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"Heya Girls!"
Well, my dears, it’s that time of year again: our traditional summer break is around the corner! Not only does the city need its beauty sleep every now and again, but Your CitySpotterGirl too ;-) And since it has become a tradition, I will bring you the best restaurant- and shop tips of the last months in this edition instead of the weekly events. And I will reveal to you my current favourite place in the city: the Lamee Rooftop. The roof terrace on top of the Hotel Lamee with the incredible view of the Stephansdom isn’t just outrageously chic, but also really cool. Under tropically “dressed” sun umbrellas, you can enjoy fine little somethings (crispy prawns!) and lazily watch time go by. By the way, the colourful styling is an homage to Dorothy Draper, the American Grand Dame of interior design of the 1930s. You can find more wonderful rooftop bars here on our portal. And now take care, dear ladies!
Wishing you a beautiful August,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Lamee Rooftop, Rotenturmstraße 15, 1010 Vienna. Daily in good weather. Web

P.S. We’ll continue with the expert’s special newsletter on 31.8 and from 7.9 onwards as usual!
Photo: Lamee Rooftop / Katharina Gossow
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Teresa Scheicher studied design in Berlin, loves paper and has to – according to her – “always be doing something with her hands”. The idea of having her own store has been stuck in her head for some time and now the dream of her very own Paperbird stationary shop has come true in the 3rd district. There are paper cranes she folded herself hanging from the ceiling of the noticeably minimalistic shop filled with light and beneath it paper lovers can find anything they could ever wish for: pretty wrapping paper, greeting cards, origami paper, note pads and nice writing utensils ranging from golden rulers to fountain pens – everything chosen with style. Beautiful!
Paperbird, Löwengasse 17, 1030 Vienna. Tue-Fri 10:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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 markus-kaiser. at
Wein & Co Stephansplatz
Big, very big! Wein & Co rebuilt their flagship store in a spectacular manner and expanded it to 800 sqm. The wine shop can now be found downstairs (open daily until 24:00!); the ground level is dedicated to the hungry people from now on. In a spacious loft atmosphere with lots of concrete and bright red chairs you can enjoy anything from breakfast to late goulash – including Austrian soul-food: rice pudding, fried apple rings, “Nockerl” with eggs, roast joint. And on Sunday roast is served for lunch. Last week: roast veal with green beans and dumplings. Just like at mom’s house in the Salzkammergut!
Wein & Co Stephansplatz, Jasomirgottstraße 3-5, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Fri 8:00 to 2:00, Sat+Sun 9:00 to 24:00. Web
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das luna
Sometimes the seriously hip locations come to the city very silently. Without any fuss and press coverage. Just like the newly opened luna, where you don’t even really know what it actually is: café, flower shop, trend center? But one thing is clear: it looks great here! And it is owned by highly likeable people, who come from a completely different field, in the back of the building they actually have their own film company. You can come here to drink coffee, eat porridge in the morning, buy succulents and exotic plants, read books, talk and repot your plants for free in front of the place. So fine – welcome to the urban jungle!
das luna, Burggasse 106, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 8:00 to 10:30, Thu + Fri 15:30 to 20:00. Web
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Who really needs a kitschy frill Oktoberfest Dirndl? The chic store of the Styrian traditional label Mothwurf in the newly renovated Palais Batthyany provides the best proof that traditional costumes can also be absolutely elegant. Organza sashes and French laces decorate the exquisite Dirndl and the skirts, shirts, cute 50s dresses and jackets with eye-turner buttons are wonderfully offbeat. Very beautiful: the petticoats of hand-made Gobelin fabrics from Waldviertel. They are also available with Sisi motives, by the way – so tasteful that not only tourists but also Viennese love them.
Mothwurf, Herrengasse 19, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-18:00. Web
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Wirr am Brunnenmarkt
At the moment, every trendy restaurant in New York needs a “rooftop” – a preferably huge roof terrace. This is why the Wirr would also be a hotspot in the Big Apple right now, not just at the Brunnenmarkt. We’ve known the Wirr in Burggasse for years, now the cool restaurant has a brother at the Yppenplatz. Yes, you can also sit inside the new market lodge. But the "place to be" is the terrace, occupying the whole roof. Take a seat on the colourful vintage furnishings and enjoy the creative cuisine (crispy fried chicken and purple sweet potatoes) and the breakfast, especially on Saturdays. Already cult.
