I find it relaxing to visit a big mall, stroll around window shopping, sit at a cafe and drink a coffee to rest my legs before continuing and passing time. It was in fact one of my many past times in Innsbruck over the weekends, in particular Saturday afternoons (as many of the restaurants in my area were closed for the day and I needed to get food elsewhere). I have compiled pictures from three major malls I hung around in while in Innsbruck.
I got the idea for this post quite a while back, when I was thinking of what topics about my Innsbruck trip I could write on. I decided to wait til the end of my trip so that I could compile all the information I had. Three major malls came to mind in these three months and each of them saw me spending several hours in on Saturdays. You can click these to go straight to their section or just read straight through
You’ll notice that they’re all within a small area. I primarily hung around the western part of town as everything was within walking distance and I was able to pass time very quickly (it also gives me another reason to go back to Innsbruck to see what’s east of the train station).
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Let us cover these malls one-by-one!
Tyrol shopping mall (Kaufhaus Tyrol)
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Tyrol mall opened just a few months prior to my arrival. It houses several shops on quite a few levels. The mall is located along Maria-Theresien street.
Compared to some of the malls in Malaysia, you’d probably find this mall rather small. It has quite a few different shops with a giant sports & outdoors shop, toy store and electronics store on the upper floors. Boutiques you’ll find from ground floor up and food courts in the basement. There are some cafes as you make your way upstairs.
The map pretty much shows you the outline of the building. A large air well in the centre with a fantastic but also slightly not-so-fantastic roof (which I will get to in a bit).
I frequent the Coffeeshop Company cafe because I can sit down and access the mall’s free WiFi on my phone, which I have used several times to make Skype calls (iPhones on roaming are good even if you don’t want to spend money on actual calls as there is still WiFi functionality!). In Austria, you will always receive a glass of water to go with your coffee. It is a good idea as you’ll probably not get that rehydration immediately after your coffee unless it is provided to you immediately.
The cafe is on the first floor, if you’re wondering how high up I was. Escalators will get you to and from the different parts of the building. There are staircases for those feeling healthy and a lift for those feeling absolutely lazy!
Coffeeshop company (Home in Vienna) will make you great coffee, choose from standing or seating areas.
I noticed that the escalator placement reminds me of a mall in Malaysia: they are at different locations on every floor and you are required to walk across the mall to get to the next floor. I don’t mind the concept so long as the building itself is small and you can easily get to the other side without having to dodge human traffic!
In the basement, you’ll find the MPreis supermarket chain (it is the biggest chain of supermarkets in Innsbruck) as well as some restaurants and shoe shops. If you fancy a nice lunch, try this place. If you need a quick snack-to-go, MPreis has a bakery that sells sandwiches and other delicious and freshly baked snacks. They do meatloaf slice on bread too, one of my favourites as it’s quick and easy!
The roof is pretty neatly designed. Lots of daylight enters the mall making it nice and bright. A hail storm followed by rain one weekend however damaged the roof causing water to leak into the building. I was unfortunate to have wounded up in the area during the storm. The mall had to be evacuated because there were worries of wiring coming in contact with the water. I guess there may be times when design flaws show themselves, but so long as they can be resolved, I guess it’s not something to go crazy about. I wonder whether they’ve fixed the leaking problems now…
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When I first arrived in Innsbruck, my colleagues had told me that I would be able to get most of the essentials I needed from Sillpark shopping centre as it has department stores and shops that sell home stuff. You may remember me visiting Sillpark on my first day in Innsbruck.
I reckon Sillpark is about the same size as Tyrol mall, but with a wider variety of shops to choose from. There are several book shops, toy shops, boutiques, but only few electronics shops. You’ll find heaps of restaurants on the ground floor (including a beach bar outside, yes in the cold/warm, depending on the time of the year).
Store directories are available everywhere within the mall so you’ll have no trouble finding what you need.
Getting to the mall takes a bit longer from where I was staying as it is slightly out of the way of the main town area of Innsbruck. You’ll have to take a bus past the train station. You will also need to travel in this direction if you want to get to Tivoli Swimming Complex from town centre.
I bought a lot in Sillpark. Some relevant items that you may want to get yourself if you plan on staying in Innsbruck for several months might include: bed sheets, quilt and pillow, tea pot, cups, kitchen utensils and stationary, all of which (and including groceries and some electronics) can be found in the “Interspar” departmental store on the ground floor.
As you exit the store on the ground floor, you’ll also find all the eateries nearby. “Nordsee” (transl. = north sea) is a famous chain around Europe (I’ve seen it in Germany as well) that serves Fish dishes (smoked, fried, whatever form you can think of), mostly with bread and salad – a quick snack for those on the run in need of some seafood.
For getting essential stuff, Sillpark is definitely a good first place to check for things. As a place for window shopping, it doesn’t beat Tyrol mall (if you compared the two).
City Hall Galleries (Rathaus Galerien)
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The third shopping mall is situated within City Hall. The City Hall Galleries or “Rathaus Galerien” as it is called in German primarily houses designer brands, several restaurants and a rooftop cafe that you’ll remember me telling you about in my previous
The entrance is on Maria-Theresien street, just opposite Tyrol shopping mall, you can’t miss the building, it looks befitting of a City Hall. I also had to come here to register myself with the city council so that they know that I would be staying in Innsbruck for three months (you do this if you plan to live in the country for a longer period of time).
You couldn’t really call it a “mall”, it is only a T-shaped gallery to walk through (one single floor) with a few shops down the one end and plenty of restaurants down the other. The upper floors house the offices of the City Hall.
An interesting design, it looks like the roof was placed over the building to seal off the area from the elements and to make it more comfortable for shoppers to convene.
At the end of the long stretch of shops (from the Maria-Theresien street entrance) you’ll come across a large convenience store and a cafe, the one side of the mall will lead you out to the one street, along which you’ll find some shops (and the tram line)…
…the other side has got a number of notable restaurants (I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to try any of them). I noticed a restaurant (called “Thai Li Ba”), where you can order some Asian cuisine. Would have loved to try it to see what it’s like. Will make sure I do that the next time.
Did I mention designer brands? You’ll find one shop after another. Don’t worry, the mall is not very big so whilst there’s the danger of blowing a hole in your wallet from shopping (only if you’re into these kinds of brands), it’ll be quick and painless…
Lichtblick (Light view) 360 degrees is the cafe I mentioned in my previous post of the Innsbruck rooftops above the Galleries. You’ll be able to see most of Innsbruck while enjoying a nice cup of coffee.
It’s a long way up!
But you get great views of the city.
But you already knew that from previously…
I took a trip down to Rathaus Galerien on one of my Saturdays to do some work. With my laptop in my bag, I sat at the Bakery in the mall itself and spent a good hour and a half typing away. It is a nice place to stop for a drink as it is not as crowded as other malls. As far as shopping is concerned, though, you may not find much unless you’re one for designer brands.