I often hear and read complaints from expats that they are not able to buy groceries in Vienna, which they need in order to feel comfortable. I do understand that a quest to find an everyday item can cause serious frustration. In my experience, however, the difficulty does not lie in the fact that things are not available, but rather in figuring out where to look. It can be part of the adventure of getting to know the country, of learning how a society is organized.
During my years abroad, I got used to some foods that I don’t want to do without, so I had to embark on the quest of finding these items in Vienna, very much like other new arrivals to the city. I am amazed at all the things that are, in fact, available (outside of Naschmarkt, which can be a rip-off). A fellow blogger recently wrote about stores that provide British and American groceries; see here for the post. Personally, my current favorite is Prosi in the 7th district, just across the street from the main branch of the city library. It carries an unbelievable variety of food from around the world and keeps expanding. I didn’t have high hopes that I would find chipotles in adobo sauce at a reasonable price in Vienna, but there you are. Prosi rocks!