Cafés and Restaurants:
Café Museum (Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna, U-Karlsplatz, 5th district) free wifi, open daily from 8am to midnight – Great food for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner! Live music on Sunday afternoons. Designed by Adolf Loos in 1899, frequented by famous writer such as, Joseph Roth, Karl Kraus, Georg Trakl, Elias Canetti, Arthur Schnitzler, and Robert Musil. It still holds occasional readings by contemporary Viennese authors. This is my favourite Viennese café because it’s a perfect combination of traditional European coffee house essentials (with a great variety of coffees, teas, soy milk!, pastries, great menu, a great selection of international and local newspapers and magazines) and North American hospitality and comfort (comfortable booth tables with electric outlets for computers, free wifi, refilled tap water).
Landtmann Café (Dr-Karl-Lueger-Ring 4, 1010 Vienna, U-Schottentor) free wifi, open from 7:30am to midnight – favourite café of Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Max Reinhardt, Marlene Dietrich, and Romy Schneider. Similar to Café Museum, but they have a covered patio, as well as outdoor seating. Similar menu and same desserts. Tends to be busier than Café Musem, but the service is not as great. Try the Wiener Schnitzel here!
Sperl (Gumpendorfer Strasse 11, 1060 Vienna, 6th district) free wifi, open 7am-11pm, Sundays 11am till 8pm – built in 1880, another traditional Viennese Kaffeehaus, also featured in Before Sunrise, in the scene when Jesse and Celine pretend to be calling their friends at home and telling them about how much they like each other. The food is not as great as at the other cafés, but the desserts are good. Specialty of the house: Sperl Torte.
Kleines Café (Franziskanerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna, U-Stephansplatz, 1st district) open 10am-2am, Sundays 1pm-2am. Built in the 1970s, this is a tiny bohemian café. In a scene from Before Sunrise (1995), Jesse and Celine have dinner here. It’s always very busy and it’s hard to find a table, but in the summer they set up tables outside.
Café Central (Herrengasse 14, 1010 Vienna, U-Herrengasse), open 7:30am-10pm – built in 1876, frequented by famous artists, writers and politicians such as Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud, and Leo Trotsky. Beautiful vaulted ceiling. The food is not that great, but the desserts and cakes are amazing! Try the apricot cake!
Demel Konditorei (Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Vienna, U-Stephansplatz, 1st district) – one of the oldest and most famous pastry shops and cafés in Vienna. Started by the court pastry chef in since 1786. Great desserts and souvenirs in the boutique shop. The café is very busy in the summer when all the tourists flood there.
American Bar (Kärtner Strasse 10, 1010 Vienna, U-Stephansplatz, 1st district) – designed by Adolf Loos 1908. Very small, with limited seating, but very popular. The staff does not allow to take pictures inside, but I managed to sneak one.
WIRR (Burggasse 70, 1070 Vienna, 7th district) – funky and casual café that turns into a club at night. Limited menu, but good, food, mostly organic.
Gulaschmuseum (Schulerstrasse 20, 1010 Wien, U-Stephansplatz, 1st district) open daily 10am till midnight – despite the name, this is not actually a museum, but a restaurant. Opened in 1986, it has the largest selection of Gulasch dishes, ranging from vegetarian to 15 different kinds of meat.
Topkino (Rahlgasse 1, corner Gumpendorferstr., 1060 Wien, 6st district), open 3pm-2am, and until midnight on Sundays – cinema, café, and bar. Great space, great atmosphere, and great food! Quiet and bright during the day, cozy cinema that shows many documentary and Art House films, trendy but unpretentious and casual bar at night. Friendly staff, free wifi, but not enough power outlets.
Schweizerhaus (Prater 116, 1020 Vienna, U-Praterstern) – Beer garden and traditional Swiss restaurant, open since 1766. The season goes from March 15th till October 31, open daily from 11am till 11pm. Closed in winter. Stop by after a walk through the Prater park!
