When you think about Vienna, you think about palaces, impressive architecture and Sissi… This city has a couple unique hotels too and special organic shops on every corner. Armed with my Google Maps full of hearts pinned on places I would like to visit, I fly to Vienna, to create this Vienna City Guide! These are my favorite discoveries in this beautiful city!
Opera House | Vienna City Guide
In just 1 hour and 50 minutes we fly from Amsterdam to Vienna with easyJet. We decide to hop on a bus to get to the city centre. This turns out to be a VERY BAD idea.. It is rush hour and it takes FOREVER to get to our hotel. I would recommend taking the train. Public transport is well organised here. Instead of the expensive CAT-train, that costs a wopping €14,95 for a one way ticket, buy a ticket for the S7 train. This ticket costs €1,80 and the trip will only take 10 minutes longer.
Ruby Marie Hotel | Vienna City Guide
Our first hotel is the original Ruby Marie Hotel. We check ourselves in with an iPad! Such a big timesaver! Finally we can crash on our beds and settle in our clean and comfortable room. The shower is huge and we have an old fashioned Marschall speaker in our room. The Ruby Marie Hotel is prefectly located close to the subway, has a huge rooftop terrace, a cinema and a cosy bar. Breakfast is delicious and the shower products smell so good! Click HERE for the best rates at Ruby Marie Hotel. We loved our stay here and will definitely go back.
Ruby Marie Hotel | Vienna City Guide
Our second home in Vienna is the unique 25Hours Hotel am MuseumsQuartier. We are welcomed by a huge photowall packed with flashing cameras. There are funny quotes and original signs everywhere we look. If you do not want housekeeping to clean your room, you can hang up a sign that says: ‘police crime scene, move on’. The circus theme in our room is so cool! There is a rooftop bar with a spectacular view over the city. Downstairs you can find your zennnnn at the spa: The Mermaid Cave. At the reception you can capture your stay in a vintage photobooth. Breakfast is sooo good. We had some of the best coffee during our stay in Vienna here. Try the delicious plum compôte… LOVED IT ALL! Click HERE for the best rates at the centrally located 25Hours Hotel am MuseumsQuartier.
25Hours Hotel am MuseumsQuartier | Vienna City Guide
Coffee & Cake:
Demel – High Tea: they are a purveyor to the royals. Sit down for a classy lunch, high tea or afternoon tea in this stunning building. Downstairs you can have a look in the kitchen. Try the typical Austrian Kaiserschmarnn and the Sachertorte (also available in small pieces). Have a look in the display before ordering, to make the best choice! They have a loooot of delicious options. They also serve mini sandwiches and other savory options too.
GOTA: This coffee spot is located a little bit outside of the city centre, but is worth the detour. GOTA has won the award for best Austrian Barista a couple of years in a row. After your shot of caffeine, hop over to the other side of the street to visit Landkind; an organic shop where you can sit down for lunch or another cup of coffee!
Hildebrandt Café: a beautiful and peaceful spot with a sunny terrace. Try the Curcuma Latte with some honey!
On the first photo: Hildebrandt Café. On the photo below: Matcha Latte at Cha No Ma | Vienna City Guide
Crème de la Crème: popular, small patisserie for coffee and cake! Reservations are required.
Joseph Brot: famous in Vienna. delicious pastry & bread and great coffee.
Café Central: very touristy, but worth the wait! The little cakes and pastries are soooooo good! Located in a stunning art deco building.
Cha No Ma: Matcha & Mochi! Try the Cheesecake Mochi Ice Cream… Close to the lively Naschmarkt.
People on Caffeine: mini coffee spot that is a local’s favorite. There are not a lot of chairs, so have your coffee to go.
Phil: coffee, books, DVDs and LPs in a cosy, retro interior. Great spot for breakfast or a Latte & Laptop session! If you like the chair you are sitting on, you can buy it!
On the first photo: Demel. On the photo below: pastry at Café Central | Vienna City Guide
Lunch & Dinner
ERICH: an Acaïbowl for only €5 or an Espresso Martini for €5. The prices are very good here and so are the food and drinks! We had a delicious lunch on the big terrace.
Palmenhaus Brasserie: what a stunning spot! This restaurant is located in a huge greenhouse and has a sunny terrace. On the menu you find refined dishes and good wines. Not cheap, but worth every penny.
Joseph Brot: check Coffee & Cake
S’Frische: a cosy, healthy and holistic bistro. Run by 2 personal trainers.
On the first 2 photos: Palmenhaus Brasserie | Vienna City Guide
Eugen21: we had one of our best meals during this Vienna trip at this new restaurant at the recently opened Andaz Hotel. What a romantic spot! On the menu you find a lot of typical Austrian dishes with a twist. They serve natural wines too. I loved the ambiance and the service here. After dinner you can take the elevator upstairs for a cocktail at the classy Aurora rooftop bar!
Mercado: Peruvian / Japanese cuisine in a stunning interior. They serve some killer cocktails too!
Eugen21 at the new Andaz Hotel | Vienna City Guide
Mast Weinbistro: cosy wine bar & restaurant. The prices are a little higher here. Unfortunately they don’t have a cheese platter!
Motto: the entrance to this restaurant makes you think you are entering a Berlin bunker, but you walk into a beautiful restaurant, with a big courtyard! Great spot for drinks too!
Salon Plafond: huge and impressive restaurant. LOVE the funky interior. The restaurant is part of the ‘Museum of Applied Arts’.
These are some discoveries that I found along the way, but unfortunately we did not have enough time to visit all of them. The reviews are amazing though!:
Honu Tiki Bowls
Mama Liu & Sons
Mari’s MetchaMatcha Wasyoku Café & Restaurant
Ulrich: from the same owners as ERICH
The Palace of Justice and Michaelerplatz | Vienna City Guide
Aurora: rooftop bar at the recently opened Andaz Hotel! Unfortunately it was a bit too cold to sit outside during our visit, but the inside bar is classy and beautiful too! Try the dangerously good rhubarb cocktails! Best cocktails we had in Vienna!
Miranda Bar: small and funky bar with a looooong list of cocktails. A local’s favorite.
Lamée Rooftop Bar
If Dogs Run Free
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What to do?
Rent a bike!
Naschmarkt: bring some cash, because you can not pay with a card at most places here. This is THE place to buy souvernis, beautiful, arty tin cans with sardines, fresh pasta, Turkish delight in all the colors of the rainbow and huge olives. Have a break from shopping and treat yourself to some oysters and a good glass of wine. Tip: have a light breakfast…
Buy cheese at Jumi Käse
Vegan ice cream at Veganista
The National Library | Vienna City Guide
The National Library: WOOOOOOW. So impressive!
Rent an electric scooter
Shop at Graben
Minigolf at the MuseumsQuartier subway station.
Favorite shops: Urban Speed, Stattgarten, MAKARO Jewelry
View from the Stephansdom Towers. The North Tower has an elevator, but the South Tower has the best view. You will have to climb it first though…
View from the Stephansdom North Tower | Vienna City Guide
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