A Vienna Guide to Shopping on Sundays

While Austrian law requires most stores in Vienna to lock their doors on Sundays and holidays, there are a few exceptions allowed.

Souvenir shops and confectioners are allowed to open for business, as well as food markets and some stores at the major train stations and the airport. If you really need a new pair of Adidas and can’t wait till Monday, there are also shopping malls strategically positioned just across our borders in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

The Necessities

Groceries and convenience stores:
If you have run out of bread or just need something quick for an unplanned dinner, supermarkets at major train stations, the airport and the General Hospital (AKH) are open. Beware: The checkout lines are punishingly long and the law forbids the sale of certain products, such as cleaning supplies. Alternatively, convenience stores attached to gas stations are usually less busy and carry the staples.

Bakeries:
Most of the larger chain bakeries in Vienna (Ströck, Anker, Der Mann, Felber) have locations in every district open on Sundays, usually until 15:00.  Check their websites to find the correct location and hours before you head out.  In the 3rd district, Ströck has a lovely location that also serves Sunday brunch.

Spirits:
If your nose for wine is under-served by the supermarket shelves, the branches of Wein & Co on Stephansplatz, Schottentor and Naschmarkt are open on Sundays.

Sweet Somethings

Soothe your sweet tooth:
Most of the Konditorei (confectioners) in the city are open, like Aida and Oberlaa, so if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth with a quick dessert or maybe a dozen Krapfen (jelly doughnuts), this is where to go.

Florists:
Some florists in Vienna maintain Sunday hours, mainly the locations catering to those bringing bouquets to their loved ones in the hospital or in the cemetery. Also open are those at some train stations

Gifts and such

Museum shops:
The museums are open and that means their shops are too. There is a treasure trove of offerings available, from silk scarves to coffee cups with a dinosaur skull that say “my mom thinks I’m cute” (in German, of course).

The MQ Point at the MuseumsQuartier is a great place to browse on Sundays

However, if you are stuck for a last minute gift Mumok and MQ Point will have the largest selection of accessories, home wares, art books and oddities to satisfy anyone’s personal taste. However, there are several small shops in the MuseumsQuartier, from video games to comic books and fine art books to fashionable accessories.

Books:
The Thalia at Wien Mitte is open on Sundays and has a large selection of English books as well as a small selection of French and Spanish books. Also, a large toy section in the children’s section makes forgotten birthday gifts no problem at all. Gift wares are available in the main part of the store, however the arts and craft section is closed. Thalia branches at the Hauptbahnhof and Westbahnhof are also open, but their selection of English books is much smaller.

Just across the border

Ride the rails to Bratislava:

Eurovea Shopping Centre in Bratislava

A quick jaunt over the border to Slovakia lands you in a Sunday-shopping paradise. With three major shopping malls and a central market open for business it is hard not to just jump on a train (travel time from Vienna Hauptbahnhof to Bratislava Hlavna is a bit more than one hour). Best bet in Bratislava is the Eurovea shopping mall; open until 21:00 everyday with 181 shops and 39 restaurants to choose from, there is enough to keep even the most die-hard shopaholic busy for many hours.

Shop Sopron:
Just over the Hungarian border is a small town that offers Sunday shopping and beauty treatments. There are a few malls in the city, smaller than the offerings in Bratislava, but still worth a look. A big draw for Sopron is the professional beauty services on offer, at the Sopron Plaza for example (open 9:00-20:00 daily). Take a Sunday to check out the shops and get a manicure.

Czech it out!
Freeport Fashion Outlet: open everyday until 21:00, even on bank holidays. This is an outlet mall that is located between the Czech and Austrian borders, about 77 km north of Vienna (about an hour drive). With 225 brands in 75 shops there is something for everyone, including two ski equipment shops.

Peer-to-peer shopping

Flea-market apps: Yes, the internet is 24/7, but shopping online just doesn’t bring that instant gratification. However, Shpock and Willhaben are e-bay, craigslist, and Kijiji all rolled into one.  You can contact private sellers and make appointments to see the housewares, clothes and furniture, even cars, that they list for sale. While Willhaben has more listings overall, Shpock’s mobile app will automatically filter the ads according to what’s available in your immediate vicinity.

Jennifer Cornick
Jennifer Cornick is a contributor to METROPOLE and avid reader. When she isn't writing, she can be found in Vienna's English bookstores.

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