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A Local's Guide to Austrian Supermarkets

At home, a trip to the grocery store can be exhausting, unnerving or even just boring. But when you're on vacation and in a different country, it can be super exciting! How are foreign supermarkets organized? What does the produce section look like? What are traditional sweets and snacks? If you belong to those people who love to browse supermarkets when traveling, this blog post is for you: We put together everything there is to know about Austrian supermarkets - opening times, differences, local specialties and much more.

A Local's Guide to Austrian Supermarkets

Most stores in Austria are only open from Monday to Saturday. We're still a pretty catholic country, so with very few exceptions (for example at main railway stations such as Hauptbahnhof oder Westbahnhof), all stores are closed on Sundays for the whole day. And even on Saturday, they close at 6pm the latest! So make sure to go get your groceries before that if you want to have breakfast on Sunday.

You can get a decent selection of alcohol at most grocery stores, even small ones. If you want to pick up a nice bottle of Grüner Veltliner (our most popular white wine) for dinner there is no need to go to a special liquor store! Anything between 7 and 10€ should make for a perfectly fine wine.

A Local's Guide to Austrian Supermarkets

We have various types of stores in Austria. The reasonably-priced chains for everyday purchases are BILLA and Spar (both a little on the smaller side) or Merkur, which is considerably larger and with a bigger selection (but also a little pricier). There are also discount stores such as Hofer (also known as "Aldi" outside of Austria), Lidl or Penny. If you are looking for a fancier shopping experience and pretty edible souvenirs, check out Merkur Hoher Markt, Billa Corso or the very well-known Meinl am Graben, all of them conveniently located in Vienna's first district.

When it comes to cosmetics, household or healthcare items, look for a dm Drogeriemarkt or BIPA. They carry popular international brands but also have excellent their own generic brands; Balea and Alnatura (organic!) by dm is especially great, as is the vegan & sustainable bigood brand at BIPA.

IMPORTANT: In Austria, there are NO pharmacies included at healthcare retailer locations.  If you are looking for medicine (either over the counter or prescribed) you need to go to an actual pharmacy, easily recognizable by a green cross sign or a big red letter A (see an example here). Pharmacies are also not typically open on Sundays - you can check here to see which pharmacy close to you is offering emergency medical services. 

A Local's Guide to Austrian Supermarkets

What are typical Austrian groceries or authentic edible souvenirs? If you want to spend your days in Austria like the locals do, here are a few things you should try at the supermarket: An Extrawurstsemmel (which is a hand/kaiser roll filled with deli meat) with Gurkerl (sliced pickles), a bottle of Almdudler (our own popular soft drink, an herbal lemonade kind of like a less-sweet ginger ale) and a Guglhupf (our version of marble bundt cake, typically had for breakfast). To take home to loved ones, look out for Mannerschnitten (hazelnut wafers) or our famous Mozartkugeln (chocolate pralines filled with marzipan and nougat). 

5 Markets to Visit in Vienna besides Naschmarkt

Just like plenty of other people, we love to visit markets while travelling: There's great food, excellent people-watching and the opportunity to find out a little how people shop, eat and live. 

Many travel guides like to point out Naschmarkt when it comes to Vienna as THE best market to check out, and while that is technically not wrong, Naschmarkt is definitely not one of the places the locals like to frequent on a regular basis. Sure, the restaurants and cafés such as Tewa, Neni or Umarfisch are popular and serve great food (even if not traditionally Austrian) but the actual market is overrun, overpriced and also a little repetitive, if we're being completely honest. Which is why we decided to put together a little list of Viennese farmers markets you should definitely check out when in town. 

5 Markets to Visit in Vienna

Karmelitermarkt: The locals' favorite

Karmelitermarkt in Vienna's second district is one of the oldest markets in town and a true favorite among locals. 80 stalls make up for a nice selection of fruits, vegetables, organic meat and dairy as well as local delicacies such as horse meat. It is also one of the lesser visited markets, making it easy to blend in with the Viennese. We especially love to go first thing in the morning and then head over to Schöne Perle for lunch or Fett+Zucker for something sweet.

5 Markets to Visit in Vienna

Brunnenmarkt: A slice of the Orient

Located in Vienna's bustling and diverse 16th district, Brunnenmarkt boasts over 150 stalls which makes it one of the largest and also cheapest markets in town. A large amount of Turkish vendors sell delicious and seasonal fruits and vegetables every day while on Saturday there are additional farmers coming from out of town to offer their organic delicacies. Definitely check out the many wonderful cafés around Yppenplatz - our favorites are Café Frida and Wirr am Brunnenmarkt

5 Markets to Visit in Vienna

Freyung: Organic weekends

This 100% organic farmers market is only open on Fridays and Saturdays, but it's definitely worth a stop: A fine selection of 20 stalls present their products, from cosmetics make of bees wax to fruits and vegetables, bread, wine and cheese.  A great place to stop by if you are making your way through Vienna's first district.


