Zum Schwarsen Kameel – The Black Camel in the old Jewish area sits firmly in my top 3. Definitely more bar than cafe it has a distinct swimming pool feel thanks to the aqua coloured bottles of home brew schnapps lining the shelves. A great mix of spaces, corners and central booth to create a more cosy nook.
MUMOK is the modern art gallery – a mini monolith in the museum district. Not the best I’ve been to but worth rattling about for an hour if you come across it.
Cafe Hawelka below feels as old as the hills. It felt like it should’ve been next to a cinema – lo and behold, it was once. Very dark – a place to hide away from the outside world.
Oh swoon – bring me a cold beer in one of these dimpled babies! A snip at 169 euros each.
A little more of Cafe Hawelka. A timeless image…
Trzesniewski is a fast food institution. The intriguingly exterior doesn’t give anything away. They’ve been peddling classic open sarnies to the rich and poor, old and young for decades. Simple functional retro formica interior.
Oh Cafe Pruckel how I love thee so. The most 1950s place I have ever stepped in to – I felt like I was in Butlins many moons ago. Despite it opening in 1903 the style they’ve settled on is mid century and what a contrast in comparison to all the other caffs. It’s huge, hugely popular and refreshingly untouristy.
Hundertwasser – a couple of classic buildings towards the East of the city – looking very Berlin in terms of climate.
Gorgeous Kleines Cafe – faultless little bar on a pretty square.
Go to the Belvedere for all your Secession requirements. You’ll see a selection of Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. The painting that spawned many a greeting card – Klimt’s The Kiss is here.
Why – is that a Christmas market?? If there’s space to stop and stand you can bet you’ll find a gluhwein hut on it.
Great old shop fronts line the streets to set the tone. The pharmacies win out every time.
Milo Cafe below, in the Museum Quarter. A little bit airy for a cold winter’s night.
Rachel Whitread’s Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. I remember when this was installed, no that makes me feel old.
Loos Haus with it’s rich green marble.
Naschmarkt – a brilliant food market with ancient miniscule pubs and good Asian food.