On the last day before flying back home, I spent half a day at the Naschmarkt, a big market in Vienna not unlike the famous Pike’s Place market in Seattle. On Saturdays apparently there’s also a flea market that gets setup right next to the Naschmarkt.
The variety of items for sale was quite impressive, you can buy designer handbags, fur scarves, and vintage camera equipment, sometimes all in the same stall.
There was an incredible array of spices too. I was thinking of bringing back home some saffron, but in the end I decided against it because I didn’t wanna fill out a customs form. (Does bringing home spices even require you to fill out a customs form?)
There was a guy selling bouillabaisse right outside of a fish stand. It was quite tasty, with big chunks of fish and tons of shellfish– definitely one of the tastiest fish soups I’ve had. It’s a pretty awesome experience, eating bouillabaisse and sipping on white wine at a marketplace stand, but it ended up being just the first course of an incredible meal.
And so I ended up with a complete meal, there was even music to listen to as I sat and enjoyed my meal and people watched. It all came together like magic, better than I could have ever planned myself.
The musicians were pretty decent in my opinion. They definitely added to the meal, so I took a short video of them.