Wirr am Brunnenmarkt, Yppenplatz, 1160 Vienna. Mon-Sat 9:00- 23:00. Web
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Gerstner Café-Restaurant
The Gerstner at the Palais Tedesco is not really new – the K. u. K. Court Confectioner opened its gorgeously old-fashionably furnished café across from the opera already two years ago. What is new is the Café-Restaurant on the recently opened second floor. The ambience could not be any more magnificent: historic ceiling paintings, grand fireplaces, pilasters made of red marble and lots of gold. In short: you will be blown away. The menu is only an extended version of a coffeehouse menu (ranging from sausages to beef roulades), but that doesn’t matter. It’s not everyday you get to enjoy such a beautiful place in Vienna!
Gerstner Café-Restaurant, Kärntner Straße 51/ 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna. Mon-Sun 11:00 to until 23:00. Web
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ocean wood Showroom
The idea is not new, but it definitely works: Georg Heinz and Clemens Hollerer sell furniture made from the wood of discarded Indonesian boats. Apparently, the Indonesian fishermen are into happy colors, which don’t look weatherworn but actually very pretty. A fair win-win situation for everyone involved because the fishermen get cash for their old boats and this “ocean wood” is being upcycled directly in Indonesia and made into furniture ranging from nightstands to tables and bathroom-shelves and then shipped to Vienna. There, the stylish and (obviously!) outdoor-fit boat furniture is available at a showroom at the former carriage house in the 14th district. Beautiful!
ocean wood Showroom, Felbigergasse 64, 1140 Vienna. In the summer: Sat 10:00 to 13:00. Web
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Crème de la Crème
That Julia Wojta makes incredibly wonderful cakes has been well known ever since she created the city’s best cake pops under the label “Julie Pop Bakery”. But now the sweet Madame has made her dream come true and gifted us with the most beautiful gem of the new year. Elegantly furnished in green, gold and cream tones, decorated with delicate plants and funny chandeliers: thank you, because this is what a bakery should look like nowadays! Obviously, the cakes are dreamy (those chocolate mousse-balls!) – and you can also have a wonderful breakfast there, the homemade bread comes from her mom. This is our new favorite patisserie!
Crème de la Crème, Lange Gasse 76, 1080 Vienna. Tue-Fri 9:00 to 19:00, Sat + Sun 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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loretta cosima
Plenty of delightful objects for others and yourself: textile designer Valerie Grogger has opened a store with an additional atelier and a silk-screen printing workshop. And there you can find a lot more than just printed things – there are many delightfully designed pieces in order to make yourself or others happy. At the small shop with beautiful ornament-tile flooring you can find anything from cute iPhone covers to unusual jewelry, extraordinary Polish ceramics or pillows from Vorarlberg. And of course also wonderful self-created paper!
loretta cosima, Garnisongasse 7, 1090 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:30 to 18:00. Web
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Warenhandlung Wenighofer Wanits
With their zero-waste grocery store, sisters Christiane Wenighofer und Stephanie Wanits obviously meet the current trend. But on top of that, they’re also really nice! The corner building was affectionately renovated, you can even have coffee in a cosy atmosphere. You get everything you need for everyday life – without packaging: Gragger-bread, delicacies, and vegetables from farmers. Basics like pasta, rice, olive oil, or chocolate can be taken in portions and they provide free waste glass and paper bags. If you like to shop in style, you can also buy pretty Bloomingville tin boxes.
Warenhandlung Wenighofer Wanits, Marxergasse 13, 1030 Vienna. Mo-Fr 7:15 to 18:00, Sat 8:00 to 13:00. Web
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Cafe Cobenzl
Something is going on at Cobenzl! Which is good because it gave CitySpotterGirl the opportunity to spend an evening high above the city, coming home filled with that happy having-taken-a-trip feeling. The run-down Rondo-Café and the castle have been evacuated and will be subject to interim use until its complete renovation in autumn: The organisers of Fete Imperial bring colour and a breath of fresh air into the old walls. The menu isn’t long (right now it’s mostly creative toast and sandwiches, fine coffee and pie), but it’s still nice. And the view is simply breath-taking!
Cafe Cobenzl, Am Cobenzl 94, 1190 Vienna. Tue-Sun 10:00 to 20:00. Web
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Simply gorgeous! Everything that the French mother-daughter duo Anne and Hanae sell at their concept store has that particular “je ne sais quoi”. Super delicate golden jewelry from Paris, silk blousons and blouses painted by an artist, delightfully wrapped “Soft Parfum”- roll ons and pretty glitter-bags. Most of the stock at the recently opened store is from France, but among the around 50 labels there are also pretty pieces from other countries to be found – as long as they delight the owners. And at the moment many pieces are up to 40% off the regular price, thanks to the “Soldes”. Let’s go!

