Three floors of gourmet foods at competitive prices (read: much lower than Julius Meinl's), along with great restaurants. Let's review a few of the sections
-The fruits/veggies section is competitive, though it would never substitute going to an actual farmers market in the city.
-The bakery is probably my favorite and the reason I used to go to this place. They bake an amazing apple cake and great bread (for the win, go for the Feta-Olivenlaib, the softest bread man has ever created, with feta cheese and olives), in addition to sweet savory snacks of the highest quality (great pretzels, for example). Their section of brand products is also excellent. The bakers are absolutely lovely, too!
-Their cold-cuts section is nearly unparalleled. You'll find more upscale products at Meinl (though this Merkur does carry, for example, Jamon de Bellota), but for sheer variety and accessibility, Merkur am Hohen Markt does not disappoint one bit.
-Their meat section is pretty good and the butcher is generally very friendly.
-Their cheese section is inferior to Meinl in terms of number of different cheeses. You might also get more cheeses at the Naschmarkt. It's still vastly superior to that of a regular supermarket.
-Their wine section heavily concentrates on Austrian wine; if you like Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Zweigelt, and Blaufränkisch, this is your place.
-In the liquor department, I find the Merkur at Mariahilferstrasse to have no lesser a selection.
-A very narrow choice of cereals, as in most Austrian stores.
-If you favor honey or jam for breakfast, though, they've got an absolutely mind-blowing array of choices, like nowhere else.
-The chocolate variety lacks compared with the fancy Billa four blocks down or Meinl.
The cashiers are not exactly friendly and won't remember your face, but they're not terrible, either.
I was pretty content having made this place my number primary grocery shop. It's one of two places where I can get my two-euro turkey slices (a no-no in Meinl) and my ten-euro truffle butter (hard to find in any supermarket outside the first district), and their bakery is amazing.
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