The Naschmarkt is a paradise. For cooks, for gourmets, for idlers, people watchers and those too-cool-for-school. It's becoming increasingly difficult to get any real bargains, yet you can get just about anything for exotic cuisine. Herbs, fruits, fresh meat, fish, teas and sweets. The Naschmarkt really is the perfect spot for those with a sweet tooth. The Viennese come here not only to buy ingredients, but also for eating out in one of the many great, international restaurants. You really can't go wrong anywhere, and mostly you have to hunt for available spots anyway. Insiders like the Deli, the Neni and the recently remodelled Café Drechsler. Shopping tip: Near the metro station Kettenbrückengasse the prices come down a little.
If you haven't been to the theatre in Vienna you've missed something. The most elegant is located at the ring road, directly opposite to the City Hall. The Burgtheater has a long tradition, yet it is known as one of the most modern stages in the German-speaking world. The repertoire includes international classics and contemporary works, much of it from the rich tradition of Austrian plays. On the small stage, the Kasino, it even gets a bit more zeitgeisty and progressive: Young, courageous directors and playwrights have a platform that is no less professional than Mother Burg. Although some in the theatre city like to pretend that theatre is a pleasure for high society only, it's not at all the case: The audience is a colourful mix, and an unofficial dress code is at place - if at all - in the boxes. Tip: Going to the cinema is probably more expensive than a visit to the Burgtheater, since one hour before the start the remaining tickets are sold for half the price. Works most of the time.