Here is my gift guide for Graz (I like to shop locally when possible). Suggestions for Graz souvenirs, art & design, kids, culinary delights and more.
These are good places to find local Styrian gifts to impress friends & family abroad.
Pumpkin seed oil / Kürbisöl is a great gift to give as it’s not well known outside of Austria. (Tell your friends to use it in vegetable soups, potato salads, green salads etc). You can find bottles in every supermarket in different sizes, including 100 ml to carry in hand luggage.
Zotter Chocolates are locally made and come in a wide range of traditional and exotic flavours with fun designed wrappers. They are sold in shops around Graz, such as Spar or Linzbichler (Franziskanerplatz. 16) where you will also find the prettily wrapped Grazer Schlossbergkugeln (truffel filled chocolate balls).
The locally made famous gingerbread ‘Lebkuchen‘ and other Styrian sweets can be found at Süßer Steirer, Sackstraße 4 (also has Zötter chocolate)
The original decadent Sachertorte cakes can be brought at Cafe Sacher (Herrengasse 6).
Hofbäckerei Edegger-Tax (Hofgasse 6) is one of the oldest bakeries in Graz. They have nicely presented bags of Austrian traditional cookies.
Schnapps locally made from delicious fruits can be found at the farmers markets or at the gourmet wine & food store Vom Fass (Glockenspielplatz 7). They and also the gourmet deli Frankowitsch (Stempfergasse 2) have speciality Austrian pesto and spreads.
Souvenirs / Austrian hand made
‘s Fachl Graz (Herrengasse 13). At the end of a courtyard you’ll find this lovely little shop selling crafts made by local artists and gourmet food items from nearby farms including Kurbis oil. (Everything is displayed in crates, which are each rented by an artist.)
Graz Tourist Information (Herrengasse 16) has a useful shop selling Graz souvenir items like tote bags, mouse pads, mugs etc.
These are two of my favourite shops for buying colourful jewelry, weaved baskets, decorative bowls, scarves and other small gifts. They also have Zotter chocolate. Affordably priced and ethically sourced.
Chic Ethic (Tummelpl. 9)
Weltladen (Reitschulgasse 14)
Kunsthaus Museum shop ( Lendkai 1) has a good selection of modern art books and stylishly designed gifts and toys.
Joanneumsviertel Museum shop also has some fun art & design gift ideas and also a good nature history kids selection.
Samen Köllner (Südtiroler Pl. 1) opposite the Kunsthaus is lovely small shop specialising in beautiful garden tools, seeds and lots of gardening themed gifts.
Orange and Green (Färbergasse 3) is a gift shop filled with all sorts of quirky and amusing gadgets, whimsical household items and lots more.
Flying tiger ( Fischer-von-Erlach-Gasse 1) has lots of fun affordable small things like toys, stationary, household items. Useful for Father Christmas stocking fillers.
Home & lifestyle
There are lifestyle ‘concept’ stores with carefully chosen design items laid out for the home. Useful for hipster friends, or people who like home decoration gifts.
Wie Wir Wohnen (Tummelpl. 1) Beautiful curated selection of gifts for the home and kids
Tash Living (Hofgasse 7) Similar to above
Berlinchen (Paulustorg. 3) For those who love shabby chic or English style (think cabbage roses and Cath Kidston)
Lederleitner (Hilmteichstrasse 70) Stunning interior design store / cafe. Also has an outdoor garden store in summer with pots of lavender and other nice plants which make pretty gifts. Plus year round they have beautiful fresh flowers.
Karsten & Öhler ( Sackstraße 7-13) have a big toy department
Spielzeugschachtel (Schmiedgasse 16) is a small independent toy store with lovely traditional toys. A great place to visit if you are looking to avoid plastic.
Pilzessin ( Sporgasse 36 ) is a tiny store with beautiful gifts for younger kids. Also a useful place to avoid plastic.
Spielzeugwelt (Gleisdorfer G. 5 at Jakominiplatz ) has a good selection of toys plus second hand DVDS and computer games. They do a nice free gift wrapping service (with a lolly & balloon), plus they are open at 9 am if you are looking for a gift first thing!
Smyths (Weblinger Gürtel 25, Center West shopping center) is a big toy superstore (where Toysrus used to be).
One of our favorite gifts to give family members are vouchers for a spa day at the very relaxing Roger Bad Blumau thermal spa.