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Originality in Gift Giving

Originality in Gift Giving

Insead of pitying the (wo)man who has everything, give them something unique and original. At Christmas time it’s more than  family, it’s also the house presents for countless Christmas and New Year’s parties. A box of cookies or bottle of wine will surely disappear in no time. So where to find the perfect individualised gift? […]

Schottenfeldviertel: A Snapshot of a Little SoHo

Schottenfeldviertel: A Snapshot of a Little SoHo

The vibe makes it hard to resist dubbing the 7th District’s Schottenfeld Viertel a “Little SoHo”. Like the New York original, this edgy neighbourhood once housed factories and warehouses, and the repurposed buildings are striking. Above all, this tiny Grätzl orbiting Westbahnstraße is dedicated to all things photographic, spanning from Kaiserstraße to Bandgasse, with outliers […]

Noosh – A Sensual Intro­duction to Afghanistan

Noosh – A Sensual Intro­duction to Afghanistan

Noosh looks like nowhere else in Vienna. Large, bulbous, coloured lampshades hang down to different depths from the ceiling. The manager, Khaled Khushdel, who designed the décor himself, calls them “Afghan tears”. The inner walls are lined with thickly plastered brown clay that gives the large single room a cosy feeling. “My partner was against […]

Haute Nostalgia: Finding Vintage in Vienna

Haute Nostalgia: Finding Vintage in Vienna

Ingrid Raab adjusts her red-framed glasses and schools me in “vintage”. If anyone is an authority in this city, it is Raab. She has curated (there is no better word) her internationally renowned shop Vintage Flo for 35 years, bringing her into contact with Hollywood celebrities, major designers, performing arts companies, look-book creators, and even […]

Forgotten Armenian Treasures

Forgotten Armenian Treasures

There is nothing special about Mechitaristengasse in the 7th District, indeed few people seem aware of its existence. But look again at the door at No. 4, adorned with a sculpted bishop’s mitre. It marks the entrance to the Mekhitarist Armenian Monastery, one of Vienna’s least-known places of worship.   Venice to Vienna It’s always […]

Treasure Hunting on Kirchengasse: For the Eclectic Urbanite

Treasure Hunting on Kirchengasse: For the Eclectic Urbanite

When you turn onto Kirchengasse from the commercial droves of Mariahilferstraße, Café Mentone marks the cultural shift. Now partially closed to traffic, Kirchengasse features a transitional mix of small, traditional stores – a porcelain shop like a trip back in time, a crowded electronics place with shelves piled high, a uniform supplier – and newer […]

The HUB: Connect & Dream

The HUB: Connect & Dream

Above the kitchen, scrawled in bold cursive script are the words, “To the ones who have the courage to dream, believe and act.” Nearby, on rounded worktables stationed through the remodelled loft, handmade signs encourage people to smile and give hugs. The 200+ members of the HUB Vienna have no shortage of optimism and faith […]

Augustin Still Singing for the Street People’s Paper

On the concourse of Neubaugasse underground station, a black man in his mid-twenties was selling the Augustin, Vienna’s biweekly newspaper by and about the homeless. He was also singing. And smiling. In fact, beaming from ear to ear, he was delivering a lusty rendering of the famed folk song “Oh, du lieber Augustin” (Oh, you […]

Bonding to Vienna

On visiting Vienna from the U.S. in 2006, Turkish born psychiatrist Vamik Volkan took himself one beautiful Sunday afternoon up to the Kahlenberg, for a pleasant walk in the countryside and the view across the valley. Also out for a stroll that day, were groups of Turks, all ages, families, friends one after another, all […]

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