Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Vienna Favorites: The world's most beautiful grocery store...


Yesterday was about our favorite market in Vienna, so I thought it only fitting to show some shots from our absolute favorite grocery store.  Meinl's is possibly the most gorgeous and classic grocery stores I've ever seen - even besting a few Paris and London faves, (but it might come down to personal taste).  A gourmet shop out of the family made famous for roasting coffees and baking up tortes for the Hapsburgs & Co, this houses all the prettiest consumables under the sun in Vienna.  And if presentation is half the battle, then Meinl's has it nailed.  Hardwood paneling, leather handled shopping carts, beautiful tin boxes...When you buy a cut of meat (from a butcher wearing a pressed shirt and tie who speaks English), they give you his name on the package in case you have any issues or forget how to cook it.

Naturally, Meinl's grocery shopping has you paying for the priviledge so you have to choose what you buy here wisely.  But I found myself here more often than not just becuase I enjoyed the experience so much.  Not only is it gorgeous, but they're actually pretty forward thinking when it comes to Vienna - they took credit cards! they bagged groceries! That's not necessarily a given at your local SPAR, though more and more stores broke on the former by the time we left (no progress on the latter I might add).  When you're done with your shopping, there's a little coffee bar out  front, or the noted wine cellar and bar down below - now tell me, where can I find that in the US?

The Welcome Wagon at the entrance...

The take-away counter...

A little espresso before starting shopping...



Coffee for gifts...


Yummy candies in pretty tins...

The famous Meinl Coffee Boy sitting on the staircase...

The marzipan confectionery...

Teas by weight...

The bakery...


The pasta aisle...

The fishmonger...

The butcher...


Meinl's famous hot chocolate...

Teas and sweets...

Their own in-house jordan almonds...

Apperitif snacks...

Welcome to the produce section...



You can't see it in the picture but that stone wall behind the fruits is actually a fountain...


Branded marmalades...


The wine shoppe...


Almdudler...Austria's contribution to soda...

The check out line...

Leather handled grocery carts...

Mini carts for mini diplo shoppers...

2 comments:

  1. What delicious photos! If I visited that grocery store, I don't think I'd ever leave!

    Cheers,
    Kristina

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  2. How adorable is the diplo shopper! The leather handles are so posh! That supermarket is beautiful...

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