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Vienna: A luxury trail

City Guide
Paulina Szmydke,

Start the day with a millirahm-strudel, a rare delicacy found at Café Demel on Kohlmarkt, Vienna’s most exclusive shopping address. This multi-layered pastry, filled with sour cream and curd cheese, was popular during the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. While apple, apricot, plum or sour cherry strudels are more common modern variations, Demel still masters the traditional art of baking.

For a touch of luxury stop at Cartier, whose charm bracelets blend perfectly with any daywear. You’ll be spoiled for choice. Why not try a pink gold turtle featuring a miniature diamond?

Chanel is just next door. Treat yourself to a zipped quilted tote bag or a funky feather-and-tweed camellia. You can’t go wrong with the classic black-and-white combination.

Head next for some seductive flavours at Zum Schwarzen Kameel on Bognergasse, a culinary institution since 1618. Mingle with the chic clientele in an Art Deco salon and enjoy a lavish meal of eiernockerl (egg gnocchi) with black truffles. Watch out for traditional Viennese blood sausage clad in gold leaves and don’t forget to pick up a piece of buffalo Camembert from Lower Austria on your way out.

Right across the street is Stiefelkönig, an address worthy of true shoe aficionados. Drop in for a pair of Miu Miu ballerinas – they might come in handy on a long shopping spree through the cobblestone streets of Vienna’s first district.

Treat yourself to some exquisite beauty products at Nägele & Strubell on Graben, where the excellent staff know their ranges inside out. Ask for Guerlain's Parure Gold Teint Powder and matching rouge, which will make your skin look like porcelain.

Neither Lanvin nor Christian Dior has a dedicated boutique in Vienna. But that still leaves a hopeful buyer with two choices: Liska Fashion on Graben or Chegini on Kohlmarkt. Both stores carry a large selection of high-end fashion items. Copy Marion Cotillard, become a Lady Dior.

Make a bee-line for Sterngasse 4 and spice up your winter closet with an oversized wool-blend cardigan by Stella McCartney or a chic dress by French couture designer Anne Valérie Hash

Have a shoe horn designed and made by hand just for you at the Emperor’s former shoemaker Rudolf Scheer & Söhne on Bräunerstrasse. Markus Scheer, the outrageously handsome heir of this historical workshop, will personally take your measurements. Light as a feather, made of fine leather, a bespoke shoe horn is not a mundane accessory, it’s a statement.

Fabios, with its creative Mediterranean cuisine, is a popular hideaway among smart business people, journalists and fashionable Viennese alike. Très recherché: wild boar sugo with thyme and red wine followed by homemade potato gnocchi with grilled porcini mushrooms and fresh arugula.



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