Walking through one of Vienna’s outdoor Christmas markets is an unbelievable sensory experience: the air is filled with a sweetly-scented combination of giant pretzels, mulled wine, hot punches, freshly-brewed hot teas, homemade candles, and roasting potatoes. The gregariousness of the Christmas spirit is everywhere, mingling with sounds of children’s excitement at the sight of toys and candies plus Christmas music played by the brass band. It’s definitely best to visit one when you’re hungry and thirsty and a great place to go with friends like you— and I highly recommend visiting more than one! So far we went to some of my favorites here for baked potatoes, hot punches and mint-infused wine: the markets at Spitalberg, City Hall, and the Schönbrunn Palace, plus a stop to warm up indoors at one of my favorite hangouts, Erich at Sankt Ulrichsplatz (I recommend their mini tacos and Kaiserschmarrn). Yum, yum, yum! Don’t miss out. Come along!
* This post has been made possible in part by homemade stove-top popcorn, hot cocoa and whipped cream with freshly-grated nutmeg.