Naschmarkt is the most popular market in Vienna since the 16th century. It is 1.5 meters long and located at the Wienzelle by the Wien River. Back then only milk was sold in the area. Later on fruits and vegetables in carts were sold as well. Nowadays, there are plenty of interesting finds from all over the world, may it be China, Japan, Greece or Turkey. There are herbs, cheeses, meats, seafood, baked goods and even Persian Caviar.
There are many stories about where the market got its name. Some say that it may be from the milk bottles or buckets which were made of Ash wood or from the word ‘Naschen’ which means to eat sweets. Naschmarkt could have been derived from this because of the exotic sweets such as sugared orange zests and dates that were sold there.
The Viennese also call the Naschmarkt the “city’s stomach” because of the various food sold. While you are there, treat your stomach to a delicious meal. Choose among the many restaurants in the area where almost all cuisines are available from Vietnamese noodles, sushi, and Persian kebabs and of course traditional Viennese food. You can say that this special market is a melting pot for all ages and cultures because everyone has one thing in common –the love for food.
Saturdays are special because there is a flea market that sells trinkets, clothes, accessories, antiques and a whole lot more. It would be fantastic to shop and wander around the many stalls. After you can quench your thirst and fill your belly with the endless choices of food in Vienna’s famous market.
Image from IK’s World Trip