Top 16 Austrian Things to Buy in Vienna
1. Svarowski Crystal
Kärntner Straße 24 1010 Vienna
Monday to Friday 9.00 – 21.00
Saturday 9.00 – 18.00
2. Viennese Porcelein
The old Viennese figures are still made to molds created in the Marie Antoinette period of 1750. The Art Dèco figures captivate beholders with their beguiling charm and perfected beauty of captured motion. The figures are available in white or else in a range of colors. They suit a dramatic budget; the oriental female figure is priced at €982, the oriental male figure at €863, or more affordable the fawn here would cost €159. Augarten is located in the centre of Vienna at Spiegelgasse 3, and open Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm.
Obere Augartenstraße 1a 1020 Wien
Monday - Saturday 10:00-18:00 hrs.
Spiegelgasse 3, 1010
Monday - Saturday 10:00-18:00 hrs.
3. Artisanal Chocolate
For a wider range of prepacked gift chocolates, Altmann and Kuehne may be more suitable. You will find them at Am Graben 30, conveniently located near Stephansplatz U Bahnhof. Here, in time for Valentine's day, you can pick up a heart-shaped box full of delicious locally-produced chocolates for just €33.10. And if you are lucky enough to be in Vienna around Christmas and New Year celebrations, keep an eye out for the little stands on the street and in-store displays selling sweet confectionery pigs. A little strange, but it is a Viennese tradition to gift a small toy or sweet pig to a friend. You can pick one up for only €1.50 - Yum!
Monday-Friday 8:00 - 18:00 hrs.
Saturday 9:00 - 18:00 hrs.
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00 hrs.
4. Selection of Gifts from Museum Gift Stores
With a variety of products for people and their homes, the Schauraum of the Museum of Applied Art, at Siebensterngasse 33, is literally a treasure trove. With vases and other tableware in various colours by austriandesign.at, a brand founded by Karin Merkl, as well as tea sets by the local Saxen and Tonfisk by Tony Alfström, you can be sure that everything you buy here is made in Vienna and to perfection. Finally, the gift store at Albertina, in the centre of Vienna - at Albertinaplatz 1, is full of trinkets, books, posters, postcards and many other convenient portable items, which will make perfect gifts for people interested in the history of art.
Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Wien
Saturday - Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 - 18:00 hrs.
Wednesday & Friday 9:00 - 21:00 hrs.
5. Lobmeyr Glass
Many fantastic designers have worked for Lobmeyr, including painters, architects and designers. Nowadays, one can easily find all sorts of one-of-a-kind and limited edition lighting, crystal, and jewellery items at Lobmeyr, including drinking sets, vases, paperweights and tumblers. A set of 6 striped glass tumblers starts at €58. J. L. Lobmeyr has several shops throughout Vienna including their flagship at Kärntnerstrasse 26.
Monday – Friday 9:00 -19:00 hrs.
Saturday 9:00 -18:00 hrs.
6. Austrian Dirndl Dress
Tailored to suit every preference and occasion, the store carries classic dirndls, beautiful festive wear for adults and children, and even wedding costumes. Wear your dirndl artfully accessorized with hats from Bittner, silk scarves from the Viennese silk weaver Flemmich, hand-crafted prints on silk and cotton from Sepp Wach in Aussee, hand-made bags from Florence Mucret and traditional shoes from Southern Tyrol (Sudtiroler Trachtenschuhe) and Austria (Dirndl & Bua and Giesswein). Tostmann Trachten is conveniently located in Schottengasse 3a.
7. Camile Boyer
Andy Wolf will soon expand its collection to include more male eyewear. The spectacle frames are made of acetate plates and prevent tension with the glass; they are hard-wearing and long-lasting. With sunglasses in a vast range of colours and frame styles, and the names like 'Pepper', 'Mike Hammer', Oregano' and 'Miss Marple', you are bound to find here a perfect gift for him or her. Prices range from €220 to €350. A major stockist of Andy Wolf eyewear, Camile Boyer is open Monday through Saturday.
Lindengasse 25 1070 Wien
Monday – Saturday 13:00 – 18:00 hrs.
