It’s the new year! Let’s kick it off by exploring new places in the city! Yes, we know it’s freezing outside! But just take your mind off your frozen nipples for a second by checking out these brand new super cool spots in the city. Nothing like a yummy reason to get out of the house!
Here are 12 new places in the city for you to discover this new year:
Quality variants of the Mexican street food that fits in your hand, tacos, are hard to come by in Vienna. Until now. Taco Tante is the new taqueria bar bringing the lively vibes of Mexico to the city’s old city center with their menu (which is in the shape of a taco) packing tacos (which are tame, but full of flavour), burritos, quesadillas and more of the Tex-Mex favourites (including a burger with avocado on it). Latino music is playing on the speakers and they stock a few quality Mexican beers (yes, not just Corona) while their cocktails come potent with doses of mezcal and tequila. This is one fun place to get messy with some Mexican street food with friends.
Oh, the summer days – remember those? We don’t either! This new Poke place can help you get some sunny vibes back in your blood with their bowls. This pop-up is set in the shop front that’s normally Leone Gelato during summer. They’re serving up the much-hyped Hawaiian bowls, Poke. The colourful bowls, which include cubed fresh fish of all sorts, rice and all kinds of tasty fresh vegetables, are a hit amongst the clean living, healthy types. You can either pick one of their signature bowls, or build your own.
This little cafe is super fresh and new, with only having had their soft launch last week. But there’s no doubt this is going to become a favourite amongst many. You see, this cafe may be little (around 20 seats in a magnificent setting of the Volkskundemuseum) now, but in the warmer months it will grow immensely. When the sun starts showing its face again, Cafe Hildebrandt will lay claim to one of the best inner courtyard Schanigarten in the center of Vienna, so expect to hear things about this place in spring. However, it’s charming cosy interior is already worth checking out now.
Just a few blocks from the Naschmarkt, this new café is already making a name for itself and this may have something to do with the charming setting it’s housed in. Propeller 1050 is THE new cafe to be at, especially during breakfast time on the weekends. Expect plenty of avocado and other good looking breakfast favourites. The decor is wood-heavy and rustic and the windows are big – two great assets of any cafe. The menu is a real cosmopolitan mix, with a few Austrian classics thrown in.
You won’t find a tea bag in sight at the new artisan teahouse in Vienna’s first district, but it is the only place in the city where you can have the heart-warming Chinese fermented Pu’erh tea experience. Sergei is our tea-cher (get it?) on this teahouse visit, and he’s the kind of person that is so passionate about something, his passion becomes contagious. So much so that we were googling, ‘Duck shit legend’ on our way home from the place (check out the story of the tea that carries this name). And this teahouse he’s created is a space where the rich and fascinating stories and culture that surround a humble cup of tea, can be appreciated.
Opening times TUE–THU: 4pm–12am FRI–SAT: 4pm–1am SUN–MON: closed
The exposed brick walls, red tiled floor and wooden furniture all come together to create a cosy atmosphere at the newly opened, Café Trabant. They’re rocking a menu that mixes Austrian beer (there’s even Schremser on tap!), thoughtfully made cocktails (try their Moscow Mule) and pastries (Flambée tart, anyone?). With its bright yellow façade and wooden interior, Café Trabant is a pop of colour and warmth in the middle of the 18th district. It’s got the charm of yesteryear, with a young crowd providing the cool vibes.
When a place calls itself a cafe and a cocktail bar, we tend to get suspicious, however, as we’ve heard this super new bar, cafe, whatever-you-want-to-call-it, is serving kickass cocktails, Le Funk is in this list as something worth checking out. They’re open every day fairly early in the morning and keep going until night time, so you can pop in for anything from breakfast to a cocktail after dark (or a cocktail for breakfast if you’re that way inclined). You’ll not believe the cool street art mural they’ve got on their walls! It’s all colourful, vibrant & funky – plus they host live music acts every Friday! Plus, we like the name. We’re guessing the music on the speakers is…
Opening times SUN–THU: 11am–11pm FRI–SAT: 11am–12am
Category: lunch, dinner
Besides having a very punny name, the SalzBurger is the new contender in Vienna’s burger game. Located on Wiedner Hauptstrasse in the 4rth district, you’ve got plenty of burger life choices to make at this pokey little place. It’s got a good 20 seats inside, while their burgers and fries also travel well as a takeaway affair. You can choose everything from the type of bread bun you want to frame your burger, to the meat, and which out of the zillions of extras (nachos on a burger? Yes, please!) you’d like added on top. They also have some creations of their own for you to choose from. Plus, there are some yummy salads if you’re still obsessing over that new year’s resolution.
It’s another one for the meat lovers of Vienna! At this new joint, it’s all about juicy & tender steaks and big, fat burgers! Their specialty is the flat iron steak, while they serve up all kinds of special cuts. Mama and the Bull’s got that bare brick wall and neon light signs kind of look to it, which almost has a red light district, primal kind of atmosphere to it. The concept is tight, and if you dig meat, it’s worth checking out.
On the other side of the Danube, across the greeny Wiener Prater, there’s a new charming restaurant in town and it’s called Volee. The menu is Austrian, with cosmopolitan twists involved. Dishes range from light bites, like a variety of Flammkuchen variants, to modern takes on those hearty Austrian plates, like Schnitzel, Goulash, and so on. You’ll also find international inclusions, like a club sandwich hiding amidst the menu. It plays the role as a lunch option when you’re looking for that familiar comfort food, and also as a cosy night spot to get intimate with a cocktail, or wine, or somebody you just happen to find rather sexy.
Opening times MON–FRI: 7:30am–8pm SAT: 9:30am–8pm SUN: 10:30am–6pm
Category: cafés, breakfast
Good News for Jonas Reindl lovers: they just opened up a new store in the heart of the 7th district! Already famous for their tasty specialty coffee and pastries, the folks from Jonas Reindl are keeping it up at their new address. Well, they’ve even taken it one step further by building their own roastery at the new address. These guys and gals are obsessed with coffee as you’ll see if you stand by and stare all creepy like while they’re making you one. Plus, they’ve got all those delicious fresh coffee smells happening here. MMMMM , cooooffffeeeeee.
Tip: try their cheesecake – it’s absolutely to die for.