l'Adresse, Zollergasse 4, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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Whenever designer Gabriele Lechner talks about her label Mondschein it seems like the sun comes up. The creations of the autodidact unite tradition and modernism: she turns both high-quality materials like fine merino loden or traditional Dirndl fabrics into living and fashion accessories and embroiders them with funny words like “Gebäckträger” (“bread carrier”) or “Klumpert” (“junk”).  The only thing that was missing until now in combination with the devotedly created designs was a store. And now the time has come: atelier, sewing workshop and showroom are now united at a new address close to her old atelier. Very nice!
Mondschein, Erdbergstraße 16, 1030 Vienna. Tue and Thu 9:00 to 18:00 and by appointment. Web
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It just recently moved here and already feels like it’s always been there: the Figar in the 4th district. It fits perfectly into the Freihausviertel: cool atmosphere and eye-catching wall design, cool (scene-) people – and lots of breakfast. Every day until 16:00 you have an unbelievably huge choice of different organic egg dishes, porridge, breakfast burgers or fun combos like “Working Class Hero”. For lunch a very delicious and affordable menu is being served and at night the cooking is a little more upscale. Everything is at least as nice as at the head restaurant on Kirchengasse. At least ;-)
Figar1040, Schleifmühlgasse 7, 1040 Vienna. Mon-Wed 8:00 to 24:00, Thu-Sat to 2:00, Sun 9:00 to 24:00. Web
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 Christoph Panzer
LGV Gärtnergschäftl
107 market gardens from Lower Austria and Vienna are part of the LGV association, producing more than 40 types of vegetables. Now the first LGV-store has opened in the 4th district – local supply fresh from the field! They have classics from apples to zucchini in their nice shop, but also rarities like fresh wheatgrass, Asian water lettuce or honeyberries. In the tiled cellar, they store refrigerated things like meat or yoghurt, and at the bar counter, you can buy fresh BROTocnik-bread, coffee and sinful pastries from Gregors confectionery, which you can enjoy up on the gallery of the store. Good stuff!

LGV Gärtnergschäftl, Kettenbrückengasse 20, 1040 Vienna. Tue-Fr 9:00 to 18:00, Sa 9:00 to 15:00. Web
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Suppito Rochuspark
By now it’s well known that Andrea Scholdan can win over any soup sceptic. At Suppito, she provides her fan base with delicious, healthy soups and stews made in accordance with TCM principles. Only disadvantage: you can’t dine at the manufactory, just shop. But from now on that problem is solved: at Suppito Bistro you can enjoy your soup on site. The small and simple restaurant is located in the courtyard of a co-working space and offers a different soup and stew on a daily basis. The best soups to enjoy in the charming inner courtyard are cream of asparagus soup, gazpacho or spicy tomato-coconut soup.

Suppito Rochuspark, Erdbergstraße 10, 1030 Vienna. Mo-Fri 11:00 to 15:00 Uhr. Web
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felicitas – Home Stories
The furnishing style of the 1950ies and 60ies has been considered hip for quite a while now – and the found pieces from the era are pretty overpriced sometimes. But not at the small store of Cornelia Felicitas Eccli, where the furniture-loving owner skillfully combines original objects with new designs. Cool vintage-wood-stools with pastel-colored sitting surface from Franz Schuster, “new” 50ies-trays with gilded rims from London and many colorful glasses and vases, of which an amateur could not tell if they are originals or not at first glance. But that is not really the point anyways, because the quality is right – and the prices as well!
felicitas – Home Stories, Neubaugasse 76, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 10:30 to 18:00, Sat 10:30 to 14:00. Web
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Toasterei Bunter Hund
It is very simple: forget anything you have ever heard about toast. And go on a pilgrimage (yes, a pilgrimage!) to Praterstraße. Ignore the possibly very long line in front of the tiny restaurant and hold out. As a reward, you will receive a piece of art between two slices of bread, which tastes just heavenly. Roasted neck of the Mangalitsa pork, sweet and sour white cabbage and smoked Gouda (“Der Hawara”), marinated green asparagus, red-wine-figs and orange-tomato-chutney (“Adriano”) or roast beef with radish and truffle-mayo (“Shlomo”) – all of them magnificent! You eat standing up at a huge wooden table – basically in the kitchen. A hit!
Bunter Hund, Praterstraße 11, 1020 Vienna. Mon-Sat 11:00 to 21:00. Web
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J. Hornig coffee-bar
In order for coffee-fans to be swept off their feet these days, you need at least a barista, special roastings and hip brewing brouhaha. The coffee roasting house J. Hornig has been stirring up the innovation-seeking coffee market of the country in a pretty successful manner - from today on also in a chic coffee-bar in the 7th district. At the big and bright café, there will even be fresh roasting behind a glass wall, next to espressi & co of the (directly traded) home brand, trendy stuff is served as well: “cold-brew” for cocktails or smooth nitro-coffee with a foamy head. Along with coffee you can enjoy snacks and sweets.
