Food and drink with beautiful views
A good glass of wine with a fine meal and pleasant company are the ideal basis for a few enjoyable hours. But add a superb view and they’ll be perfect!Die Sky Bar im obersten Stock des Steffl Department Stores auf der Kärntner Straße gehört zu den Klassikern unter den Bars mit Aussicht.
“You don’t need to climb very high in Vienna for a panoramic view. There are hardly any tall buildings which could block your view.” There are only about 40 buildings in Vienna higher than 70 metres tall. Most of them are in “Transdanubien”, that is, north of the Danube.
The Sky Bar on the top floor of the Steffl department store on Kärnterstrasse is one of the classics among the bars with a view. Stylish and chic, and right in the centre of the city, it offers a fantastic vista of the Stephansdom, Riesenrad, Belvedere and Rathaus. Only the Do & Co restaurant on Stephansplatz is closer to the Stephansdom: sitting eye-to-eye with the Steffl is the perfect way to enjoy Vienna!
The café-restaurant “Le Loft” in the Jean Nouvel-designed luxury hotel Sofitel is also spectacular. Even from the street the glass building with its multi-coloured ceiling is an attention-getter. But once you’ve made yourself comfortable under the ceiling, you won’t know which way to look first: upwards, or far over the city.
A little less chic, but all the more relaxed is the café of the roof of the Vienna Hauptbücherei (main library). Nearly 100 steps lead up to the small restaurant with the simple but appropriate name “Oben” (“Up”). Down below traffic crawls along the Gürtel, up above organic coffee and healthy food are served.
The view doesn’t just include the old houses inside the Gürtel, but also the ingenious roof construction over Urban-Loritz-Platz; it doesn’t get much more urban than this.
And to finish, a real insider’s tip
the Justizcafé in the Justizpalast, home of the supreme court. It’s actually a canteen – a very noble one mind you – for judges, attorneys and judicial staff. The members of parliament from next-door like to come here too. They all enjoy the panorama over the roofs of the city, and let their minds wander.
Text: Kornelia Kopf, Fotos: Christine Wurnig