Nine Unique Gifts to Buy in Vienna

From specialty fruit preserves to Habsburg figurines, Austria’s capital has it all

Smithsonian Journeys Quarterly

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!”

Pumpkin Seed Oil

From Styria, in Austria’s southeastern corner, comes this pumpkin seed oil, delicious when drizzled over vegetables and salads. Or take a cue from local chefs and toss it with a little spätzle. Available at markets and food stores throughout the city. 


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