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Location is Everything: Rough Trade at the New WU

Location is Everything: Rough Trade at the New WU

The neon lights of the Prater amusement park glowed in the descending darkness on Perspektivstraße. Two women sat on the curb amid the stench of greasy sausage from the “Hans Wurst” Würstelstand. They wore black tank tops, jean shorts cut high over bare buttocks, and platform heels.  Looking further down the road, a third, then […]

MuTh: Music for the Next Hundred Years

MuTh: Music for the Next Hundred Years

After 514 years of wandering from stage to stage, the Vienna Boys’ Choir (Sängerknaben) finally has a place to perform that they can call their own: the MuTh concert hall, which was inaugurated on 9 December. The date was just a few weeks shy of a century since the last major concert hall opened in Vienna, […]

At Jean Nouvel’s New Sofitel Hotel: Pride goeth…

The top floor of the new Sofitel across from Schwedenplatz seems to hang from heaven. A vast back-lit ceiling floats above the all-glass walls, silhouetting tiny people seated at tables. It had been beckoning me for months. The hotel itself, a pile of trapezoidal black shapes slightly askew as if cut by a huge knife, […]

Georgian-Oriental: The Perfect Marriage of Cuisine and Style

Georgian-Oriental: The Perfect Marriage of Cuisine and Style

A barrage of photos from a friend’s iPhone had been interrupting me the entire day. “Where on earth are you?” I wrote. “In a car,” he answered. Out the car window, the countryside was gorgeous. I couldn’t figure it out. Ireland? Chile? Suddenly he sent his flight details: Berlin-Tbilisi. Ah! Georgia. I’d never been there, […]

City Closes Popular Club

This year has marked the closure of Market and Roxy, and now the Pratersauna too reports problems from the MA22, the Park and Wildlife division of the City of Vienna. The former brothel-turned-nightclub has been closed temporarily, with officials alleging a threat to Prater wildlife. Pratersauna then took up temporary residence at the Badeschiff on […]

The Best Picnic in Vienna

The Best Picnic in Vienna

There’s nothing quite like a picnic on a hot summer’s day – and luckily, the options to enjoy alfresco dining in Vienna are plentiful, whatever your budget.   Cheap thrill For a cheap but cheerful picnic, head to your nearest supermarket. For under €10, it’s possible to pick up the ingredients to make your own […]

The Danube Canal: Vienna’s Riviera

At night, the Marienbrücke’s concrete face is cast in an ultra-marine light. Symbolising “Mary’s cloak”, the illumined bridge seems intent on transcending its own post-war design for a shimmering, post-modern future. Crossing the Danube Canal, it leads to an emerging cluster of high rises on the Leopoldstadt embankment. There, swirling colours burst from the glass-box […]

Eatalico: Pizza With a Pulse

Eatalico: Pizza With a Pulse

Now that the holiday season is behind us, Vienna has rung in the new year, and the first snowfalls have dusted the city with a wintery nimbus – which provides the perfect backdrop for gazing out the window and pondering life’s eternal questions… Such as, Does this town really need another pizzeria? The owners 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 […]

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