Inside this tucked-away restaurant in the 15th district, the vintage furniture will make you feel like you’ve entered someone’s living room. Augustin offers a popular brunch on weekends. If you want to eat before noon, be sure to make a reservation. Try the Go Vegan breakfast wrap and porridge or the Istanbul assembly of goat cheese, hummus, veggie sticks and pita bread. Whichever you choose, add a cafe au lait — served in a big breakfast bowl.
BTW: During your meal, you might be graced with the company of the restaurant’s cats, Luc and Lea.
Märzstrasse 67, 1150 Vienna, Austria
Turnhalle at Brick-5
Refill your plate as much as you like at this vegetarian weekend brunch buffet at the Brick-5 complex near the main road, the Gürtel. The building once served as a hub for Vienna’s Jewish population, and Turnhalle’s space used to be the school gym, its history reflected in the gymnastics equipment attached to its brightly painted walls. During the week, Turnhalle more modestly offers scones, sweet-potato chips, homemade sourdough bread and pickled and oven-roasted vegetables.
BTW: Brick-5 hosts cultural events, too: You can enjoy theater performances, concerts and art exhibitions in the evening.
Herklotzgasse 21, 1150 Vienna, Austria
Empty tables are seldom a concern for Le Bol, a French bistro in the center of Vienna, at Neuer Markt. Chef Omar Shoukry offers a menu of salads, baguettes, quiches, soups and homemade patisserie. In accordance with its name, the meals are served in bowls when possible and consumed at Table d’Hôte, a communal table in the center of the simply kept dining room. For those who cannot get a spot at the Neuer Markt outpost, a second Le Bol is nearby, in Naglergasse.
BTW: The bistro has its busiest hours at about noon. Reservations are possible but only taken on-site.
Neuer Markt 14, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Crowds line up outside this little takeaway spot, on a quiet corner of the 9th district, for its seasonally rotating selection of soups, salads and curries. Made with organic ingredients, the dishes all come with two pieces of fresh pita bread, and there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Try the classic chicken curry with coconut, lemongrass and chile, or the vegan baby-potato salad.
BTW: The restaurant has a few choice seating areas, but carrying your order out (in small paper bags) is the norm here.
Servitengasse 6, 1090 Vienna, Austria
The freshly prepared Polish cuisine here is served in an eclectic dining room, with old movie posters and framed pictures gazing over the colorful array of chairs and tables. Favorites are the 10-piece pierogi sets, from classic potato to porcini, spinach or beef, garnished with roasted onions. After dinner, enjoy an alternating program of musical performances, plays, readings or comedy shows on the lower level.
BTW: You can sponsor a second drink or small dish for a person in need.
Karmeliterplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria
Named after its founder, Israel native Eyal Guy, Hungry Guy delivers multicultural street food close to the nightlife at the square Schwedenplatz. The pitas are oven-baked, and the fillings come in all sorts of styles, ranging from the classic shawarma to fish and chips or wienerschnitzel. For folks with a little more time on their hands, the restaurant offers a set of tables and street food served in a pan. The open bakery and show kitchen, as well as the loud conversations and music, create a welcoming atmosphere spiced with Middle Eastern friendliness.
BTW: If you enjoy the food at Hungry Guy, try Eyal Guy’s equally excellent Hungry Guy Hummusbar, also located in the city center.
Rabensteig 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria
You haven’t truly visited Vienna unless you’ve satisfied your hunger at one of our late-night sausage stands, and Würstelstand Leo is the oldest of the bunch — and it has the largest menu to boot, with 60 dishes. Try the legendary Big Mama combo, which includes the classic Viennese Käsekrainer (a sausage filled with cheese) and a slice of bread, mustard, ketchup and pickles on the side. Those with smaller appetites may prefer the Leberkässemmel (liver loaf bun) or one of the vegetarian options.
BTW: Sausages are usually eaten on a plate at the stand. If you’re in a hurry, though, the vendor can pack your food into a takeaway box.
Döblinger Gürtel 2, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Dachboden at 25hours Hotel
This rooftop bar, which has views over the city and the Ringstrasse, is in a circus-themed hotel that houses memorabilia dating to the Varieté of the early 20th century (think safety cage elements, instruments, a bike). Try the signature cocktails, such as the Thaitanic or the Paradise City, and get the toasted focaccia, mixed antipasti or a cheese plate.
BTW: A flashy circus performance naturally warrants some popcorn. Ask the bartender for the flavor of the day.
Lerchenfelder Str. 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria