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Zum trinken und zum essen

Drink and food in Vienna- Recomendations

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Zum trinken und zum essen (Drink and eat in Vienna)-
There are places where I was eating and/or drinking personally,
and this link to "Vienna food and drink guide" with description and reccommendations of others.



Julius Meinl am Graben, culinary epicentre of Austria's gourmets and connoisseurs. Three floors of the finest ingredients and materials from all over the world. Meinl is ultimative Viennise delicatessen shop, but it also: cafe, wein-bar, restaurant, sushi-bar and even "take away".

Meinl offers 35 (!!!) different ways to drink coffee



Address: Palais Ferstel at Herrengasse 14
It may be a tourist trap, but it's worth being ensnared by the Central at least once. The café was opened in 1860, and in the late 19th century it became a key meeting place of the Viennese intellectuals. Here were killing thir time: Theodor Herzl, Alfred Adler, Anton Kuh, Adolf Loos, Josip Broz Tito, Sigmund Freud, Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and many others.
I liked this story: Victor Adler objected to Count Berchtold, foreign minister of Austria-Hungary, that war would provoke revolution in Russia, even if not in the Habsburg monarchy, he replied: "And who will lead this revolution? Perhaps Mr. Bronstein (Leon Trotsky) sitting over there at the Cafe Central?"
Live piano music 17-22PM.


Gerstner at Kärntner Strasse is one of my favorites cafehouses and absolutely the best for strudel!


Café Le Moet at Opernring 13, in same building where hotel Le Meridien. Modern and very stylish cafe. It's outstanding interior design changed every few months, so you always find a new concept. Cafe works: 6:30am-20pm. Go inside to see the bar (and the restroom which is quite impressive!) and enter into Le Meridien (from hall or via café) - to see interiors of hotel.


Café Prückel is located near Stadtpark, MAK and U3 tube station.
Typical The Viennese café (Wiener Kaffeehaus), 100 y.o. with the original 1950th interior.


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To buy fresh-ground coffee or coffee-beans, or just to grab cup of coffee (not for style but for coffee-injection) go to Tchibo (Eduscho). There are many branches all around, they normally open 9-19, but some (for example in train station) may be open also unconventional hours.
In Tchibo you will find not only extensive selection of coffee brands and the freshest coffee, but piece of strudle - if you are up to, coffee-related items and variety of not-coffee-related items of good quality: from bra and umbrella to table lamp and jogging dog stroller. It a bit remembers IKEA brunch of petite size.
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Gerstner at Kärntner Strasse 21 is my absolute favorite for strudels! It's typical Vieneese Cafehouse which serves good choice of coffee, variety of astonishing cakes and sweets and quality light meals, but strudel is outstanding here!
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1, Am Lugeck (just down Rotenturmstrasse from Schwedenplatz towards the Stephansdom)
Actually it is a net of brunches, so you can try also other places. What is nice - first you drink and eat (there r also shnitzel there, but it's rather silly!), served with a waiter - and then, when you r done, you come to pay at the entrance into building. I guess sometime people also leave with no paying, but they still prefer to trust their customers. At general, Austrians prefer to trust to each other and normally they never erase someone's expectations of their straightness.

  • There are two ice-cremerias nearby in SwedenPlatz. Local people say there are the best. I tried both, but didn't decide which one is better. Also Julius Meinl am Graben (see in "gourmet" above) sales ice-cream - even it's a famous brand, but I found it just cold n sweet - not much more then it.

Lepantos 1, Ballgasse 4;
Opening hours: Mo 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tue – Sat. noon – 8:00 p.m. , Sun 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.;
The new (2012) Lepantos ice-cream shop is opened in 1st district. There are few other brands - just next door, but only here you may see the constant ppl in line for ice-cream.
Take a look in Irene's Vienna for more details.
You can reach the place coming from Stephan. Nearby to Loos "American Bar" and my favorite "Gerstner".


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... not that schnitzel was not-perfect or I have eat it not enough, but I didn't success to choose my favorite place(s) for schnitzel. Perhaps I need more time to choose? The next year may be?
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Cafe-restaurant Vienne (since 1829).
Address: Fleischmarkt 20, tel 431–5127928.
While you are coming from Schweden-platz - go upstairs (near Italian gelateria) to Fleischmarkt Street. There is beautiful Medieval Greek church, renovated in 18 cent and near the church is a very good restaurant.
But I want you continue some steps by same street and have your dinner in "Vienne" where great traditional Viennese cuisine and real European atmosphere. After 7:30PM live music (good!).


Address: Wollzeile 38 and/or few others, look in web site.
It's world-famous and mentioned in every tourist guide - Plachutta symbolises all the best of typical Viennese cuisine. It's so famous that doesnt need my reccomendations, but need some whitening from being a tourist attraction. First of all Plachutta is not only for tourists, but also for locals. Viennies families come here to celebrate, business ppl (and dates) to make impression on potential partner, others because they can do (Plachutta is pricely). Definately it's a brand, but even being so much known they didn't get spoiled, keeping exceptional cooking and the very perfect service.
If you there - try Tafelspitz (boiled beef). Tenderest veal (who grew up in the alpine meadows, as stated in the menu), immersed in a fragrant broth, is fabulously delicious. The meat served in a gleaming copper pans /to keep it warm/; the waiter pours extra portions when you finished. Other meals are fabulous too. Actually there are masterpieces, you come there to enjoy, not to get stuffed. But no worries, portions are large enough for every appetite. Also wine menu done professionaly - you can ask your waiter for advice which wine to take with your meal.


Freiraum- bar, cafe, restaurant at mariahilfer 117. Excellent choice for whatever reason. AC !

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Blumenstockgasse on the corner with Balgasse, near "Lepantos" (Beetroot Sorbet).
Open daily 10:00-20:00
Cafe Neko is the cat cafe, where you can have drinks while playing with cats. For pictures of the cat cafe go here.

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Except of eating/drinking out you may celebrate the life with self-made meal. When in Vienna you can have delicious lunch or dinner even not being a great cook.


Variety of European wines is amazing and prices are very good. I usually stay tight to French wines, and the second choice will be Italian, but I found many of Austrian wines really great.

My 2012 discovery is Grüner Veltliner by family Steininger.
The Steininger winery is especially known for their delicious sparkling wines.

Grüner Veltliner is really soooooo good!

A lot of beer of many kinds and impressive beer-culture.
I am not good in beer, but Andre is. Here is his recommendations: Stiegl, Puntigamer and Zwettler Zwickl.


And, oh, yea.. S T U R M in September!


  • TO EAT

I luv cheese. Very much so! Being a cheese-fan, I am familiar with range of around-cheese production: cheese-boxes/ - plates/ - covers/ - knives. From all knives I ever expirienced this old (I think at least 50 y.o.) one is my favorite.


Chanterelles from forest, buckets of appricots (local product), many great wines and delicious truffle tortellini and much much more...

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Posted by vanessa 21:15 Archived in Austria Tagged food drink ice meat coffee cafe cheese ice-cream Comments (1)

Here I'm - in Vienna again.

About cats and flats, weather, fashion, work to do and etc.

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The quick shot inside the contemporary art piece in Schwarzenbergplatz (where The Soviet War Memorial, actually).
The very first days, we just arrived to Vienna.
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Don't ask me why contemporary art always (?) look awful.
But Vienna is still beautiful.
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... walking through Karlsplatz.

  • CATS

Also in this summer I'm a cat-sitter ( and also a house - plant - what ever - sitter). I care to two lovely cats here: one is my old friend, she is aging but still beautiful cat-lady. She is a sweet and a smart one, a bit manipulative and, if she dislikes something - she does not hesitate to demonstrate it. Such a lady! The only critical trick that she used to do last year and returned to it this year as well: she awakes me at 4:30am. Constantly. Yes, at daily base :-(
I can explain: being a delicate creature, she is not able to eat big portions, so she is getting hungry fast and need to feed her frequently. I understand all causes, but it doesn't help me to feel fit during the day. What is warming my heart - she appreciates my sacrifice. Don't laugh - she knows how to show it in very clear form. She is a very smart lady.