J. Hornig, Siebensterngasse 29, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 7:30 to 20:00, Sat+Sun 9:00 to 20:00. Web
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 Ines Hofbaur
Glashütte Comploj
Forget Murano, you can now experience the true art of glassblowing right here in Vienna! By chance, the young and very sympathetic carpenter Robert Comploj from Tyrol ended up as glass blower and learnt from the best in the world. Having returned to Austria, he revolutionised the glass scene with his almost punk, but stylistically confident approach. On Thursday, he opens his “Glashütte” (a glass shop) in Vienna: there you can buy his fantastic works, from drinking glasses to vases, and soon the master will also work there himself. The ovens are already up; the permits will hopefully follow soon.
Glashütte Comploj, Westbahnstraße 18, 1070 Vienna. opening 22 June 16:00. Mon-Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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Mochi Ramen Bar
It’s always the same: the Mochi-guys open a new location and right from the start they get flooded with customers. Which is also the case at the new Ramen Bar: two stands at the Vorgartenmarkt were combined into one soup kitchen and wonderfully furnished, dark grey and purist – and Vienna’s newest hotspot was born. Because as usual, there is fantastic mochi-style cooking! Aside from appetizers, Japanese noodles are served exclusively. The Ramen are freshly produced every day and the soups come with exciting ingredients (Wan Tan Ramen Shoyu!) – the food is definitely worth the wait for a free table!
Mochi Ramen Bar, Vorgartenmarkt, 1020 Vienna. Tue-Fri 12:00 to 21:00, Sat 11:00 to 21:00. Web
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Pomp & Gloria
The life story of the owners is just as kitschy-beautiful as the store itself: originally Oskar and his boyfriend Christoph wanted to emigrate to an island and get married. They quit their jobs and started to clean out their house. Their stylish stuff became so popular online that they eventually decided to open their own store – in Vienna. An unbelievable, almost impossible to describe, 20 sqm wonderland, full to the brim with bibelots, awesomely bubbling bath bombs, romantic poetry albums and vintage rarities ranging from furniture to fashion. Dear heaven, how delightful!
Pomp & Gloria, Lerchenfelder Str. 92, 1080 Vienna. Tue-Fri 14:00 to 19:00. Sat 11:00 to 18:00. Web
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 Sabine Maier
My gosh, it’s buzzing! Before noon, the Iki is already so crowded in the late morning that you can hardly see the reduced furniture with a Japanese touch. No wonder: The team of Mochi, the city’s best (and still most hip) Japanese restaurant assisted as adviser and has definitively left its mark on the big “Japanese Canteen” at Erste Campus. At least ten cooks are working in the open kitchen and deliver (in Mochi quality!) Donburi, soups, Bento boxes and incredible spicy rolls. It tastes excellent – the new railway station quarter has its first outstanding restaurant!
Iki, Am Belvedere 1, 1100 Vienna. Mon-Fri 11:00 to 22:30. Web
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Die Möbelei
A discovery for shabby chic-chicks and DIY-lovers! Pretty well hidden in the 15th district, the small store and workshop from Timea Oberwagner can be found. The “upgrader” prefers to work with chalk-matt Annie Sloan-chalk paint and uses it to give her special pieces a pretty retro-look. In addition to furniture you can also buy all kinds of things you need to prettify furniture, ranging from carved wooden borders for only a few euros to porcelain knobs. And of course paints, paints and paints! The ingenious chalk paint can also be used on fabric, leather or metal, a starter set costs around 50 euros. Worth a try ;-)
Die Möbelei
, Ullmannstraße 47, 1150 Vienna. Tue-Fri 14:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:00 to 15:00. Web
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Ludwig van / Mamsell
Ludwig van Beethoven composed his 9th symphony here in this house! The name of the locale was a given – because in the basement there is a beautiful, ancient restaurant that was brought back to life. The rooms are wood-paneled and vintage elegant, the kitchen has nothing to do with vintage whatsoever. During lunch, Nora Kreimeyer is in charge, gourmets know her as the “Mamsell” of the St. Charles Alimentary. And that means: healthy, creative lunch menu at fair prices, one set meal for vegetarians, one with meat – and it tastes heavenly! We will have to check out the evening menu of “Rookie of the year” Walter Leidenfrost as well!
Ludwig van, Laimgrubengasse 22, 1060 Vienna. Mon-Fri 11:30 to 14:30. Web


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