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!”

Long-Handled Back Brush

Simon & Jakober, a cozy shop selling Austrian products, features brushes from Melanie’s Bürstenwelt—one of the last enterprises in the country making items like this long-handled brush for back scrubbing. Taborstrasse 35.

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