Der Naschmarkt, Vienna
December 6, 2011
The “Naschmarkt” has been Vienna’s main market since the eighteenth century. It now has 123 stands selling a wide variety of foods. There are also quite a few restaurants. Linda and I went on the morning of September 14, 2011.
This was the view of the Naschmarkt about 1910
This is the entrance on the north end.
Stands extend all down the east side.
Restaurants line the west side. They were not yet busy in the mid-morning hour we were there. The city of Vienna continues in its long-time role as a crossroads; it has become increasingly global, not just central European, which is reflected in the wide variety of ethnic offerings in the Naschmarkt. The Turkish presence is particularly evident here, pursuing what they could not accomplish in 1683. As in most markets, vegetables and fruits are the most plentiful and picturesque displays.
Autumn is approaching.
Pitahaya, or Dragon Fruit, is a cactus fruit.
Pickling cucumbers and kohlrabi seem quite Viennese. There are several butcher shops with precut meat and, of course, sausages.
The slicer stands ready.
Vienna is a long way from the sea, but there are several stands offering fresh fish.
Austria produces excellent cheeses from the meadows of the Tirol, but this selection seems to be mostly from the Middle East.
This selection of raviolis is accented by four fresh truffles.
Vienna has a great bread tradition.
And an even greater pastry tradition, but the selection was not large. I imagine that cheese, bread and pastries are sold widely in good shops all around the city and so the Naschmarkt is not normally where one would shop for them.
There is an enormous variety of prepared foods.
The döner kebabs are ready for slicing.
The label says “Die Heurigen Stelze; saftig und geschmackig.” These are “juicy and tasty” baked pork knuckles as typically served in Vienna’s outlying wine taverns. Fresh fruit juices.
A wide variety of jarred pickles.
There is an enormous variety of stuffed vegetables.
On the lower left you can see a real ethnic mélange: wasabi hummus.
Fresh ginger and little packets of exotic ingredients.
Many teas with flamboyant pots and cups.
There are several stands selling Austrian wines in bottle or in bulk.
Sturm is new red wine which is still fermenting. It is, of course, only available during the harvest season. When young, its alcohol is only about 4%, but that increases. It is slightly effervescent.
These dahlias were very impressive.
It was nice to see such a vibrant market of fresh items in the heart of Vienna.