Where to get the best ice cream in Vienna

Where to get the best ice cream in Vienna

By now, summer has definitely arrived in Vienna. And even though there's plenty of ways to cool down (hide out in a church, check out a museum or head to the Danube Island to dip your toes into the water as the Viennese do) here's our favorite one: ICE CREAM! There's an unofficial rule that as soon as the temperature hits 30°C (that's around 86°F) it's totally OK to have ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Right? 

No matter what you're after - we have rounded up our favorite 5 ice cream parlors in the city. From traditional to super-trendy, here's where it's at!

1. Eissalon Tichy, 1100 Vienna

What, you've never heard anything about the 10th district in Vienna? That's too bad - not only is it home to 160.000 people of all sorts of backgrounds, it's also where in 1952 Kurt and Marianne Tichy opened their ice cream shop featuring classic and traditional flavors. Today, they are most famous for their ice cream version of one of Austria's most famous desserts: Apricot dumplings. Ask any true Viennese about their first Tichy experience - this is what it all comes back to.

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2. Gelateria Romana dal 1947, 1070 Vienna

This ice cream parlor opened its doors only last summer - but already turned into an absolute favorite. Not far from the popular shopping destination Mariahilferstrasse it offers traditional Italian ice cream in 24 delicious flavors (our favorite: Crema di Nocciola!). Psssst: Ask them to add a little hot chocolate to the bottom of your cone for free. You won't regret it!

3. Veganista, 1070 and 1090 Vienna

Vegans, rejoice! Even though the Viennese do love their milk, there's options for you too. At Veganista, ice cream is freshly made every morning - completely free from milk, eggs or other animal products. Exotic and original flavors such as matcha, coconut or watermelon are sure to delight your tastebuds and help you get other the slightly more expensive price.

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4. Gefrorenes, 1090 and 1180 Vienna

Another recently opened ice cream parlor, Gefrorenes (which literally means "frozen") has one outpost close to the city center and another one in Vienna's beautiful 18th district. Both of them feature delicious flavors made after traditional Austrian recipes. With names like "Apple stroodle", "Sissi Almond" and "Sachertorte" there's no doubt you've come to the right place!

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5. Eissalon Tuchlauben, 1010 Vienna

Referring to themselves as "the best ice cream in the world", this one has been a locals' favorite for the longest time. In addition to their large variety of traditional flavors they have seasonal specials such as nougat, fig or woodland strawberry. It's neither super trendy nor incredibly stylish - but it serves excellent ice cream fast and friendly. Works for us!

Our Top 5 of Vienna's Heurigen

Our Top 5 of Vienna's Heurigen

Here's what Wikipedia says about the beloved Austrian Heuriger: 

Heuriger[1] (German pronunciation: [ˈhɔʏʁɪɡɐ]Bavarian: (pl.) Heiriga, Heiricha) is the name given to Eastern Austrian wine taverns in which specially licensed local winemakers serve their most recent year's wines for short periods following the growing season. They are renowned for their atmosphere of Gemütlichkeit shared among a throng enjoying young wine, simple food, and traditional music.

We couldn't have phrased it better ourselves! If you spend time in Vienna and/or Eastern Austria, your visit won't be complete without spending a few hours at a Heuriger of your choice. It's one of those things in Vienna that are famous for a reason and loved by tourists and locals alike.

Just imagine: Vienna has 1,700 acres of vineyards inside its city limits! Because most Heurigen in Vienna make their own wine, they are almost always located on the outskirts of the city where their vineyards are. The slightly longer time it takes to reach them definitely pays off, though - often, you are blessed with the most amazing views on the city as Heurigen tend to be on the hills surrounding Vienna. Plus, it's nice to escape the bustling hot city for a bit in the summer time! Wine is the main deal here - most Heurigen don't even have beer on the menu! Apart from that, there's a variety of homemade soft drinks and lemonades available. The fare is typically hearty and on the meatier side, but in recent years there has been a strong movement to include vegetarian dishes such as crispy spinach-cheese-strudel or potatoe pies as well: A gigantic salad buffet as well as open-faced sandwiches with various spreads are well-known staples too. IMPORTANT NOTE: Many Heurigen do not accept cards, so make sure you have enough cash with you.

Most travel guides send visitors straight to Grinzing, an area in the 19th district which is filled with Heurigen. While they're definitely not a bad choice, they can be overpriced and also lack the above-mentioned atmosphere of a true Austrian Heurigen. To make things a little easier for you, here's our top 5 of Vienna's authentic and delicious Heurigen where you will meet mostly locals and won't be greeted by busses full of tourists outside:

1. Weinbau Leitner, 1160 Vienna

This Heurigen sits on the Wilhelminenberg in Ottakring in between beautiful villas and features amazing views over the city, especially at sunset. The prices are fair, the food is delicious and you have to try the Stelze!