8. Austrian Beer
The pricing system at Ottakringer is rather complicated, though. For example, you can buy a 16-pack of half-liter bottles of helles or 'light' beer for €15, or get what is called a 'dose', 0.33 liter, for €0.59. A tray of 6 of these would cost €3.54, and 24 - €14.16. A larger dose or half-liter costs €0.67, and a tray of 24 - €16.08.
Ottakringer Platz 1 A-1160 Wien
Monday - Saturday 10:00 – 20:00 hrs.
9. Traditional Austrian Clothing
Prices start at €46. Most men would go for a black or brown belt with the logo embossed on a silver buckle. All belts are €69. Intricately designed antler skulls could be just perfect for your mantelpiece or bookshelf at prices beginning from €149, they may suit someone truly passionate about their Austrian identity. And to take it all home, you can buy one of several bags or wallets embroidered with the Tu Felix logo and antlers. The Tu Felix store is found at Schottenfeldgasse 35.
Haydngasse 21/13, 1060,
10. Bags and Travel Accessories
Sticking to the principle that form follows function, the objects are of minimal weight and high simplicity - bright colours and classical cut. Prices for a simple wallet or portfolio start at €30.00. If you are keen to shop around and see what else Vienna has to offer, try Ozelot at Lindengasse 43, selling bags and travel accessories, as well as shoulder bags, leather bags, business bags, notebook carry bases, backpacks, and purses. The Cambridge satchels in fluoro colours ave a modern look made with traditional materials and techniques, starting from €98. Or you may prefer the style of Ina Kent. Based at Lindengasse 46, she makes bags which tell stories for sophisticated young women.
11. A&E Koechert Jewellery
Here, you can find lots of fascinating stuff, including the Stars of Empress Elizabeth, diamond pendants, brooches, or just hairpins. Jewellery purchases range from €230-€12,880. It is also possible to buy simple diamond and emerald earrings or rings, as well as other fine jewellery items made, for example, of pink coral. Prices range between €2,250 and €16,500.
Neuer Markt 15
Monday – Friday 10:00 - 18:00 hrs.
Samstag 10:00 - 17:00 hrs.
12. Viennese Tea and Cafe Experience
Other gift items at Demmers include a wide range of tea accessories and teas, beautiful teapots and cups, as well as accessories - tea filter basaleres and candies. Think about the Demmers tea for one teapot and cup, designed and neatly fitting together, for €14.90. A small, but fine range of coffee and tasty sweets you can get here as well, so as to ensure your afternoon tea back home is an absolute success. Whoever is looking for something really exquisite, refined and rare tea-wise, will surely find it here at Demmers, given the choice of over 250 different teas on offer.
However, if coffee is more like your cup, head to Julius Meinl. For 150 years Julius Meinl has been Central Europe's leading coffee company. A packet of Vienna-roasted beans from Costa Rica or Brazil will cost between €10.00 and €14.00. Also available at Meinl are espresso cups, tea cups and milk jugs in an affordable price range of €7.50-€26.00. Or if you know someone who likes to read with their morning brew, then, perhaps, a Julius Meinl newspaper order is the best choice, €30.00.
13. Austrian Traditional Music
In Austria, the choice of instruments is often built around brass, combined with an om-pah beat, which at times may sound embarrassingly traditional to the ears of the young! Still, there are quite a few cool pop performers flourishing in the country these days. One of them is Vera Böhnisch, who's big locally, but not so well-known yet in the English-speaking world, although she does sing in English. The best places to appreciate today's Austrian music scene are Audiocentre and Extraplatte at Währinger Strasse 4. Most CDs there cost between €15 and €20. Also, at Kollergerngasse 4, you will find Recordbag, showcasing local alternative artists and fashion. And, finally, at Kärntner Strasse 40, there is Arcadia shop for classical music, featuring all recordings of the Vienna Symphony and Vienna Opera. If you would like some original publications of the sheet music of Viennese composers, such as Mozart, head to Musikmueller. There you will find a selection of operas, foundation studies and etudes for a variety of classical instruments for €15.55-€22.88.
