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Brunnenmarkt (Brunnen marketplace)


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Where to buy 10 eggs for 1 €? Buying food for a good price

Published by Grgo Petrov — 3 years ago

If you're a student and looking for a way to save money, yet you don't want to starve, you must then visit this place.

Save money and avoid stores to buy the basic ingredients

Brunnenmarkt is said to be the longest street-marketplace in Europe. But what is more important - it offers you to find the ingredients for a very affordable price. One of the example that apparently always surprises many students I talked to is that you can buy a pack of 10 eggs for 1 €. Or 30 of them for 3 €. Now when you think of the prices at (for example) Billa or any other store where it's over 2 euros (the cheapest! ) for one pack, you can easily calculate how much you can save.

Buying meat is also cheaper. For example, for the same amount of money you'll get even in Lidl (which is said to be the cheapest shop) 3 kg of meat and 4 kg at Brunnenmarkt. Another ingredient you probably like are the potatoes where you can buy 5 kg for only 2, 5 €.

Why is it interesting to go to the Brunnenmarkt?

Okay, I just listed two of the things. Except for the good prices there is also one thing why is it cool to go to Brunnenmarkt. It's very international. At least when speaking of vendors. Most of the sellers there are probably Turks (you might also want to try learning Turkish on Duolingo for more fun to order yourself something in their language! ) and the others from the Middle East. You can also find lots of sellers who come from former Yugoslavia which at least makes me fun to order food or just to listen to the people around. And they are mostly selling meat (since we love to grill and bake meat a lot, like teletina, janjetina and of course - čevapi / čevapčići).

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If you ever watched "Only fools & horses" then it feels like being at the Peckham's marketplace. You can find everything from the clothing, toys of the suspicious origin, meat, milk products, bakeries, houses that offer only cheese with 1000 different sorts, fruit and vegetable.

The prices are relatively the same between the vendors. You can always take your time to walk 5 minutes in one direction and check at the others if it's a big deal.

The spirit that's at Brunnenmarkt (and the sellers who despite living here for years still cannot say 3 sentences in German) cannot be found if you go to stores like Billa, Penny, Lidl, Hofer... so it's much more fun to buy there.

Perfect. How do I get there?

Cool, so let's start with U-Bahn. The closest one that leads to "the heart" of the marketplace is the station Josefstädter Strasse (U6). Once you get on the street, just follow the tram line to the west and at the next tram stop you'll see the marketplace and cannot miss it. The other U-Bahn station would be Thaliastraße and then you just follow it until the streets meets Brunnengasse. Depending on your location use the WienerLinien website to help you get there.

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And what about the working time?

It's open Monday-Friday from 6 a. m. -6. 30 p. m. , Saturday from 6 a. m. - 18 p. m. and on Sunday it's closed. On holidays it's mostly open until 2-3 p. m. but it depends.

So, don't miss the exotic marketplace and chance to see the things in a different way and have fun while buying the stuff you need. And saving your money. Remember, it's few more Euros you've got later for the beer!

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