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Ma Crêperie: Warm End to a Cold Night

Ma Crêperie: Warm End to a Cold Night

It was the first night that was noticeably colder in Vienna, a nip in the air and a sting to the wind. On Grünangergasse in the 1st District, we found Ma Crêperie, a family-owned, Lebanese-French restaurant, where a fireplace lit in the corner of the dining room and the choice of music – Bon Iver, […]

Bangkok: Authentic Thai With a Loyal Following

Bangkok: Authentic Thai With a Loyal Following

From the outside it doesn’t look like much – just another Asian take-away eatery. Actually, it almost blends into the building on Joanelligasse in the 6th District. But once you decide to try it out, any previous reservations are left at the door. Bangkok-Vienna is anything but ordinary. On your second or third visit, owner […]

The New Cool: Ice Cream Goes Indie

The New Cool: Ice Cream Goes Indie

Milk. Sugar. Eggs. Cream. Add your favourite flavour and stir vigorously over ice and salt… ma garda te! A classic Italian gelato and long a Viennese tradition. Now, fast forward, to Vienna in 2012. Over the past decade the number of ice cream parlours in Vienna has oscillated around the 100 mark, declining sharply in 2009 […]

The Back-Yard Sale: A second-hand stuff party

The Back-Yard Sale: A second-hand stuff party

This time last year, fashion’s entourage of young and old could be found at Pratersauna, gathered around the barbeque and lounging by the pool. One would see vintage polka dot dresses, designer shoes and clunky jewellery scattered around the club-turned-yard-sale for a full day of sun, sangria and a little off-beat shopping. When Stéphanie Cech’s […]

Weekend Séjour: Slovak Style

Weekend Séjour: Slovak Style

With our €200 budget we were conscious that our tickets would have cost significantly less if we had bought them in Slovakia. At Wien Südbahnhof (Ost), €14 is the standard price round-trip to Bratislava Hlavná Stanica. There, they would have been €11, but that didn’t matter. We were on our way to Slovakia, where everything […]

Pub Klemo: The Civilised Drinker

Let us be clear, this is not your usual restaurant review. Because Pub Klemo in the 5th District is not your usual restaurant. We didn’t fully understand that when we walked out of the cold and into the wine bar and Magazin. Through the front room and up a few stairs, we were seated at […]

Marktachterl: The Catch of the Day

The Marktachterl on the Karmelitermarkt used to be a worn and friendly Gasthaus that was a favourite for breakfast. Next door was a little fish market that too has since shut its doors, meaning an end to fresh fish in the neighborhood. It seems like a lot to regret. But according to Georg Schilhan, one-half […]

Ethiopian Restaurant: Eating With Your Hands

This was not a restaurant, or at least it didn’t feel like one. Red upholstered benches lined the walls and brass lamps lit up cozy eating corners. The ceiling fans gave a most welcome movement to the stagnant, heavy air as the heat on this particular evening made it seem as if we really were […]

Going for the Big Fish

The “Imperial Riding School Hotel”? Funny, it’s more than a mile away from the downtown tourist attraction in Vienna. And it’s not imperial either, but a Renaissance Hotel in an unassuming part of the third district, part of the Marriott chain. So we didn’t really have any expectations when we chose the hotel’s restaurant for […]

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