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Shopping and Eating in Vienna

Shopping in Vienna

Vienna is not a cheap shopping city. Historically it has always been expensive in Vienna, not least because of the wealth of aristocracy and its demand for the exclusive and refined. However, you will find flea markets and street markets where you can make discoveries. In addition, Vienna offers top quality handicraft products and of course, trendy clothes and jewelry.

Shopping in Vienna

There are always many people shopping between the Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the most exclusive shopping areas can be found around Kärtner Strasse, Graben and Kohlmarkt. Around the last two streets there is a lot of good when it comes to antique shops and art galleries. If you see stores labeled KUK, this stands for Kaiserlich Und Königlich, which means that the store is the official court supplier. You can also assume that the goods in the store are expensive.

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If you are looking for cheaper products, try the shopping centers in the south of Vienna or the shops around Favoritenstrasse and Meidlinger Hauptstrasse.

Window shopping in Vienna

Window shopping in Vienna is very nice. Strolling around the narrow and charming streets of the city center (Inner Stadt) and looking at the range of designer shops and providers of arts and crafts is an experience in itself.

Vienna's longest shopping street is probably Mariahilferstraße (see picture first in the article). Here you will find a rich variety of shops, not least the Gerngross shopping center, which is known for value-for-money items. Gerngross is on five floors and also has restaurants if the hunger turns up. The address is Mariahilfer Straße 38-40. You will find the street in District 6, southwest of District 1.

Markets in Vienna

One of the most famous markets in Vienna is the Naschmarkt. This market has a large selection of fresh vegetables and fruits in addition to a lot of specialty foods. The market opens at 0600 in the morning and does not close until 1800 on weekdays and 1700 on Saturdays. The market is located just off Karlsplatz.

One market for those looking for rarities and spin-offs is the Alt Wiener Flohmarkt, located in Kettenbrückengasse. The flea market is open from sunrise to 7 p.m. 1700 on Saturdays. Here you will find everything!

At Christmas, Vienna has several Christmas markets. The most famous one is right next to the town hall and is called Christkindlmarkt.

Tax free shopping in Vienna

A tip for happy visitors from outside the EU: You can claim a refund of 20% VAT. on values ​​exceeding 75 euros. You can do this at the airport when you go home. The person who purchases (or demands the money refunded) must be over 18 years of age and purchases are counted per day. That means you have to shop for at least 75 Euro in one day.

Eating in Vienna

Over the past 30 years, Vienna's eateries have had a real boom. Generally, a lot of beer is drank in Austria, and besides, good wine is produced. In particular, Austrian white wine is of high quality. You will find many good cafés and local restaurants in Vienna, as well as a growing number of Asian and Indian restaurants.

The local food is naturally influenced by countries such as Hungary, Italy, Turkey and Germany. The fish food is rarely of the highest brand, naturally enough since the country does not have its own coastline. Of course, you must try the Wienerschnitzel while in Vienna. There is breaded veal with lemon. There are many sausage stalls, and they have good supper. These stalls are called Wurstelstand.

We must also mention Vienna's many pastries that are worth trying. Relax with a coffee and Austrian apple cake and you will feel like the world is good. There are also many fine coffee houses. Try the Cafe Museum which opened in 1889 and is located in Friedrichstraße 6 / Operngasse 7 near Karlplatz.

The local bars, where you can also dine, are called Beisels and are everywhere. These are usually family owned restaurants where the owner even pours beer and prepares the food.

Some recommended eateries in Vienna

Figlmüller in the street Wollzeile 5 at Stephansplatz is the flagship restaurant of Figlmüller. Here you will find Vienna's largest Vienna schnitzel. Figlmüller is usually open from 1100 to 2330 every day of the week.

Schweizerhaus in the street Strasse on 1 May 116 (2nd district) is a typical Viennese restaurant. The restaurant also has a garden and the prices are pleasantly low.

The Swiss House offers typical German / Austrian cuisine and atmosphere. Here, of course, we talk a lot of beer, not only in glass, but also in food. We think, for example. at Biersuppe and Budweiser Bierkraut. Otherwise, a lot goes into meat. Try Hintere Schweinsstelze or Krautfleisch Nach art des hauses.

Schweizerhaus is mostly open from 1100 to 2300. NB! Reasonable prices considering large portions of food.

Pizzeria Osteria da Giovanni
In Sigmundsgasse 14 you will find one of several good Italian restaurants in Vienna. Like Italian restaurants it is informal and has nice prices. The menu offers traditional Italian dishes such as pizza, but also some specialties. Good wine selection.

NB! Not open for lunch on weekdays. Opens 1600 and closes approximately 2300.

Cafes and patisseries

Patisseries and cafes must be tried several times while in Vienna. And not just brown varieties. Many of the cafés and patisseries in Vienna are architectural masterpieces. And there are also the pastries here too. And we should not hide that you can also have a lot of fun drinking. A local specialty of the coffee houses is Mocha sprinkled. It's black coffee with brandy!

Cafe Central in Vienna

Cafe Central is located in Herrengasse 14 in " Inner Stadt ", and then you understand that you are in District 1. Cafe Central is located in Palais Ferstel and opened as early as 1876.

Cafe Central quickly became a meeting place for the intellectuals in Vienna and here both Freud, Stalin, Hitler and Trotsky have eaten, drunk and discussed. In the premises of Central, revolutions have been planned and scientific theories have been produced, discussed and rejected.

Cafe Central is popularly known as the "chess school" since the 2nd floor has often been used for board games. Cafe Central is as good and bad as a tourist attraction like a Café these days, but it's hard to avoid a visit here during your trip to Vienna.

Also visit......

Old Bakehouse is the patisserie / cafe which is also a museum. The address is Lange Gasse 34 (District 8). Alternatively, try Zartl in Rasumofskygasse 7 (District 3). Here, there are often concerts and poetry reading in the evenings. Café Zartl is usually open from 0700 to 2200.

Demel is one of the best pastry shops in Vienna and is located in Kohlmarkt 14 (1st district). Here you will find everything even calories.


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