Shopping is definitely one of the favorite activities of people when they’re in a new place. Whether it’s just window shopping or really buying items including souvenir products, tourists will always want to stroll around for local stuff they can bring home to family and friends.
In Vienna, there are several areas worth checking out for your shopping spree.
Mariahilfer Strasse – Situated between the city center and Westbahnhof, this more than one-mile stretch features hundreds of shops selling jewelry, accessories, shoes, cosmetics and fashionable clothing including international chains. Also here you will find film, video and computer shops as well as dining places, snack bars and cinemas.
Kärntner Strasse, Graben and Kohlmarkt – Upscale shops selling jewelry items and designer clothes abound in this pedestrian area just around the St. Stephen’s Church. Book lovers should visit Kohlmarkt as this is the place where you can find great books, maps and guides of all kinds including the photographic books. At the Kärntner Strasse, you will find small shops selling locally made products such as porcelain ceramics, dolls, flowers, shoes and cosmetics.
Flea market and Naschmarkt – Budget shoppers should go to this flea market which is open every Saturday morning. The Naschmarkt situated next door features various delicacies.
Danube Center (Donauzentrum) – Located in the 22nd district, this center is one of Vienna’s largest and most attractive shopping center where you can find almost anything you need. Right here are 160 shops as well as 20 restaurants, cafes and small to-go stalls.
Ringstrassen Galerien – This shopping mall features two buildings joined by a glass bridge. Some 59 shops and eight restaurants are in place including the high end Prada, Rolex, Hugo Boss and John Paul Gaultier.
Shopping City Süd – Known as the SCS, this is a popular shopping center in Vienna’s outskirts. It’s sort of a mall where shoppers will find everything they need.