Where to shop in Linz
A trip to Linz isn’t complete without a stroll around the bustling shopping district, which is one of the most popular in Austria. With everything from flagship designer stores to quirky little boutiques, it’s the perfect destination for a bit of retail therapy.
Linz has plenty to offer besides the arresting natural beauty that comes courtesy of the Danube conspicuously dividing the city’s two halves. The imposing neo-Gothic Mariendom Cathedral and the Lentos Kunstmuseum’s vast collection of modern art certainly helped the city win the title of European Capital of Culture 2009, but the thriving retail sector also played its part. Linz is a fantastic Austrian shopping destination, so leave room in your itinerary for a day spent exploring its famed malls and streets. Read on as we share with you our top picks for where to shop in Linz:
This is Austria’s second-longest shopping street, and it’s at the heart of Linz’s retail district. International stores, like Vero Moda and Calzedonia, rub shoulders with tiny bric-a-brac shops and bakeries. Regular trams shuttle through the streets, rushing past the pastel-painted buildings down to the Baroque façades of the main square. The walk directly from Hauptplatz down to the Landestheater only takes around 20 minutes, but you can easily spend hours exploring the main walkway and its numerous offshoots. Whenever you’re ready to drop, you’ll be just ten minutes from a well-earned rest at our Park Inn by Radisson Linz Hotel.
Inside Arkade, you’ll find designer brands including Marc O’Polo, Casa Moda, and Lia Peroni. There are also specialist shops like Martinas Beauty Oase for cosmetics, Schenki’s Vinothek for wine, and tea experts Tea & Tee. Treat yourself to some artisan gelato from Eisdieler, where only natural ingredients are used and the black sugar waffle cones are freshly baked. Their flavors go far beyond vanilla and chocolate, with several delicious vegan options.
Each side street has its own charm and array of smaller stores. Rainerstraße is home to several beauty salons and a florist, as well as Xiling, a fashionable boutique specializing in locally designed, fair trade pieces made from organic materials. Their range of top eco-brands includes Himalaya, Maronski, and Milk, an Austrian label focused on creating beautiful clothes through upcycling.
Bischofstraße is a pretty, pedestrianized street dotted with antique shops and independent art stores. Since 2009, this little art mile has been the centre of a cultural project named kunstpfad Bischofstraße, or ‘art trail Bischofstrasse’, aimed at bringing the creative community together. Don’t miss Living, a quirky shop selling small furniture, accessories and other knick knacks, all made from wood and natural materials. Children and adults alike will love the whimsical creations by Neue Freunde, which include a wooden water gun and model railway breakfast set.
Salon Buntspecht on Herrenstraße is a hub of creativity that sells limited edition works by local designers. The shelves are filled with clothes, jewellery, cuddly toys, hand-printed wrapping paper and other handcrafted items by some of Linz’s finest homegrown talent. On Klosterstraße you’ll find Imkerhof, a sweet little shop specialising in honey, beeswax candles and natural, royal jelly-infused cosmetics. The honey comes in a range of varieties, including chestnut, acacia, and linden, and they sell small 50g pots, so you can bring some home in your hand luggage.
All is a good day’s shop deserves some much needed rest, so why not give yourself a comfortable bed to sleep in at Park Inn by Radisson Linz. And whats best, is that you can hit the shops again the next morning!