5 Markets to Visit in Vienna

Kutschkermarkt: Stroll & sample

Vienna's 18th district is one of the most affluent and beautiful areas of our city. It comes to no surprise then that the cute little Kutschkermarkt is also known for its excellent stalls and vendors. You will meet many locals who shop there at least twice a week - and it's also one of the last markets actually located on a street as opposed to on a square. Plenty of seasonal and regional produce as well as beautiful flowers and cute little cafés make for a wonderful time. 


5 Markets to Visit in Vienna

Rochusmarkt: Where less is more

Small but popular Rochusmarkt is located in Vienna's third district. Officially opened in 1988, it has undergone its ups and downs since then - today, it boasts a nice mix of sausage stands, butchers, bakeries as well as stalls offering fruits and vegetables.

Our Top 5 of Vienna's Heurigen

Here's what Wikipedia says about the beloved Austrian Heuriger: 

Heuriger[1] (German pronunciation: [ˈhɔʏʁɪɡɐ]Bavarian: (pl.) Heiriga, Heiricha) is the name given to Eastern Austrian wine taverns in which specially licensed local winemakers serve their most recent year's wines for short periods following the growing season. They are renowned for their atmosphere of Gemütlichkeit shared among a throng enjoying young wine, simple food, and traditional music.

We couldn't have phrased it better ourselves! If you spend time in Vienna and/or Eastern Austria, your visit won't be complete without spending a few hours at a Heuriger of your choice. It's one of those things in Vienna that are famous for a reason and loved by tourists and locals alike.


Can't join us?

Then this one's for you: Our Ultimate Foodie Guide to Vienna!

24 pages packed with 40 recommendations for restaurants, cafés, farmers markets, bars and clubs as well as a list of typical Viennese phrases, lots of information on Austrian food and drinks, tips on what exactly to order and practical information on how to navigate the city. Seriously, we've covered it all, and we know you're going to love it.

Just imagine: Vienna has 1,700 acres of vineyards inside its city limits! Because most Heurigen in Vienna make their own wine, they are almost always located on the outskirts of the city where their vineyards are. The slightly longer time it takes to reach them definitely pays off, though - often, you are blessed with the most amazing views on the city as Heurigen tend to be on the hills surrounding Vienna. Plus, it's nice to escape the bustling hot city for a bit in the summer time! Wine is the main deal here - most Heurigen don't even have beer on the menu! Apart from that, there's a variety of homemade soft drinks and lemonades available. The fare is typically hearty and on the meatier side, but in recent years there has been a strong movement to include vegetarian dishes such as crispy spinach-cheese-strudel or potatoe pies as well: A gigantic salad buffet as well as open-faced sandwiches with various spreads are well-known staples too. IMPORTANT NOTE: Many Heurigen do not accept cards, so make sure you have enough cash with you.

Most travel guides send visitors straight to Grinzing, an area in the 19th district which is filled with Heurigen. While they're definitely not a bad choice, they can be overpriced and also lack the above-mentioned atmosphere of a true Austrian Heurigen. To make things a little easier for you, here's our top 5 of Vienna's authentic and delicious Heurigen where you will meet mostly locals and won't be greeted by busses full of tourists outside:

How to Find Your Way Around our Beloved Wine Taverns

The 11 pages of this digital-only guide are packed with tons of information on our Heurige, including what to eat, what to drink and where to go. We have also included over 20 of our favorite Heurige both in Vienna and outside of the capital. To give you a better overview, we have attached a handy Google Maps list where everything mentioned in each section is marked for you, making it easier to find out how exactly to get there.

Available as PDF for 4.99€ right here.

1. Weinbau Leitner, 1160 Vienna

This Heurigen sits on the Wilhelminenberg in Ottakring in between beautiful villas and features amazing views over the city, especially at sunset. The prices are fair, the food is delicious and you have to try the Stelze!

2. Edlmoser, 1230 Vienna

Mauer is one of those places in Vienna where you're not quite sure if you're still actually in the capital of Austria - its quaint and charming village feel will make you feel right at home. Edlmoser was recently voted one of the best Heurigen in the whole country! It's also very close to the Lainzer Tiergarten, a wonderful park where you can take stroll afterwards.

3. Wieninger, 1210 Vienna

Stammersdorf is another one of those regions in Vienna very well-known for their Heurigen. They are countless amazing options, but this one is our favorite: It has an intimate feel, incredible food and even better wine. The traditional and authentic decor is a major plus as well!

4. Kroiss, 1190 Vienna

Sievering is an area in the posh district of Döbling with - you guessed it - several great Heurigen. Our favorite is the family-owned and operated Kroiss, which opens its doors every uneven month from 3.30pm to serve Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt and many more.

5. Zum Gschupften Ferdl, 1060 Vienna

We have to include this one as an exception: This Heurigen is actually in the city center and thus does not produce or offer its own wine specialties. What it does offer is a vast variety of "Brettljausn", a spread of organic meats, cheeses and veggies along with a selection of organic wines and juices from the best producers around the city. It caters to a younger, hipper crowd and is packed with locals and visitors alike pretty much every night.