Comfortable outdoor restaurants in the heart of the city
As in most central European cities, Vienna too has a long tradition of outdoor restaurants. Strictly speaking these Gastgärten – literally guests’ gardens – are the outdoor areas of restaurants, cafés and bars where guests can sit in the summer months. Especially when it is warm everyone wants to enjoy the sunshine and a refreshing drink outside. Of course, restaurant and café owners who have a larger outdoor area at their disposal have it easier than those whose outdoor areas are located in parts of the city where the traffic is heavy. However, there are also outdoor restaurants in the centre of Vienna which are definitely worth a visit as they cannot be surpassed in terms of urbanity while remaining gemütlich, as the Austrians refer to comfortable.
Heuer am Karlsplatz
The Heuer is located in the heart of the city, at the extremely lively traffic hub, Karlsplatz. Guests not only marvel at the comfortable yet modern interior but also at the two outdoor areas, which are just as, if not more, impressive. The generous terraces in Heuer are simply perfect for whiling away a few hours. You can eat and drink until late into the summer evenings. Live DJs provide the right sounds and vibes of a multi-million metropolis. Because of the large number of guests, it was decided to also make use of the small meadow in front of the restaurant. By so doing, there is now more space to spoil Heuer’s guests. And you will be served quickly here as this part has its own waiter.
HEUER am Karlsplatz
Address: Treitlstraße 2, 1040 Vienna
Monday – Friday: 11am – 2am
Saturday – Sunday, Public Holiday: 10am – 2am
Without a doubt, one of the prettiest places in the whole of the capital is situated in Vienna’s 8th district, Josefstadt. In the smallest of Vienna’s districts, there are a great number of restaurants, cafés and bars as is only fitting for a city. And it is here that you will discover the Judok-Fink Platz, which simply exudes the flair of an Italian town. La Dolce Vita – the sweet life. In terms of culinary establishments, the square has much to offer, including the Café Maria Treu – an institution in the whole district and not only in summer. However, it is in the warmer months that this attractive square truly comes to life. It could hardly be more urban. If you look to one side of the densely built up and populated area, you will see the wonderful Piaristen church while, on the other side of the square, the no. 13A bus regularly rushes past. But nonetheless, this is a great place to eat and drink comfortably, especially in the evening.
Cafe Maria Treu
Address: Piaristengasse 52, 1080 Vienna
Monday – Sunday: 8am – midnight
As is only fitting for a main street in a metropolis, it is loud, much frequented and bursting with life – all day long. Wiedner Hauptstraße in Vienna’s 4th district is such a main thoroughfare. But still you will also find oases of peace and quiet, for example in the traditional Café Wortner. The interior is characteristic of the classical Viennese coffee house flair. The highlight in summer is, however, the medium-sized outdoor area towards the main road. Not only residents of this district come here in search of a good spot in the shady garden but also passing guests and business people try to get a table, above all at lunchtime. In the evening, things are quieter, and not only on the main road, making it a perfect place to eat and drink while watching the world go by.
Address: Wiedner Hauptstraße 55, 1040 Vienna
Monday – Sunday: 8am – 11pm
Neustiftgasse is one of the busiest roads in downtown Vienna – almost all day long. However, this has not stopped various restaurateurs from opening up their businesses there. Above all in the area between the Volkstheater and Neubaugasse, you will be spoilt for choice in terms of culinary establishments and more so than in other districts of the city – all located on one street! Although there is a distinct lack of restaurants with an outdoor area, you will find a couple and one of the best is probably the garden of the trendy Erich. With the help of a few plants and sunshades, a spatial separation from the road has successfully been created. The traffic vanishes into the background and it is possible to sit outside comfortably. The food in Erich is as diverse as its drinks. There is something to suit everyone’s tastes.
Address: Neustiftgasse 27, 1070 Vienna
Monday – Sunday: 8:30am – 2am
Vienna is a modern and urban city – a fact which is reflected in its culinary scene. And who really wants to sit indoors in summer? Make the most of the many outdoor restaurants which the city has to offer.