Vielen Dank, Wien

Thank you very much, Vienna

It was a short visit, but sweet, as they say, to what many refer to as “The City of Dreams” (because it was home to the world’s first psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud). There is no shortage of excellent eateries and coffee houses in Vienna.

Cafe Museum is a traditional Viennese cafe that opened in 1899 and designed by the famous Adolf Loos. It is also here that the famous Thonet chairs can be found. Erich was named the best restaurant in Vienna by Time Out Magazine. Located in a subterranean bar-restaurant, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting. Beside Erich, is Veganista, Vienna‘s first all-vegan ice cream parlour.

A must visit when in Vienna is Kurkonditorei Oberlaa. They have seven locations in the city and serve excellent Viennese pastries, macarons, and cakes.

First dinner of Viennese Schnitzel was at Glacis Beisl outside of Museumsquartier. With a garden setting, the restaurant offers traditional Austian fare prepared in classic style.

A Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant that I tried is Lugeck. Located in Vienna‘s striking and history-filled Regensburger Hof building close to St Stephen’s cathedral, Lugeck serves contemporary re-interpretations of traditional Viennese dishes alongside some appealing international cuisine.

One floor below the Reitbauer’s gourmet restaurant, is another Michelin Bib Gourmand eatery called Meierie im Statdtpark. Alongside some 150 wonderfully matured cheeses, it boasts delicious classics. It also has an attractive terrace facing the Stadtpark.

I have returned to Hotel Das Tyrol, where I stayed fifteen years ago. The property has been totally refurbished and it continues to be a delightful boutique hotel. The hotel has a wide collection of contemporary art displayed throughout.