Vienna has various flea markets and one impressive “antiques” district (1st district/bezirk) where antique dealers and Vienna’s auction house, the Dorotheum, are located . However, if you’re more looking forward to finding a mind boggling range of antique stuff right from local food items to old furniture to trinkets of jewellery and what not at throw away prices at these flea markets in Vienna, Vienna’s flea market & Naschmarkt is the place where you want to go.
Arguably the most popular market in Vienna, the Naschmarkt is among the oldest flea market in the city, and covers a huge area while offering almost everything that you can think of, rain or shine. If you are interested in diverse international food items, then head to this flea market. You can find fresh Asian shrimps, Italian cheese, spices, olives and all sorts of fruits. The great part is that none of these will burn a hole in your pocket. Apart from food, you can also get old furniture, carpets, postcards from the times of war, Indian jewellery etc.
Located just adjacent to the Naschmarkt, Vienna Flohmarkt (the german word for “flea market”) is Vienna’s largest flea market and one of the best flea markets in Europe (it welcomes up to 15,000 visitors on a sunny day). Surrounded by magnificent Art Nouveau buildings, it stretches for several blocks of stands hawking books, clothes, records, ancient electrical goods, old postcards, ornaments, carpets and many more, including what many would consider junk.
The flea market has space for 400 exhibitors, half of which are reserved for Vienna’s antique dealers and is a great attraction for lovers of everything old and bizarre. Individuals can offer objects for sale, too, and there is a large variety of things sold: high-quality collector’s items and furniture in need of minor restoration work as well as books, second-hand clothes, curiosities and junk.
This is no wonder why the true multicultural atmosphere of Vienna’s flea markets attracts in equal proportions flea market enthusiasts, treasure hunters and tourists from all around the world.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Buy if you love it, and buy when you see it. If you truly love a piece, be willing to give up something else to pay for it, move something else to find a spot for it, or decorate differently to make the color work.
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