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Many expats notice that the lifestyle in Vienna has a distinctly laid-back feel to it. Rather than live to work, the Viennese tend to work to live – and the vast array of things to see and do here reflects that.
Though known as the classical-music capital of the world, Vienna also has a lot to offer in terms of food and entertainment. There is always time to linger and enjoy a good cup of coffee or spend an afternoon browsing a street market.
Shopping in Vienna
Expats who enjoy shopping will be pleased to learn that there are plenty of places in Vienna to indulge in a bit of retail therapy. Mariahilfer Strasse is one of the longest shopping streets in the city and all sorts of department stores can be found there, with smaller shops and quaint street cafes tucked away in between.
Another must-see shopping street is Kärntner Strasse, which has the notable distinction of hosting the flagship store of Swarovski, which was founded in Austria. Fashionistas will feel right at home Kärntner Strasse, which has everything from designer labels to high-street fashion close at hand.
Markets in Vienna
Vienna is known for its food markets, most notably the Naschmarkt and Brunnenmarkt. The Naschmarkt is filled with unusual and tasty foods from every corner of the world and has plenty to offer expats and tourists alike. The Brunnenmarkt is located in a trendy art district and offers a wide selection of goods, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, exotic spices, and much else. Somewhat less touristy than the Naschmarkt, expats are more likely to meet and mingle with locals at the Brunnenmarkt.
Eating out in Vienna
Expats looking to eat out in Vienna will find it difficult to choose between the many international dishes and restaurants on offer. From classic Viennese fare to teppanyaki or modern vegan cuisine, expats in Vienna have access to a variety of global flavours.
Arts and culture in Vienna
Vienna is a lovely city to stroll through and is full of cultural pursuits. The Museumsquartier is a great place to start. It's home to several museums, including the Leopold Museum, which is a great introduction to some of Austria’s well-known artists. For those with kids, the whole family is sure to have a fun day out filled with activities at the ZOOM Kindermuseum.
Living up to its nickname of the City of Music, Vienna is of course bursting with high-class performance venues where a wide variety of musical talent can be found. The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) is a must-see, and with an average of 50 operas a year, it's easy enough to find a performance that fits one's schedule.
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