Zum Schwarzen Kameel
Next to a few business men, a worker enjoys a beer, a group of downtown ladies is sipping a glass of wine or two over the legendary open sandwiches at their weekly meeting, tourists admire the beautiful Art Nouveau ambience with the historic wood paneling and relief tiles, while well-known politicians mingle with stylish artists.
Zum Schwarzen Kameel is Vienna’s oldest trendy restaurant and celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. Even Beethoven was a frequent guest here. The restaurant is known for its hearty Viennese cuisine, which has been awarded on many occasions. The bar in the front area is the actual hotspot. This is where the famous open sandwiches are served. The waiters glide through the packed space. Head waiter Johann Georg Gensbichler, unmistakable thanks to his distinctive sideburns, conducts guests to their places although he is already semi-retired.
Zum Schwarzen Kameel is both Viennese and international, a trendy restaurant for all age groups, a kind of open-air museum for the Viennese, an authentic depiction of the many milieus of Vienna’s society. Founded by Johann Baptist Cameel in 1618, the Friese Family now owns the cult restaurant.
The treats from the delicatessen case and patîsserie are also available to go. The glass façade on Naglergasse also lets passers-by see into the kitchen of the Zum Schwarzen Kameel.
Those who think of a gloomy, dilapidated harbor bar when they think of a 'spelunke' will be convinced otherwise in the restaurant on the Danube Canal. Because it doesn't get any more stylish than this. Green leather benches, high-quality dining tables made from wood, and designer lamps on the ceiling create a polished ambience. A graffiti artist has designed a whole wall in the Spelunke that makes references to the graffiti scene on the adjacent Danube Canal. The image becomes a moving picture in the evening with the use of projections.
The location by the water is also a topic for the cuisine at the Spelunke. Fish and seafood, from Steckerlfisch (fish skewers) to octopus salad, play a lead role on the menu and taste fantastic. The meat from the grill also has to be seen and, of course, there are a few classics of Austrian cuisine on the menu. Drinks after the meal are best enjoyed at the great bar, which is a central eye-catcher in the heart of the establishment.