Vienna Media News 03/2022 Join the Garden Party - Green Interiors – Vienna’s Growing Gastro Trend
There’s something special growing on the seventh floor of the new Hotel Motto. Chez Bernard, restaurant and bar, is a sight to behold – also for non-hotel guests. Here the cocktails and fine food go down beautifully in leafy surroundings. Ferns, philodendrons and begonias of all shapes and sizes grow from the ceiling and between the seating elements. A rooftop terrace, where the views of Vienna will be just as inspirational as the green interior, is set to follow in spring 2022.
A new lease on life for the Adlerhof. Quite literally, as the old Adlerhof has been completely redesigned, and the only element of the classic Viennese eatery to survive is its name. Even so, a number of beautiful elements have been given a breath of fresh air by the Atelier Karasinski design studio. The spiral staircase that has been brought up from the cellar now provides a plant-laden focal point in the winter garden. And the fine food on offer makes quite an impression, too.
Hansen is located in the basement of the former stock exchange on the Ringstrasse. This red brick building is impossible to miss, and the same applies for the verdant displays inside. The space is shared by the restaurant and horticultural specialist Lederleitner – Vienna’s go-to address for plants, pots and sources of inspiration for interior and exterior garden design. A wall of plants creates a natural green barrier between the shop and the restaurant so that diners can focus fully on the culinary experience: Italian-inspired, featuring locally sourced ingredients. Regularly adapted, the menu is laden with seasonal highlights.
At Calienna on Neubaugasse, where coffee and exotic plants have gone hand in hand since 2020, the beverages and greenery share the stage with creative outlets. Here, there is a little bit of everything, from plants for sale to freshly-brewed Mexican coffee courtesy of Viennese roastery Süssmund, as well as a shop and creative studio. The operators are all about converting spaces into creative design concepts using plant arrangements – creating places of growth and wellbeing.
The Palm House, the last major orangery to be built by the Habsburgs, was exclusively reserved for members of the royal family from its inauguration in 1902 until the fall of the monarchy. Since 1998, the hothouse with its 15m glass dome has housed a brasserie, providing respite from the cold in winter and echoes of a holiday in the rainforest. Breakfast is every bit as popular as evening cocktails, and the treats from the in-house patisserie taste even better against the backdrop of the Burggarten.
This striking former carousel dating back to 1887 was a star attraction for children at the Prater amusement park for many years. But the ponies are long gone. Even so, things are now taking a fresh turn at the old pony carousel, which has been successfully rolled out in a new half-jungle, half-carousel format. The patterned wallpaper depicts exotic plants and animals, while the centrally located Molzer organ provides a hint of bygone days at the Prater. Breakfast is a big highlight on the menu, with vegan options also available.
Cocktails and electronic sounds have helped Hannelore quickly find its feet as the city’s newest cocktail club. Lots of green plants and velvety-soft upholstered furnishings infuse this venue at Dorotheergasse 6, which has a distinctly living-room like atmosphere. Although the large tree in the middle of the bar isn’t there for shade, it really adds the missing piece of the green puzzle. Over 24 varieties of gin can be sampled here. The bright orange cocktail called Rabbithole Daiquiri is said to touch the soul. Come and see for yourself.
- Chez Bernard Restaurant et Bar im Hotel Motto, Mariahilfer Strasse 71a, 1060 Vienna, www.hotelmotto.at/chez-bernard
- Adlerhof, Burggasse 51, 1070 Vienna, www.adlerhof.wien
- Hansen, Wipplingerstrasse 34, 1010 Vienna, www.hansen.co.at
- Calienna, Neubaugasse 68, 1070 Vienna, www.calienna.com
- Brasserie Palmenhaus, Burggarten 1, 1010 Vienna, www.palmenhaus.at
- Café Ponykarussell, Karl-Kolarik-Weg 1, Prater 86a, 1020 Vienna, www.ponykarussell.at
- Hannelore, Dorotheergasse 6/8, 1010 Vienna, https://hannelore.business.site
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