Andre gives her "the drugs" (special "cocktail" for retired cats) and she is very enthusiastic about it. There are energising components too and we didn't know it. In our first day here she received it at late evening and she went nuts! Then we learned to give it to her after breakfast ;-)

Actually I'm suspicious about the real reason of awakes - it seem to me that she just trying to come into the bedroom, to sleep in the human bed the morning hours. She used to it. Definately I don't accept, so I'm paying off while serving for her an early breakfast. However, she eats with gusto. Where is the one - there is the second one - my heart breaks at the sight of his hungry eyes!

This another cat is relatively new in this house - he lives here only for few months. He is sleek & shiny black, handsome, playful, affectionate and avaliable for friendship. He eats ... oh God! He is just a hoover! Yeah, he is ready to join any party anytime.
Usually he begins with his food, then he is taking a break "to support with shining of the pipkin of his fellow-lady", then he returns back to his own. Their food is of a good quality and smells very well. I guess it is tasty. Actually he eats everything - the owners told me that he stole from the table and gobbled a poppyseedcake with marzipan! He considers himself a great hero and always eager for a walk. Usually his heroism is ending in the 3rd floor entryway (we live in 5th floor), then he is getting stressed and quite happy to be taken back. He already discovered that there are no pipkins in the street, but he doesn't learn and yelling near the door when he has a chance to. He is curious, energetic, funny. Such a man!

Sometimes they make races in the apartment, sweeping away everything on the fly and spinning carpets into propellers. Sometimes they are rolling into the carpet alike sushi-style. You see, it's lot of fun here.


The forecast intrigues me, I'm a fan of cool weather, especially in summer. I love summer rains, but when it dry - I'm happy to rollerblade in the island. The great benefit of cloudy days - no sunblock cream needed. When it's hot - I combine skating with swimming in Danube. I make a break for swimming in this FKK beach, you have seen my reports about it before.

The first week in Vienna was terribly hot. Even when hot - it's still fresh mornings here, so early morning is my favorite time and the best time for manage anything. Dusk comes late, after 9pm, life is continuous also after 6pm - good time for a walk or what ever else.

Last days the weather switched into cool (about 18C) and even rainy! What a pleasure! As usual, I took very few of long-sleeve cloths, not believing that summer can cool down. At fact it is! :-)
I'm not really bothered, I enjoy it very much and prefer to feel a bit cool then to feel hot.

  • FOOD

It's refreshing switch to a bit different eating habits. When I'm in Vienna I use to eat lot of lovely cheeses, meats and excellent bread (unfortunately for my figure). I drink lot of local wines and also French & Italian wines. Not less but even more I enjoy apricots that sold in 5 kg buckets, and wild chanterelle mushrooms, avaliable in every supermarket at season. Austrian know to prepare outstanding chanterelle gulash - to die for! We are still cooking daily at home, mostly the Mediteranean cousine, that we are used to.



This year MAK ( the museum of Applied Arts art exposes lovely collection of decorative art, furniture, textil and, right now, Klimt's cartoons!) - this museum provides free admission on Tuesdays 18-22pm. Which is great possibily to see it in portions.

Here I have to make a break in my esse - because the lady-cat came for cuddling. To mention here, that I'm sitting in "her"chair, where she likes to sleep. It's the chair near the work-table in the office, where I use to work. We share it, yes.

We have many of "cultural programm" plans - mostly museums and various exhibitions, but I hope to catch the beginning of opera season in September, sure will get few concerts, may be even have opportunity for circus and/ or cinema. There are also few more places of interest that are not museums, but related to architecture or / and history and now I have my own "Only in Vienna" by Duncan J.D. Smith - my mommy purchaised it for me and I wanna use it fully.


