Vienna''s most trendy shopping strip is the Mariahilfer Strasse,
where hundreds of stores offer fashion, jewellery and accessories.
In the city centre there are a variety of jewellery stores and
boutiques. Local specialities include Augarten porcelain, ceramics,
handmade dolls, wrought-iron work and leather goods.
Agent Provocateur is located at 14 Tuchlauben, the first outlet
of the cult London underwear label in central Europe. Kiehl''s
started out 150 years ago in a small apothecary and is now a chic
cosmetics brand; its flagship store is on Tuchlauben in Vienna. For
arty T-shirts and sweaters by leading designers, visit Firis on
On Freisingergasse, Schokoladek├Ânig makes handmade chocolate
treats, while Boehle stocks superior wines and traditional
specialities (deli snacks) in Wollzeile. For spices and cookery
books, visit Babette''s on Schleifm├╝hlgasse. Karlsplatz holds the
Naschmarkt food market during the week and a flea market on
Saturdays. Go to City Hall Square in December for the Christmas
The Kaufhaus Schiepek department store at Teinfaltstra├?e is
definitely worth visiting for its variety of outlets, and for the
more eccentric, Carnaby sells vintage fashion and accessories on
Neubaugasse, while magicians'' accessories and gimmicks can be found
at Zauberklingl on F├╝hrichgasse.
Austria''s VAT, as much as 34% on some luxury goods, is
refundable with a valid receipt; tourists can also take advantage
of tax-free shopping where advertised. With something for everyone
in store, Vienna is the place to break in those shopping shoes!