There’s nothing like grabbing some absurd smelling cheeses, fresh fruit and veg’ and other artisanal and tasty goodies from a small local market, right?
We’ve put together a list of the best Vienna has to offer in terms of farmer’s markets.
Visit one of these 12 farmers’ markets in Vienna to get your fix of tasty food straight from the fields around Vienna*:
*we’ve made sure that all of these markets are continuing to pop up, despite the current situation…ya’ know, Covid-19 and all. However, as things are unpredictable right now, we do recommend you also double check the current details for each market yourself.
Right in the heart of Vienna lies this small famers’ market, amongst the historical setting of the Freyung area. Local farmers sell off their artisanal cheeses and cured meat. Meanwhile, you’ll also find stunning handmade pottery and other random additions. But wait! That’s not all. The biggest bonus at the Bio-Bauernmarkt Freyung are the small Spritzer stands – at these little stands, you’ll get a ¼ glass of spritzer for only 2€!
Plus: They usually have a seasonal market just beside it, so whether it is winter, spring, fall, or summer, you can rest assure that you’ll be able to source all kinds of seasonal goodies at this market. Oh, and as the name suggests, it’s all about being organic, here.
The Karmelitermarkt’s farmers’ market is an instituion. The calm market square through the week comes to life every Saturday morning when all kinds of sellers throw up their stands selling all kinds of artisanal products. Every stand has personality, whether they sell cheese, home made porchetta, or honey fresh from the hive.
If there is one thing to point out about this market, it is the incredible Austro-Italian influence that can be found amongst the stands as, you guessed it, most of them are run by Italians and Austrians! Except the Brit’ butcher, Richard, who’s the guy behind, Britwurst, the famous British sausage brand.
Good to know… the prices here are a little more inflated than other farmers markets because of its popularity…and top quality
Tip: If you want to cook at home on a Saturday night, go to this market without a specific recipe, let yourself be inspired by the seasonal colours and ingredients the farmers bring with them, and take advantage of the free samples on offer.
Far from its more well-known 2nd district cousin, the Karmelitermarkt, this market has no reason to envy the Karmeliter’. The generous space at the Vorgartenmarkt is filled with stands offering a good range of fruit and vegetables, while the market’s permenant stands offer good quality meat, chicken, and even fish!
Every Friday and Saturday, in addition to the restaurants and market stalls, a proper farmer’s market pops up and sells off all kinds of regional specialities. You’ll find cheese products from Vorarlberg to homemade pastries, such as Waldviertler Mohnzelten. There’s usually also fresh game meat on offer, like venision and wild boar, along with fresh goose.
Every Saturday, the sweet street in the 8th district, Lange Gasse – between Josefstädter Straße and Josefsgasse – transforms into a market with neat little food stalls set up along it. Offering mainly regional and organic produce, like fresh fruit and vegetables, you’ll also find here wine, juice, as well as dairy products from the neighbouring cheese shop, Jumi Käse, that will have you tasting and smelling cheese in a variety of odours and flavours. You will also run into happy-faced people that you can have long chats with about the tastiness of Austrian potatoes. Or the weather. Anyway, the atmosphere here is neighbourly.
Every Thursday, the Servitenplatz in the Servitenviertel turns into a fresh produce and artisan food market. You’ll find all sorts of organic fruits, veggies, fish, meat, along with sweets and fresh fruit juices being sold from quaint little stands. The setting, with an old church in the background and the square all cobblestone-d and stuff, it makes for an idyllic setting for a market.
The various artisan food shops based in this Grätzel (translation: neighbourhood) also often turn up selling their wares. You can grab some fresh bread from the beloved local baker, Öfferl, hundreds of cheeses, and pastries from Edelschimmel. Also, once a month, on every first Thursday, the market takes on a seasonal focus and sells the favourite staples of every season, like Sturm, Maroni, or Christmas stuff.
Every Saturday, a farmers’ market snakes its way around Yppenplatz. Yppenplatz farmers’ market is packed with stands selling regional products, organic fruit and veggies, bakery goods baked the old-school way, handmade sausages, craft beer and cider, field flowers, and much, much more.
These groceries often come with a story, or a random detail about the goods, told by the stand owner, meaning this market has a real personal neighbourhood flavour. Even if you sometimes end up spending more than you would at your local Billa store, you will realise soon enough that the price difference is in the quality of the products and the smiles that come with them.
Kutschkermarkt is one of the two last genuine street markets in Vienna, historically dating back to 1885. And with such a ton of experience, it’s no wonder this market has something for every taste. Its offerings range from flowers to fresh veggies and herbs to “Vienna’s best kebab” (it’s pretty damn good, to be honest), to hand-cured lard, artisan bread and much, much more. On Fridays and Saturdays, the upper part of the Kutschkermarkt gets crowded with additional farmers’ stands – adding wine, fresh fish, honey, and more seasonal offerings.
Insiders’ tip: If you dig the eco lifestyle, check out Naturkost Brunnader on the corner of Kutschkermarkt and Schulgasse.
This little farmers market has become a neighbourhood favourite and we can completely understand why: it combines 3 things we love about markets: 1. It offers the traditional concept of a farmers’ market with organic fruit and veggies 2. It offers the Austrian farmers’ classics, like cheese, cured meats and Styrian wines 3. It has an element of surprise with a stand that seems straight out of a Middle Eastern bazar, offering up a variety of olives, nuts and international olive oil!
Insiders’ advice: If you have time spend, hang out at the Styrian wine stand. You may overhear a few crazy farmers’ market stories while sipping down a delicious glass of local wine
Next to the magnificent market of Favoriten, the Viktor-Adler market, you’ll find a makeshift farmer’s market opening up on the neighbouring street, Leibnizgasse. This farmers’ market is especially known for its low prices and that it takes place every single day, from Monday to Saturday. And it’s always a hustle and bustle of fun, with more than 70 colourful stands (including the owners) offering up regional products from Austrian farms.
The Meidlinger Markt has long been the underdog of Vienna’s market world, but while the Bobo army has been bathing in the Yppenplatz sun, things have really been moving up south of the Wien river. This market is everything a Viennese market should be.
Meanwhile, the farmers market is the real drawcard.
At the Meidliner market’s farmers’ market, you can buy cheap vegetables, along with a range of high quality meat and fish products.
Every Thursday, there’s a farmers’ market happening at Kurt-Pint-Platz on Gumpendorfer Straße in the 6th district. It may be on the small side, boasting only around five stalls, but it’s got plenty to offer! Fresh produce is up for sale, such as fish, game meat and honey, directly out of the Waldviertel. There’s also a range of specialty cheeses, dairy products and pastries straight out of the countryside. There’s also, of course, plenty of that good fresh and healthy fruit and veg’ up for grabs.
Naschmarkt’s Bio-Eck – Farmers’ Market
Where: Naschmarkt, 1040
Opening times SAT: 6am–1pm
Ok, so there’s the big-ass touristy Naschmarkt, but then there’s the klein aber fein farmers’ market that attaches itself to the end of it (Kettenbrückengasse subway station end) on Saturdays. All organic, and all regional, this farmers’ market is full of food producers from the countryside close to Vienna selling their tasty goods, from cheeses, meats, jams, wine and seasonal produce.