Kartnerstrasse: The bussiest shopping area of the city
Kartnerstrasse is probably the bussiest street of Vienna, place where shopping maniacs could live forever. It offers huge variety of merchandise, from those which makes one dizzy because of high prices up to those which cost small money only. Prevalent are numerous shops which offering cloths, from big designers up to cheap Chinese cloths suitable for one day use only. Vienna, by all means, isn't cheap town for living and therefore some good clothing names cost more then in some other European towns.
What to buy: Not easy to suggest because we all have different interests but since clothing is my job I would suggest not to buy cloths here, if not neccessary. Just for comparation, good cloths in Vienna cost at least 20 to 30% more then in Milano.
Adventmarkt vor der Karlskirche: Christmas Market (2)
This market has a focus on arts and crafts. It was located in an excellent location and the backdrop of Karlskirche certainly made an impression. It was busy and very enjoyable. We even experienced a band and traditional Christmas songs being sung by the revellers next to a Christmas punsch bar.
There were many stalls and the experience was a good one; sadly there was no snow.
Christmas and New Year markets at Schönbrunn: Christmas Market (1)
Whilst on a business trip, i was told by colleagues about the market, which was a short walk from the hotel. It was an excellent experience and we even had some seasonal Austrian punsch (plus a 2€ deposit for our mugs).
We sadly arrived quite late, and the market was not that busy and closed at 21.00. however we did have enough time for some shopping and a drink of their famous punsch.
The market is in fact two sets of markets - there is the Weihnachtsmarkt (from 19 November to 26 December 2011) and then the Neujahrsmarkt (from 28 December 2011 to 1 January 2012).
Admission is free
What to buy: Their advertising material indicates they have over 75 stall with traditional products, christmas decorations. They have a children's programme.
shop at the city centre: wooden toys kids love the best
I was attracted by the motorbike which stands right in front of the shop. Although entirely made of wooden materials only, it is perfect copy of the real bike in all of its details. Nice piece of work and really attractive.
What to buy: Not only Austria but the whole Central Europe is famous for the wooden toys, made with particular attention. This is plastic era now but fact is, small kids love the best toys made of wood which is natural material and warm so kids could feel it very good.
Try this at home
What to buy: The New Sacher Cookbook contains about 70 recipes from the famous restaurant. Among them there are classics of the Viennese tradition as well as original and innovative dishes.
There are also vegetarian recipes.
Among the recipes there are also many anecdotes about the restaurant, its clients and its staff.
The book is conveniently small in size, so it does not take too much space in one's luggage, it is elegantly bound and rich of pictures and can be a nice gift for a friend who loves cooking.
What to pay: The current price is EUR 19.90
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Supermarkets close quite early in Austria, especially on Saturdays. Most are closed on Sundays, so we were pleased to find a supermarket in the Westbanhof U-bahn Station which was open until midnight seven days a week. Perfect for stocking up on waters, beer, rolls, chocolate etc.
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Gegenauer Roesterei: Coffee to go!
Established in 1929 - well I bought coffee from the kiosk, but it seems they have a long history of selling pickled vegetables and vinegar.
The staff were friendly and i do have to say that coffee was prominent at their Rosterei
What to buy: Coffee of course.
Flo Mode: For old-fashioned fashion
Flo Mode is located a stone's throw away from the Naschmarkt in the Freihausviertel in the 4th district. What sets it apart from other shops is that the old-fashioned fashion is way older than the typical retro fashion shops - where polyester abounds, and there are some severely cool yet surprisingly cheap bargains to be had.
Fashions are available from the 1880s to the 1980s and apparently it is a well-known haunt for designers looking for inspiration with retro chic design - Stella McCartney apparently makes regular visits for inspiration.
What to buy: Flo specialises in nostalgic fashion - so is ideal if you like the victorian look, the post-war austerity look or just want to have a non-mainstream look.
What to pay: Prices start from very low, but be prepared to pay substantial outfits for a really classy outfit.
Hotel sacher, shop: Bring home a sweet piece of vienna
Bring home from Vienna a Sacher Torte or tow, and don't worry... it will come in a wooden box so you won't spoilt it, and because it's the original it will not melt. It's possible, at the shop of the Hotel Sacher... And once you are home, you can buy it again, online.
