The best art supply store in Vienna, Austria? Boesner, without a doubt
Boesner is the best art supply store in Vienna, Austria. It just is. In fact, I’ve been to several other stores since I moved to the Austrian capital nine months ago, but Boesner beats every one of them 10 times over.
And, weirdly, I wasn’t the one to discover Boesner.
That happened when a Ukrainian artist friend came into town, and told me she needed to pick up art supplies she couldn’t get back in Ukraine. I suggested a store I occasionally go to and she replied, “Don’t you go to Boesner, the best art supply store in Vienna?”
How I had missed hearing about Boesner is beyond me but, now I have discovered it, I doubt I will ever go anywhere else.
If you want an art supply store in Vienna with a huge selection of art supplies, a cute cafe and at an easy-to-get-to location, you probably shouldn’t go anywhere else either.
What does Boesner sell?
Everything. It’s huge.
If you’re looking for paints, paintbrushes, spray paints, pens, pencils, calligraphy supplies, chalk, blank books, gift cards, canvases, sketching pads, writing paper and pads, clay and modelling supplies, framing supplies (or need something framing), easels, art books (they have an enormous selection), gift bags, and on and on and on — basically any thing in any type of art medium that any type of artist is looking for, you will find it at Boesner.
The staff is also extremely helpful when it comes to finding things, or giving you suggestions as to supplies that may work for what you need. Like most people in Vienna, everyone I have spoken to speaks excellent English as well, so you shouldn’t have any worries about a language barrier.
Boesner membership card
You do have to have a Boesner membership card to be able to buy anything at the store. But it’s free, and the application takes two minutes to complete, which you can do at the checkout as you are checking out.
Künstlercafe (Artist’s cafe)
Boesner also has a very nice Künstlercafe, or artist’s cafe, that serves meals, coffee, beer etc. The food is good, they have a different menu every day so, if you go there frequently you are not likely to get bored, and it’s bright, airy and comfortable.
I go to Boesner to grab art supplies and then often hang out at the Künstlercafe for a couple of hours, working on my laptop, or just drinking a beer and reading my book. The staff is nice too.
The Künstlercafe operating hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are from 9:30 to 6pm. On Wednesdays they open at 9:30 and close at 6:30pm, and on Saturdays at 9:30 and close at 4:30pm. Like most stores in Vienna, Boesner is closed on Sundays.
Store operating hours
Boesner is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 6:30pm. On Wednesdays they still open until 7pm, and on Saturdays they close early at 5pm.
How to get to Boesner
You can either drive, as the store does have free parking, or the even easier way to get there is on the U3 U-bahn line to the Simmering station.
Once at the station, it’s just a 3-minute walk down the hill towards the Wiener Zentralfriedhof (the Vienna Central Cemetery — well known due to all the famous people buried there). At the bottom of the hill, cross the street at a mini-roundabout and turn left onto Unter der Kirche. You will see Boesner on the right hand side of the street, just past a cute flower shop.
Checkout the Google map below for more details. And look at Boesner’s website for everything they sell. You can even order online if you don’t want to make the trip there, although the entire site is in German.