Summer 2012 Viennese are dressing different. Watching them throught the years I mentioned especial elegance and hills for ladies, buttoned shirts, expensive bags and neatly pressed trousers for men and calm pastel colors for both. Summer 2012 came with bright colors, and, what is more significant - people got "stripped". Summer 2012 came with bright colors, and, what is more significant - people "stripped". Very short skirts and pantie-kind shorts, tiny T-shirts and flip-flops for girls, men are in shorts, still prefer shirts with buttons, but it can be comined with sandals or flip-flops as well. It's a big change for Vienna, which was classic and solid during ages.

But who am I for shopping advice? The variety is confusing.
Here is an enormous info-store of all kinds avaliable online, wien.info is just one of hundreds samples. The variety is confusing. Trendy, brandy, vintage, what ever styles are "waving" to you from every store-window.

This year I mentioned the very special fashion-store (chain of the stores, actually) that called Desigual. This is fashion for people who desire to be visible, to look different and to be unforgettable. It's forbidden to take photos in their stores (unfortunately, because stores interiors are outstanding designed as well), but you may peep into them in the Desigual web-site: www.desigual.com. One of Desigual stores is on Mariahilfer 57-59. Mariahilfer Straße is the paradise for shopaholic.

A dirndl is a type of traditional dress worn in Germany (especially Bavaria – Liechtenstein, Austria, and South Tyrol) based on the historical costume of Alpine peasants. Despite all of the above ('s true, I swear!) - Traditional dress is always actual in Austria. To walk in the street and to ride the subway, to dress it in special occasions (alike wedding or birthday), to wear it to theatre or just going with friends to the local beerhouse. Not for demonstration or pretending and nothing to do with nationalism issue - all this is as natural as buthing naked under the sun or walking in the mountains with sticks (alpine walking) in age of 90. It's going similar way in Germany (especially Bavaria) and in Tyrol.

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That's me, dressing dirndl.
Lady in blue is my dearest mom.


I'm keeping the list of "have to do things" that I begun last year. There are things that I didn't complete or just discovered a while before leaving. I'll continue updating it there.

Posted by vanessa 10:00 Archived in Austria Tagged food vienna cat museum apartment cats race pets Comments (1)

Plachutta (heaven in the pot)

Meeting American friends near Monument of Russian Soldier

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What a surprise!
We met friends from States in Vienna's streets. Just as funny as it sounds, we didn't meet over 20 years, ocasionally keeping in touch on net, but not really planned anything together. And here they are, taking photos near monument of Russian Soldier and watching scateboarders at the platz near fontain.
Actually, this is a school-friend of A's brother, but A knows him for whole childhood.
They were going to dinner in Plachutta (too famous and expencive for us), bt we joined them and had lovely time together.
After a meal, which was really delicious, we had a walk in the center, showing to them our favorite places.


www.plachutta.at Wien, Wollzeile 38 Tel.: 01/512 15 77
Very popular, mentioned in every tourist guide, Plachutta symbolises all the best of typical Viennese cuisine. Definately it's a brand, but even being SO famous they are not spoiled. They keep exceptional cooking and perfect service.

Tenderest veal (who grew up in the alpine meadows, as stated in the menu), immersed in a fragrant broth, is fabulously delicious. The meat served in a gleaming copper pans /to keep it warm/; the waiter pours extra portions when you finished. Creamy spinach was emerald green and incredibly delicious, apple horseradish surpassed all expectations ... and foie gras, covered by a thin crust of transparent jelly ... was appropriate poetry or violin playing, but definately not eating of this masterpiece.

About the brain bone, from which the waiter took out the the gentlest content and carefully laid it out on toasted rye bread ... I would better shut up.

Posted by vanessa 15:42 Archived in Austria Tagged food wien plachutta Comments (0)

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