Burrowing for bargains at markets and thrift stores is akin to digging for gold: sometimes an arduous process but occasionally enormously gratifying. Scrabble around for a second-hand gem at these 10 Vienna locations.
This sprawling weekly Sunday market, located in the outskirts of town in the Merkur supermarket’s car park, has the feel of being a local event. The stalls feature a muddled medley of household items, clothes, toys and furniture; some broken, some functioning, and some wonderfully bizarre. You may have to engage in some frantic foraging and scrabbling among sky-high piles to find some second-hand treasures. However, those partial to a little digging around can find antique gems for incredibly low prices. Haggling is encouraged, so practice some German vocab to secure some sweet deals.
Riesenflohmarkt Wienerberg, Wienerbergstraße, 1120 Wien, +43 676 / 302 72 93
This beautifully-designed shop stocks an incredible range of the latest vintage trends and some wonderfully eclectic pieces. If feeling jaded from browsing the rails, the attached Cafe in der Burggasse 24 offers coffee and cake to refuel.
Burggasse 24, 1070 Wien, +4367761641784
Vienna’s CARLA shop, a vast 4,000 square metre (43055.64 square feet) warehouse, is filled to the brim with donations of used beds, sofas, tables, crockery, books, instruments, clothing, and more. As well as benefiting the environment by recycling and saving on waste, CARLA also acts as a social pioneer by employing men and women who have been unable to find work and funding various projects that help support vulnerable people in the community.
CARLA, Mittersteig 10, 1050 Wien, 01 505 96 37
Located on one of Vienna’s most fashionable streets, Neubaugasse, Bootik 54 offers a fun jumble of drapery and accessories from past decades. Visitors can pull together an unconventional outfit and rummage around for some true retro gems sold at affordable prices.
Bootik 54, Neubaugasse 54, 1070 Wien, +43 699 17169972
This retro store has a 1950s rockabilly vibe. Another fixture of the Neubau district, Kingpin stocks a huge collection of modern retro threads and accessories. Sweet-toothed shoppers will enjoy their selection of American candy they offer alongside the clothing. In not-so-vintage fashion, they also created a smartphone app that enables users to check the latest arrivals and provides tips on current events happening around Vienna.
Kingpin, Lindengasse 37, 1070 Wien, +43 0 660 734 0105
Shopping for vintage gems is now as easy as buying a can of coke thanks to Polyklamott’s innovative vending machine that allows you to buy vintage goodies (smaller items, for obvious reasons) for 5 euros a pop. The (much larger) shop is a great spot picking up in-vogue, affordable vintage wear.
Polyklamott Vintage Hofmühlgasse 6, 1060 Wien, +43 1 9690337
Founded by the ‘WEG’ movement, who wanted to experiment with the idea of alternative to capitalism, this shop allows people to take things free of charge in exchange for their unwanted furniture, clothes, toys, and other items that are still in good working order. Not only a social experience, Kostnix-Laden also encourages a more generous and sustainable community.
The Naschmarkt has a rich history dating back to 16th century when it was a humble trading ground that sold mainly fruit and vegetables on a modest stretch. Today it is now a metropolis of a market, between Kettenbrückengasse and Karlsplatz. with vendors selling food and drink from around the world and a sprawling flea market taking place every Saturday, that sees around 400 stalls open up offering a variety of rarities and gems. The Naschmarkt is Vienna’s most famous food and flea market and is a huge hit with tourists and locals – the early bird catches the worm so try and arrive before sunrise for the best pickings.
Naschmarkt, 1060 Vienna, +43 1 400005430
The Humana Secondhand charity has over 10 shops around Vienna, all selling a vibrant assortment of second-hand clothing and accessories at discount prices. Find vibrant, vintage fashion and costumes whilst donating to support the world’s poorest and vulnerable. The shop in the 3rd district, on Hauptstraße 137, was formerly a cinema, making for an interesting interior.
Humana Secondhand, Wiedner Hauptstraße 23-25, 1040 Wien +43 1 5043056
Uppers and Downers
This intriguingly-named second-hand store, located in the off-beat 7th district houses, offers an eclectic mix of old, pre-loved attire and vibrant vintage outfits. You won’t find many ‘downers’ among the rails, with lots of exciting and unusual apparel to pick up.
Uppers and Downers, 1070, Burggasse 46, 1070 Wien, +43 650 6800133