Not sure that lotto is this old? But oh well! This one can be found behind Stephansdom in the first district.
This morning I made a detour to pick up some flower box mounts that I was gifted through the Facebook group “Wien Share and Care” (a handy exchange market where people give away things they don’t need or search for things they do need), so I made a detour through Handelskai. There is a daily market there, and although they were still setting up I managed to get two apples and an orange for today. For 80 cents. 🙂
Margarethen is one of my favourite districts in Vienna, there is so much cool stuff to find there, including shops, cinema (Filmkasino), workshops, various funky places that you don’t even know what are, and cafes. I really like walking the streets there.
This lamp shop is far down towards the end of Margarethenstrasse, and probably right on the border with the 4th and 1st. I really liked the extremely long word in the window. German language…
I feel very bad for the quality of pictures on this post, but I forgot my camera!! My phone had to do its best, and I suppose it does also give you a feel for the atmosphere at the market. Altes AKH is now part of the Univeristy of Vienna, and it is set up inside the old hospital grounds. So, it is completely enclosed in a large courtyard, which makes it a bit sheltered from the wind and cold.
The little Ferris wheel that they have there is very charming. It’s certainly not for grownups though, as the cars are really small. But it adds to the atmosphere 🙂
One of my favourite things about this market is the variety of Punsch. They have all kinds of fruity punsch, much based on liquors (apricot, orange, but also kaluha, baileys, jägermeister and you name it they have it!).
I had a great time sampling these guys’ punsch yesterday. The Marille (apricot) was the best! I think.
I was also very curious about the kokos punsch, but I didn’t end up trying it… next time!
Apart from Punsch they also have a little market, of course. I find that this market is not that great for shopping, but there are of course a few really great stalls at every market. But I would more come here for the atmosphere, and if it’s windy it’s also got some shelter so it’s more bearable.
There is variety! I like the sausage dog. The things people put on their tree these days… tut tut!
So, if you’re in the 8th/9th district and you feel like Punsch, this would be a good place! That’s my tag-line for this market. 🙂
We’re staying here for Christmas this year, and I want to have a nice tree (of the kind that has pine needles, and not my birch fig as in the past). But, I don’t have much in the way of tree decorations, so today I went to Caritas on Mittersteig to check out what they had. They have a lot!! And pretty affordable too. The selection you see above is what I ended up bringing home with me, admittedly some of them came in bundle bags where I wasn’t all that sure what was inside, but I’m pretty happy with it. The above haul cost 13 Euro altogether. AND, as a bonus I’m also supporting Caritas by shopping there. I save money, I give to charity, everyone is happy. 😛 (Except my partner who is worried that I’m going to over decorate the flat). Five weeks to go people!! Are you ready yet? 😉
There is a new sort of container city/mall that’s popped up next to the WU campus at Krieau, called Boxircus. It looks pretty cool, with some designer outlets, and a bit of a pop up market feel to it. All the shops are in containers, except for these huge lavos.
You can sit outside and have a hot drink in the section of outdoor furniture made from recycled pallets.
This is my kind of place 🙂
This H&M on Graben is possibly one of the most swanky looking ones around. I got a little giggle from the name E. Braun & Co that’s branded on the building… presumably not der Führer’s girlfriend? Well. Even if so, it’s probably not funny. I’ve been in here once or twice… it’s just a normal H&M.
My fellow Viennese blogger Chael has explained the history of the building on the blog Viennarightnow. Click here to see the post!
I’ve taken it upon myself to check out all the supermarkets that are open on Sundays in Vienna (see https://tinasrabbithole.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/the-supermarkets-that-are-open-on-sunday/) . Since Hauptbahnhof opened last weekend we have a small Spar that’s open on Sundays now. Today we ventured out to have a look. It’s a far cry from the Billa at Franz Josef Bahnhof or Prater, which are the biggest shops open on Sundays, but we were quite satisfied with the selection. It’s definitely good enough to keep you alive if your fridge and pantry are empty. The vegetable selection is decent, you can get meats (though no Sunday roast, sorry), drinks, snacks, baking etc… etc. It looks as though all the bakeries at Hauptbahnhof are open too on Sunday, so no need to get your bread at Spar.
Ok…. so it might not be that easy to see, but this is the part of town that holds Chinatown. Basically it’s just because there is a high concentration of Asian supermarkets, restaurants and shops, and some of them have chinese letters on their signs. Just up ahead is Naschmarkt. So, not quite as happening as other Chinatowns around the world, but there you have it!
Today my better half decided he wanted to check out a games shop in town, seeing as finally he had a day off when shops were open. So, we stumbled across the doorstep of Damage Unlimited just off Mariahilferstrasse. And boy, did they have a lot of cool stuff!!
For people with a limited budget like myself, they had a huge selection of used games. This room bends and continues for a couple of metres… so many awesome games.. we ended up getting Village and an extension for out Thurn and Taxis from this selection.
So there was our nerdy adventure for the day. They also had a variety of mead, other liquors, merchandise etc… A very scary place to go if you don’t want to spend any money!!
Yesterday I was told that a Danish man opened a candy store in the 19th district called Candymeister, where he sells a lot of Scandinavian candy in loose weight. About half an hour later I was on my way there. It was awesome – some 300 different sweets to choose between. I was also surprised not to get ripped off, seeing as all the stuff (or most of it) is imported from Denmark and Sweden. The store is easy to find right on Döblinger Hauptstrasse where the 37 tram goes past, there is a stop right outside his door, actually.
