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The magic of Naschmarkt

Article by Stefanie Möllner 04.24.2017

Naschmarkt is the undisputed jewel in the crown of Vienna's permanent markets. The largest and best known market of the city offers a mixture of Viennese and international specialties.  Set between Karlsplatz and Kettenbrückengasse, and a 10 minute walk from The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, Naschmarkt is the mainspring one of the city's most interesting districts. International Culinary specialties are always fresh and in bountiful supply here, no matter whether they are typically Viennese or exotic.

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A welcome scene, the lively bustle comes as a pleasant surprise to those willing to spend an afternoon exploring all that this traditional market has to offer. Strolling through the various market booths, Executive Chef Andreas Mahl is eager to share little-known shopping tips with guests of the hotel.  

“I was born in Salzburg, Austria and have already worked in many different places of the world as Bangkok, Sydney, Istanbul. I love discovering new cultures and recipes but what I really did miss during my time abroad was the Austrian market culture.
Especially the Viennese Naschmarket has it's own and very special flair. You stroll along the market booths and every time you visit, you can discover something new. Fine assortments of Austrian specialty and rare products combined with international delicacies can be found – a great inspiration for new recipes! I enjoy building up a relationship with farmers and sellers that tell me the story behind their products, before I finally buy and use them for our menus. This exact experience I love to share with our guests – indulging into the Viennese market culture, trying samples and connecting with Austrian produces and learning to value them.” - Executive Chef Andreas Mahl

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Cheese lovers find their culinary paradise at the market booth of the local partner “Poehl am Naschmarkt”, named after the owner and founder - Christian Poehl. It is himself, who personally serves his guests with finest selections of Champagne, wine and cheese and shares some interesting background stories about his produces. The cheese selection of Christian Poehl is also served at Dstrikt Steakhouse of The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. The Sommeliere Sindy Kretschmar closely works together with Poehl to assemble the perfect wine to the cheese selection.  The wine and cheese experts have already created the perfect pairings for guests to be experienced at either the Poehl market booth on Naschmarkt or in the restaurant of The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna.

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Evitaz, a Swiss Hard Cheese

There are only a limited number of farmers that are allowed to produce the Evitaz Cheese in the Swiss region Gruyere. A consortium of 8 farmers have set aside and self-imposed them with even stricter guidelines to guarantee the best quality. Evitaz cheese  must be made exclusively from summer milk only, the cows must only stay on special pastures were cetain herbs grow and the cheese can only be produced and matured on the farm itself. The fruity, aromatic taste of hazelnut and the fine salt crystals of Swiss hard cheese specialty blended perfectly with a mature white wine, such as Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.  The 2006 Ruländer Auslese from winery Loimer in Kamptal, a very famous wine region in Lower Austria, is makes the perfect pairing for the Evitaz cheese. It is powerful, juicy and has fruity aromas of ripe pear, papaya, lemon, honey, herbs and spices.

The Munster cheese comes from the region of Münster in Alsace and was invented by the Benedictines, which settled in this region in 660. This cheese is perfectly paired with a wine that has power, fragrance and spice – a Traminer, which also grows well in Austria. The 2014 Roter Traminer from Steintal, a region in the south-east of Austria, intensifies the taste sensation with its aromas of tropical fruit, orange zest, yellow apple and roses. It is delicately nutty, juicy and has high extracts with fine acidity.

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To uncover Vienna's famous market on your next visit to Vienna, schedule your tour with the Executive Chef.  Learn More >

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