14. Austrian White Wine
Drinking at the bar will earn you 10% discount on all purchases made in the shop, which is open daily until midnight. Naturally, inside the shop there's a wine tasting corner. There, among the local highlights, you will find white Riesling by star-winegrower F.X. Pichler - a powerful, opulent and lively wine, retailed at €69.95; Grüner Veltliner Smaragd M, 2010 - for fans of classical wine from the Wachau region of Austria, revealing complex aromas, ideal as a gift, at €59,99; and also from Waschau, at €64,99, the Smaragd Singerriedel Riesling from 2010.
Mariahilfer Strasse 36
Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 14:00 hrs.
Sunday & holidays 15:00 - 24:00 hrs.
15. Ludwig Reiter Leather Goods
Most of the materials used come from locations outside of Europe, with a different kind of leather used for handbags and belts. If treated and cared for well, the shoes can last for many years and give the wearer a certain classic bygone feel, befitting noir movie characters - classy, knowledgeable, and hard to impress. Prices start at €90 for a men's belt, and climb to around €798 for leather boots and €329 for rubber boots. A conveniently sized wallet can be had for as little as €179. As well as offering classical welted shoes and boots, Ludwig Reiter supply a variety of high-quality sports and casual shoes, a selection of ladies' handbags, hand-finished cases, sport bags and leather accessories.
Monday - Friday 10:00-18:30 hrs.
Saturday 10:00-17:00 hrs.
16. Gustav Klimt Art
For those with extravagant inclinations, at Oesterrichische Werkstaetten, Kärntner Straße 6, there is a variety of products themed around Klimt's "Kiss". For example, you can buy there 'The Kiss' miniature sculpture for €795. Otherwise, at the Grand Hotel Wien, you can buy a Grand Guglhupf sweet cake, made on-site and packaged in a box featuring Klimt's "The Kiss", created in association with the Österreichische Galerie at Belvedere Palace. Alternatively, for €336 per person, you can get yourself a special holiday pack including two nights at the Grand Hotel Wien, a bottle of Champagne and a Grand Guglhupf 'Klimt' cake, plus a walking tour and tickets to the Klimt exhibition at the Belvedere. Not bad a package deal!
Kärntner Straße 6 1010 Wien
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 18:30 hrs.
Other Interesting Souvenirs from Austria
If traveling to Austria is not an option for you right now, or you simply can't afford extra space in your luggage, fortunately, these days, you can find a wide selection of authentic and truly interesting Austrian souvenirs online. Presented here are some of the Austrian products sought by foreign visitors, now available online for your convenience.
2. Austrian Cookies - Internationally recognized confectionery superpower, such as Austria, is renowned for its cookies. Among the most notable of them are Ruger Wafers – delicious, crisp, gourmet delicacy made in the Austrian Alps in accordance with the old-time recipes, using the top-quality ingredients combined with the latest technology, which allows to create some truly unique, aerated vanilla-flavored cream fillings. Other handcrafted Austrian cookies, worth considering, include: Linzer Cookies - spiced with a touch of cinnamon, lemon and orange zest, complete with a raspberry jam, lemon curd, and apricot jam filling; Viennese Chocolate Kisses - made with hazelnuts and dark chocolate; Butter Cookies - a delicious treat with little sugar glaze dots; and Vanilla Tea cookies - soft, tender hazelnut butter cookies coated in vanilla sugar or dark chocolate.
3. Staud’s Jam - No Viennese breakfast typically goes without a generous dollop of fresh jam, especially that made by Staud’s, a firm favorite jam producer among the local. The range of berries and fruits they make their jams of is enormous and includes apricots, sour cherries, elderberries, plums, apples, raspberries, and more - all carefully hand picked and retaining their natural taste.
4. Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil - Pumpkin seed oil is a specialty of the Austrian province of Styria, home to the world's best pumpkin seeds. The process of extracting oil from pumpkin seeds has not changed for centuries, and takes 100% pure Styrian seeds to create extra virgin pumpkin seed oil. To achieve that, the seeds are first toasted, and then squashed in a hydraulic press to release a dark green oil with a rich, nutty flavor, upon which the oil is lightly filtered and bottled in a protective tin can to preserve freshness. Staple ingredient of every traditional Styrian meal, the toasted pumpkin seed oil, other than being healthy, makes a tasty addition to a salad, soup, marinade, pasta, dips, pastries and other dishes. Just taste it, and you will get addicted to it, too.
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