Café Sacher (Hotel Sacher, Philharmonikerstrasse 4, 1010 Vienna, U-Oper, 1st district), open daily from 8am till midnight – est. in 1876 by the son of the inventor of Sacher Torte (Eduard Sacher), and featured in the film The Third Man. The actual cake is not that great, despite the hype, but the café is worth a visit. There is always a line-up because it’s a tourist attraction, but there is a lot of seating spaces and the line-up goes my quickly.
Sky bar im Steffl (Kärntnerstr. 19, 1010 Wien, 1st district) open 9:30am – 3am – Restaurant, bar, and terrace over the roof tops of inner-city Vienna. Located on the top floor of the Steffl high-end department store, in Vienna’s first shopping street. Great for lunch. Try the Thai Coconut soup! Dress code at night.
Österreicher im MAK – Restaurant in the Museum of Applied Arts (Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, 1st district), open daily 8:30am till 1am (food served until 11:3opm) – the gourmet chef Helmut Österreicher has two restaurants in Vienna, one in the museum, and the other in city hall. Great place for all kinds of occasions, from intimate or casual lunch to big receptions. The design of the space is fun and impressive. Large terrace in the inner courtyard in the back.
Kim Kocht – Japanese and Koreen (Restaurant: Lustkandlgasse 4, A-1090 Vienna, 9th district; Studio and shop: Naschmarkt, 1040 Vienna), Tue-Fri 12–3pm and 6pm-12am – healthy gourmet Asian fusion cuisine.
Phil (Gumpendorferstr.10-12, 1060 Vienna, 6th district) – books, records, dvds, bar, cinema and café. The menu has funny names like “Bobobrot” for sandwiches and “Philburger.” Check out their website for special events.
Corns n‘ Pops (Gumpendorferstr. 37, 1060 Vienna, 6th district) Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Sundays closed – All day breakfast, great, healthy food, organic and fresh ingredients, great atmosphere. Quiet and cozy.
Motto am Fluss (Franz-Josefs-Kai, 1010 Vienna, U-Schwedenplatz, 1st district), open 8am-2am, free wifi – this is dock on the river for the Vienna-Bratislava river speed boat, that features a formal restaurant on the first floor, and a café that turns into a bar with DJs after hours. In the summer, the outdoor seating on the deck is busy, but if you come before dinner time you can snatch a lounge chair. Their apricot ice tea is great! Just a few minutes walk from the Badeschiff – open swimming pool on a boat in the river – and the “Holy Moly” restaurant and bar on it.
Yppig Eco Fashion Showroom (Yppenplatz 5, 1160 Wien, 16th district) – Cloed Priscilla Baumgartner is the clever and stylish designer behind the eco-friendly label MILCH, and the owner of YPPIG Eco Fashion Showroom at Yppenmarkt, a trendy marketplace in Vienna’s 16th district. MILCH was established in 2000, and symbolizes the recycling cycle of nature (transformation from grass to cow to milk).
Fröhlich (Zieglergasse 68, 1070 Vienna, 7th district) – Gabriele Rigby created her fashion label Fröhlich in 2009, and opened her store in Zieglergasse 68, in Vienna’s trendy 7th district in 2010. “Fröhlich” means “happy” in German, and stands for hand-made, original, individual, comfortable, and multi-functional clothes for women. The name also conveys positive, good feeling, and symbolizes “clothes made with love and dedication,” spreading good energy and thoughts.
Amateur La Boutique (Gumpendorfer Str. 88a, 1060 Vienna, 6st district) Birgit Rampula creates her own prints and designs clothes, fashion and home accessories. Her boutique is filled with creative items and souvenirs. Her style is very distinct, and may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the store is certainly worth a visit!
Park Concept Store (Mondscheingasse 20 1070 Vienna, 7th district) – great selection of international independent fashion labels, books, designer bikes, bags, shoes, accessories, and furniture.