Saturday, March 16, 2013

Shopping in Vienna

Vienna offers a huge assortment of fancy, delicious and colorful stores. It's a great city for people like me who like discovering small inconsiderable shops which are hidden in the side street and which aren't so common among tourists. I prefer shopping in these kinds of shops, because in those places you can find great treasures which you won't find in your home town. During my journey in Vienna I fell in love with three great places I would like to share with you. Die Sellerie which is a great gift shop for those people awaiting you at home, Cup Cakes Wien which is for those who are fun of fancy sweets and the Naschmarkt which is for people who love to roam through outdoor markets with the smell of fresh fruits, vegetable or fish.

Die Sellerie from the inside

Die Sellerie in Burggasse 21/1, 1070 Vienna (pretty central, close to the "Museumsquatier" was founded by the four graphic designers Patrick Bauer, Ulrike Dorner, Georg Leditzki and Andreas Posselt. Their charming showroom is filled with articles they have either meticulously developed themselves or carefully selected, such as fine art prints, stationary, home accessories and unique gift ideas for every occasion.

treasures I got at Die Sellerie

Cup Cakes Wien front view in Josephstädterstraße 17
Cup Cakes Wien is the first cup cake store in Vienna. In England there are already so many of them but in Austria Renate Gruber is the first professional cup cake designer. Working as a successfull graphic designer for years, she has a distinctive feeling for the beauty and fineness with culinary sense of delight. The design of cup cakes and tortes is her focus both for private occasions as well as for businesses which are looking for abnormality.
After two years of work with the homepage she actualized her big dream of having her own shop Cup Cakes Wien with a bakehouse in the Josefstädterstraße 17, 1080 Vienna.
Since 1,5 years this is the place where Renate Gruber and her team are creating a large and creative assortment of cup cakes.
Because the clientele couldn't get enough of her extraordinary cup cakes they have opened a second store in the Albertgasse 17, 1080 Vienna.
I can guarantee you that they do taste as good as they look like!

Cup Cakes Wien assortment

eating Cup Cakes Wien at the "Museumsquatier"
Another great place where you can spend hours just roaming around and tasting fresh food at every single booth is the Naschmarkt which  is Vienna's most popular market. Located at the Wienzeile over the Wien River it is about 1,5 kilometers long.
The Naschmarkt has existed since the 16th century when mainly milk bottles were sold (As Milk Bottles were made out of Ash (Wood from an Ash-Tree), "Asch"(German for "Ash")led to the name "Aschenmarkt"). From 1793 onwards, all fruits and vegetables brought to Vienna with carts had to be sold here, while goods arriving on the Danube were sold elsewhere. Nowadays, you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world, exotic herbs, cheese, baked goods such as bread, kaiser rolls, and torte, meats, and seafood. There are also a lot of small restaurants which offer e.g. sushi, kebab, fish, seafood, traditional viennese food such as Kaiserschmarrn or Palatschinken (compares to rolled up crepes) and stalls which offer clothes and accessories. Since 1977, the market extends further along the Wienzeile to an adjacent area every Saturday, when a flea market takes place there.
The unique atmosphere of the Naschmarkt is famous far beyond the borders of Vienna, and large numbers of tourists visit the market every year.

a booth at the Naschmarkt
Zotter shop at the  Naschmarkt

Zotter chocolate I bought at the Naschmarkt

Zotter chocolate is definitely one thing you should get at the Naschmarkt. Besides of the famous Austrian Zotter chocolate there is also one certain favorite booth of mine which sells all kinds of flavored tea, coffee and cocoa. You should at least check out the assortment of Becks cocoa. My favorite is the flavor "A Clockwork Orange"

Hope I've made you curious and you'll find your favorite spots in Vienna one day.
Have a nice weekend,

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