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Looking for non-restaurant but food related recs for Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.

Hi-

I'll be spending 10 days in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest in early March.

I've already searched the board for restaurant recommendations and now I'm looking for other chow related things to see/do/eat.

For example, great markets worth visting (I'd read the Great Market Hall in Budapest might be worth a visit)? Cookware shops? Bakeries? Street food? Anything that might be interesting...

Thanks!

PS. If you want to chime in with restaurant recommendations too, of course that would be appreciated.

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  1. 10 days for Prague, Vienna AND Budapest ?? Tough. You will get dizzy from all the choices, and will miss a lot for sure.

    In Vienna, people will recommend the Naschmarkt. Do not go there, rather try the Brunnenmarkt in Ottakring (also called "Klein-Istanbul", and the food really is almost as good) or the Karmelitermarkt or the Rochusmarkt.

    For high-scale food sampling go to the Meinl am Graben
    http://www.meinlamgraben.at/meinl.aspx (click on "English"),
    and for street food try the sausage kiosks (Würstelstand), e.g. the one in front of the Albertina. http://www.bitzinger.at/cms/index.php...

    But when in Vienna, you also have to go to a Heurigen. Avoid Grinzing, try Sievering oder Mauer or Stammersdorf...
    http://www.tiscover.at/at/guide/5,en,...

    Bakeries: Auer, Schrammel or Gradwohl are definitely worth a visit.
    http://www.biovollwert-gradwohl.at/ko...
    Maybe Felber and Ströck also, but avoid Anker or Mann (junk bread).

    Michael

    1. Michael-

      Yes, it's rushed; we will spend 4 days in Budapest, 2 in Vienna and 4 in Prague. I think it will give us a nice taste of things.

      You said "In Vienna, people will recommend the Naschmarkt. Do not go there, rather try the Brunnenmarkt in Ottakring (also called "Klein-Istanbul", and the food really is almost as good) or the Karmelitermarkt or the Rochusmarkt. " Can you elaborate why we should go to the Brunnenmarkt if the food is "almost as good"? :-)

      Thanks for the ideas!

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      1. re: wired2theworld

        almost as good as in Istanbul !!
        The Naschmarkt is now only a giant tourist trap, there are numerous panasian cookeries and kebab kiosks, and it is hard to find something special. There ARE a few interesting places, but the overall impression is one of a overrun tourist attraction. If you have only 2 days for Vienna, eating will be one of the minor pastimes, you will have to spend more time in the museums, in Schönbrunn and walking through the old city. Forget the markets...

        And you might find that 4 days are too long for Budapest, rather make it three for Vienna and Budapest each !

      2. I was in Prague last Feburary. For low-end food you have to try the fried cheese with mayo sandwiches. Absolutely wrong on lots of level but oh so good after a night of drinking (or in my case before drinking too). They are at every cart in Wenschelas (sp) Square. I am incredibly jealous of you. Prague is goregous and my all time favorite city. Try and get out of touristy areas if you can (yellow line is a nice one) and go to some of the bars. That's where you'll find some delish, heavy, traditional food. Yum.

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        1. re: lbs

          Also known as Smažený sýr (literally fried cheese) and as stated above one of the best combinations at 3 a.m. after a lot of pivo.

        2. Michael-
          Thanks for the explanation.

          lbs-fried cheese sandwich? Yum!

          Anyone else? What about Budapest? More Prague ideas?

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          1. re: wired2theworld

            I found nice pixes from the Brunnenmarkt here:
            http://www.fotosderwelt.de/at9004/at9...
            And it says: "free of tourists"

            :-)

            1. re: wired2theworld

              I have to say that I am not a picky eater, and have tried just about everything in lots of places around the world, but I found Prague a bit of a challenge because the food was heavy beyond belief. It seemed like the only healthy thing you could do with the food was bench press your dinner. It needs to be said that we were there at peak season, and it was over-run beyond all imagining which made it difficult to explore, and it seemed that everything, food included, was aimed at the worst kind of tourism. I suspect it will be a lot nicer now. It's certainly an incredibly beautiful city.

              1. re: wired2theworld

                I was in Prague last summer. I thought the pizzas there were uncommonly good. It was really hard to get bad food in prague. And good beer is so cheap!

              2. I loved the food in Prague. Look for dishes that have mushrooms, because these are typically freshly foraged, and local cheeses ripened in beer brine. Both of these are commonly available fried. For great local beers and food, check out the monastery/brewery Klasterni Pivovar, very close to Prague Castle. Also make sure to check out the local bakeries, which will have one interesting thing after another you've likely never seen. I remember these little nut squares for like 25 cents that were amazing. For some reason, pasta is generally good there. Also look around for Moravian wine. It's not great, but it's decent and unusual.