You gotta love a local market. Man I still miss this neighbourhood in the 3rd.
Margarethen is one of my favourite districts in Vienna, there is so much cool stuff to find there, including shops, cinema (Filmkasino), workshops, various funky places that you don’t even know what are, and cafes. I really like walking the streets there.
This lamp shop is far down towards the end of Margarethenstrasse, and probably right on the border with the 4th and 1st. I really liked the extremely long word in the window. German language…
We’re staying here for Christmas this year, and I want to have a nice tree (of the kind that has pine needles, and not my birch fig as in the past). But, I don’t have much in the way of tree decorations, so today I went to Caritas on Mittersteig to check out what they had. They have a lot!! And pretty affordable too. The selection you see above is what I ended up bringing home with me, admittedly some of them came in bundle bags where I wasn’t all that sure what was inside, but I’m pretty happy with it. The above haul cost 13 Euro altogether. AND, as a bonus I’m also supporting Caritas by shopping there. I save money, I give to charity, everyone is happy. 😛 (Except my partner who is worried that I’m going to over decorate the flat). Five weeks to go people!! Are you ready yet? 😉
There is a new sort of container city/mall that’s popped up next to the WU campus at Krieau, called Boxircus. It looks pretty cool, with some designer outlets, and a bit of a pop up market feel to it. All the shops are in containers, except for these huge lavos.
You can sit outside and have a hot drink in the section of outdoor furniture made from recycled pallets.
This is my kind of place 🙂
This is the Mekka for foodies. I went there because I wanted to get some good IPA, and boy I found a good selection! They’ve got quite a good import selection, as well as stuff from other Austrian regions.
I was laughing at myself taking these photos, as all the tourists were looking at the Ankeruhr that’s right next to it. They were looking at me with a confused frown. 🙂
Ok…. so it might not be that easy to see, but this is the part of town that holds Chinatown. Basically it’s just because there is a high concentration of Asian supermarkets, restaurants and shops, and some of them have chinese letters on their signs. Just up ahead is Naschmarkt. So, not quite as happening as other Chinatowns around the world, but there you have it!
Yesterday I was told that a Danish man opened a candy store in the 19th district called Candymeister, where he sells a lot of Scandinavian candy in loose weight. About half an hour later I was on my way there. It was awesome – some 300 different sweets to choose between. I was also surprised not to get ripped off, seeing as all the stuff (or most of it) is imported from Denmark and Sweden. The store is easy to find right on Döblinger Hauptstrasse where the 37 tram goes past, there is a stop right outside his door, actually.
Snack shop is on Liechtensteinstrasse close to Schottentor in the 9th district. It carries mostly American foods, of all varieties (ingredients as well as snacks). We sometimes go there for the Doritoes. And the Fanta Zero / Dr. Pepper. Please pay no attention to the weird-looking people.. I used the panorama function on my phone, and so they got a bit split up.
Another store that is dear to me is Bobby’s foodstore on Schleifmuehlgasse, in the 4th district. They are a little bit bigger, and apart from American stuff, they also have a lot of British and Irish stuff. They have an awesome range of beers, and a fair bit of frozen food as well. I went there just this weekend to get some Allsorts… I love that liquorish stuff. yummmm.
So, before it became really cold and yucky and slippery, we went for a walk around our new surroundings. I didn’t know that this pedestrian mall existed… it’s in the 10th district, just by the new Hauptbahnhof. And it’s fairly big… as far as pedestrian malls here in Vienna goes (they didn’t really exist until Mariahilfer was half-way converted. Although I think THIS place already existed then). Awesome. We are also close to the columbus mall, which has a decent Merkur. whoop whoop!
Walked past here on Saturday – boy this thing looks flash! And ready to open, to be honest… But it’s not scheduled to open until the end of the year. Already this autumn the shopping mall will open, which means I don’t have to go that far to go to a supermarket that’s open on Sundays. Sweet! Can’t wait. 🙂
similar to other countries, Austria has something like the salvation army. It’s called Caritas, and it’s run completely by volunteers. The proceeds from their shop (Carla laden) go towards their projects for the homeless and needy, so spending money there actually makes you feel kinda good… ahem. Well anyway! I found some treasures. I found a board game section…. yusss!!
The shop is made up of three really sizeable halls… one with general furniture, one with books and huge furniture, and one with vintage clothing. (and strange clothing from the 80s).
Something that can be really frustrating for someone moving to Vienna/Austria from a somewhat ‘normal’ country where shops are open on Sunday, is just that: Shops are not open on Sunday. Not even supermarkets. Nix. Nada. Even though I grew up in a country where the situation is similar, I had become accustomed to do my grocery shopping on Sunday in New Zealand, when I finally could find the time to do so. Stress free, no fuss. So, I often ended up without food on Sundays when I first got here, and it took a while before I found the shops that are open on Sunday. There are five supermarkets that I know of: Billa Franz Josef Bahnhof (in the picture above), Westbahnhof supermarket (really small), Spar Pronto at Landstrasse (small), Spar Pronto at Hauptbahnhof (small to medium but pretty good), and Billa Praterstern (Quite decent even on a Sunday but crazy full of people). Perhaps you can detect a pattern there… (Train stations!). There are also Turkish supermarkets around the place that are open on Sundays, so you’re lucky if you end up living next to one of those.
The experience of Billa Franz Josef Bhof though is one that always fascinates me. The place is always full of bogans, with a lot of dogs. The proliferation of people with bright coloured hair, piercings and collections of dogs don’t always go well with the streams of people pouring into the supermarket on Sundays. I’ve never felt threatened or unconfortable, but I have seen those who have got into arguments with the bogans when they’re asking for money. Some people just don’t want to look at things that aren’t “pretty” when going shopping, I suppose. The worst thing that’s ever happened to me here was that someone asked me for 10 cents. Can’t say that that’s scared me off! 🙂
My favourite little shopping street in Vienna! It’s between Mariahilferstrasse and Gunpendorferstrasse in the 6th district. It’s got small funky shops and my fav jewellery store, Fantasy Schmueck, which sells pieces made with natural stones. It also has a hippie store, funky little design stores and cafes. But mostly I like it because it is super cute and has a great atmosphere. 🙂