Creative hotspots in Vienna
One thing we love about Vienna is its vibrant art scene. We asked our dear friend Eva Fischer, a true Vienna art insider, about her current favourites to make the most of your stay.
Eva Fischer is a freelance curator, visualist, culture manager and lecturer. She initiated the sound:frame festival and the same-named agency, leads the production of the ‘Diagonale Graz – Festival of Austrian Film’ and curated the focus topic Virtual & Augmented Reality at the Vienna Design Week 2018. For us, she’s put together her all-time favourite and current must-see locations in Vienna.
What are your favourite restaurants in Vienna?
I love the breakfast at Ulrich, it’s very cosy there and absolutely delicious. For lunch, I can recommend the Thai kitchen mamamon. My favourite dinner spot is Zweitbester – the food there is delicious and if you’re lucky the best DJs in town play their set at night. Heuer is also a great place for dinner. If I want to cook at home, I buy fresh vegetables, fish and all kinds of local specialties at Brunnenmarkt, a market close to Yppenplatz. Having breakfast there and diving into the buzzing market afterwards is the perfect way to spend a Saturday.
Photo: Ulrich Wien
Speaking of local specialties: Where do you get the best Sachertorte and Wiener Schnitzel in town?
I love the pastry at Demel – this place is fantastic, like from a fairytale. The best Schnitzel is hard to tell – I personally love the choice of Schnitzel variations at Häuslern am Stoan, outside of Vienna. You can walk there along the Vienna hiking trail if you want to. After the little walk the Schnitzel tastes even better.
Which district in Vienna do you love most?
In 2006, I moved to the seventh district and fell in love with it. You can reach the city centre quickly but also have the chance to escape the city’s hectic very easily. It’s the district of Vienna’s creative minds. You can find lots of great bars, restaurants and shops here. It’s the ideal mixture of urban and cosy.
Which new art spaces are worth a visit?
The gallery Burggassse 98 is trending lately and provides a carefully selected interdisciplinary program. I’m also a big fan of improper walls! it features great people and has a fine international program of street art and design. Kevin Space is my favorite location to see contemporary graphic art and at Cumberland 54 Space there’s a new space for arts and crafts projects also available for rental.
Photo: Burggasse 98
Are there any Viennese artist newcomers you should keep an eye on?
If you’re looking for up-to-date work that transports you into a different world, you should check out DEPART. During the Vienna Design Week you can see the Virtual Reality Project “The Lacuna Shifts – Annex.” It’s such a unique experience. After having watched it many times I still discover new surprises.
Why is the Viennese cultural scene so exciting?
The creative scene in Vienna is as diverse as hardly any other. No matter if electronic music, experimental jazz or opera, graphic art, design or street art – you will always bump into new high-level productions and find inspiration here every day.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Eva! If you’re looking for more recommendations on what to do in Vienna, check out our Vienna City Guide.