Shops are generally open from 09:00 – 18:00 from Monday to Friday on workdays and from 09:00 – 17:00 on Saturdays.
Some are closed during the lunch time (12:00 - 14:00).
Supermarkets open at 08:00 and close at 19:00 during the week.
Several larger shops open until 19:00 from Monday to Friday and until 18:00 on Saturdays.
In several shopping centers opening hours on Thursday and Friday until 20:00 or 21:00 are common. Shops remain closed on Sundays except of the shops at the airport and in the main train stations.
Those who are hip and young in Vienna prefer to live and shop in Mariahilf (6th district) and Neubau (7th district). Mariahilfer Strasse is the city’s longest and most lively shopping street. It will be worth your while to explore the side streets, as this is where many out-of-the-ordinary shops and outlets have sprung up recently. Shopping streets and pedestrian zones offer luxury goods and good values – at jeweler’s shops as well as antique stores, art stores, and fashion designer boutiques, the great luxury brands can be found in the city center between Kärntner Strasse, Graben and Kohlmarkt. More info for shopping in Vienna you will find here.
Vienna is also famous for its markets, especially the Naschmarkt, next to the Secession (underground station Karlsplatz) with an overwhelming variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meat and specialties from many countries e.g. Italy, Greece and Turkey and of course Austria.
Famous shopping centers are the Ringstrassen-Galerie (1st district), Steffl (1st district), Millenium City (20th district), Lugner City (15th district), Donauzentrum (Kagran), BahnhofCity Wien Hauptbahnhof, BahnhofCity Wien West, SCN (Floridsdorf), SCS (Vösendorf) and Gasometer (underground station U3).
Refund of Value-Added Tax (VAT)
Foreign tourists with residence outside the EU may obtain a refund on the VAT they pay on single purchases totaling over € 75,00 by completing certain customs formalities when taking the goods out of the country. The relevant form is issued directly at the store and the goods must be taken out of the country within 3 months and must receive a stamp from the EU border customs office as confirmation.
The ”Global Refund Cheque”, with which you receive a tax refund upon leaving the EU internal market, is available at all stores with the sign ”Global Blue TAX FREE SHOPPING”. Here you find more information.
Attention: For tourists with residence within the European Union obtaining refunds on VAT is unfortunately no longer possible!