OK, all you foodie and drinkie (Is that a word? We somehow feel it should be) obsessives in Vienna, here are the new spots to get excited about that have been getting some buzz since the start of 2018.
Check out this list of the 13 hot new places for this month to dine out, grab lunch, drink on a chilled evening, or party in Vienna.
© Header photo courtesy of Kartonage Kitchen
Parémi – New in Vienna
Where: Bäckerstraße 10, 1010
Category: French bakery, boulangerie, patisserie, café
When we tell you that people are streaming into Vienna’s newest French boulangerie and waiting in line to grab a baguette, or croissant, it may sound like hyperbole. But the baked goods being prepared in the huge showroom bakery kitchen at Parémi is truly inspiring such madness.
It was only a matter of time before a baker settled back on Vienna’s Bäckerstraße (which literally means “baker street”, with the name dating back to the 14th century when bakers lined the street), and it’s no secret that the Viennese get a kick out of anything French, so it makes sense that it’s a boulangerie that gave the street back the meaning to its name. Parémi is a real deal French bakery that bakes all products fresh, in-house, with flour and butter imported directly from France. And while this is a valid claim to authenticity, for us, the proof is in the heavenly, buttery taste of the croissants.
Parémi is all about small bites (not to mention quality and well-made coffee), and if you’re not popping in and popping out with a baguette under your arm (very French of you) and staying a while, it’s an inviting space for a small breakfast or a coffee & cake break. It is self-service, so don’t go waiting to be waited on. Meanwhile, the filled baguettes (stuffed with ingredients like Brie, dried tomatoes, salami or chicken) make for a tasty lunch treat (we say treat as this place is pricey). We’d also recommend the Brioche with salted butter and homemade quince jam. Who are we kidding – everything here will keep you coming back. Read our full review of Paremi, here.
Croissant = 2.50€
Brioche = 5.80€
Baguette = 2.80€ (1/2 = 1.50€)
Espresso = 2.50€
Wifi, pay with card, no smoking
Rio Gostoso – New in Vienna
Where: Wiedner Hauptstraße 34, 1040
MON & FRI: 10am–4pm
Category: Tapiocaria, Brazilian street food, snack bar, gluten-free!
If you haven’t been to Brazil before, chances are you’ve never tried (or even heard of) a tapioca crêpe. However, if you have, there’s a 99.9% chance you’ve eaten loads of this beloved Brazilian street food. Whatever be the case, you can now get this carnival in your mouth at a small eatery in Vienna. What is a Tapioca? Well, glad you asked! (we say pushing our glasses up on our noses, using our index finger). Tapioca, a very common ingredient in Brazil, is actually a gluten-free starch sourced from the cassava root, also known as manioc, yucca or mandioca.
We’d recommend you go for the Fortaleza (all dishes are named after Brazilian cities) – filled with loads of melted cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula and requeijão (a Brazilian cream cheese). To pimp it up, we opt for the beetroot tapioca flour, which not only looks pretty in pink, but also adds a subtle extra flavour to the rather neutral tasting spongy-looking tapioca.
Tapioca “Rio de Janeiro” with cheese, tomato, oregano = 3.90€
Tapioca “Salvador” with Mozzarella, ham, palm heart, oregano = 5.50€
Tapioca „Olinda” (sweet) with condensed milk, guava jelly, coconut = 4.60€
Cafe Monic – New in Vienna
Where: Gumpendorfer Straße 69, 1060
Category: Corner Bar, Hangout, Drinks
Cash only, smoking allowed
Looking like a place that came right out of some weird dream made in the 1980s, Cafe Monic on Gumpendorfer Straße is one of the classic Viennese Beisl (Viennese pub) that has been around longer than most of us have. So why is it in the ‘new in Vienna’ article, you ask? Well, after its closing last year it’s been taken over by a bunch of young, new owners, who brought with them a new concept. And, respecting the charm and integrity of an Austrian beisl, they’ve kept most of the interior looking the same.
Jürgen Bauer and Javier Mancilla decided to go straight from closing to opening and left everything the way it was. Just the crowd hanging out inside has changed to a much younger, more alternative looking bunch that like the idea of dwelling in the Beisl charm with good wine, beer, Schnaps, and (another new addition) a DJ on the decks to take you through your chilled evening with beats.
