You’ll find many street markets in Salzburg with fresh produce, flowers, bread, desserts, meats, cheeses, and more. Some stalls, like those in Unversitätsplatz are open most days. But, by far, the most popular farmers’ market of them all is the Schranne Market that takes place in the square in front of St. Andrä church every Thursday morning (and only on Thursdays).
Located on Mirabellplatz, across the street from Mirabell palace and garden, the market surrounds the church and even spills over onto the streets behind the church. Crowded with stalls featuring the choicest produce and favourite local foods, the market draws Salzburgers from all over. Here you’ll find meats and fish in an unimaginable variety, fresh, smoked, prepared, hot or cold. There are cheeses, many of them handmade, as well as homemade knodels, dumplings, pastries and, in the weeks before Christmas, favourite homemade cookies.
Year-round, florists offer cut flowers, wreaths and other arrangements. In the spring, the market blooms with even more colour as local nurseries display plants for the garden and window boxes. Craftspeople display their handiwork, carved, knit, embroidered and moulded. Stalls sell lotions and potions for the skin, brushes of all descriptions, kitchen gadgets and tools, decorations for the home and gifts. There are clothes to be bought, shoes and wool stockings to choose from and hats of all types to be worn.
One favourite in particular is the spicy Italian fish stew sold by a fishmonger every week. You can order it with bread or without, and eat it standing at one of the tiny tables, with a glass of wine if you choose. At another stall, fresh roasted chicken brings out the competitive spirit in some, as locals vie for the limited supply of this favourite treat.
Much of the offerings are organic (‘Bio’) and produced artisanally, so prices tend to be high. But even if you don’t buy, the Thursday Schranne Market a great way to get a taste of the real Salzburg.