Like most European cities Vienna has its fair share of open-air markets. Although Naschmarkt is the biggest, the Karmelitermarkt is one of the oldest and has much to offer. It tends to be not so busy as Naschmarkt, less crowds always make shopping and sightseeing so much more pleasurable.
It is situated in a large square bounded by the streets of Leopoldsgasse, Im Werd, Haidgasse and Krummbaumgasse. The closest tram station is at Karmeliterplatz.
There are some permanent market structures but most are outside with limited cover, if the weather looks uncertain, come prepared.
The market sells a variety of good quality, fresh produce, including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, wine, flowers and groceries. Several stalls sell purely organic produce. If the sights and smells of all this food wets your appetite, there are plenty of restaurants and more casual eateries located close to the market which serve good quality food at reasonable prices.
If like most tourist you have spent most of your time visiting the never-ending array of tourist sites, this market makes a nice change. It's nice to mingle with the locals and take in the atmosphere of everyday Vienna market life.
The weekends see an influx of farmers from more rural areas and it certainly can get busy. Early mornings seem the best time to go there.
We stayed near Karmelitermarkt in 2010. Bought most of our food for the week here. Sausages, cheese, bread, vegetables, fruits ... of excellent quality and variety. Exciting place for people-watching with a cup of coffee or a bite to eat from the numerous food stands. Great sense of life in the outer rings of Vienna. We enjoyed it tremendously!
It was a rainy day but the colours of the apricots and the smile of the people selling their goods was welcoming. There are places to have breakfast and it is a friendly atmosphere. The prices of the food are better than Naschmarkt. You can find wine and cheese and all what you need to prepare a gourmet food. There you can find a good pumpkin oil and a variety of vinegars. Worth going. I loved it.
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