Discover the area. Our quarter in the sixth district, Mariahilf, has everything you could wish for and more. Besides bars, cafés and retail outlets, the area surrounding Hotel Josefine has plenty of good dining options and creative shops. Here are our favourite picks:
Have you fallen in love with our phonotheque and are keen to start or expand your own record collection? Here’s where to go.
Alt und Neu Wien
Windmühlgasse 10, 1060 Wien
Teuchtler Schallplattenhandel is Vienna’s oldest second-hand record and CD store. The family-run business has been here since 1948. It has everything a music lover could desire.
Sing Sing Records
Neustiftgasse 19, 1070 Wien
A legendary record store that has been used as a setting for many a film. For more than 20 years, collectors of all genres of music have found their personal treasures here. The owners have a simple rationale for their business: they buy and sell music because they like listening to it.
FOOD & DRINK
Bruder Küche und Bar
Windmühlgasse 20/ Im Durchgang des Raimundhofs, 1060 Wien
Cold beer, fresh cocktails and no mains for more than 20 Euro. The theme: creative Austrian cuisine. The owners play with aromas and ferment their own foods.
They conjure up dishes with evocative names, such as ‘mountains of butter and lakes of milk’ (‘Butterberge und Milchseen’): brook trout poached in milk and served with butter, root vegetables and boiled potatoes. Their cocktails are just as imaginative, as the ‘Sunset in Catania’ (‘Abendröte in Catania’) clearly demonstrates.
My Secret Garden Cafe
Mariahilferstraße 45/ Im Raimundhof, 1060 Wien
A lovely atmosphere and lovingly prepared dishes made with plenty of positive energy. Relax between flowers as you enjoy delicious vegan and vegetarian meals. The curries, the vegan cheesecake and the beetroot latte are particularly popular.
Sir Harley Tea
Mariahilferstraße 45 / Im Raimundhof, 1060 Wien
‘Serving tea shows taste for the finest, because tea is sociable and polite, it is stimulating and humble’ – John Galsworthy (1867–1933), British author. This lovely little tea house has fully embraced Galsworthy’s wisdom, and it is a wonderful place for an afternoon tea. Served with scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam.
Mariahilferstraße 45 / Im Raimundhof, 1060 Wien
Super healthy food to go. Think smoothie bowls, acai bowls or poke bowls with vegan chicken. The sustainably made, vegan specialities from the Superfood Deli have a huge fan base, and it is well deserved.
Schmalzhofgasse 19, 1060 Wien
Any connoisseur of flowers and blossoms will love Michael Diewald’s confiserie. All products are of the highest organic quality, and everything is hand-picked and hand-processed, such as the orange blossoms manually gathered at the orangery in Schönbrunn.
Graf und Gräfin
Mariahilferstraße 45, 1060 Wien
Full of nice things that make life better. The boutique has a lovely selection of leather products, such as wallets, tobacco pouches, belts and laptop cases. You can also find some unusual accessories from wooden clocks to backpacks.
Barnabitengasse 12, 1060 Wien
‘If there is a special Heaven for nerds, it looks like this place.’
Such is the verdict of Falter’s ‘Best of Vienna’ writers. Immerse yourself in the world of superheroes, Pokémon, Star Wars and the like.
Mariahilferstrasse 113, 1060 Wien
No mass production, no poor-quality glasses. The owners of this optician’s shop cannot bear run-of-the-mill products. They work with small producers and innovative pioneers who produce unique items and set new trends. This cool outlet also operates a spectacle vending machine on Mariahilferstrasse.
Nelkengasse 4, 1060 Wien
To find cool vintage furniture from the 1930s–80s, Peter Lindenberg and Alexander Bechtstein regularly travel all over Europe, trawling flea markets and estates. This classic second-hand furniture shop is tucked away in the basement of a building in a little side alley of Mariahilferstrasse. It has become something of an institution in Vienna.
Mariahliferstrasse 117, 1060 Wien
Maurer, Vienna’s oldest hat shop, has been around since 1873. As you would expect, it specialises in hats and caps. The original store of this traditional brand offers a large selection of ‘hat classics’.
St. Charles Cosmothecary
Gumpendorferstrasse 33,1060 Wien
The Saint Charles Cosmothecary is Vienna’s prime address for natural cosmetics. Any brand that is sold here must meet strict ecological and ethical criteria as well as being of an outstanding, entirely organic quality.
The Saint Charles Hideaway on the first floor of the Saint Charles Cosmothecary offers relaxing massage or cosmetic treatment. Pregnant women can get a pregnancy treatment specially designed for their trimester – a unique service only available here.
Otto-Bauergasse 9 und 18, 1060 Wien
A general shop for all sorts of things. Some cycling equipment, a bit of stationery and many quirky home accessories. The goods range from design classics, such as the iconic Design Letters cups featuring the typography of Arne Jacobson, to the hip items produced by the Italian label Seletti.
Giller und Co.
Stumpergasse 52, 1060 Wien
The gentlemen’s barber. In Vienna since 1997. This shop puts men centre stage. A classical barber offering haircuts, beard care and shaves. The services available range from special, classic men’s haircuts from the 1920s–60s to wet shaves, beard trims, beard care and refreshing face and head massages.