The “ViennawithLove” team would like to congratulate the City of Vienna for winning the prestigious Title of:
“the most liveable city”
awarded by: The Global Liveability Index 2018© prepared and issued by The Economist (https://www.economist.com/) Intelligence Unit or “EIU” (https://www.eiu.com/):
For the first time in this survey’s history, Austria’s capital, Vienna, ranks as the most liveable of the 140 cities surveyed by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Vienna tram – Straßenbahn
Vienna “make Love” traffic light
The Global Liveability Index © assesses different locations around the world and ranks them upon providing the best or the worst living conditions, thus enabling direct comparison of their impact on individual’s lifestyle.
According to the EIU, The rating itself consists of five individually weighted categories:
- (1) Stability (25% of total),
- (2) Healthcare (20% of total),
- (3) Culture & Environment (25% of total),
- (4) Education (10% of total),
- (5) Infrastructure (20% of total).
A free overview of The Global Liveability Index © is available at: http://www.eiu.com/Handlers/WhitepaperHandler.ashx?fi=The_Global_Liveability_index_2018.pdf&mode=wp&campaignid=Liveability2018
As we always enjoy the original spirit of Vienna, we have to get a coffee at the Cafe Sperl. The Cafe is located at Gumpendorfer Straße 11 in the Mariahilf sixth district of Vienna, Austria and is one of traditional Viennese cafe.
We enjoyed our morning coffee in this traditional cafe, which brings you back in the history of Vienna. We could imagine how it was there years and years ago. In recent years, the Cafe Sperl has won several awards. These include the “Austrian Cafe of the Year,” 1998 (German: Österreichischen Kaffeehaus des Jahres) and the Goldene Kaffeebohne (English: Golden Coffee Bean) in 2004.
If you head up to Vienna, this is certainly a place to visit to enjoy a coffe and some sweets served there. My favorite is definitely the apple strudel.
Once at Vienna there is definitely a place you should visit if you are hungry. Figlmüller Restaurants are famous for “legendary” stakes from pork “the Schnitzel” with more than 110 years tradition. The first opened Figlmüller is located on Wollzeile, right behind St. Stephen’s Cathedral. From the start it stood for the unparalleled Viennese way of life.
Although, one can now choose between four restaurants of “Figlmüller Group”, we decided to visit the “original”, opened in 1905. All we can say about it is that it was more than worth. The stakes tastes as promised, crispy and tender, I tried the turkey version and it was tasteful as well. My advice is not to forget to taste their salad as well. They are really, really good (potato,…) and made with best and fresh ingredients. Prices are reasonable, meal for two, with one big salad and drinks will cost you around 50 EUR.
The restaurant is definitely worth a visit when you come to Vienna, although we strongly recommend to make a reservation beforehand (https://www.figlmueller.at/en/) if you want to get a table in the time of lunch or dinner. The restaurant is mostly full and you’ll be directed to the next Figlmüller around the corner.
If you’re visiting Vienna’s historical 1st District and feel hungry, we can advise you to visit the charming restaurant located at “Judenplatz”, only a few minutes walk away from the main shopping streets.
Restaurant Ellas Judenplatz Vienna
There is more to say about the “Judenplatz” square itself. Although situated in the first district it’s a bit hidden and therefore with not as many tourists around and secondly, it hosts the “Holocaust Memorial” https://www.ikg-wien.at/memorials/?lang=en.
The restaurant is owned by Lefteris Dermitzakis. While enjoying the food, you’ll feel the charm of Greek hospitality and will be surrounded by Mediterranean flair. If you want to be sure they will have a place for you, you can reserve the table at http://www.ellas.at/
When the days are warm enough, we advise you to enjoy your meal at their terrace, surrounded by olive trees. It’s not hard to understand that we enjoyed our time there.
Ella’s summer garden
So, relax and have a taste of Mediterranean coastal dishes.
One of the things everybody links directly to Vienna is »Viennese Schnitzel« or “Wiener Schnitzel”. So why to resist the temptation and not to try »Viennese Schnitzel« while in Vienna.
Our choice was restaurant chain “Centimeter”. Its restaurants opened in 1996 and are located on various locations in Vienna:
- Centimeter I at City Hall, Lenaugasse 11
- Centimeter II at Spitellberg, Stiftgasse 4
- Centimeter VI Gersthof, Gersthoferstraße 51 and
- Centimeter VII in Stadtbahnbogen, Währinger Gürtel 1 / Ecke Jörgerstraße.
Their specialities are home-made food, bread measuring one meter and of course huge steaks.
Our destination was “Centimeter II” due to its location near the famous shopping street »Mariahilferstraße«. The food is delicious, whatever you order. Portions of course are measured in centimeters, and thus very large. If you are not particular eater, we recommend you to split a portion in two. For us this was more than enough.
My recommendation would be mixed salad, with its »home taste« which I love to order every time we are there. Service is fast and very helpful; the prices are moderate, so you get two mixed salads and steak with French fries and drinks for about 20 euros.