Photos © Maša Stanić
Pizza Randale – New in Vienna
Where: Kettenbrückengasse 1, 1050
Category: Pizzeria, bar, dance/night club
The former Transporter Bar in the 4th district has been transformed with a new face, interior, and purpose – in addition to having drinks and long, dance-filled nights on the weekend, you can also enjoy some tasty pizza while you’re at it. The guys who also created the burger and wine bar, Weinschenke, now serve pizza in a night club – original concept, indeed. And the pizzas are coming straight out of the oven of a Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana approved gas oven (it seems they’re mighty proud of this). Margherita, Capricciosa, Quattro Formaggi, or a pizza with Blunzn (blood sausage) and apple slapped on top – there are a bunch of funky and original pizza creations to be tried at Randale.
After the kitchen is closed, the spoon is handed to a changing team of DJs that will make sure the evening continues late into the evening.
Pizza = 6.90–14.90€
Starters = 3.90–7.90€
© Pizza Randale / Instagram
Das Lokal im Hof – New in Vienna
Where: Viktorgasse 22 / Weyringergasse 36, 1040
No reservations between 11am–2pm
Category: Restaurant, Lunch
A new restaurant has popped up in the courtyard of the Alte Alpenmilchzentrale (an old factory that produced milk back in the day) in the 4th district – Das Lokal (im Hof). Offering a daily changing lunch menu, the angle here aims to create modern interpretations of good ol’ Austrian hospitality. To be spotted on the menu are things like Gnocchi with figs, Beef Tatar, homemade Topfenknödel, etc. Open Monday to Friday, they pay particular attention to their lunch menu, but they also serve up a dinner menu that involves more elaborate dishes, with subtle twists. The space is big, comfy, and a very pleasant spot to sit, chat and eat a while.
Photos © Das Lokal website
Lieber Ohne – New in Vienna
Where: Otto-Bauer-Gasse 10, 1060
Category: Supermarket, Grocery Store, Organic, Regional, No packaging
Vienna’s first no-plastic supermarket opened its doors on Otto-Bauer-Gasse not so long ago, and we’re damn glad it did. This city is in dire need of such places that offer an alternative to those of us who’d like to participate in the fight against our beautiful planet being drowned in plastic packaging. Bring your own containers, or borrow them in store (you pay a deposit, which you get back when you return the glass container).
On their shelves is a variety of regional organic products – fruit, vegetables, cereals, nuts, seeds, flour, sugar, herbs and tee, oil, vinegar, honey, dairy products and meat. Want to know more about what they have on offer, have a look, here.
Photos © Lieber Ohne
Hannahs Speisesaal – New in Vienna
Where: Radetzkystraße 2, 1030
Category: Lunch, snack, take away
Fresh, tasty and healthy lunches – this is what this new lunch location, Hannahs Speisesaal’s, is promising. Whipping up a mix of dishes inspired by the Austrian kitchen and made with seasonal ingredients, you won’t get bored of what lands on your plate here. This new lunch place aims to become a refuge for all of those working and living in the beautiful Radetzkyplatz area in the 3rd district. Oh, and as for the prices, they be reasonable.
Plus: You can also get all the dishes to take away
Soup = 2/5€
Lunch dishes = 5.80–8.20€
Dessert = 2–3€
Photos © Hannahs Speisesaal
Bar 3 – New in Vienna
Where: Salesianergasse 25, 1030
Category: Restaurant, Bar, Cocktails
Dinner and drinks is on the agenda at the new stylish place, Bar 3, that has opened its doors in the 3rd. An evening at this very fancy establishment will take you on a journey that might start somewhere in the 1930s. The drinks menu is elaborate and full of old classics with that little twist of something new and contemporary. The food menu is rather compact, but offers the perfect dishes you need as a basis for a boozy night out – steak, ribs, burger, or the lighter alternative – salad and soup.
