Tuesday, September 17, 2013

All You Need to Know About Naschmarkt

The Naschmarkt
The Naschmarkt

The Naschmarkt has been around for hundreds of years, and remains Vienna’s most central, and most popular market. Tourists flock here from all across Europe and beyond, but even the regulars are known to visit from neighbouring countries to experience the delights of the market. 

The market has grown over the years to span over 1.5 kilometres, and sells food from all four corners of the globe, from exotic herbs to fresh seafood, and local cheeses and meats. You can also find clothes, furniture, and accessories within the Naschmarkt’s bustling outdoor corridors. The market is full of new tastes, smells and colours, and it won’t be long before you come across one of the many talented street performers and musicians. 

Conveniently located within walking distance of Karlplatz, and open from Monday to Saturday, this is a very lively spot indeed. Many of the market vendors at Naschmarkt are Turkish or hail from the Former Yugoslavia, and the place has a real international flare about it. A romantic place to stroll at night, as the stalls glow with light and the sounds and smells echo from the kitchens of the world.

If you plan to visit Naschsmarkt, come along with an empty stomach. The stalls are absolutely littered with small eateries and market restaurants, which offer everything from Japanese to French cuisine, and of course include Viennese specialities such as Schnitzel and Kaiserschmarrn, which translates directly as ‘Emperor Fluff’, but tastes much better than it sounds! 

Since 1977, the market has extended to include a flea market at the weekends which holds weird and wonderful artefacts, as well as great clothing and antiques. Here, you can find everything your heart desires at a reasonable price, and it’s likely to be of high quality, too.