Vienna is no city of malls so this is kind of exciting. I must say that I’m not at all into shopping thus it took me by surprise how enjoyable the in fall 2011 opened train station with its commercial center turned out to be. So besides Vienna’s two big shopping streets, Mariahilferstraße (more locals) and Kärntner Straße (more tourists), this is where the shopping experience is a rather pleasant one.
The best thing about Bahnhofcity, it’s hot! Some shops in there are the first chain stores opened in Vienna. I’m impressed by the variety of retailers. This mall houses stores for pretty much every need one can possibly have. There’s also the very fine Bubble’s Tea Bar (one of the if not the last in tow) on the top floor – my favorite is their caramel milk tea with tapioca pearls.
The only thing a foreigner might be annoyed with is the opening hours. Since Austria’s law on that is fairly strict, most stores are closed on Sundays. During the week you can enjoy shopping till 21:00, food & drinks till 23:00.
PS: in case you also are feeling like “Something’s strange here!” while standing outside, looking at the main entrance of Westbahnhof, it might be because this hall built in the 1950s is a listed building, so the renovation team was not really allowed to beautify it.