What to buy: A sacher torte, of crouse, or two.
If you don't know what it is, let me quote Nanni Moretti in his movie "Bianca" to a man who had confessed that he had never tasted a Sacher Torte: " let's go on like this, let's hurt ourselves". Nanni Moretti's own film production company is called.... Sacher Film.
What to pay: Depending on the size, from 18.50 euros up to 36 euros.
Freytag & Berndt: Travel Enthusiasts Heaven:
This shop is on Kohlmarkt, one of the nicest pedestrianised shopping streets in the city. It is just across the street from Demel and the perfect place to go after some hot chocolate and strudel. Berndt and Freytag are famous map-makers and this shop caters exclusively for travellers. You can buy maps, travel guides, beautifully illustrated glossy coffeetable-type books, language courses and maps and speciality guides of all sorts.
What to buy: Most people already have their travel guides so what I would buy here is one of their lovely photographic books on some part of Austria. There were several on the Wachau area we had driven through on the way to Melk.
What to pay: A lot or a little. The books aren't any more expensibve than in the other bookshops.
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Bignet Internet Cafes: If you really need to keep in touch
Bignet telecommunication service provides public internet access throughout Austria (e.g., internet cafes, internet kiosks and internet PCs).
What to buy: The only thing you are buying here is internet access. The one we visited near Karlsplatz (1st District) had 34 workstations, scanner/web cam capabilities, adobe tryout workstation, fax, 4 discount phone boxes and served snacks as well as drinks (beer included).
What to pay: It was kind of expensive...about $6.70 euro (approximately $8.00 (USD) per hour), but the access to the internet was fantastic.
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Spar Gourmet Grocery Store: Great way to save cash
Since we were staying in a furnished apartment, we decided to do our shopping at the local food store. This was a great idea because eating in restaurants for breakfast. lunch and dinner could get quite expensive.
What to buy: Since we already had cookies, M & M's, cheese, butter, sandwich meat, jam/jelly, laundry detergent and mineral water in the apartment, we shopped for the following items:
Vollmilch ($0.95 euro)
Coca Cola ($1.19 euro)
Zwettler Beer ($0.79 euro)
Stiegl Beer ($.082 euro)
Weizenbier ($0.94 euro)
Toilet Paper ($2.19 euro)
Fleischknödel ($1.39 euro)
Mushrooms ($0.69 euro)
Bread ($1.69 & $2.29 euro)
Morartkugeln ($4.69 euro)
Ritter Sport Chocolate Candy ($0.79 euro)
Ice Wine ($11.99 euro)
What to pay: It depends on what you purchase...we paid anywhere from $0.69 euro for mushrooms to $11.99 euro for wine.
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Blaumax: Great Jeans
OK, I know its rare that a guy remembers a clothing store, but this one was worthy of it! I bought the best fitting jeans I have ever owned. And the don't shrink, which might be their best quality!!
That begs a question from me. Why the heck do some cotton shirts shrink to a size that would fit my 8 year-old step sister, and other that I buy too large, thinking they will shrink, stay too big!! What is that??? Am I jinxed??
Anyway, this shop sells every kind of jeans / pants you could want, from every major comapny like Diesel, Levis, etc. But, I bought their namebrand, and they are the best of the lot!
What to buy: Blaumax Jeans
What to pay: 60 Euro
Sacher: It will not last for ever, but ...
The Hotel Sacher has also a shop to sell the famous Sachertorte and other delicatessen.
It is possible also to buy online.
What to buy: Those who have enjoyed the Sachertorte in the cafes of Vienna can bring home one, or more.
It is available in four sizes, from Piccolo to Size III (the number of portions is respectively 4, 6, 9 or 12). The Torte is sold in a nice wooden box that will keep it safe during the journey. It can last for up to 21 days.
What to pay: The prices range from EUR 19.50 for a Piccolo to 39.50 for a Size III.
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Miau Mio: For cats fan!
Welcome to Cats world! Everything in this little shop is around the cat. Antiques, jewelry, Original objects, postcards, paintings are available...
What to buy: I bought for my mum (who is crazy about cats) a blanket, a mask and a table mat.
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