When in Vienna you have to have a Wiener schnitzel and Centimeter is an unforgettable way to do it. There’s a rustic charm to this restaurant where some food portions are so large they get served on a sword, or even in a wheelbarrow! Good traditional food, massive sizes, affordable prices.
2. Sacher Torte
This cake, that was invented in Vienna is a must try. Imagine a dense chocolate cake, sponged together with apricot marmalade and covered in chocolate served with whipped cream. You can get this delicious dessert from many cake shops and cafes around town, but the original and the best is found at Sacher Hotel.
This is Vienna’s most famous beer garden where you can enjoy yummy pork knuckles, sausages and many other types of traditional food along with a fine Austrian beer. It is a very popular spot, as it is located right in the middle of Prater.
A trendy restaurant located in a former mechanical workshop that is known for great service and traditional food.
5. Zur Eisernen Zeit
At the end of the famous Naschmarkt, this restaurant serves some pretty mean beef goulash along with some local specialities. This is an old fashioned guesthouse where you’ll make friends instantly sharing a table with locals, chatting together and washing your food down with a beer.
1. Donau Bar
Hidden behind a grey door on a quiet street, Donau Bar is housed inside a former synagogue. It is a great place to meet locals and enjoy the charming old school décor with old movie seats and a sausage stand in the middle of the room. This mixes with the modern, funky lighting projections on the walls. They play mainly electronic, techno, house and dub step.
2. Attic Bar
Located in the hip 25 Hour Hotel, Attic Bar can be found up on the rooftop terrace where you can enjoy great views of the city. This bar has is a relaxed atmosphere and if you’re lucky, some of Vienna’s best DJs playing a set.
3. Weinstube Josefstadt
One of the city’s nicest wine taverns with a lush green garden, Weinstube is a welcomed oasis hidden amongst a residential area. There are great traditional self-service food options too if you feel hungry after sampling all of those spectacular Austrian wines.
4. The Flex
One of the most popular clubs in Vienna, the Flex has been visited by most of the locals at some point or another. The venue used to be part of the underground in Vienna and is a great place to dance, chill out and hang with friends whilst listening to music. Experience live acts throughout the summer.
5. Café Central
For those wanting a coffee break and to indulge in one of the many cafes around town, Café Central is one not to be missed. Over the years many famous people have visited this grand café including Leo Trotsky, Vladimir Lenin and Sigmund Freud. Imagine them sipping on a coffee and enjoying a piece of apfelstrudel!.
Drinking and Dancing
The area near Schwedenplatz, dubbed the Bermudadreieck (Bermuda Triangle), may still attract plenty of drinkers (mainly drunk teenagers and out-of-towners), but the real scene has moved out of the centre to the likes of the Naschmarkt, along the Danube Canal (summer only), Schleifmühlgasse area, and along the Gürtel, an outer ring road that joins up with the A22 on the north bank of the Danube and the A23 southeast of town.
(Schwarzenberg Strasse 1-3) With plenty of tellies featuring live English football and international rugby, along with Guinness and Stella on tap, Flanagans pulls in the expat crowd like no other pub in Vienna. Friday and Saturday nights here can be a spectacle.
(Tel 587 00 73; 04, Treitlstrasse 2) The ubercool Kunsthallencafé is a mecca for BoBos and students, offering slick surrounds, comfy couches, regular DJs, and a massive summer terrace. Surprisingly, the desserts here are divine.
(Tel 409 25 05; Lerchenfelder Gürtel 37-38) One of the bars lining the U-Bahn (underground) arches near the Gürtel, this is a hip mecca of Vienna’s electronic music scene.
(Tel 533 75 25; Danube Canal/Augartenbrücke) Time after time this uninhibited shrine to music (it has one of the best sound systems in Europe) puts on great live shows and features the top DJs from Vienna and abroad.
(04, Operngasse 24; hWed- Sun) Often leading the way, or at least keeping pace, with Vienna’s progressive clubbing scene. Its tiny dance floor is therefore regularly bursting at the seams. The sounds range from jazz to world music.
(Tel 532 42 41; 01,Burgring 1) In the middle of the park of the same name, this place is very popular. There’s modern dance and an atmospheric 1950s-style salon that was
once a former Walzer Dancing venue. Friday and Saturday are the big nights,
although it’s open other evenings, too.