Architekturzentrum Wien
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna
T +43 1 522 31 15 30
Mon–Sun 10am–7pm

Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
T +43 1 711 36248
Tue 10am–10pm, Wed–Sun 10am–6pm


Museum moderner Kunst Sammlung Ludwig
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna
T +43 1 525 00
Tue–Sun 10am–7pm
Mon 2pm–7pm, Do 10am–9pm


Museum Startgalerie Artothek 
Felderstraße 6-8
1010 Vienna
T +43 1 4000 8400
Tue, Wed, Fri 11am–6pm,
Thur 11am-8pm, Sat 11am–4pm

Thyssen-Bornemisza Augarten Contemporary

Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A
1020 Vienna
T +43 1 513 98 560
Mon–Thu, Sat–Sun 11am–7pm
Fri 11am–10 pm


Galerie Ernst Hilger

Dorotheergasse 5
1010 Vienna
T +43 1 512 53 15
Tue–Fri 10am–6pm, Sa 10am–4pm


Donaufelderstrasse 73, 5.04 A–B
1210 Vienna
T +43 680 4425665
T +43 699 12105081
Mon 6:30–8:30pm

Going out

REINTHALER'S BEISL, Dorotheergasse 2, 1010 Vienna, T+43 1513 1249, Mon–Sun 11am–11pm WEBSITE
For those like me, who don't like too much variety, a Viennese Beisl is not a bad place to eat. Its just stupid that there are so many to choose from, just to avoid having too much choice. Therefore I indiscriminately recommend you go to Reinthaler's Beisl – although it could just as well be Hannes Rohrböck, Anzengruber or the Adlerhof guesthouse – go eat some liver, drink a beer or two and all will be good. Preferably mid-afternoon.  – 
HANS-JÜRGEN HAFNER, director Kunstverein Düsseldorf
AKRAP, Königsklostergasse 7/6, 1060 Vienna, T+43 1587 2152, Mon–Fri 9am–5.30pm, Sat 10am–4pm WEBSITE
Since we're, communally, a little too fed up with nightlife, spending all our Saturday nights on duty at the L'ocean Licker, this is about coffee. In the daytime we go drink our coffee at this very nice little place called Akrap Coffee where the friendly owner greets you from behind the coffee machine. And then the perfect coffee, made with beans from their own roastery. It tastes so good. With no fuss. All of it so untypical of Vienna, and I guess that is why we like it so much. Highly recommended.  –
GUTRUF, Milchgasse 1, 1010 Vienna 
T+43 1533 9562 Mon–Sat 10am–11pm 

Not much to tell about it. Small, very Viennese, interesting histories, nice food by guy named Bernhard Chung. Good place for dinner which could continue with more drinks.  – LIUDVIKAS BUKLYS, artist, Brussels
ANZENGRUBER, Schleifmühlgasse 19, 1040 Vienna, T+43 1587 8297, Mon–Sat 11am–2am
It's where I ate my first schnitzel in Vienna and the only place I am sure to bump into someone I know, even though I only know five people or so  in the city.  – LISA OPPENHEIM, artist, New York City
CAFÉ PRÜCKEL Stubenring 24, 1010 Vienna, T+43 1512 6115, Mon–Sun 8.30am–10pm 
Entering the smoky Prückel is like time travel. The interior is from the 50s, the staff are of the charmingly unfriendly Viennese variety and the patrons are individual as one could only wish for in Berlin Mitte. – JOANNA KAMM, gallerist, Berlin

