In Vienna, shop clerks are specialists in behind-the-counter diplomacy. The welcome is warm. The attention polite, unaggressive, and tactful. Shoppers browse until help is needed; the hard sell never comes. If you say you want time to think about a purchase, the response is a graceful, “But of course you do!”
If you can’t make it to the Wachau Valley outside Vienna to sample a marille—a special local apricot ripened by the midsummer sun—the next best thing is to buy the preserves, bursting with natural sweetness and flavor. This jar is sold by the venerable Julius Meinl, whose flagship store at Graben 19 is a temple of fine food.
Read more about the Wachau Valley's marille apricots here.