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Aida

The trademark pink and brown interior of this Viennese bakery, which has many locations across the city, has remained untouched over the decades. Locals rely on Aida’s simple, no-frills approach to coffee, cakes, snacks and ice cream, which are prepared to perfection by ladies in candy-pink pinafores.

Vollpension

As an ode to the full-board guesthouses scattered around Vienna, this cosy café puts baking in the capable hands of omas (grandmothers) who bake tarts, cakes and pastries using local produce and generations-old family recipes. The room is decked out like the living room of your sassiest great aunt, with scrubby brick walls, camelback sofas and formica tables.

Heuer

Jars of pickles and fermented goods line the walls of this sleek inner-city restaurant that serves traditional dishes with contemporary flair. All of the ingredients are fetched from local farms or the restaurant’s garden, which is lined with fruit trees and beehives, and regularly hosts concerts by contemporary musicians.

Blue Mustard

Don’t miss this newbie on the restaurant circuit, located right in the heart of Vienna’s first district. By day their airstream caravan serves up street food and coffee, then the glimmering dining room opens in the evenings. Washed with coppers and golds, this spot serves food inspired by Italy, Japan, Scotland, Austria and beyond in the form of carefully constructed dishes with explosive flavours.

Labstelle

Dedicated to sourcing the best produce from local suppliers to create inventive slow food, this casual fine-dining spot is furnished with Ercol chairs, natural wood and copper. The menu is seasonal – stem cabbage with pork neck and brown hollandaise, smoked trout with almonds and pancetta, organic chicken with local mushrooms. Breakfast is served on Saturdays, and is all about good bread, good butter, homemade granola and scrambled eggs.

The Breakfast Club

Locals fill their boots with contemporary brunch dishes including poached eggs and French toast, or jazzed-up Austrian classics such as bread, honey and fruit at this all-day breakfast joint in the heart of the lively fourth district.

Neni

Nestled in the heart of Naschmarkt, Neni serves up Israeli food inspired by the cafés of Jerusalem and the market bars of Tel Aviv. Breakfast includes bubbling baked eggs, yoghurt with candied nuts and Yiddish sweet bread, while lunch or dinner calls for feasts of oven-baked aubergine with tahini, almond chicken, lamb shawarma, perfect pitta bread and the best hummus in the city.

Zweitbester

Join the fashion pack at this new bar/restaurant surrounded by the artisan stores and boutique galleries of the Freihausviertel. The food is bright, modern and comforting with a concise brunch, lunch and dinner menu of seasonal dishes. The bar even hosts concerts in the loos, with a crammed programme of local DJs and musicians.

Aida Café

Vollpension

Heuer

Blue Mustard

Labstelle

The Breakfast Club

Neni

Zweitbester

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