CITY GUIDE VIENNA
Vienna, which is Austria’s capital, offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.
25Hours is the hipster's place to stay in Vienna and has a nice rooftop bar. Grand Ferdinand is even cooler, but at a different price point. The Guesthouse and The Levante are sleek, neat, minimalistic, modern and clean, in other words they will have all you need, and more. Altstadt is my personal favourite. It is a cosy boutique hotel with individually designed rooms, superb service and an outstanding brunch buffet.
Café Francais is great for a cosy brunch to kickstart the day, just like Vollpension. Alternatively, you can sit in the sun and have a nice croissant and coffee at Motto am Fluss. They also serve lunch and dinner. You must try the famous Sacher Torte at Café Sperl, but also have a coffee break at Palmenhaus, which is beautiful place filled with palm trees on its inside. People On Caffeine, or in short POC, will bring back your energy, just like Kaffeefabrik that also roasts their own coffee.
Do&Co inside the Albertina offers a modern fine-dining experience. The opposite you find at Gasthaus Ubl, which serves traditional Austrian specialities in an authentic setting. Kussmaul and Labstelle have an Austrian menu, but in a modern setting. Zum Schwarzen Kameel is one of Vienna’s most famous restaurants to dine. The atmosphere, service and food are impeccable. Just as you have to try Sacher torte, you should also give the famous Viennese sausages a shot. Go to Bitzinger, which is located outside the opera. At Fabios you find Mediterranean cuisine presented in an innovative modern setting and Mochi is known for their Ramen. Zweitbester is an industrial chic restaurant with a similar chic menu. At Said The Butcher To The Cow you will find a real meat burger, whereas at Swing Kitchen you will find a real vegan one. Continuing with the vegan cuisine, Café Ansari, Harvest Bistro and Veggiezz are good places to go.
Roberto’s American Bar is a classic, similar to the Blaue Bar inside Hotel Sacher, or The Bank within the walls of the Park Hyatt. Puff and If Dogs Run Free are quite the opposite, in other words more young and hip, and Motto is a cool speakeasy (picture), as well as restaurant.
If you are after some cool clothes or shoes you should check out the following places: Arnold’s, e35 Shop, Comerc, Park, Song or Stil Laden. Paar Laden and Solebox (which also exists in Berlin and Munich) offer the greatest selection of sneakers. In addition, Sneak In also sells sneakers, as well as delicious coffee. Die Sellerie is a little gift shop, which stocks all sorts of interesting little things.
Vienna has a great art scene. Visit the Museums Quartier and the Musuem for Modern Art (Musuem für moderne Kunst – Mumok) and Leopold Museum. The Albertina is also worth a visit. In case you find classic art and museums boring, I suggest to go for a walk along the Donau and look at some stunning street art. Stroll around the Naschmarkt flea market, find a place to sit down at Nenis and embrace the atmosphere. Go to one of the Heurigen, which is an Austrian type of beer garden in the 19th district. If you have a car, or grab a taxi, go to Heurigen Sirbu, which has an amazing view across Vienna. If you want to disconnect from the busy city life, head up to the Kahlenberg and embrace the views from its top.