1 Obere Augartenstrasse
Tel: 43 1211 24200
At Augarten, a porcelain manufacturer since 1718, every step of production—from mixing the paste to painting the intricate trim—is done by hand, exquisitely. The factory and shop are out of the way in the second district, but it's worth the trip for the delicate and graceful shape and pure lines of the finished product. Plus, you can watch the master craftsmen at work. While you're out there, stop by the former hunting lodge of Emperor Franz Joseph, surrounded by the beautiful Augarten Park, and the Augarten Palace, now home to the Vienna Boys' Choir. Following a major renovation in 2011, one wing of the gleaming palace now houses the Augarten Porcelain Museum. The showcase for Austria's signature porcelain features examples from each of the manufacturer's artistic phases, including flamboyant Art Deco designs and covetable pastel-painted figurines.—Update by Raphael Kadushin
Open Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Tel: 43 151 4040
Backhausen textile company was founded in 1849, and since then its fabrics have graced such venues as the State Opera and Burgtheater as well as the imperial household. The company has amassed a vast inventory of historic fabrics in its warehouse, including Jugendstil and Biedermeier styles, but in keeping with the times, Backhausen also specializes in modern linens, satin damask, tapestry wool, and custom work. If upholstery isn't part of your vacation plan, you can pick up printed handbags and pillow covers in the accessories shop, or browse through an archive of 3,500 sketches of historic textile designs in the Wiener Werkstätte museum located in the basement of the company's first-district flagship.
Open Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 6:30 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.
Tel: 43 151 5030
The perfect complement to a night at the Musikverein or the opera is a visit to this shop near St. Stephen's Cathedral. It's a repository of Wiener Lieder, cabaret, theater, choral, chamber, and jazz sheet-music (including out-of-print compositions that you might have thought were forever lost to time). There's also a back room filled with secondhand scores and rare first editions.
Open Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm.
Tel: 43 151 5600
People have driven themselves into financial ruin at this famous auction house (celebrating its 300th year in 2007), just to pick up a silver toothpick that once belonged to Franz Joseph or a bodice from his wife Sisi's trousseau. For those with more modest bank accounts, the direct-sale rooms are a safer bet than a bidding war. You'll find Austrian-made Jugendstil desks, antique cutlery, gold and silver jewelry, and porcelain.
Open Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.
Tel: 431 488 4426
Fürnkranz carries clothing from top Austrian, French, and Italian designers. The range of stylesfrom tennis skirts to fur coatscan be overwhelming, but the gracious couture team (Eva Schleihs and Ilse Holey) is always on hand to help shoppers pull together an outfit: perhaps a Cavalli dress accentuated by a Tahiliani scarf and topped off with a hat by Alberta Ferretti.
Museum für Angewandte Kunst
Tel: 43 1711 36228
The shop at the Museum of Applied Arts, just north of the Stadtpark, is a showcase for up-and-coming designers and architects from Austria and Central Europe as well as masters such as Zaha Hadid. Among the clothing, handbags, and home accessories, you might find flexible breadbaskets made of stainless-steel mesh with washable cotton covers, a magnetic bird paperweight, or a 3-D picture frame. Whatever you pick up, no one at home will have anything like it.
Open Tuesdays from 10 am to midnight, and Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm.
Naschmarkt on Wienzeile
The venerable food market's vendors sell from numbered wooden stalls painted pine-green, and hawk everything from local fish, meat, fruits, strudels, vinegar, and pickled gherkins to an increasingly global range of curries, Croatian olives, and Asian spices. Sauerkraut, sold by the pound from a big wooden barrel, sits across from a döner kebab stall. If you build up an appetite, you'll be happy to know that the market comes framed by a long row of multiethnic cafés that take full advantage of the surrounding supplies.
A block from the Naschmarkt in the recently gentrified Fourth District, this is Vienna's best one-stop street for stylish shopping. Among the seductive one-theme stores: Babette's offers a smartly edited collection of cooking and food books surrounding an open kitchen and one-counter café, so you can smell the chanterelles cooking as you flip through the food porn (17 Schl.; 43-1585-5165; www.babettes.at); Vintage-Nostalgische Mode is a boutique nostalgic for everything from mod to Deco women's clothes (15a Schl.; 43-1586-0773; www.einkaufsstrassen.at); Rauminhalt, features a savvy mix of mid-century classic furniture and Berber rugs (13 Schl.; 43-1409-9892; www.rauminhalt.com); and Gallery Georg Kargl is one of the street's pioneering anchors and a trend-defining contemporary art gallery (5 Schl.; 43-1585-4199, www.georgkargl.com).
Tel: 43 1512 9032
In Vienna, crystals are a girl's best friend. Almost any self-respecting Viennese lady has a Swarovski necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, and some even cover their iPods and cell phones in crystals. Swarovski's figurines are available worldwide, but this busy local shop on Kärtnerstrasse stocks watches, belts, rings, decorations, chandeliers, and collectibles you won't find elsewhere. Check out the more recently opened three-story Swarovski shop across the street, specifically for its beautiful custom-made crystal Chandelier.
Open Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm.