If you've been to London and enjoyed visiting Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly, then this is the food shop for you. Similar in style and replete with fine produce from around the world it really is a delight. True, things aren't at supermarket prices but they're not too bad - and if it's quality and choice you are after, this is a food store par excellence. If you cant face walking any longer, and the evening trawl for restaurants doesn't appeal, you could do a lot worse than smuggle back some fine purchases from the delicatessen section into your hotel room to provide a relaxed supper. Be discreet though. Don't leave a mess for your chambermaids and dispose of your rubbish outside the hotel the next morning.
What to pay: How long is a pice of string...or should that be spaghetti?
On the outskirts of the city are several shopping centres such as the SCS.
Shopping City Süd, to the south of the city, is Vienna's equivalent of a mall.
What to buy: Antiques
Food and Drink
Computers and Electronics
Bath and Beauty
Toys and Games
Danube center is one of the most beautiful and biggest shopping centers from Vienna.
What to buy: Books
Food and Drink
Computers and Electronics
Toys and Games
Kaerntner Strasse, Graben, and Kohlmarkt are some of Vienna's more upscale shopping streets. They are located right in the center, spreading out in the pedestrian area around the Stephansdom (St. Stephen's church). You can find stores carrying a wide variety of goods, from books to electronics, jewelry, underwear, and lots more. Some of the more famous stores are the Meindl-shop (delicatessen), Swarovsky-crystal, Douglas (perfumes), Manner-schnitten (sweets) and many more. There are also a bunch of little souvenier-stores that sell Vienna/Mozart specific merchandise. And not to forget the coffee-houses and restaurants...
Between the stores you can find landmarks, such as the "Stock im Eisen", famous fountains, St. Stephen's church, Mozart's apartment (in a little side-street off St. Stephen's square), the famous hotel "Sacher", the Viennese Opera house (at the end of Kaerntner Strasse), the Opern-passage (shopping center), and much more.
During your stroll around these streets, don't forget to look up from time to time - the roofs and buildings are beautiful. Lots of angels, statues, and decorations since most were built hundreds of years ago before the time of square concrete blocks.
What to buy: Mozart-kugeln, Sacher-torte, and Vienna-knick-knack;
but besides that you can find pretty much anything your heart desires
What to pay: since it is in the center of Vienna, and a high tourist-area, prices are higher than in most other parts of the city
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.
Weihnachtsdorf am Maria-Theresien-Platz is mainly important and worth seeing, because it is set in the middle between the Kunsthistorisches and Naturhistorisches Museum around the giant monument of empress Maria Theresia. All of these sights are illuminated at night and so that market is really very scenic.
Weihnachtsdorf Maria-Theresien-Platz is open
in 2009 from Nov. 18th till Dec. 24th
daily between 11.00a.m. and 10.00p.m.
At December 24th they close already at 03.00p.m.
What to buy: You will find the same items as at most of the other x-mas-markets and maybe you like to keep their porcelain-cup as a souvenir (see my last picture !) - You get all drinks served in that cup and have to pay 2 euros deposit for it. Bring it back or take it home as a souvenir !
What to pay: prices are the same as at the other markets !
The Weihnachtsmarkt of Schloss Schoenbrunn is in my opinion the most beautiful and most scenic one in Vienna :
That market will be set up inside the big court in front of the former summer-palace of the Austrian emperors and it consists of a large circle of shopping-stands and only 4 food-stands in the centre of that cercle, so you will hardly ever have to fight yourselves through crowds of people, but will have in fact a lot of space to walk freely and enjoy also the lovely scenery of the Schloss Schoenbrunn in the background.
This market is normally one of the first to open
and the last one to close :
In 2010 : from Nov. 20th - January 2nd
daily till Dec 23rd: from 10.00a.m. till 09.00 p.m.
At December 24th : 10.00a.m. till 04.00p.m.
At December 25th+26th : 10.00a.m.-06.00p.m.