Seeing as I’ve been around to some British/Irish/American foodstores lately, I thought I may as well chuck this one in there. Prosi is an awesome place, and fellow blogger on the blog Loisland posted this one yesterday. At Prosi you find the things that are harder to come by… especially from more exotic parts of the world. They have African foods… Rare and funny vegetables… a lot of frozen foods and a LOT of sauces, oils, pastes, you name it. If you are desperate for that one funny ingredient that seems impossible to find, THIS is your best bet. If not I’d recommend internet. 😉 Located just by Burggasse Ubahn station.
I often hear and read complaints from expats that they are not able to buy groceries in Vienna, which they need in order to feel comfortable. I do understand that a quest to find an everyday item can cause serious frustration. In my experience, however, the difficulty does not lie in the fact that things are not available, but rather in figuring out where to look. It can be part of the adventure of getting to know the country, of learning how a society is organized.
During my years abroad, I got used to some foods that I don’t want to do without, so I had to embark on the quest of finding these items in Vienna, very much like other new arrivals to the city. I am amazed at all the things that are, in fact, available (outside of Naschmarkt, which can be a rip-off). A fellow blogger recently…
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Snack shop is on Liechtensteinstrasse close to Schottentor in the 9th district. It carries mostly American foods, of all varieties (ingredients as well as snacks). We sometimes go there for the Doritoes. And the Fanta Zero / Dr. Pepper. Please pay no attention to the weird-looking people.. I used the panorama function on my phone, and so they got a bit split up.
Another store that is dear to me is Bobby’s foodstore on Schleifmuehlgasse, in the 4th district. They are a little bit bigger, and apart from American stuff, they also have a lot of British and Irish stuff. They have an awesome range of beers, and a fair bit of frozen food as well. I went there just this weekend to get some Allsorts… I love that liquorish stuff. yummmm.
Walked past here on Saturday – boy this thing looks flash! And ready to open, to be honest… But it’s not scheduled to open until the end of the year. Already this autumn the shopping mall will open, which means I don’t have to go that far to go to a supermarket that’s open on Sundays. Sweet! Can’t wait. 🙂
I’ve had help from Wikipedia to write this following info: Manner is a line of confectionery from the Austrian conglomerate, Josef Manner & Comp AG. The corporationwhich was founded in 1890 produces a wide assortment of confectionery products. These include wafers, long-life confectionery, chocolate-based confectionery, sweets, cocoa and a variety of seasonal products. SCHOKOBANANEEE…. aaargh (damn my new year’s resolution!!).
The company logo is a picture of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, which makes them very much the property of Viennese (who love them, mostly). This dates back to the 1890s, when Josef Manner opened his first shop right next to the Cathedral. I’ll bet that it’s in fact this very shop in the photo, although I wouldn’t bet ALL my money on it. There is an agreement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the Manner Company whereby the latter is allowed the use of the logo in return for paying the wages of one stonemason doing repair work on the Cathedral. So, if you eat sweets, you’re protecting the cathedral…. well, there’s a good cause I’d be happy to support! 😀
similar to other countries, Austria has something like the salvation army. It’s called Caritas, and it’s run completely by volunteers. The proceeds from their shop (Carla laden) go towards their projects for the homeless and needy, so spending money there actually makes you feel kinda good… ahem. Well anyway! I found some treasures. I found a board game section…. yusss!!
The shop is made up of three really sizeable halls… one with general furniture, one with books and huge furniture, and one with vintage clothing. (and strange clothing from the 80s).
These old gas bells (the big brick thing) have now been transformed into a fairly huge apartment complex called Gasometer. It’s housing a fair amount of modern apartments, and a shopping mall, and an entertainment complex. I go there sometimes for the gym. And for large concerts… it’s got one of the biggest concert venues in Vienna. 🙂
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today I went to Naschmarkt to get a fresh load of MEAT and hummus. I’ve become a bit fed up with the semi-crappy hummus at Spar, and the one that you get from Neni at Spar is the most overrated hummus in Vienna. I prefer the one from Dr. Falafel at Naschmarkt; it’s cheap (€1.30 per 100g), always good, keeps for a long time and what more can you really want. Lots of variety too. And it’s a lot cheaper to get halal ground beef and lamb than it is to get it from the supermarket, so when I have time and can be bothered I go to the market. But mostly in the summer… it’s too cold and gross during winter time 😛
It’s also a really good place to go if you want some ingredients that are a bit special.
I’m getting pretty excited about a fish shop that’s about to open across the street from where I live. From the outside it looks something like a cross between a disco and a sauna, so I’m quite curious to see what it’s going to be like when it’s open. I LOVE fish, and there’s quite a limited amount of fish shops in Vienna (Nordsee franchise shops and some other local ones, but not that many outside of the markets), so I’m stoked that I’ll have the opportunity to swing by here to get dinner for myself on the way home every so often. 🙂
Now, I’ve never lived in a big European city apart from Vienna, but it strikes me that the density of shops where you can buy model airplanes, trains and so on is very high here! There’s even one right around the corner from me… and I’ve seen heaps of them around town. They even have ‘second hand model shops!’
Perhaps time for a new hobby….? I still have a ship that I need to assemble… 🙂