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Graz: Eat, see, do, shop


Vienna’s glittering, old-world glamour attracts visitors and art-lovers. However, Graz, Austria’s second city, has a forward-thinking allure all of its own. Graz’s proximity to Slovenia and Hungary lend the city a distinct international flavour and history

Paulina Szmydke ,

DO: Zotter Schokoladen
Zotter chocolate is great to eat and visiting the Graz factory where the ethically produced, organic sweets are made is an equally delicious experience. Zotter chocolate bars have a cult following who crave the brand’s eccentric, earthy creations. These include creamy fillings of sheeps’ milk, clove and pear or açaí berry, and pineapple-mango lassi wrapped in Fairtrade dark chocolate. The factory covers 5,500 square metres and you can visit without fearing for the safety of naughty children or meeting Oompa-Loompas. Founder Josef Zotter simply wants his chocolate to make everyone healthy and happy.

Zotter Schokoladen, Bergl 56A, 8333 Riegersburg, +43 (0)3152 5554

SEE: Berber Arts

Specialist dealer Gebhart Blazek has championed the art of vintage Moroccan carpets, textiles and design since 1996. His twin shops in Vienna and Graz are among the most respected locations for viewing or purchasing rare and beautiful crafts from North African countries. In addition to showcasing his scholarly appreciation of exotic design, Blazek participates in international textile fairs and curates contemporary exhibitions. With shows such as this month’s exhibition of rag rugs, PostPunkPink, which runs from 23 October to 20 November, Berber Arts doesn’t merely follow trends but drives them forward.

Gebhart Blazek/Berber Arts, Leonhardstrasse 12, 8010 Graz, +43 (0)316 813500

EAT: Gasthaus Stainzerbauer
The traditional fare at Gasthaus Stainzerbauer is a pleasure to discover in Graz’s increasingly international cuisine culture. The handsome restaurant is located in one of Graz’s oldest areas, near the cathedral and the Schauspielhaus theatre. The building itself is a historic site, where a series of star restaurants have served the city’s foodies for centuries. That tradition is kept alive with fresh and local finds from Styria’s gourmet regions. The highlights of the menu are classic Austrian dishes such as zwiebelrostbraten (roast beef with sautéed onions), calf’s liver with Calvados sauce and a world-class wine cellar.

Gasthaus Stainzerbauer, Bürgergasse 4, 8010 Graz, +43 (0)316 821106

SHOP: Wolfensson
Graz’s chicest showcase for international avant-garde designers has the impressive interior of a classic wine cellar. The curved archways, gallery-style crisp lighting and rough walls establish the artistic credibility of one of Austria’s pioneering shops for menswear and womenswear designers such as Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Comme des Garçons and Dries Van Noten. This is the official forum for Graz’s fashion set.

Wolfensson, Kaiserfeldgasse 19, 8010 Graz, +43 (0)316 823 8100

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