From Dec. 28th till Jan. 2nd : 10.00am-05.00pm
This market is CLOSED AN Dec. 27th !!!
What to buy: At this market you will find a few stands with special handicrafts, that you will not find at most of the other christmas-markets in Vienna !
For the food I may recommend :
Kaiserschmarrn - MY favorite desert
Raclette and other cheese-specialities
What to pay: Prices will not differ a lot from other markets : Gluehwein is around 3 euro, for the beautifully decorated porcelain-cup you have to pay a deposit of 2 euros, and may keep it, some of the foodstands even give you a paper-bag to pack it safely !
Weihnachtsdorf am Schloss Belvedere
is a place I may mainly recommend because of its special place in front of Schloss Belvedere, that will be beautifully lighted as well. This market is quite small and it will also have less visitors than other markets. At the end of the market you will find a lovely nostalgic merry-go-round, it sounds like driven by steam, but I guess it is a replica with artificial sound...
NO dogs allowed at this market !!
In 2010 it is open between Nov. 19th and Dec. 23rd
daily between 11.00a.m. and 09.00p.m.
What to buy: Take a look at my last picture : that is the cup that you may get for just 2 euros deposit, when you buy a hot drink, and when you decide to take it home, you might even get a paperbag at the counter so you may pack it safely.
What to pay: Most prices are the same as at the other markets in Vienna !
is famous mainly for 2 reasons :
1) Spittelberg is one of the old parts of the city with narrow streets, cobbled stones etc. and
2) in this area a lot of artists have settled and built their arteliers here, that are nowadays also part of the x-mas-market.
Spittelberg is a great place to walk through all year long, but it is certainly best at Christmas-time !
in 2010 it is open from Nov. 16th till Dec. 23rd
Monday-Thursday 03.00p.m. till 09.00p.m.
Fridays : 03.00 till 09.30pm
Saturdays : 10.00am - 09.30pm
Sunday & holiday (=dec. 8th) : 10.00am - 09.00pm
and December 8th : 10.00am - 09.30pm
What to buy: Besides a lot of things that you may get at all the other places as well, you will find some special works of art ONLY here at Spittelberg. In Spittelberg there are also some stands with handicrafts from Africa and other places from overseas
Altwiener Christkindlmarkt Freyung is maybe the only christmas-market in the old Viennese tradition of the 19th century. It is quite small with just a few tiny huts and food-stands and they also have a place , where you may watch people, while they produce old-fashioned goods in the traditional way. There is also a small live orchestra performing traditional christmas-songs.
Altwiener Christkindlmarkt at Freyung is open
in 2009 between Nov. 20th and Dec. 23rd
daily from 9.30a.m. till 09.00p.m.
What to buy: The cup of this market shows some angels, see it at my last picture. Hand-made baskets and other traditional goods that you will not find at any of the other markets may be bought there !
What to pay: Mostly the same prices as at the other markets.
The pleasure of window shopping for things you cannot afford is only surpassed by the thrill of realising that you might just be able to buy them. It's unlikely happen in this case though!
Strolling down Wollzeile one evening, we came across a rather swish shop selling watches, clocks, jewellery etc My eye was drawn to this rather extraordinary timepiece in the window. Not particularly pretty, in fact not really to my taste at all. Even so, I was fascinated to see that the dial on the timepiece stretched all the way to the year 3000! After much delving I later discovered that this was Jaeger le Coultre's 'Atmos du Millénaire', an extraordinary bit of mechanical engineering powered purely by fluctuations in temperature and guaranteed to outlive both it's owner and a good many of his ancestors. Needless to say, no price was visible in the window and I wasn't able to find a price online either - I doubt they're embarrassed because it's so cheap and affordable!
What to pay: I dread to think! Probably not a good idea to put it in the kids bedroom and I wouldn't want to be the one who dropped it at 11.59 pm on the 31st December 2999!