SOHO, Cafeteria in the National Library, Josefsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, 
T+43 1532 8566, Mon–Fri 9am–4pm
In a city already well-catered to »loners«, the National Library cafeteria Soho virtually exalts them. Eating alongside bookworms amongst the ever amazing decor. Thursday is schnitzel-day. – ARIANE MÜLLER, artist, Berlin
KLEINES CAFE, Franziskanerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna, Mon–Sat 10am–2am, Sun 1pm–2am
A gem in Vienna's cafe culture, where classical style is not synonym of nostalgia rather part of the everyday. Ingredients are splendid design, friendly waiters (yes!) and a revitalizing silence. On the square, the admirable Moses fountain and the Fransican Church, a pastiche of gothic/ renaissance style with surprising baroque interiors. – FRANCESCO STOCCHI, curator, Rotterdam
KUISHIMBO, Linke Wienzeile 40, 1060 Vienna, Mon–Sat 12noon–9pm
Most »Japanese« restaurants in Vienna are terrible, so Kuishimbo on the Linke Wienzeile by Kettenbrückengasse station is pretty special. It's a simple, tiny, inexpensive udon shop, just as it should be, serving unpretentious, perfect Japanese food. The udon is great but my favorite is the oyakodon with a black seaweed salad on the side. – MARTYN REYNOLDS, artist, Vienna
SAVOY, Linke Wienzeile 36, 1060 Vienna, T+43 1581 1577, Sun–Thu 12pm–2am, Fri 12pm–3am, Sat 9am–3am website
A gay and lesbian haunt on the linke Wienzeile. I like the combination of an interlope crowd with the charm of an old Viennese cafe. The bar tenders are hetero-unfriendly but the wine is good and the grand architecture definitely worth a look. – ELISE LAMMER, curator, Berlin / London
VICTUS UND MILI, Neustiftgasse 28, 1070 Vienna, T+43 1947 9390, Mon–Fri 12pm-12am website
At Victus & Mili you can come visit me at work and get an al banco espresso for one euro, or eat fantastic food, or get drunk at the bar and watch the chefs in the kitchen. – NOËLE ODY, artist, Vienna
STOLICHNYIFischhof 3, 1010 Vienna T +43 1532 5843, Mon–Thu 11am–11pm, Fri–Sat 11am–midnight website
The perfect place to start a night out. Eat little, drink a lot. Best time is on Saturday nights when there is live Russian music and a dancefloor. – ALEX RUTHNER, artist, Vienna
WRATSCHKONeustiftgasse 51, 1070 Vienna, T+43 1523 7161, Mon–Sat 5pm–1am
»Wratschko is a quaint and cozy pub with very fine cuisine. Highly recommended are the rissoles as well as the vegetarian dishes. – THOMAS GEIGER, artist, Wien
CAFÉ MALIPOPUngargasse 10, 1030 Vienna, T+43 1713 3441, Mon–Sat 7pm–2am
3rd district's secret, the small bar Malipop, where the owner is always there bar-tending herself; playing her vast collection of obscure, unheard-of vinyls. Don't expect a smile, don't laugh too loud - you might just be told to quiet down so the owner can listen to her music. No pretensions of a service-economy where the customer is always right. We are all right, staff included. Love it. – JANUS HØM, artist, Copenhagen / Berlin
STAFLER, Ehrenfelsgasse 4, 1120 Vienna, T+43 1815 62 35, Tue–Sat 10am–3pm, 5:30–11pm website
Stafler is a Tyrolean specialty restaurant and the journey alone is an experience, meandering through the most gastronomically poor district of Vienna to arrive at a sensory journey through time, on all levels: both the ambience and the dishes are ceremoniously anachronistic (braised beef cheeks on beetroot risotto with sweet peas and paprika aoili) all to charming effect. – CATHÉRINE HUG, curator Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
OBEN, Urban-Loritz-Platz 2, 1070 Vienna, T+43 1522 7268, Mon–Thu 10am–11pm Fri–Sat 9am–10pm Sun 10am–3pm website
Decent food and a marvellous view. Perfect for watching the sunset and drinking prosecco on hot summer evenings. – CHRISTIAN FALSNAES, artist, Berlin
L'OCEAN LICKER, Helenengasse / Ecke Praterstern, 1020 Vienna, Sat 10pm–3am
7 sqm 175 bpm (approx). the place i miss when i’m not in vienna – NADIM VARDAG, artist, Berlin
STOMACH, Seegasse 26, 1090 Vienna T+43 1310 2099, Wed–Sat 4pm–midnight, Sun 10am–10pm WEBSITE
For a restaurant that offers both Austrian and French food I would recommend restaurant Stomach in the ninth district. It has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a large black cat lives there too – who is also very friendly. – DIANA BALDON & SØREN ENGSTED, Kuratorin & Künstler, Stockholm
CAFE LASSA, Thurngasse 19, 1090 Vienna, T+43 676 963 7795, Mon–Sat 5pm-midnight WEBSITE
Fresh new bar around the corner from Schauspielhaus Theater with almost weekly art events like Art Stream Shop (a great online art sales project), exhibitions, video projections, music and lectures. The owner, an amiable artist herself, besides art also offers small dishes like »Cheese on the Stone« and »Piadina sandwich«. Good place to meet friends! – HANS KNOLL, gallerist, Vienna
VIETTHAO, Friedrichstraße 2, 1010 Vienna, T+43 1585 2031, Sun–Fri 11.30am–10.30pm
Vietthao is somewhat of an insider's tip for all Vietnamese food lovers. Be sure to try several of the appetizers and taste your way through the different dishes! The wine is also commendable. In the summer there are tables outside, really close to the Vienna Kunsthalle, Karlsplatz, Secession, Künstlerhaus, the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and the Albertina. – ELSY LAHNER, curator, Albertina, Vienna

