One of my first girl-trips with Oma and M1 (hubby’s mother) was to the Naschmarkt – a well-known and -loved mecca for foodies in Vienna. In mid-summer of last year it was crowded, hot, and very foreign (so much German, so little understanding); while I was very confused and ghastly uncomfortable (I can’t stand to sweat as I get terrible heat-rashes).
Recently, on a pretty cold and gray not-quite-Spring afternoon, I rediscovered this delightful, gastronomic street. Located on Linke Wienzeille between Karlsplatz and Kettenbrückegasse Ubahnstationen (subway stations), the Naschmarkt is 1.5 meters long (about 2 or 3 NYC blocks) and features food from practically everywhere and really cool sidewalk restaurants.
In retrospect, it’s incredible that although I visit Cafe Dreschler at least twice a month, which is across the street the Markt (as my friends and I call it); it’s only recently that I took the time to re-enter and re-discover all the joys it holds. Featuring everything from exotic spices, dried fruits/nuts, and hand-made soaps to farm-fresh, local breads, meats and cheeses; the Markt is my go-to spot! Like a giddy child, I snapped up soy sauce and castor oil by the liter along with an ounce of saffron (love those vivid red stigmas!) and considered the irony; this was what the ‘girls’ (Oma & M1) were trying to teach me only a mere 9 months ago! 🙂
Here’s a few snaps I captured on that happy afternoon of the Naschmarkt and it’s surrounding streets.