What to Do in Vienna: Music, Food & Shopping



Great hearty cuisine, outdoor musical films, operas, plus an interactive contemporary art show are all happening this spring and summer in Vienna - one of the most interesting cities in all of Europe. We also have some ideas for where to find some of the best Austrian old-world artisans, and our favorite restaurant in Vienna. 

What to Do in Vienna

Opera in the Square 

Free outdoor concerts by the famous Wiener Staatsoper. From April through June, and again in September, the opera company sets up a huge LED screen and 180 chairs in its plaza.

MuseumsQuartier "Summer in the MQ"

A huge variety of contemporary arts will be performed throughout the museums and courtyards of this cultural campus, located right in the heart of Wien.  There is a film festival called frame[o]ut, literary readings called O-TONE, and Weekend Sounds with acoustical pop-ups.

MQ's courtyards become a lively urban scene to enjoy the night as well.  And of course, see the Leopold Museum's collection of fantastic Egon Schiele & Gustav Klimt paintings.  
From June through September.

Vienna Jazz Festival 

Happening July 1 - 11 at the Rathaus (City Hall) and the Staatsoper, you can easily schedule one performance a night and see all of Vienna in the daytime.  Perfect.

Vienna Annual Film Festival:  Musicals in the Square

From July 4th to September 6th, there is a free film festival with food purveyors in the plaza of the historic Rathaus.  The movies are musicals and the food is classic Austrian, all of which makes this a fun and special way to enjoy summer nights in Vienna.

Genussfestival  Austrian Cuisine

Happening May 8-10, Genuss is an outdoor gourmet feast that gives you the opportunity to experience the best of Austrian traditional cuisines.  Located in the Wiener Stadtpark.

There's more:

See our Vienna Map page with its extensive list of the city's most important museums and cultural attractions: Red Map Vienna.

Where to Eat

Gasthaus Poschl - Weihburggasse 17 - Fresh, contemporary Austrian - our favorite.

Steirereck - Am Heumarkt 2A (in the park) Listed as one of the best restaurants in the world, we mean in the welt! 

Where to Shop in Vienna

Austria is famous for its craftsmanship and design.  From watches and Art Nouveau antiques to linen and silver, all of it can be found in the city center, the "Innere Stadt."  Below is a section of the Red Map Vienna that illustrates the shopping streets along with major landmarks.  

Fine old-world Austrian brands to look for:
Augarten Wien  (porcelain)
Spiegelgasse 3

J.L. Lobmeyr  (crystal)
Karntnerstrasse 26

Spiegelgasse 14

Am Graben 26

Contemporary objects and fashion can be found in the Mariahilf & Neubau Districts.
Burggasse  (vintage)
Burggasse 24

Radlager  (bicycle and coffee)
Operngasse 28 - Radlager is a very cool/chic store & cafe.

Park  (fashion & design)
Mondscheingasse 20