CAFÉ HEUMARKT, Am Heumarkt 15, 1030 Vienna, T+43 1712 6581, Mon–Fri 9am–11pm 
I find Café Heumarkt so wonderfully »in between«, its easy to get to, the service is fast and friendly and it has a distinctive charm that so many other places seem determined to sanitize away – the menu cards are sticky, the cake display cabinets rattle, the smoking room looks like a ›highly commended‹ sculpture graduate show. It has something of a different era and riddled with a kind of nonchalance it offers sought after tranqulity to its patrons. – CHRISTIAN EGGER, curator, Künstlerhaus Halle for Kunst & Medien, Graz
LOOS BAR, Kärntner Durchgang 10, 1010 Vienna, T+43 1512 3283, Mon–Sat noon–5am, Sun–Wed noon–4am WEBSITE
It is for the intimate atmosphere made of perfect selection of marbles, the mirror illusion making more space, well proportioned bar and furniture to sit and have a perfect whiskey-drink while looking into the painted portrait of Peter Altenberg. The place is so small and good that it is okay to go and drink alone... – MARIUS ENGH, artist, Berlin

I was at Loos Bar many times, and it's one of my favourites. Always amusing. Especially the generously-staffed, all-male crew who never fail to deliver a top class culinary experience. – CARINA BRANDES
artist, Berlin
AIDA Kaiserstraße 37, 1070 Vienna, T+43 1890 8988, Mon–Fri 10am–6pm WEBSITE
Small and really quiet, wonderful for thinking.
AIDA Wollzeile 28, 1010 Vienna,  Mon–Fri 7am–7pm, Sat 8am–7pm, Sun10am–5pm: Great in summer because the huge old sliding windows are all open.
AIDA Praterstraße 78, 1020 Vienna, Mon–Fri 7am–7pm, Sat 8am–7pm, Sun 9am–7pm: Because afterwards one can take a long stroll through the Prater park. – LISA HOLZER, artist, Berlin


HOTEL AM BRILLANTENGRUND, Bandgasse 4, 1070 Vienna, T+43 1523 3662
Relaxed and with distinct charm, Hotel am Brillantengrund makes for a a great stay, and not neccessarily just to sleep. Those traumatized by seventies interiors might get shock therapy here. Those, like me, who grew up with String shelving units can appreciate the original, beige-brown ambiance with a touch of linoleum with an ironic-nostalgic attitude. Or relax in the courtyard, which is an architectural pearl of the former Brillanten district, now used for various ceremonial and culinary purposes. – ASTRID MANIA, art critic, Berlin