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Vienna is Indulgence

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The Viennese like things simple and pleasant. So Viennese bistros are nice and comfortable. As long as we can remember, these restaurants have been serving up solid, tasty home cooking from schnitzels to goulash, liver with herbs in butter to Kaiserschmarren, a kind of shredded pancakes. This consistency has led to a renaissance of the bistro culture that is celebrated in familiar restaurants such as the Ubl, Gasthaus Wolf and Glacis Beisl as well as the renowned Wirten am Eck'.

The enjoyment of a good drop of wine crafted from the 700 hectares of Viennese vineyards is not limited to these places. The most exclusive local restaurants have long featured Viennese Riesling and Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder). And the Wiener Gemischter Satz. This specialty, which was even awarded the DAC seal of quality recently, involves growing the grapes of at least three different white wine varieties and pressing them together. Especially the guests at the heurige enjoy young and old Viennese wines along with the hearty delicacies from the buffet. These romantic and cozy taverns can be found by the dozen in the wine villages at the edge of the city such as Grinzing and Nussdorf.

The Viennese coffee house has been an oasis of gemütlichkeit for ages. And since 2011, the traditional Viennese coffee house has even belonged to the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. Traditional cafés such as the Central, Landtmann, Museum and Demel entice with a wide variety of coffee drinks, international newspapers and pastry creations. Modern representatives of the genre, such as the "Drechsler", "Balthasar" and "Supersense", enhance the tradition with stylish flair. A close relative of the café is the pastry shop. Their specialty, pies and cakes, are the icing on Vienna's dolce vita in the form of Bundt cake and sachertorte. In a recent addition to the scene, chocolatiers such as the Xocolat, Fruth and Blühendes Konfekt offer sweet temptation.

In Vienna too, gourmet temples are at one end of the pleasure scale – such as the Restaurant Amador, the restaurant of Konstantin Filippou or Steirereck im Stadtpark, which ranks 17th in the "World's 50 Best". And at the other end, you can find... fast food! However, with a special Viennese twist: A trip to the wurst stand, especially after visiting the ball, and sometimes after a concert or the opera, is quite the custom.

The city serves up a cornucopia of different taste experiences, from hearty to organic and ethnic. Offerings that are often ideally combined with a surprising ambience: No matter whether you're dining with a view in "Das Loft" restaurant in the Jean Novel Tower on the Danube Canal or having a drink in the "American Bar" once furnished by the architecture innovator Adolf Loos: the show and taste experience go hand in hand.

You’ll find epicurean delights in every corner of the city on the Danube. Nevertheless, some quarters are especially tempting to gourmets by offering an enormous variety in a small area. Such is the case with the Naschmarkt. This highly fascinating Viennese market serves up exotic offerings from around the world and boasts of a number of must-visit gastronomical establishments in the market and surrounding streets, from the Market to the Amacord. Trendy pubs, such as "Wetter" and "An-Do" entice at the Brunnen and Yppen markets, while round the corner at the Karmeliter market, the "Schöne Perle" and "Pizza Mari" have been the topic of conversation for quite a while. Other culinary spots worth experiencing are the dining districts on the Spittleberg, in the Servitenviertel, around Margaretenplatz and in the Freihausviertel.

A host of culinary events – from the Genussfestival in the Stadtpark to the Vienna Wine Hiking Day to the Snail Festival and special restaurant weeks – add further gustatory pleasures to the mix of delicacies.

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Facts and figures „Pleasure“

  • Viennese cuisine: Vienna is the only city in the world to give its name to a unique style of food
  • Over 800 dining establishments are concentrated in the 1st district alone
  • Around 8,300 outlets – from restaurant to coffee house
  • Around 2,400 coffee houses of all kinds – from the traditional café to the Espresso
  • Traditional Viennese coffee house culture: an intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO since 2011
  • Around 3,500 sidewalk cafés
  • 13 Viennese restaurants awarded by the Michelin Guide: Restaurant Amador is Austria’s first 3-star restaurant. Restaurant Steirereck, Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant in Palais Coburg, Konstantin Filippou and Mraz & Sohn have 2 stars each, eight further restaurants have 1 star each
  • Gault Millau 2019 lists 133 toque-winning establishments in Vienna
  • Restaurant Steirereck: 17th place in the World‘s 50 Best Restaurants
  • Palais Coburg was awarded the title "World’s Best Wine" for the second time in 2017 by the British wine magazine "The World of Fine Wine" out of 4,500 leading restaurants around the globe (first awarded in 2014)
  • 100 heuriger and inns with homemade wine
  • Vienna is also the only metropolis in the world that grows enough wine within the city limits to make it worth mentioning. Around 700 hectares under vine, 150 vintners, 400,000 working hours per year
  • One in three Viennese vintners work organically
  • Vienna Gemischte Satz: awarded by Slow Food as a Presidio product and has also held DAC status since 2013
  • White wine is grown on 80 percent of the area under vine and one quarter of the area dedicated to white wine is accounted for by the Wiener Gemischte Satz
  • Around 650 Viennese farmers
  • Agricultural area: 14 percent of the total area, or around 5,700 hectares
  • 27% of the agricultural land in Vienna is organically cultivated, making Vienna one of the leading federal provinces
  • Around 30 registered Christmas markets and market-style Christmas events
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