2. Edlmoser, 1230 Vienna

Mauer is one of those places in Vienna where you're not quite sure if you're still actually in the capital of Austria - its quaint and charming village feel will make you feel right at home. Edlmoser was recently voted one of the best Heurigen in the whole country! It's also very close to the Lainzer Tiergarten, a wonderful park where you can take stroll afterwards.

3. Wieninger, 1210 Vienna

Stammersdorf is another one of those regions in Vienna very well-known for their Heurigen. They are countless amazing options, but this one is our favorite: It has an intimate feel, incredible food and even better wine. The traditional and authentic decor is a major plus as well!

4. Kroiss, 1190 Vienna

Sievering is an area in the posh district of Döbling with - you guessed it - several great Heurigen. Our favorite is the family-owned and operated Kroiss, which opens its doors every uneven month from 3.30pm to serve Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt and many more.

5. Zum Gschupften Ferdl, 1060 Vienna

We have to include this one as an exception: This Heurigen is actually in the city center and thus does not produce or offer its own wine specialties. What it does offer is a vast variety of "Brettljausn", a spread of organic meats, cheeses and veggies along with a selection of organic wines and juices from the best producers around the city. It caters to a younger, hipper crowd and is packed with locals and visitors alike pretty much every night.


Brunch in Vienna: A new love affair

Brunch in Vienna: A new love affair

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Ahhhh, brunch. Celebrated in many places with fruity Mimosas, delicious egg dishes and decadent french toast. While "bottomless brunch" has been an American institution for a long time and has even made it to the London by now, brunch in Vienna is still somewhat of a new thing. A couple of years ago, no one knew the difference between Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine, and when it comes to alcohol at brunch, we like to stick to Prosecco or Bloody Mary's. 

Still, there's a few amazing options to choose from - whether you're a fan of a YUGE all you can eat spread or á la carte, whether you're looking for vegan or boozy options. Here's a list of our favorites - you'll definitely find us here a lot of times on a sunny Saturday!

1. Ando, 1160 Vienna

Even though Yppenplatz is a little away from the city center and it's not in the prettiest of neighborhoods, it's a total gem in our book. At Ando, they serve Turkish-Austrian dishes such as the Halloumi Breakfast (two eggs sunny side up with grated Halloumi cheese on top, served with pita bread, avocado spread and tons of veggies!) at a really great price. Sitting outside for a few hours also makes for excellent people watching! Just note that An-Do is not open on Sundays or public holidays, unfortunately. In that case, just hop over to Rasouli which is equally as delicious!

2. Brickmakers, 1070 Vienna

Set right in the middle of the trendy 7th district, surrounded by fashionable bars and people, Brickmakers is definitely worth a visit. It's actually one of those "from pop-up to permanent" restaurants which serves delicious BBQ & has an amazing selection of beer too. A few months ago, they decided to serve brunch on the weekends and BOY ARE WE HAPPY ABOUT IT! Apart from the usual suspects, you can enjoy a pulled pork sandwich or southern fried chicken (because #whynot) and finish with a pecan pie. Yum, indeed!

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3. Labstelle, 1010 Vienna

If you're looking for something special, Labstelle is the way to go: On Saturdays, they offer "Flying Breakfast", which means there will be lots and lots of small plates making their way out of the kitchen onto your table, from classic Austrian breakfast dishes to exquisite lunch plates. Be sure to factor in at least 2.5 hours for this treat - you want to make time for this one. 

4. Hotel am Brillantengrund, 1070 Vienna

And because Neubau is just such a great place for brunch, here's another exciting option: the beautiful Hotel am Brillantengrund is not only one of the best options to stay in the city, it's also home to a café which offers incredible Pinoy (Philippine cuisine) food! Every Sunday from 12 to 4pm you can enjoy an all you eat buffet prepared specially by the hotel directors mother, Mama Mangalino. Crunchy spring rolls, spicy glass noodles with veggies, leche flan - it's like a quick trip to Southeast Asia. And all that for only 15€ per person!

5. Das Augustin, 1150 Vienna

The 15th district might not very high on your list if you're visiting Vienna for the first time - but if you're interested in what the Viennese actually go for brunch, this is your spot. Das Augustin is as Viennese as it gets: Charming interior, a little worn down, full with people of all ages & nations. The food is not too shabby, either - there's plenty of vegan and vegetarian options next to brunch plates named Istanbul, Fjord or Caorle. You won't regret it, even if it's a little off from the city center. 

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