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Shopping in Vienna is one of the city’s most beloved pastimes. The Viennese are known for their connoisseurship of quality, and characteristically only want the finest things for their homes. What this means is that you'll find Vienna’s shops stocked with the very best of everything—not only items made with the utmost care and choicest materials, but often pieces that will appreciate over time. This applies to everything from chandeliers to hats. There's a particular draw in furniture design when it comes to  Vienna shopping, and with a keen eye, you can find pieces for your home that bleed quite heavily over the line between function and art. These can include student-designed pieces at rock bottom prices. Most shops are happy to ship your purchases, but prepare to have your heart broken over a lovely desk or armoire that is simply big to transport across the Atlantic. Naturally, you'll find all the usual big designers and brands in Vienna, but here are a couple of special places you shouldn't skip on a trip.
Popp & Kretschmer Tobias Deml

Popp & Kretschmer

Neighborhood: The Ring
If you are going go shopping in Vienna, you might as well go big or go home, right? Well here, you can do both. Popp & Kretschmer sells small quantities of some of the most extravagant ball gowns and other evening apparel that you will ever see. Just entering the three floor boutique is an experience in glamour. Be sure and check out the couture pieces on the second floor—and for just 2,000 euros or so, you can take one home. A word to the wise: go well-dressed and ready to buy; if they see you're serious, you'll get free champagne to sip while you shop.

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Das Möbel Tobias Deml

Das Möbel

Neighborhood: Spittelberg and Naschmarkt: Gumpendorferstraße 11
Das Möbel (or "Das Moebel") is firstly a furniture store, and secondly a gallery—and thirdly a cafe. The shop in Vienna's 7th district not only displays new furniture works by promising design students, and lets you eat or drink on them, but allows you to purchase them, as well. Imagine sitting on a chair in a cafe and saying "I think I'll buy this one." You can do that here. Their Naschmarkt location doesn't have a cafe, but is full of fascinating and inspiring finds. Definitely stop by, if only to look.

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Mühlbauer Hats Tobias Deml

Mühlbauer Hats

Neighborhood: The Ring
There is nothing quite so classy as a really good hat, and both Brad Pitt and Yoko Ono, among countless other celebrities, have been spotted more than once in hats from the legendary Mühlbauer shop. The company began in 1903 and the extraordinary craftsmanship has carried them through over a century of ups and downs. You can pick up a hat pin here for around 20 euros if you can't spring for the hats themselves—but be sure and try one on.

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Lobmeyr Tobias Deml

Lobmeyr

Neighborhood: The Ring
Lobmeyr is Vienna's historic purveyor of fine chandeliers and other masterpieces in crystal and china. You'll find all kinds of housewares now in the still family-run shop, as well as a museum of Viennese artifacts on the upper level. This is an excellent place for a souvenir, particularly if you luck out and see a sale table with odds and ends. Lobmeyr is best known for their chandeliers, either restored or made almost exactly the way they were hundreds of years ago, and their muslin-thin crystalware. Elton John shops here.

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Naschmarkt Tobias Deml

Naschmarkt

Neighborhood: On the Wien River below The Ring
Shopping in Vienna gets a boost from the city’s famous flea market, Naschmarkt—an expansive strip of commerce just under a mile long along the Vienna River. Here, at this historic market that dates back to the 16th century, you can find anything from Indian jewelry to vinegar, from strange fruits and vegetables to antique doll heads. A stroll down the Naschmarkt is a must for any visitor to Vienna, and come hungry, as you'll want to sample the edible items at the various stalls and traditional Viennese dishes like kaiserschmarrn and palatschinken at the small restaurants.

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