This is not one of my favourite markets, but if the need for Punsch is dire then you will also be able to satisfy your thirst at this market. It is located on either side of the bus lane between the Mall and the Village Cinema and Shopping Centre in the third district. As you can see, the middle of it is kept clear so that the buses may drive through.
Christmas decorations are also available here. The range of crafts is limited, as the market itself is really small.
There are also snacks and nice foods on sale.
So, there you have it, some impressions from Landstrasse. If you are somehow in a super hurry through town, and you’re only stopping at Wien Mitte on your way through, I would recommend this market to get some Christmas cheer. Well, otherwise I would recommend this as a passing through on the way home and wanting Punsch (when I lived there last year I found it excellent for this purpose). Otherwise, check out one of the other markets in town!
Ok, it’s not entirely smoke free as uou can smoke downstairs, but the main room is now a non smoking section. I’m so stoked! I’m also stoked to see that it’s still very well visited, it was pretty full when we were there tonight. It’s the best thing that’s happened in my pub world this year. So, if you want a killer awesome atmosphere, nice staff and good Irish pubiness, go to Golden Harp in the third district.
I love this place. I have to go back there someday soon! It is actually a massive butchery – you can read the history (in German though) here.
My brief translation:
In 1797 they started digging some canals around the old beef market, and so it had to move from Stubentor to St. Marx. Between 1846 and 1851 they built the first slaugherhouse on the site (Arena). The central cattle market which supported the sale of large horned cattle as well as smaller, already slaughtered animals was built between 1879 and 1884. The entrance to this market in Viehmarktgasse was decorated by the artist Anton Smidgruber (1837-1909), and is an artwork in sand stone showing two bulls. Further in 1910 a slaughterhouse for pigs was built, and in 1916/17 the ‘Auslandsschlachthof’ (which translate roughly into a butchery for importet animals). This Auslandsschlachthof was expanded between 1920 and 1922.
The slaughterhouses were all closed in 1970 due to modernisation and the establishment of the meat market in St. Marx. And, it is at the site of the Auslandsschlacthhof that the current Arena was established, to make use of the buildings that were just standing there.
I was just passing it on my way back from OBI – had to get some home improvement stuff.
I’ve had kind of a crap day… very happy to arrive back home!!
This is a pub in the 3rd district that I’ve been wanting to go to for AGES. It looks quite inconspicuous, but they have a really kickass selection of beers on tap and bottled, just check out their drinks menu. Some day soon I WILL CHECK IT OUT!!!
How many times haven’t I walked down my beloved Landstrasse, towards Wien Mitte, feeling like I really belong here? I can’t even count the times.. I’ve loved living in the 3rd. I’ve been here for 3 years now. I immediately felt at home when I moved into my little flat in January 2011, and now this is coming to an end. I’m moving to the 4th. A new chapter of my life is starting, being close to Belvedere, and afternoon walks in the gardens surrounding Prinz Eugene’s summer residence will be an everyday occurrence. I’m happy about the new neighbourhood, it’ll be nice to be able to take the D line all the way to 38A, perhaps a bit quieter then in the morning. It adds another 10 minutes to my commute, but I’ll be taken through the centre of town every morning. I won’t complain. 🙂
The 3rd will always be a favourite though! I’m happy about the years that I’ve spent here, and I’ll look back at this with fond memories. Now a new chapter of my life is starting..!
For the first time after they reconstructed Wien Mitte there is now a Christmas market there. Seeing as it’s now more or less a pedestrian area (only buses are allowed to drive through) They’ve made it up quite nicely. I like! 🙂
So, I tried the cutest little Thai restaurant today. It was this really tiny place in the 3rd district not far from me – we went there on a whim, something that I cannot recommend! There were only four tables in the restaurant, and they were all reserved for the night. Apparently, it’s just the couple that works there, no one else to help cook, serve, cash up or clean. Thus, when people walked in from the street like we did, they were a bit overwhelmed. The general rule is to order takeaway one hour in advance, and make sure to book a table if you wanna eat there. However, we were lucky, got a table and ordered Pad Thai. Ok, a really standard meal, but it’s usually pretty good. But oh my gawd was the food good! The Pad Thai had this strange essence to it, that could possibly be fermented lemon (a wild guess), or some other kind of juicyness in the heart of its soul that my untrained palate could not place, but definitely loved! I swore to myself that I will definitely come back here.
Apart from having only four tables, there were also some rules for how to behave in the restaurant. We were told off because we were quite enthusiastically babbling away, but it says so clearly on the table that one should not talk loudly, not show affection openly (it’s a traditional Thai restaurant) and no children under 14 are allowed due to the open kitchen. Well, with food like that, it’s no wonder that the people don’t mind adhering to somewhat draconic restrictions. 🙂