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Brunch in Vienna

vha5w24bxpcGood morning, dudes! I hope everyone had a very nourishing breakfast! I personally consider first meal of the day to be the most important, not only out of some kind of healthcare creeds but also because it simply rhythms the whole following day.

Breakfast, in my case mostly brunch as I try to avoid eating too early when my body is still asleep, is also the only meal for me that contains some sequences, they can even be called traditions. I can eat absolutely whatever from baked cheese with ice cream to pizza followed by a hummus plate for dinner, but my first meal of the day always has to include eggs and bakery. It can be a classic omelette with spinach/mushrooms/chili oil or banana pancakes with English cream and maple syrup – as long as there are 2-3 eggs and something bread-like, I’ll take it! I am not a fan of muesli or fresh fruits that many people love to have in the morning, though. Being lactose intolerant, cornflakes or yoghurts are not my thing either. Preferring something more substantial, my breakfasts usually include avocado (important: with wasabi salt on top! but that I unfortunately only get when I cook myself as no one in Europe has it), jamon or prosciutto, different kinds of cheeses (lucky me, I tolerate a lot of those), very often oriental vibes like fried eggplants, tahina or hummus; something crunchy and sweet, too. I don’t eat fresh vegetables, but really spinach or tomatoes with my scrambled eggs or in my morning quiche – whatever makes the meal more diverse and bright, as the serving is important as well.

I enjoy making quick breakfasts myself. What can make your mood better than waking up, taking a hot shower and preparing some french toasts or eggs with avocado on baguette from the oven while watching new episode of favorite series or having some energizing music on the background! Serving someone breakfast in bed is also a pleasure of a high extent, huh? 😉 But now it has become extremely mainstreaming all over the world to go out for brunch, too. It even seems to me of more of a social event than even getting together with friends/colleagues for dinners used to be. “Wanna go for brunch?”, “Let’s brunch next week!”, “What should we reserve for out weekly girls’ brunch this time?” – it’s everywhere, right? And look at instagram bloggers! Avocado has become more popular than eyebrows recently!

I have absolutely nothing agains that phenomena of looking fancy and socializing in the daylight rather than how it used to be earlier. And eating tons of food when starting a day seems to definitely be a better idea than stuffing yourself until you can’t breathe before going to bed, doesn’t it?

So, stopping my avocado-worshippong and getting to the main part: this is a very banal post about TOP20 brunch-places according to my insatiate point of view in the city where I brunch, Vienna.

The places are not put strictly in a satisfaction scale order, as some of them are simply too different to be compared. However, the top ones are my beloved breakfast spots, yes.

  1. Der Fuchs und die Trauben. They are the winners, solid! One of the new locations the emergence of which is natural following the recent brunch-trend. But they really ARE something. The way you can combine a lot of very small dishes to create your own set of tastes is even better than any of those breakfast-plates I’d day. And you can fins anything there, from amazing juicy burgers to little oriental things. BUT it’s only the weekend, and be sure to book a table 3-4 days in advance! Couple times I called on Thursday and there was already no seating possibility for any time available. Enjoy!
  2. Café Le Marcé/Café Français. I thought I can put those two together (but if you click on the names – it will take you to different links) as they are right next to each other, serve similar stuff and, in my opinion, have the same potential to become your new favorite breakfast spot. Cafe Français is in general a nice French restaurant that is beloved by Viennese people, so it’s worth visiting at any time. It is usually hard to get seated, though, which surprisingly is not the case during breakfast time (that is only 11.30, careful!). The neighbor, Café Le Marché is more concentrated on breakfasts which they serve until 16.00. It is more quiet there, the place is very small, so just sitting there with a coffee and laptop is something you will often see me doing there. They don’t take reservations, but once I texted them on Facebook to make sure I can bring my girls crew and have a table, and they kept one foe us with no problem. Order the breakfast tacos!!!
  3. Figar. There is a new one in 1040 now, but I have only had my loads of avocado and eggs in the one in 1070 so far. What they offer is classics, nothing that much experimental, but the quality is outstanding. Breads from Joseph Brot got my heart from the very first time I stopped there. Thy different combinations of their omelet in which you can put anything, I think even the dragon skin, and go for the simple but good avocado bread. During the week I find it easy to just come in and sit for as long as I want, even alone is very comfortable there. But if it’s a weekend brunch and you are a bunch of people – definitely requires a reservation couple days in advance, as they also have a lot going on there on Saturdays and Sundays, party-wise. Their summer branch, Figar macht Urlaub, is opening again at Danube Channel on the 15th of April, looking forward!
  4. Caffè latte. Be attentive, it seems like there are two places named like that in Vienna. I am talking about the one at Neubaugasse. They only offer brunches on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 10.30 to 15.00, but it’s a buffet-brunch. And buffet doesn’t look like the one you think of when stay in the hotel with breakfast included, oh no! You can make your own little burgers, try several kinds of fish, meat and vegetarian main dishes with several choices of side dish; soups or pancakes – up to you; their croissants just never finish neither do endless bowls with salads, hummuses, raw salmon or beef and literally anything you can think of as food to eat not only in the morning, but throughout whole day. Make sure to reserve and come very hungry!
  5. Superfood Deli. Another trendy place that opened recently. Fresh juices and smoothies, couple healthy bagels and an interesting vivid choice of bowls. It’s a light breakfast opportunity, not exactly where you go with friends to take pics of different dishes together, socialize and get tipsy. But grabbing a bowl to-go or stopping by for a protein smoothie will brighten up your day. They are very tasty! I asked once to prepare a bowl for me a bit differently than was on the menu, and that was no problem. Limited seats and no reservation as it’s more of a to-go/to-deliver version, but that doesn’t matter, and I actually always manage to get a seat there. No credit cards, though.

