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Vienna Media News 03/2020 New arrivals on Vienna’s restaurant scene

New restaurant Das kleine Paradies in the eighth district offers a vegetarian set lunch during the day, as well as a selection of dishes in the afternoon. In the evening the chefs pull out all the stops with organic meat, stacks of side dishes and vegetarian options – all of which are available as sharing plates. The interior of this former typewriter business leaves quite the impression with details such as an imposing marble portal, inlaid wood finishes from the 1920s and countless other design flourishes. Scheduled to open just a short time from now, the Dogenhof on Praterstrasse in the second district is looking to put the focus on bringing together producers and consumers. Its culinary blueprint, originating from Supersense – the analog concept store next door – encompasses out-of-the-ordinary touches such as an open fire and guest appearances from top Viennese chefs.

Viennese design hotel Das Triest recently opened a new elegant bar and bistro area. Porto Bar & Bistro, designed by Vienna-based BEHF Architects, has already established itself as a stylish urban hangout. At Béla inside the Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof, in the first district, Mediterranean cuisine coupled with Austrian specialties take center stage – with sharing plates another prominent feature. All of the dishes are placed in the center of the table for everyone to help themselves. A smorgasbord of Austrian, Italian, Russian and Georgian options – and kids’ dishes – makes for a particularly colorful palate at Happy Rabbit. The restaurant in The Mall shopping center at Wien Mitte is connected to The Alice Fairytale, an interactive multimedia games world for children aged four and over. Ballroom in the ninth district is devoted to dumplings and filled pastries from all over the world, with a changing selection of fillings and a range of sweet variations to choose from.

The new Joseph Highball Bar is a place where the name says it all. This bar in Vienna’s historic city center primarily serves highballs, i.e. cocktails with a generous dash of carbonated mixers such as soda water and ginger ale. It also stands out from the crowd with its 1960s Hollywood vibe. Neustiftgasse in Vienna’s seventh district – traditionally a magnet for hipsters – recently welcomed the arrival of Moby Dick, a new cocktail bar and eatery. A number of its drinks are given that little extra refinement through the addition of homemade creations, such as the establishment’s own liqueurs. Sustainability is a topic that is particularly close to the owner’s hearts, with waste avoidance, ethical sourcing and saving energy high up the list of priorities.

Bar Campari flies the flag for authentic Italian bar culture in the luxury Goldenes Quartier shopping zone in Vienna’s old town. Created by Italian architecture studio Matteo Thun & Partners, the interior features futuristic graphics by artist Fortunato Depero and a red, black and white color scheme. The food at the new bar has an authentic Italian flavor and, true to its name, the classic liqueur has pride of place on the drinks menu. Kleinod Prunkstück, which opened on Bäckerstrasse in the city center at the end of 2019, is also committed to upholding high-end cocktail culture. A small dance floor adds to the appeal for the late-night crowd, while the interior pays homage to the traditions of the American bar. In all, 30 new drinks were specially created for the bar menu.

Café Kandl in the seventh district provides a contemporary take on the coffeehouse format, and stands out from the crowd with its extended opening hours: it is open from 8am to 2am daily, except Mondays. From breakfast to one last drink before heading home, it has all the angles covered. When summer rolls around there is also outdoor seating in the courtyard. A new restaurant called Seidengasse 31 recently opened just around the corner from Café Kandl. This mini eatery offers new dishes every day, with fish always playing a starring role. Due to the limited number of tables, reserving in advance is an absolute must (call +43 (0)677 637 57 940 between 1pm and 2pm). Somewhat off the beaten tourist track, bijou coffeehouse FranzundJulius is located on Kriemhildplatz in the fifteenth district. In addition to lunch deals, it has great coffee and delicious homemade cakes. New shop Pepper & Ginny in the first district offers vegan deli dishes. The range covers everything from specialty cheeses to chutneys, homemade raw chocolate and vegan wines. Patrons can also try before they buy, and there is a Saturday brunch.


Vienna Tourist Board
Helena Hartlauer
Media Relations
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