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Vienna Culture Shopping – gift shops from porcelain to crafts

Vienna Culture Shopping From Porcelain to Enamel

Vienna Culture Shopping: Augarten service
photo: Augarten

The best souvenirs don’t come from souvenir shops. Here is my guide toVienna shopping for authentic local culture, including home accessories and textiles.

Vienna has a strong heritage of beautiful things for everyday life. Many traditional products, like Riess porcelain enamel crockery, are being re-discovered while old family businesses are evolving their range with edgy new designs.

My list of the best local home accessories and textile shops below spans traditional and new businesses. Many of their products make great authentic gifts.

Augarten Porcelain

Vienna Culture Shopping: Augarten porcelainWhy it is good for Vienna Culture Shopping. Objects of fine domestic Vienna culture; broad range of both traditional and contemporary porcelain pieces from Austria’s famous porcelain manufacturer; combine shopping with guided tour through garden palais Augarten and brand new porcelain museum;
What’s on offer? Hand painted porcelain dinner, tea and coffee services, vases, gifts, figures, lamps.
Vienna Unwrapped symbolMy tip: Create Vienna coffee mornings at home with one of the Vienna mokka sets, from traditional Biedermeier to the famous Art Deco Melon Service.
Price category: ***
Location: (flagship store) Spiegelgasse 3, A-1010 Vienna; (manufacture, shop, porcelain museum and guided tours) Schloss Augarten; Obere Augartenstrasse 1A; A-1020 Vienna
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm (both locations)

Vienna Fabrics & Design

Vienna Culture Shopping: cassette with Josef Hofmann style fabric, AustriaWhy it is good for Vienna Culture Shopping. First address for Viennese textile design, great collection of Viennese Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) and Art Deco textiles, Biedermeier and Empire style fabrics; and cutting edge local textile designs;
What’s on offer? Vast selection of textiles from national and international collections for furniture, upholstery, curtains, cushions, table cloths.
Vienna Unwrapped symbolMy tip: Bring a touch of Vienna culture to your home with fabrics and accessories (like the cassette on the photo) from Kollektion Josef Hofmann, or Kollektion Wiener Werkstaette.
Price category: ***
Location: Schwarzenbergstrasse 10, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10.00am to 6pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm

S’Fachl

Vienna culture shopping: baking mixturesWhy it is good for Vienna Culture Shopping. This tiny shop embraces the best of local creativity and design. At S’Fachl (‘the shelf’) small creative start ups each rent a shelf to present their wares. The result is a multitude of unique, lovingly made and highly creative local gifts that reflect Viennese zeitgeist like nowhere else.

What’s on offer? textiles, ceramics, regional delicacies, fashion jewelry, paper crafts and much more.
Vienna Unwrapped symbolMy tip: Get a baking mixture of local sweets and even bread rolls filled up in beautiful glass bottles (see photo).
Price category: ***
Location: Fleischmarkt 16, (courtyard), A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm;

Österreichische Werkstätten

glass mug, Oesterreichische WerkstaettenWhy it is good for Vienna Culture Shopping. Popular shop for objects of Wiener Werkstaette and local crafts; trades products from Backhausen’s beautiful Jugendstil fabrics and from Lobmeyr’s glassware;
What’s on offer? Home accessories, fashion accessories, jewellery, regional crafts.
Vienna Unwrapped symbolMy tip: Watch out for the Austrian Jugendstil / Art Nouveau range of fabrics and glassware.
Price category: ***
Location: Kärntnerstrasse 6, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10.00am to 6.30pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm

Riess Porcelain Enamel Cookware

Riess gugelhupf baking formWhy it is good for Vienna Culture Shopping. One of Austria’s great vintage brands; only Austrian cookware manufacturer; porcelain enamel cookware has been a firm part of domestic Vienna culture, is sturdy and particularly good for induction cookers; read my product review here; Inner city supplier Rudolf Waniek (former supplier to the Imperial Court) and high end homeware shop Slama are paradises for cookery fans; Em. Blasser is a typical local ironmonger stocking household items.

What’s on offer? Traditional porcelain enamel cookware as my grandparents used it, including pots, casseroles, milk cans, cake tins, and bread tins.
Vienna Unwrapped symbolMy tip: Bag a gugelhupf (a type of bundt cake) baking tin, or one of their lovely vintage milk cans.
Price category: **
Distributors: Rudolf Waniek, Hoher Markt 5; A-1010 Vienna; Slama Ges.m.b.H. und Co, Mariahilfer Strasse 71, A-1060 Vienna; Em.Blasser’s Nfg., Taborstrasse 35, A-1020 Vienna;
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm; Saturday 10am to 3pm (Rudolf Waniek); Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6.30pm; Saturday 9.30am to 6pm (Slama); Monday to Friday 8.30am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm; Saturday 9am to 12pm (Em. Blasser);

Simon und Jakober

Vienna culture shopping: Simon und JakoberWhy it is good for Vienna Culture Shopping.  Great gift shop, stocking authentic regional delights from Waldviertel, north west of Vienna, and other areas; the shop owners work closely with local craftsmen and farmers, supporting them to maintain their traditional craftsmenship and farm businesses.
What’s on offer? Regional delicatessen, artisan chocolates, handmade cosmetics, hand made brushes, regional gift packs, original textiles and linen tableware, vintage ceramics.
Vienna Unwrapped symbolMy tip: Get a jar of dirndl jam, a hand made brush or one of these liqueurs from the region.
Price category: **
Location: Taborstrasse 35, A-1020 Vienna
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm; Saturday 10am to 3pm (only in November and December);

Other great shopping tips: Shopping in Vienna Austria (private insider shopping tours), Austrian Jewelry, Austria Fashion ShoppingAustrian Design Shopping, Dirndl Dresses, Evening Dress Shops in ViennaVienna Shopping for Luxury (international designer brands);

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