Located on the trendy Schleifmühlgasse, Vienna’s new modern art hotspot, this gallery focuses on mid-career international and Austrian artists such as Cosima von Bonin, Marko Lulic and Barbara Mungenast.
Built in 1897 by Joseph Maria Olbrich to act as an “architectural manifesto” for the Vienna Secession movement, this stunning exhibition hall is a living monument to great design.
The MuseumsQuartier is a staggering 60,000 sqm large area located right the 7th district of the city of Vienna, Austria. Housing much of the city’s grandest museums, it is actually the eighth largest cultural area in the world.
Focusing on international contemporary art that crosses genres and borders, Kunsthalle Wien is one of the best locations to scout new and up-and-coming trends in Viennese art.
Architecture Center Vienna
One of the most fascinating buildings in Vienna, the Architecture Center Vienna (Architekturzentrum Wien) is dedicated to cataloging and displaying Austrian Architecture of the Twentieth Century — the present.
The Leopold Museum, the jewel of the MuseumsQuartier, is home to one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art, featuring honored national artists such as Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.
Founded in May 2005 by Design Austria and the Austrian Design Foundation to act as a center for design dialogue across mediums, the Designforum Wien is still one of the best places in Vienna to catch design exhibitions, lectures, conferences, and events.
Also located in the MuseumsQuartier, the Q21 houses over 50 culturally-active projects, associations, agencies, editorial offices — even boasting a popular artist-in-residence program and exhibition space.
Museum of Modern Art (mumok)
The Museum of Modern Art (museum moderner kunst - mumok), conveniently located in the Museums Quartier, houses an impressive collection of the 20th and 21st artists, including works by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Yoko Ono, and Gerhard Richter. Its real draw, however, is showcasing homegrown talent—be sure to check out local works based on popular movements like Fluxus and Nouveau Réalisme, as well as Viennese Actionism.
A veritable one-stop-shop for luxe European streetwear, COMERC owner Christian “Johnny” Huemer has curated some of the content’s hottest brands. Frequently making buying trips to capitals like Paris, Stockholm, and beyond, Huemer, along with girlfriend and fashion designer Jacqueline “Chucky” Schuster, offer an illustrious selection of men’s and women’s clothing from brands such as Wood Wood, YMC, BLK DNM, Samsøe and R.T.CO.
Austrian design with a Scandinavian Sensibility? That’s exactly what designqvist owner Sandra Nalepka had in mind when she opened the shop in 2011 to bridge both worlds. Based on textiles and furniture collected while visiting her mother’s native Sweden, Nalepka has a bold new take on mid-century modern, with a decidedly Viennese flare for the dramatic.
Founded by contemporary design enthusiasts Markus Strasser and Helmuth Rather, Park was created to bridge design, fashion, art, and industrial design, and promises a “sensitized consciousness mode of shopping.” Inside the minimalist space, which also doubles as an event venue, you’ll find haute labels ranging from Ann Demeulermeester and Haider Ackerman to streetwear-friendly Acne Jeans and Surface2Air (among others).
Located within Vienna’s legendary Museum für Angewandte Kunst -MAK (Museum for Applied Arts), the Michael Wahlraff redesigned MAK Design Shop interior is a must for picking up one-of-a-kind collaborations, books, or even a quick bite at its famous in-shop restaurant.
The brainchild of Vienna-native Wolfgang Bauer, Bel Etage is the product of years spent collecting Jugendstil antiques and combing Vienna’s small shops and markets. As a result of his hard work, several of Bauer’s carefully curated items are frequently on loan to museums throughout Europe. Here, the oldest pieces can often date back to the mid 1800s, and the store famously boasts “there are no replicas in Bel Etage”—only thrilling originals.
Offering stunning pieces from the 20s — today, this local staple specializes in Art Nouveau pieces in a haute-relaxed atmosphere.
One part Viennese café, one part furniture and design shop, Möbel Cafe is the perfect spot to take in a decadent breakfast while sitting back in a timeless furniture design classic. If the experience leaves you craving a piece of your own, you can visit the Möbel shop in the 6th district.
Opened to the public in 1823 by master glassmaker Josef Lobmeyr, this stunning shop lives within an historic three floor 19th century interior—the top acting as a museum and tribute to Vienna’s centuries of glass production. One of Vienna's leading glass manufacturer for almost 200 years, Lobmeyronce held the distinction of being the exclusive glass suppliers to the royal court of Emperor Franz Josef. Today, pick up exquisite glassware, decorative accessories, and even chandeliers — each piece carved and produced by no less than sixteen master craftsmen.
One of the city’s most acclaimed contemporary galleries, MAM is frequently on art world insider’s must-see picks, and has been highlighted in publications ranging from ArtForum to Artnet and Mousse Magazine. Most known for their international collections, they excel at highlighting the best in contemporary Austrian design.
Created by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and architect Joseph Krawina, this expressionist landmark is a must-see for public art enthusiasts.
The Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace, this museum houses over a thousand years of European history (including the imperial jewels of the Hapsburg empire).