Vienna is suitable for all kinds of shoppers. From scenic markets to stately shops, you’ll find that Vienna shopping has a character of its own with plenty to offer.
Shopping Centers and Markets
The Ringstrassen Galerien consists of two lovely buildings adjoined by a glass bridge. It’s not as big as the large American style complexes you see in other cities, but the selection of boutiques inside is fantastic. There’s every name from Prada to Rolex. And the food court’s hamburgers were replaced by tapas and sushi. It’s not far from the State Opera House so you can enjoy a day of Vienna shopping, change into something fabulous and enjoy a night of Madame Butterfly.
If you’re looking for bargains, you’ll want to head straight to the Karntner Strasse. It’s not your traditional mall but a long pedestrian avenue dotted with lovely fashion boutiques, linen stores, and jewelry shops. The popular Mozart stores found along here sell fruit-shaped marzipans, chocolates and coffee liqueurs featuring the picture of Mozart on the boxes and bottles. They’re ideal gifts to take home and are representative of Vienna shopping.
The AltWiener Flohmarkt is Vienna’s flea market. It’s open every Saturday along the banks of the Danube. It’s ideal if you’re looking to purchase antiques or souvenirs. It will not disappoint you and it will save you plenty of money while Vienna shopping.
If you’re a kid at heart, you won’t want to miss a chance to visit Kober. They have every possible toy imaginable for your Vienna shopping. For 100 years this amazing venue has created astounding collections of wooden toys, teddy bears, go carts, scenes of the Nutcracker Suite and storybooks. Take time to browse and have a great time.
And if you enjoy the opulence of crystal and china you see around the city, make sure to include J & L Lobmeyr on your list of Vienna shopping musts. Even if you’re not planning to buy something, you’ll want to see the place that’s responsible for making the astounding chandeliers of the Royal Court. They’ve also made the ones in prestigious venues like the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, The Assembly Hall in the Kremlin and in palaces and mosques around the globe.
Tip: Go up to the second floor where the shop’s museum displays pieces made since 1823. It’s absolutely worth the trip.
You’ll also want to keep Albin Denk in mind for your Vienna shopping. This large store has been around since 1702 and carries the oldest porcelain names in Europe. Three rooms are dedicated to china from different Austrian regions.
But if you’re looking for Austria’s signature Augarten china, you’ll make a beeline for Augarten Porzellan factory. It’s the second oldest manufacturer in the continent and stocks all patterns. They even showcase an impressive selection of statues of Lipizzaner horses.
And if you want to bring home a trinket or two, Swarovski is the place for your Vienna shopping. It features all sorts of jewelry, accessories and figurines famous worldwide.