Mariahilfer Strasse is the best street in Vienna for shopping. The choice of shops is amazing and the U Bahn line 3 runs to it. Sure there are shopping streets with fancier stores like Kohlmarkt Street with it's Tiffany's, Louis Vuiton and Burberry stores but lets face it, most of us can't afford those places anyway. So if your budget is more Benetton and Esprit then head for Mariahilfer Strasse.
On one side of the Museum Quarter , opposite the Leopold and Kunst Museum is a very hip and modern shopping area called Quartier 21. Electric Avenue is a series of interconnected shops and cafes one leading on from the other and here you can purchase some seriously attractive artistic souvenirs. The shop I liked best here was Prachner where the books were laid out with easy access in mind and you could sit and browse in comfortable leather armchairs. Art books and calenders predominate but music, literature and architecture are also covered.
What to buy: A book on Schiele or Klimt maybe would be a good purchase here but expensive and heavy to carry round with you. A perfect souvenir/present would be anything from their calender section.
What to pay: A reasonable amount for calenders and smaller items but the books were on the pricey side.
In the middle of the heart of Vienna, lain at a noblen address " Graben", Julius Meinl am Graben belongs certainly to the most interesting delicatessen of its kind in Europe.
Here you can get the finest ingredients and materials from all over the world which are on sale over three floors. It is really a food-lover’s must-see, but the historic building alone is worth a visit.
In the ground floor is the Meinl Café with the finest Viennese coffee tradition. Guests can taste coffee in more than 35 different traditional preparation.
The Meinl Restaurant on the 1st floor with a wonderful view to the Graben and Kohlmarkt offers a lot of breakfast variants in the morning, at noon some light menu, and in the evening everything from the Entrée to the final sweet culinary experiences, but reservation is highly recommended, in order to get one of the window tables.
House made Kipferln and Meinl's own coffee brand are so famous that many tourists order these 'hard to get' specialties right online when they get home.
The bar in the restaurant is a meeting place for all those, who want to eat fast something small or to drink only.
What to buy: Everything you ever considered picking up but didn't!!!
The extensive array on offer includes more than 16,000 delicacies, among them 400 kinds of cheese, a wide range of hams and cold cuts, the finest chocolates, caviar and truffles, the rarest wines from Bordeaux, and much more. Perfect for special gifts, or if money’s no object, a basket full of goodies for yourself. Gorgeous packaging, amazing variety, sumptuous surroundings, however, very high prices, which force you possibly into a bankruptcy.
What to pay: Nobody visits Meinl, to buy only milk. Those is here more expensive than everywhere.
Meinl is visited by the Gourmet, who wants to select from the finest delicate meals to taste.
Opening Times of the shop
Monday to Wednesday from 8.30am to 7.30pm
Thursdays and Fridays from 8.00am to 7.30pm
Saturdays from 9.00am to 6.00pm
Sundays and holidays closed
Opening Times Cafe and Restaurant:
Monday to Wednesday from 8.30am to 12.00pm,
Thursdays and Fridays from 8.00am to 12.00pm,
Saturdays from 9.00am to 12.00pm
Sun- and holidays closed
Weihnachtsdorf am Uni-Capmus is listed in some booklets as one of the bigger x-mas-markets in Vienna, BUT I think this place is of NO real interest for the tourists : No special scenery around this place, it is ment mainly for the local people with a lot of food-stands and attractions for the children. When you have a hotel just around the corner, why not going there, when you have a long way to go there, simply skip it, you would not have missed anything special.
In 2009 this market is open Nov. 14th till Dec.23rd
Monday-Saturday: 02.00p.m. - 10.00p.m.
Sun+December 8th : 11.00a.m. - 10.00p.m.
What to buy: Even the cups that you may get there for 2 euros deposit are not really very fancy or beautiful, but at least there are some restaurant-gardens where you may sit at large tables, while all the other markets will offer just standing-places !
What to pay: Same prices as in the other x-mas-markets !