These are METROPOLE’S picks for must-visit shops in March. All Austrian, all legit, all good
Sia’s Snack Shop
Smack in the middle of Mariahilfer Straße, a store, nay, a haven, has opened for all those craving the sugary sweet escape provided by mammoth American candy conglomerates. The irresistible indulgences range from double-stuff Oreos, past Ben & Jerry’s One Love pint-size ice cream to flaming-hot Cheetos. If you are one of the people whose heart beats faster at the sight of E673 and high fructose corn syrup, this could just be your very own Willy Wonka’s wonderland. Devour responsibly.
6., Otto Bauer Gasse 23
(also: 9., Liechtensteinstrasse 25)
I do so love stories about creative people, fighting each day to produce something unique in a world full of mass-produced consumables. Surrounded by vineyards in a tiny parish southeast of Vienna, Sabine Felix and her brand Seiferei use high-quality vegetable fats and 100% pure essential oils to create naturally scented fragrances and soapy fineries. Scents range from lemongrass and cypress to Swiss pine and cedar and soaps are hand-cut and wrapped in uncoated black paper to complete the aesthetically pleasing look. They cater to hotels and spas and can also be ordered straight to your home.
The Swiss backpack company’s first store in Austria entices walk-ins with intense coffee aromas and its simple straightforward design that still asks you to question the norm. They decided to display the collection of everyday bags in a curated boutique format instead of a monobrand shop. The local and international designers they feature each present innovative and forward-thinking ideas from furniture to shoes, thus providing patrons with an all-around concept coffee cave.
7., Zieglergasse 38