What do do, where to stay, and above all – where to eat.
I’ve been wanting to go back to Vienna ever since I first came here a few years back, and when it came to finding a spot to reunite with dear friends of ours, I was thrilled when we decided on Vienna. You’d think Switzerland and Austria are two small-ish countries right next to each other, but Vienna and Zurich are actually a plane ride apart! Thanks to the weather exceeding all expectations, we had two perfect days in the city – filled with sunny walks, lots of good conversations and yummy food. Scroll down to see some impressions from our trip and my list of to-do’s at the bottom…
The cutest café breakkie at CREME DE LA CREME (come here for the pastries, too!)
Vienna is full of history… above: the famous Mozart statue in Burggarten
People viewing & “Aperitivo” @ ZUM SCHWARZEN KAMEEL
Dinner at MOTTO Restaurant
View from the rooftop bar @ 25hours hotel Vienna
Breakfast at the very best: Meierei
WHERE TO STAY
After a round of research, we decided to stay at the 25hours hotel right next to Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier in the Western part of the city – and we didn’t regret it. We needed one that allowed us to bring Cookie, our dog, and that offered spacious rooms / suites for bringing a kid (for our friends), too. We weren’t disappointed – the value for money is incredible, the location is good, and the vibe is beyond cool. I always love little details – there was a yoga mat in each room, a Nespresso machine and an Asian tea pot with three different kinds of loose tea, lots of plugs for charging our devices and a spacious bathroom with enough space to put our things. Plus, those photos we shot over the roofs of Vienna? Those were taken on the hotel’s rooftop. Even if you’re not staying, you should really come just for a sunset cocktail. We didn’t try breakfast since we prefer to try a different café each day whenever we’re doing a city trip.
Other hotels we considered (that you might want to have a look at, too) were Grand Hotel Ferdinand, The Guest House Vienna, Do & Co. (also great for drinks at the bar with a view on the Stephansdom) and Hotel Daniel.
WHERE TO EAT
Oh boy, Vienna is truly a dream come true for foodies. Traditional Austrian food is already yummy, but quite heavy (more like what you’d eat on a mountain hut after a long day of skiing) – so Viennese chefs have mastered the art of upgrading beloved classics with a modern, lighter twist. Some restaurants we dined at the last time I was in Vienna are still very recommendable, and I simply had to go back to “Meierei” for the best breakfast I’ve ever had.
Since our trip was only 48 hours, we were able to try two new dinner options, one new breakfast café, my old favorite for Sunday brunch and a Viennese classic for lunch.
On Friday night, we had Schnitzel & Champagne at Meissl & Schadn, a restaurant that is the perfect combination of vibes, great service and delicious food in a classic-contemporary setting. To see more pics, check out this blog post from my three favorite Austrian blogger girls of Love Daily Dose – and trust me, the vibe gets even cooler when it’s dark outside and the restaurant is full of people.
For Saturday, we wanted to grab a quick bite before exploring town, so we found Crème de la Crème not far from our hotel. It’s the cutest little patisserie and beyond Instagram-worthy – but most of all, the small menu was exactly what our hearts desire (the granola is to die for), the owners are the sweetest, and there were no tourists at all.
Since we were four adults plus a small kid plus a dog, we didn’t stress ourselves to do too much sightseeing (we had already done that on our last trip a few years back, linked here). Instead, we walked around in the sunshine and enjoyed the incredible architecture this city has to offer. Later that day, we felt like doing a quick stop for drinks. Since we hadn’t been able to get a short-notice dinner reservation at Zum Schwarzen Kameel, we decided to head there for a small bite. If you like people-watching, this is probably THE place in Vienna. Order a Negroni Sbagliato (Campari, Vermouth Rosso & Prosecco) and some of their truffled salami and parmigiano, and you’re in for a treat.
On Saturday evening, we dined at Motto restaurant. It’s very modern, dark and stylish with loud music, so maybe not the very best option with kids, but we still really enjoyed it since the food was excellent. It’s perfect for a Saturday night dinner with friends who love good food, and it does put you in the mood to keep going after dinner!
Two options we tried last time we went were Fabio’s and Vestibül. Fabio’s falls in a similar category as Motto, with its fancy vibes and great cocktails. They have a separate bar which is fun for before or after dinner. The food is modern-Italian with rather small portions. Also great for lunch outside in good weather! Vestibül is situated in the Burgtheater, which makes it a convenient spot for dinner before a play or even the opera, which isn’t far either. The setting is gorgeous – you’ll feel like you’re dining in a palace. The food is no-fuss-Austrian-style and incredibly delicious. Everything they cook, they make from scratch. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. Head over to the blog post for some more tipps!
WHAT TO SEE
This time around, we spent our days walking in the sunshine and eating well – no dogs are allowed in museums and our main purpose for the weekend was to reunite with our dear friends whom we hadn’t seen in a while. But now that my last trip was a while back, there are some things I remember more vividly than others.
For one, the Hofburg & Sissi museum – it takes 2-3 hours but it’s totally worth the trip. You’ll get to travel back in time to life in Vienna back in the 19th century, and a dive into Sissi’s much retold story. Second, I loved seeing the famous Spanish horse show – definitely get tickets, especially if the weather forecast is bad! It’s a classic, even if you don’t love horses. Lastly, if you feel like getting out of the city hustle one sunny afternoon, head to castle Belvedere and grab a cup of tea in the summer palace. Vienna is full of incredible buildings and castles, but this one is really just grandiose.
Anything else to add to the list? Let me (and the others) know in the comments!