What items should I bring with me that are not available or are too expensive where I am going?

Vienna offers a wide range of international specialties. Most international brands can be found in its department stores and delicatessen departments. ‘Naschmarkt’ is a big market place in the city center, open from Monday to Saturday, that sells all kinds of international food, spices and fruit.
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Is it difficult to find clothes that fit? 

In addition to the city centre boutiques, there are numerous shops offering a wide selection of clothing for men, women and children.
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At which grocery stores do expats in your city typically shop? 

The retail market is dominated by a few supermarket chains, Spar, Billa and Merkur. All have supermarkets in nearly every large town and you will find them throughout Vienna. They carry an assortment of vegetables, meat and dairy products from organic farms as well as all other typical groceries. The Spar department store has a Gourmet branch with a popular delicatessen but is not as expensive as its rival; Meinl am Graben. Meinl offers an excellent shopping experience and also serves appetizers and drinks in the ambiance of Vienna’s traditional ‘Graben’ in the heart of Vienna.
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Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?

XXX-Lutz, Leiner, Kika, IKEA and Moebel Ludwig are major suppliers of furniture for all types of budgets. Drug stores (Bipa, DM) not only offer a wide range of daily body care products, but also cleaning materials and healthy food products. Shopping malls are a good alternative if you wish to do all your shopping under one roof: The SCS — Shopping City Sued (close to Vienna in Voesendorf) and SCN — Shopping City Nord (in 21st district) are among the most popular and offer a wide range of shops and boutiques.
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What factors might affect my shopping habits in this country/city? 

An important factor — depending on which country you are relocating from — could be the opening hours. Most shops and department stores open at either 9am or 9:30am and close at 6pm. Thursdays usually allow people to shop longer with most shops closing at 8pm. Sunday is closed for business except at railway stations where shops (supermarkets, drug stores and book stores mainly) are open seven days a week from 6am until 9pm.
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