Join the Garden Party
In the new Hotel Motto, something wonderful for all plant lovers is growing on the seventh floor. Chez Bernard, restaurant and bar, is a sight to behold – also for non-hotel guests. Here the cocktails and fine food go down beautifully in leafy surroundings. Growing out of the ceiling and between the seating niches are green plants like ferns, philodendrons, and begonias of every kind. Large glass elements create the feeling of a real winter garden. The roof terrace, where the views of Vienna will be just as inspirational as the green interior, follows in spring.
A new lease on life for the Adlerhof. Quite literally, as the old Adlerhof has been completely redesigned, and the only element of the classic Viennese eatery to survive is its name. Even so, a number of beautiful elements have been given a breath of fresh air by the Atelier Karasinski design studio. For example, the spiral staircase was moved from the basement to the ground floor and is now the plant-draped eye-catcher in the restaurant's winter garden.
Hansen is located in the basement of the former stock exchange on the Ringstrasse. This red brick building is impossible to miss, and the same applies for the verdant displays inside. The space is shared by the restaurant and horticultural specialist Lederleitner – Vienna’s go-to address for plants, pots and sources of inspiration for interior and exterior garden design. The plants create a garden atmosphere, especially in winter, and form a green barrier between the shop and the restaurant. Between the plants, everything is devoted entirely to culinary pleasure: Italian inspired, with regional products. The menu is regularly revised and the menu dotted with seasonal highlights. The colorful risottos are a specialty of the house and are also prepared vegan on request.
At Calienna on Neubaugasse, where coffee and exotic plants have gone hand in hand since 2020, the beverages and greenery share the stage with creative outlets. Here, there is a little bit of everything, from plants for sale to freshly-brewed Mexican coffee courtesy of Viennese roastery Süssmund, as well as a shop and creative studio. The operators are all about converting spaces into creative design concepts using plant arrangements – creating places of growth and wellbeing.
The Palm House, the last major orangery to be built by the Habsburgs, was exclusively reserved for members of the imperial family from its inauguration in 1902 until the fall of the monarchy. Since 1998, the greenhouse with the 15 meter-high glass dome has been a brasserie and, above all in winter, a place of refuge from the cold. The green interior is reminiscent of a vacation in the jungle. Breakfast in the winter garden is just as popular as evening cocktails, and the home-made pastries taste even finer with a view of the Burggarten.
This striking former pony carousel dating back to 1887 was a star attraction for children at the Prater amusement park for many years. But the ponies are long gone. Even so, things are now taking a fresh turn at the old carousel, which has been successfully rolled out in a new half-jungle, half-carousel format. The light-drenched interior offers the perfect conditions for verdant splendor. The patterned wallpaper depicts exotic plants and animals, while the centrally located Molzer organ provides a hint of bygone days at the Prater. Breakfast is a big highlight on the menu, with vegan options also available.
Cocktails and electronic sounds have helped Hannelore quickly find its feet as the city’s newest cocktail club. Many green plants and velvety-soft furniture bring a homey winter garden atmosphere to Dorotheergasse 6. Although the large tree in the middle of the bar isn’t there for shade, it really adds the missing piece of the green puzzle. Over 24 varieties of gin can be sampled here. The bright orange cocktail called Rabbithole Daiquiri is said to touch the soul. Come and see for yourself.
Text: Karoline Gasienica-Bryjak