Vienna is a vibrant, sophisticated city with many historical sights, from the world-renowned Vienna Opera House (pictured above) and the Hofburg Imperial Palace, to a myriad of art museums and cafes famous for pastries like the linzer torte. When I visited there a few years ago, one of my favorite places was the city's most popular market and a Viennese institution.
The long, outdoor Naschmarkt was built over the Wien River in the 16th century. It started out as a place that mostly sold milk bottles, and produce was introduced in the late 1700s. Today it has about 120 stands and restaurants with fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, cheeses, olive oils, and a lot of international offerings. It was right across the street from my hotel, which meant that I had to ogle and sample my way through it twice a day when venturing out to catch a cable car or for a walk to the city center. You can see a few action shots of the market here since I didn't seem to take any.
I quickly realized that no olive goes unloved in Vienna.
My new BFF was this BOF (Big Oliven Fladen).
Then I met my newer BFFs, these BOFs.
These photogenic peppers posed in bright regalia when I said, “cheese.”
Not to be outdone, the squashes posed too, dressed in their finest almond hats.
I was admiring them for so long, I got pretty chummy with the chumus (hummus). Click to enlarge and see the flavors.
This exotic dragon fruit was not from these parts.
But the holier-than-thou Emmenthaler was.
I couldn't tell if this was really jackfruit or Emmenthaler with seeds.
Cheese-stuffed grape leaves were new to me. Wilkommen! Pleased to eat you!
Were the grape leaves and cheese-stuffed eggplant separated at birth? Come to momma!
Proof that when you leave the Naschmarkt, you'll be stuffed to the gills. Auf wiedersehen!
For a charming blog with original photos from Vienna, visit Merisi's Vienna for Beginners.