I must say that I’m not exactly a shopping queen, thus it took me by surprise how enjoyable the train station with its commercial center turned out to be – opened in 2011.
So, Bahnhofcity (or Westbahnhof as locals still call it) offers a pleasant shopping experience at one end of Vienna’s two big shopping streets: Mariahilferstraße (for the locals); the second one is Kärntner Straße (more luxury brands, more tourists). I can personally recommend two shops along Mariahilfer, the honey hot spot and the architecture/history/special gifts one.
The best about Bahnhofcity, it’s hot! Some shops in there were the first chain stores that had opened in Vienna. I’m impressed by the variety of retailers. Also a plus, all indoors – find shelter from the rain and and cold on winter days.
The only thing a foreigner might be annoyed by are the opening hours. Since Austria’s law on that is fairly (catholic) 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 too 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. Some hate it, some love it – there’s not much in between.