A Guide to Graz: Austria’s Hidden Gem

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Laurel Utsman

  • International Travel

  • Austria

  • Arts & Culture

  • Boutique Travel

  • City Travel

  • Digital Nomad Travel

  • Solo Travel

  • Musuems

  • Sightseeing

  • Local Culture

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Curator’s statement

Graz immediately welcomes visitors with a warm and inviting greeting, enchanting all who visit. It’s the perfect blend of old and new, preserving its historic architecture while adding modern and contemporary touches that don’t take away from the original character. It thoughtfully adds another dimension of design and charm to the city. From the stunning views to the mouthwatering culinary experiences, Graz is the perfect destination to immerse yourself in a city built on creativity and get you inspired.

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Things to do in Graz, Austria

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Check out local products at the farmer's markets: There are multiple markets in Graz to wander around. My personal favorite is Bauernmarkt Lendplatz. The markets are a great place to head to in the morning. You will find anything from fresh produce to baked goods and flowers. You will always find something tasty to sample.

Head to the Island in the Mur - Murinsel: The floating structure was designed by Vito Acconci in 2003 and is a must-see during the day and night when lit with bright colors. It is worth walking through, stopping in to enjoy the café, shop products from local designers or catch a live music event.

Take in a Museum at Kunsthaus Graz: Also known as the “Friendly Alien,” a contemporary building houses Graz Art Museum. Inside you will find great exhibitions, beautiful views of the city, as well as a shop and a tasty restaurant: the Kunsthauscafe.

Climb the Stairs to Schloßberg: Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city from the 13th-century clock tower, or head to the very top. You can choose to walk up the steps, or you can take a lift to the top. I recommend walking because the views along the way allow you to see the city from angles that highlight the architecture.

Explore the Old Town: A UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its preserved Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau buildings. Fall in love with the romantic architecture and lovely walkways. Every turn is like a scene from a storybook.

Where to shop in Graz

Fabeltisch Keramikstore: It’s hard not to love this sweet little ceramic shop, with a great selection of pieces. You will definitely have trouble convincing yourself that a completely new set of dinnerware is not necessary.

Kastner & Öhler Graz: Located in a beautiful old department store, Kastner & Öhler is a must when visiting. Even if you are not a fan of shopping, they have plenty to see with a great selection of quality clothing. At the very top, there is a café with some of the best views of the city, making it the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy some magnificent views.

Hofbäckerei Edegger-Tax: You can't visit Austria and not leave with some sweets to take back with you. Stock up on all things sweets at the oldest bakery in Graz. I would suggest grabbing some Linzer cookies for the road.

Places to eat & drink in Graz, Austria

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KLYO: Located in an adorable cranny of the city, KLYO has a delicious and comforting selection of food with a perfect view of the clock tower.

Der Steirer Graz: A trendy Austrian restaurant with a great atmosphere and food. I would recommend getting a reservation in advance to get a table.

Omas Teekanne Café: An adorable café with a delicious selection of teas and treats.

Die Eisperle: A delightful ice cream shop with multiple locations that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Gasthaus Stainzerbauer: An iconic Graz restaurant with a cozy atmosphere serving comforting Austrian food. I would recommend making a reservation to make sure you get to try this popular destination.

Tribeka: Head to Tribeka for great coffee and a wonderful selection of bagels to start the day off right or refuel from a day of exploring.

Blend Coffee Roasters: Coffee for the coffee obsessed, do I need to say more?

Café Fotter: A charming café and garden with darling plates and drinks to please all.

Café Greenhouse: A great vegan restaurant with delicious bowls and vegan treats.

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