As Graz contains around 800 urban farms, it’s no surprise that the city’s farmers’ markets, which sell an array of local Styrian produce, are among the best in Europe. Whether you are a seasoned foodie or a bargain hunter, you’ll surely find a market that suits you in this city.
This beautiful and traditional market takes place at Kaiser-Josef-Platz square, in the heart of the city every Monday–Saturday. It’s lively and fun, with colourful stalls run by charismatic locals selling a host of ‘must-try’ Styrian specialities, including mountain cheese, Styrian ham and pumpkin oil. Saturday in the summer is one of the best times to visit as the market is at its most bustling and atmospheric.
The outskirts of Graz are dominated by miles of lush farmers’ fields which provide the city with much of its food. Although modest in size, Graz is home to around 800 urban farms and has more market days than any other city in Europe. Be sure to pack your bag (or more traditionally a wicker basket) sky-high with rustic farmhouse loaves, smoked ham or sausages, fish, fruit juices and freshly cut flowers.
The Franziskanerplatz Easter Market
The Franziskanerplatz Easter Market is a great place to pick up hand-painted eggs and chocolate treats. As well as some charming trinkets created by locals, you’ll also find delicious seasonal food to munch on as you browse, such as smoked regional meats and cheese specialities.
Bauernmarkt Hofbauerplatz Graz Eggenberg
This atmospheric market is one of Austria’s ancient Easter customs, often attended at sunrise in the historic setting of the smokehouse at the Open Air Museum Stübing. A small entrance fee is charged.
Mehlplatz Christmas Market
It isn’t hard to get into the Christmas spirit at this magical winter market in the heart of the city. This wonderfully atmospheric advent event is one of the most picturesque in Austria. Stalls sell all the traditional fare, with lots of nostalgic goods and some delicious seasonal food and drink.
‘Late riser’s’ flea market
One of the few downsides of a flea market is having to get up early on weekend in order to grab the best deals. Taking place on the first Sunday of every month between 10:30am–5:30pm, this flea market is perfect for those who enjoy a lie-in on Sundays.
This flea market is located in the car park of the Messe Graz and takes place four times a year. The event sees collectors and dealers from all over the country gather to partake in bargain-hunting and haggling. Porcelain and ceramics, furniture, toys, books and postcards are among the treasures that can be picked up.
Hauptplatz Christmas Market
A fantastically festive market, taking place outside the city hall. Delicious punch, of almost every flavour, is served at every corner and a small funfair takes place to keep children entertained.
Christmas Market, Hauptplatz 1, 8010 Graz, +43 316 80750
Chaotic and cluttered, this market will force you to forage and dig deep for gems – you never know what may be lurking at the bottom of the piles of clothes, toys and bric-a-brac. You won’t have to fight too many fellow tourists for treasures in this market and the prices are as cheap as they come.
Heart of Jesus Organic Farmers’ Market
Taking place in the square in front of the Heart of Jesus Church in the University district every Tuesday from 2pm–6pm. Pick up some delicious, locally grown fruit and vegetables.