Luxury shopping in Vienna
Vienna is like a jewel box – many unique stores and special places can be found on its streets. Let’s see some of the most interesting ones that our local colleagues think worth a visit.
This popular street of Vienna boasts the greatest number of shops and stores of all. Almost all major department stores can be found here selling clothes, leather goods, furniture and accessories, books and stationery. Between these big stores there are tiny shops selling all kind of fun stuff. Pleasant street cafes offer a welcome break from shopping where you can rest your tired feet while sampling some of the famous Viennese “Gemütlichkeit”, and the subway, which runs about half the length of Mariahilfer Straße, makes it easy to get around.
Kärntner Straße is one of the most famous and popular shopping areas with high end shops in central Vienna. Even in the Roman Age this was already an important trade route leading to Carinthia. Nowadays it runs from the Stephansplatz out to the Wiener Staatsoper at Karlsplatz on the Ringstraße.
Besides Kärntner Strasse shopping street Landstraßer Hauptstraße in Vienna’s 3rd District is the capital’s other impressive shopping area. When the street was being reconstructed in the mid 80s a subway stop was installed and the entire layout was made more attractive and appealing. Today the Landstraßer Hauptstraße boasts wide sidewalks lined with trees and, the most important thing for a shopping street, a great number of stores catering to all pocketbook sizes. If you need to refuel between shopping sprees then Rochus Market, conveniently located right on Landhauser Hauptstraße, is a great place to unwind and indulge in fresh food.
Located in Vienna’s 10th district, near the Südtiroler Platz, is the Favoritenstraße pedestrian area. Favoritenstraße was remodeled in 2005 and now features benches where you can unwind and lose yourself in the soothing sight of water spurting from fountains. It is a rare gem that tourists and expats have yet to found, its shops and services are frequented mostly by locals.