Moscow mule = 9.50€
Gin Tonic = 9.50–16.50€
Beer (0.3l) = 4€
Caesar salad (different toppings) = 14–20€
Burger (180g beef) = 14.50€
Steak = 25–35€
Dessert = 7€
Photos © Bar 3 website
Edelschimmel – New in Vienna
Where: Servitengasse 5, 1090
Category: Delicatessen, cheese store, grocery store
Pay with card, no smoking
Edelschimmel is the new cheese bar in town (what?! cheese bars are a trending thing?). Situated in the charming Servitenviertel of the 9th (are we the only ones that imagine all of our fairytales happening in this charming cobblestoned area), this new delicatessen is offering up a vast range of cheese, cheese, and, ahhhh, more cheese. Around 70 different types of cheese can be bought and sampled in the small shop on Servitengasse. And, of course, there’s also Austrian wine, and bread from the Austrian baker, Öfferl, behind the counter if you decide to stick around.
Photos © DIA | Z e.U.
Kartonage Kitchen – New in Vienna
Where: Burggasse 6–8, 1070
Category: Restaurant, Lunch, Take Away
There’s a strict all-encompassing law at the new Kartonage Kitchen – no plastic! Only biodegradable containers are used at this restaurant/bar/take away place that adds yet another lunch option for those working and living in the 7th district. All dishes are freshly prepared and vary daily (weekly menus). All kinds of international treats can be found on the menu, from the likes of Chicken Gulasch with noodles, baked sweet potato with pumpkin sauce, Lasagne al forno, and a Pulled Pork Burger. But remember, if you turn up with any plastic, they’ll release the hounds!!!! Ok, maybe we made that part up, but why not join the movement anyway?!
Soup = 3.80€
Lunch dish = 7.90€
Soup + lunch dish = 9.90€
Photos © Kartonage Kitchen
1683 Handmade Bagels & Farm Coffee – New in Vienna
Where: Währinger Straße 12, 1090
Category: Bagel Shop, Coffeeshop, Snack bar
“A round piece of history – the bagel, Viennese since 1683” – that’s this new bagel/coffee shops statement of existence. Another little place opening in the 9th district (our prediction: watch for exciting new places opening up in this district over the coming year). 1683 Handmade Bagels & Farm Coffee celebrates the bagel, that is rumoured to have been invented in our lovely little city of Vienna, and is now experiencing something of a revival in this town. All bagels are made in the narrow, yet roomy cafe on Währinger Straße. There’s a selection of types and of fillings (chicken breast, avocado, etc), and there’s also a kosher and a vegan bagel on the menu. Also, as the name would suggest, the coffee is an artisan affair, as well.
We also recommend… a cinnamon-raising-bagel filled with chocolate cream!
Plus: Open on Sunday!
Bagels = 4.20–6€
Photos © 1683 Handmade Bagels
Kim Chingu – New in Vienna
Where: Althanstraße 21–25, 1090
Pay with card, no smoking
Category: Restaurant, Asian, Meat & Fish
Chingu means “friend” in Korean, and friends and family and sharing good food in a pleasant atmosphere is what Kim Chingu is all about. Meat and fish dishes are a main focus at Sohyi Kim’s newly opened restaurant in the 9th district. The renowned Austrian-Korean chef (who also has another restaurant “Kim” and a Kim Shop on Währinger Straße), just added another addition to Vienna’s gastronomy scene. And the concept of the new one is similar to the others – friendly service in an uncomplicated atmosphere. You can put together your own menu, by choosing bits and pieces from the fish and meat heavy menu, and add whatever “small tasties” as starters or side dishes tickle your fancy. Oh, and the big smiles from the staff come for free.
Soup of the day = 4€
Filled dumplings (chicken, peanut sauce, chili vegetables) = 10€
Beef Ramen = 15€
Tuna-Bulgogi-Burger = 18€
Side dishes (potato, rice, vegetables, bread, etc) = 2–5€
© Kim Chingu / Wolf-Dieter Grabner
Dabba | Nam Nam 1040 – New in Vienna
Category: Indian take away, lunch place
One of Vienna’s go-to Indian restaurants, Nam Nam, has opened up another small eatery, “Dabba.” This lunch take away joint in the 4th district, right around the corner from the TU, is serving up a new curry every day – one with meat, one vegetarian (sometimes also vegan), plus one alternative dish – scooped into a to-go container, with or without rice. You can also help yourself to the free toppings (almond slices, cumin, parsley, coconut and more). And prices are very reasonable for a warm and tasty lunch. Check out the weekly menu, here.
Curry box small/big = 4.90€/6.50€
Rice box = 1.50€/2€
All-in-one-Becher (curry & rice) = 5.50€
Photos: Nam Nam website