Vienna's most beautiful pavement cafés


©Mara Hohla

The summer in Vienna is something very special. Once the weather has become hot, it drives half of Vienna out onto the streets and pavements of the city. Because the summer is “Schanigarten” or "pavement café" time! There is nowhere better to settle down to a white spritzer and watch the hustle and bustle on the streets. That is precisely the characteristic element of a “Schanigarten”: tables and chairs are placed on the pavements, sidewalks, small squares or along house walls so that people can spend pleasant mornings and balmy summer evenings here. And the best part about it is that everybody does it! No matter whether a quaint wine bar, an old-established café or a hip brunch restaurant on the market square - the "Schanigarten" is there for everyone to sit down and enjoy Vienna to the full.

From cool market places and hip cafés

There are definitely enough cool bars and restaurants in Vienna! But then a cool place WITH a “Schanigarten” or outdoor café is again a huge plus. This applies to the following cafes. Here there is something for all (hip) tastes. I would especially recommend the “Schanigarten” in Biodeli. As it is not far from the Mariahilfer Straße, it is a wonderful place for a short break after shopping to refresh yourself before plunging back into the fray again!

© Wirr am Brunnenmarkt

Hip Schanigärten & cool drinks

Here you can chill over glass of homemade lemonade and avocado on bread (and more). 

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©Wirr am Brunnenmarkt


These “Schanigärten” have cult status in Vienna

Some “Schanigärten” are true institutions in this city. The Amerlingbeisl, in the middle of the 7th district, for example, is such a place. Another "Beisl" (a Viennese synonym for a small and familiar restaurant) is the Glacis Beisl, although strictly speaking this does not really have a “Schanigarten” but an outdoor restaurant area. However, once you take a look at this oasis, nobody cares about concepts anymore but sits down immediately at one of the many inviting tables and orders a first spritzer.

© Weinstube Josefstadt

Viennese originals with Schanigärten

No matter whether a wine bar or an elegant café - they all have tables outside!

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©Weinstube Josefstadt


“Schanigarten” with a difference!

If you feel like a special “Schanigarten” experience, then you will definitely have one here in these restaurants. Because not only is it wonderful to sit here, but you also have an exclusive selection of food and wine. The perfect end to a day full of exciting  meetings, culture and sightseeing.

© Anna Blau

Special "Schanigärten"

Exclusive locations with special cuisine. 

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©Anna Blau
hotels: Hotel Astoria, Hotel Anatol, Hotel Europa Wien, Hotel Beim Theresianum


Mara Hohla

The blogger was born in Salzburg but has been living and working in Vienna since 2010. If she is not currently busy exploring the city’s hotspots, then she is writing the food blog She is not only inspired by regular visits to the various farmers’ markets and regional producers, but also in her favourite Viennese coffee houses. And when the city gets a little bit too loud, then she off she goes out into the countryside with Ferdinand, her dog!

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