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Shopping in the Lap of Luxury

Sliding along the icy streets of Vienna’s 1st District battling a snowstorm, the warm, comforting embrace of Meinl am Graben was a relief on a frigid afternoon in February. Meinl is renowned in Vienna, the flagship store of what was once a leading chain of gourmet groceries; like Fortnum and Mason in London, it was […]

Brace Yourself, It’s Ball Season

Brace Yourself, It’s Ball Season

Young girls in flowing gowns on the U-Bahn, men in tails strolling along the sidewalk, and the sound of waltzes in the air: It’s ball season in Vienna. Prepping for a ball isn’t just dolling up for any Saturday evening. First you need tickets, then dancing lessons, then a gown, tuxedo or tails, shoes with […]

Banish the grey, go for colour!

Banish the grey, go for colour!

The perennial “high fog” of Vienna’s winter weather calls for a powerful antidote! So here are some shops in cheerful colours offering a wide selection of tempting goods from the luxurious to the sensuous for all ages and all pocketbooks. They are off the beaten track, perhaps, but worth a visit when one isn’t sure […]

The Land of Milk & Honey

As you turn off Mariahilferstraße onto Zollergasse, the graffiti-style sign pops into sight, garish against the spray-painted forest that covers the traditional Austrian façade.  This spectacle made me chuckle, and I ventured inside. The laid-back reggae music and the heat of the summer unexpectedly created a sudden illusion of the Caribbean – a holiday mood, […]

Winter Wonder Dörfer

Winter Wonder Dörfer

‘Twas the month before Christmas And all throughout Wien All the people set off To be part of the scene… at festive Christmas markets,  as they do all over Austria.    Rathaus Christkindlmarkt In Vienna, the largest Christmas martket is the Rathaus Christkindlmarkt – the city hall market of the Christ child. In the large […]

The Shopper’s Eye

Dorotheum Dorotheegasse XX A-1010 Vienna Tel: (01) 513 32 02 Fax: (01) 513 32 06 kaerntnerstrasse@doroteum.at www.dorotheum.com People have been known to drive themselves to financial ruin, selling everything short of their souls to pick up Franz Joseph’s siilver toothpick or a bodice from Sissy’s trouseau at this world famous Auction house. For those more […]

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