Experience design & gourmet
Vienna has a long tradition of bars and restaurants with unusual interior designs. The Loos Bar is a classic example. A century ago Viennese architect and modernist pioneer Adolf Loos created a timeless atmosphere with his compact American Bar.
The legendary Café Drechsler at the Naschmarkt was redesigned with great flair by British star designer Sir Terence Conran and is destined to be a classic. Terence Conran is also responsible for the interior design of the Brasserie & Bakery in The Guesthouse Vienna, where he has emphasized the décor to be found in traditional Austrian establishments of the early part of the 20th century. The restaurant’s armchairs were made according to designs by the famous post-war architect Oswald Haerdtl. All of the brass items, including the coat stands, come from the Carl Auböck Workshop in Vienna.
Given its location at the Architekturzentrum Wien in the MuseumsQuartier, quality architecture is must for Café Restaurant Corbaci. French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean Philippe Vassal have based their philosophy around the intelligent treatment of a minimalist approach to using materials, and this is plain to see at Corbaci. The mosaic ceiling work from Turkish artist Asiye Kolbai-Kafalier provides a suitable contrast to the minimalist architecture elsewhere.
Eichinger oder Knechtl have also produced a convincing solution for Unger und Klein, a cross between a wine store and bar. A long, curved wine shelf dominates the bar, clearly showing that the wine is the central attraction, and helps with orientation and storage. Here, aesthetics and culinary enjoyment go hand in hand.
The Viennese architecture office BEHF has already made its mark on a large number of restaurants in the city. Das Spittelberg with its restaurant, open kitchen, café-patisserie and bar, is laid out over five levels arranged like stages. The rough surface of the oak tables meets polished stainless steel and mirror-like wall paneling. At the refined Japanese restaurant Shiki, the architects from BEHF have included many individual details – from the hand-made and hand-painted Japanese paper ceiling in the brasserie to the wall painted with piano lacquer in the fine dining room.
Restaurant Steirereck is not only one of the best restaurants in the world but also plays every visual trick there is. The team of architects from PPAG opened up the restaurant towards the Stadtpark. The park is reflected in the metal external façades, the windows can be opened outward and upward in fine weather. That creates a feeling of modern airiness inside, as do the floor made from Danube pebbles and the light oak paneling.
The stylish interior of the Asian restaurant ON Market is by Birgit Eschenlor. A central eye-catcher is the giant flower lamp by the artist Robert Thierry. The architect masterfully places colored accents using textile artworks.
Loos American BarKärntner Straße 10 , 1010 Wien
- Th - Sa, 12:00 - 05:00
- Su - We, 12:00 - 04:00
Café DrechslerLinke Wienzeile 22 , 1060 Wien
- Su - Th, 08:00 - 00:00
- Fr - Sa, 08:00 - 02:00
Brasserie & Bakery at The Guesthouse ViennaFührichgasse 10, 1010 Wien
- daily, 06:30 - 00:00
CorbaciMuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
- Mo - Sa, 11:00 - 00:00
- Su, 10:00 - 23:00
Unger and KleinGölsdorfgasse 2 , 1010 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 15:00 - 00:00
- Sa, 17:00 - 00:00
Shiki Japanese Fine Dining - Brasserie - BarKrugerstraße 3, 1010 Wien
- Tu - Sa, 12:00 - 00:00
Steirereck at StadtparkAm Heumarkt 2a, 1030 Wien