It is also better if you can visit during the Mottomarkt.
Will I Need a Guide?
You can go and explore the market without a guide. However, if you are lucky, then you will meet some addicts that offer small-group tour and will take you to good stalls inside the market.
How To Get There?
There are several options available to get to the Naschmarkt using public transportation. You can use the subway U4 to Kettenbrückengasse or U1, U2 or U4 to Karlsplatz. By tram, you can go using tram number 1 or 62 to Karlsplatz. Other option is by bus number 59A to Barenmuhldurchgang or 4A to Karlsplatz.