VIENNA FOR THE CURIOUS

The ultimate list of cool spots in our hood


All good in the hood: local spots you must check out around the city

Vienna is a small city with a huge offer: the old, the new, and the yummy! Best of all, it's totally walkable. Start in the 2nd district and wander your way down into the 1st and the 7th for incredible art, food, and design.

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  • Coffee

  • Cafe Central

    Café
    open
    $$$$

    If you're the kind of person who sees a line and runs, then please make an exception for this place. One of the classiest and oldest cafes in the old city, this is a Vienna staple, and everything on the menu makes the wait worthwhile. Even the ceilings are something to write home about. Order the Sachertorte. It'll change your life.


  • Jonas Reindl

    Coffee Shop
    open
    $$$$

    Named after the tram station opposite, this is one of the cosiest modern coffee shops in Vienna. It's located close to the old university building so you'll get a great student vibe. They have amazing cakes and homemade vanilla ice cream. They also do sandwiches if you need something a bit more substantial!


  • Balthasar Coffee Bar

    Coffee Shop
    open

    Perfectly located next to Praterstern (where you can find the amusement park for some fun later on!), Balthasar has agreat selection of pastry and cakes. We recommend the Mandelcroissant or a cookie - but it's difficult to go wrong with the menu here.


  • Food

  • Phil

    Carpet Store

    Some call it a cafe inside a bookstore, others say it’s a bookstore within a cafe — but either way, Phil has what you need. A great spot to rest before or after strolling around the hipster shops in the 7th.


  • Cafe Ansari

    Caucasian Restaurant
    open

    A beautiful Georgian restaurant that combines touches from all over the world: Italy, the Middle East and even South Asia. The food here is excellent and the reasonable prices allow you to taste several dishes.


  • MOCHI

    Japanese Restaurant
    open

    When you feel exhausted from all the coffee and strudel, you are likely to want to change direction. Here you can find sushi and sashimi at the highest level, and for amazing prices.


  • Le Bol

    Café
    open
    $$$$

    A small French restaurant with great salads, fine baguettes, delicious quiches, and - as you can see - amazing French pastries.


  • Café Tachles

    Polish Restaurant
    closed
    $$$$

    Drink great beer, eat delicious traditional food, and feel lucky to be in Vienna. They sometimes have open mic nights where you can get a glimpse of the local music scene. A casual and fun night out, for sure.


  • Naschmarkt

    Market

    Easily the most famous market in Vienna, and no food tour would be complete without it. There's a wide selection of cuisines here as you'd expect from a market, plus lots of great restaurants and cafes scattered around the surrounding street. Great fun to explore and get lost.


  • Culture

  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

    Art Museum
    open

    The largest art museum in all of Austria, containing everything from Egyptian art all the way to 20th-century painting — but the most beautiful display is the spectacular building itself.


  • Karmelitermarkt

    Market

    One of the oldest existing markets in Vienna comprised of 80 stalls. On Fridays and Saturdays, an additional farmer's market takes place, offering cured meats, sausages, bison meat and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Insider tip: check out the slow food corner.


  • Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser

    Kunst Haus Wien

    Friedensreich Hundertwasser was one of the most unique Austrian artists of the twentieth century and this funky museum in his former home is an absolute celebration of his vision, colours, and shapes.

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  • Mumok

    Art Museum
    open

    Worth spending an afternoon at this contemporary art museum. Bonus tip: There is a small cupcake store on the second floor, order the white chocolate one.


  • Chocolate Museum Vienna

    Chocolate Museum Vienna

    Vienna is famous for producing some of the most delectable chocolate in the world, and there's no better place to experience its tastiest export than in the city's dedicated Chocolate Museum. With loads of games and delicious tastings, you'll see how chocolate is made, and discover the vital role it has played in civilizations for thousands of years.

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  • Neubaugasse

    Metro Station

    Between Maria HilferStraße and KärntnerStraße is Neubaugasse. It's basically an oasis of independent shops where you can buy all kinds of homemade products. From honey to cosmetics and clothing, it's wonderful to stroll around and step into a shop or cafe for a short break.


  • MuseumsQuartier

    Plaza

    This central cultural plaza is literally full of art museums (The Leopold, Mumok, Kunsthalle Wien), design shops, architecture, dance, theatre, fashion, restaurants, cafes and outdoor areas where you can grab a beer, sit back and do some people watching.


  • Museum of Illusions

    Nothing is what it seems. In the Museum of Illusions, you can assume that it's true! With a rotating corridor, interactive optical illusions and mind-boggling mind games, you'll leave this museum with good stories and at least one epic Instagram photo.

    From €13

  • The MAK – Museum of Applied Arts Vienna

    Art Museum
    open

    MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts

    The MAK is a perfect one-stop-shop for lovers of both art & design. They have an incredible permanent collection and there's always a new exhibtion that keeps even the locals coming back. Oh, and their gift shop is design heaven — so budget your time accordingly!


  • Kauf Dich Glücklich Wien

    Clothing Store
    open

    Step into the Vienna branch of this popular German chain that carries mostly Scandinavian brands. It's never too busy, so you can enjoy quiet, leisurely shopping.


  • Nightlife

  • Strandbar Herrmann

    Beach Bar
    $$$$

    A beach bar at the Danube - how cool is that?! Make it in time for the cocktail happy hour (17:00-18:00). Come for the cocktails, stay for the view, this is Vienna at its finest.


  • Tel Aviv Beach

    Beach Bar
    open

    Open only during the warm months (April to September), this sandy beach bar is located right on the Danube River. You'll find Israeli food, DJs, and amazing cocktails...these are a few of our favourite things


  • Prater

    Nightclub
    open
    $$$$

    Vienna's most gorgeous green space that also has an amusement park — just like in your childhood only this time with alcohol and no entrance fees. We think that sounds fun, too.


  • Club U

    Nightclub
    $$$$

    Club U is found in Karlsplatz, hidden inside the art nouveau Otto Wagner Pavilion. The music ranges from soul to funk to hip-hop to techno so there is a little something for everyone. It is a 'vibrant' venue with decently priced drinks so if you are looking for a good night out, look no further.


  • Outdoors

  • Volksgartenstraße


    This gorgeous park is often packed with locals that try to catch some sun rays. Perfect spot to lay down with a beer and snacks and restore your energy after a long day of travel.


  • Rathausplatz

    Plaza
    open

    A beautiful square in central Vienna which holds the city hall along with some other architecturally impressive buildings. Events and demonstrations are held here throughout the year.

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