The Naschmarkt flea market is a paradise for flea market lovers: it is around 1.5 km long! Although the locals usually buy their groceries there, there are many tourists who visit it during their stay in Vienna.
The Naschmarkt has a long history, since it has existed since the 16th century, when it mostly sold milk bottles. Later on, in the 18th century, people bought all sort of fruit and vegetables that arrived to Vienna by carriage, whereas all the produce that arrived through the Danube river was sold in other parts of the city. Nowadays, it is a huge food market that sells all sorts of stuff: local and exotic produce, cooked food and pies, spices, cheese, bread… There are also small restaurants that offer local delicatessen, sushi, kebab and other specialties.
The Naschmarkt opens from Monday to Saturday and, besides, on Saturdays it has an extra: nearby, the flea market Flohmarkt opens as well. You won’t find food there, but all sort of vintage and second-hand clothes, antiques, old books and all kinds of items that make flea markets a trip to the past. If you like shopping, you will surely enjoy it!
The Naschmarkt is located in the Wienzeile, a street in Vienna that has so much history that can be considered a district itself, although in the area where the Naschmarkt is located it divides the districts of Mariahilf and Margarete (which used to be part of the district of Wieden). These two districts, the 6th
and the 5th respectively
, are two of the most densely populated areas of Vienna. The population of Mariahilf is slightly more adult than in the other districts, although not older, and the same happens in Margarete. During your stay in the apartments near the Naschmarkt, your neighbours will mostly be locals, so it is a great opportunity to get to know the inhabitants of Vienna.
Vienna has a great transportation network formed mainly by metro, train, tramway and bus – but what visitors usually prefer are the tram and the metro network, called U-Bahn. The Naschmarkt is located next to the U-Bahn station Kettenbrückengasse, that belongs to line U4. If you walk up to Karlsplatz, you will be able to take also lines U1 and U2, so you will be able to easily arrive to many other parts of the city.
If you prefer to use your own feet, the apartments near Naschmarket are luckily at walking distance from other areas you will want to visit, such as Karlplatz and the Museumquarter.
The Naschmarkt flea market can make for a whole outing: you get to experience the lively atmosphere of Vienna, you get to do some shopping (especially if you go on a Saturday, since you will be able to do some antique and second-hand clothes shopping in the Flohmarkt as well) and you get to have some yummy street food! There is more to do in the area, but your visit to the Naschmarket will probably stand out as one of the most fun outings of your trip to Vienna. It opens from Monday to Saturday, week days from 6 in the morning (a treat for the early risers!) to 6.30 pm, and on Saturdays from 6 am to 2 pm.
Among the other tourist attractions in the area, if you go towards Karlplatz, you will find the beautiful Karlskirche (St. Charles’s Church) next to the Vienna University of Technology, and if you go to the opposite direction you will find the Haus des Merees, the public aquarium, a visit that your children will enjoy.
In the past, if you visited the Naschmarkt you couldn’t get much more than fresh milk… But that’s definitely not the case nowadays! As we’ve previously mentioned, in the Naschmarkt flea market you can buy exotic products that you won’t find in the supermarkets, but besides that, there are many street food stalls of all kinds of cuisines. If you wanted to keep an open mind for lunch today, you’re in luck, because you will be able to choose between sushi, Indian food, Israeli food, Turkish food… Anything you can imagine! Of course, you will be able to try also Viennese delicatessen such as the wiener schnitzel or the apfelstrudel. And if you don’t feel like eating standing up, there are small restaurants where you can sit as well, like the Café Amacord or the Neni restaurant, that offers Israeli food.
The closest area around the flea market doesn’t offer many bars and pubs, but the apartments near the Naschmarkt are very close to Karlplatz, which is an entertaining area during the night. There, you will find a ton of bars and pubs where you can go enjoy yourself with a fresh drink after a day of shopping and walking through food and antique stalls. Try the Top Kino Bar, the Lutz or the Elektro Gönner, which offer a very nice and alternative atmosphere in places very modern and well decorated.
If you don’t want to go too far from the Naschmarkt, there is a notable exception in terms of bars: in Giardigasse you will find Puff, a unique bar that used to be a brothel and that is nowadays a very stylish place with cocktail machines and unique drink combinations.