    Those are my beloved places to go to now that I just discovered recently. The list is longer and some of the spots I might have mentioned already on my earlier posts under hashtags #Vienna and #food.

  6. Ulrich. Pancakes!
  7. Kussmaul. Rösti!
  8. Motto am Fluss. All Day Breakfast Sandwich; desserts are a must-try; drinking prosecco on their terrace is beyond enjoyable.
  9. Joseph Brot. All kinds of bakery is the best in Vienna. But the catering itself is at a decent level.
  10. Ströck Feierabend. Breakfasts sets are good; everything is very fresh; the bakery is also on point.
  11. Corns’n’Pops. A place for muesli lovers actually, but I found their bagels and pancakes ricotta with peanut butter to be a gift from heaven.
  12. Cafe 7stern. My usual place to study, a very cosy and chilled one. But it’s actually famous for brunch sets. A new menu there now, check it out!
  13. Naschmarkt: Neni/deli. I out those two on one position as well because they are interchangeable, which really helps when there are no tables available in one. Naschmarkt is in general a place to be in Vienna, and there are many spots you can pick for breakfast pr a morning glass of champagne. But those two to me are perfect oriental food. Go for breakfast for 2 and shakshuka at Neni and and some tender omelette and bagel at deli. Remember that Naschmarkt is closed on Sundays!
  14. Stadtcafe. Take the breakfast set that contains little NY cheesecake 😉
  15. Hidden Kitchen. I like the “park” one better, but both are well-known for the freshest healthy food. Their almond croissant may not be as healthy as everything else you will be served there but don’t skip it!
  16. Hotel am Brillantengrund. A completely different kind of brunch: Philippine food. They only make it as buffet on the weekend but you can order same dishes a-la carte anytime. It is delicious! And something rare for Vienna as well. Vegan options are absolutely amazing, too! Say hi to beautiful Olivia who works there 🙂
  17. Bro’s Pizza. A perfect hangover option! One of the best pizzas in town, great location, cold beer and the owners who will understand your sufferings. Delivery is possible, too, if it’s too bad.
  18. Le mercerie. A little place that I favor because it’s next door from my Uni. Good quiche, crunchy baguettes prepared in front of you; nice atmosphere. Quiet and good for a secret talk or reading  book alone.
  19. Vollpension. You will die from tempting bakery smell inside, so sit on the swings outside if on a diet. Breakfast sets are very satisfying and the ambient is great.
  20. Marco Simonis. Last but not least! It’s not exactly a brunch place, people go there anytime to just sit with their laptops and catch some creativity. It’s on my list because of their roast beef baguette – I’d eat that for breakfast every day of my life.

There is also such a thing in Vienna as popup events called Brunch Club Vienna. They are held at different locations, I’ve been to two of them and absolutely loved what they make there. It would be 3-4 dishes only, but make sure you it will be the happiest morning meal of your week! The girls are very hospital, will make sure you get a seat even though it gets very crowded recently, pour you a mimosa and make sure you are having fun there. Food and party combined – what else? Follow them on instagram to be aware of the latest news and upcoming popups!

You might have always noticed that when a place doesn’t have its own website, I use articles from the blog diefruehstueckerinnen. If you are German-speaking, this is a great source of information about the coolest places in Vienna, I use a lot of their tips myself.

A little gallery from the places mentioned above to awaken your appetite!




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I am definitely happy to live in the age of digital photography. But no less delighted that analog isn’t dead. How thrilling is that to have no idea of what comes out of your vacation pictures and see the result half a year later! Plus the camera performance is completely different and this time I was absolutely astonished.

I got films from our trips done as a part of my Christmas present from Stefan. You don’t even know how excited I got! Wanna share several stills here.


Camogli, Italy



Genova, Italy



Istanbul, Turkey


Films are made with Horizon Panorama camera. © Stefan Nutz.

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Fed Cup Final

scxfl_monsob6-zrijkr6cHello from magic Prague! Last week I met my parents there to visit one of major events for the tennis world – The World Tennis Cup Final among women, the Fed Cup.

My family has always been into tennis; dad is still a successful player, so tennis events are always of big importance. I used to play with pleasure, too. Unfortunately, I had to give up as the university time was approaching. But my last accomplishment, team victory in the New York State Sectionals during my high school time in the US, will always remain one of the warmest memories.

My parents quite often watch such big events as the World Cup, but for me that was the first time. To say that I was excited is to say nothing! The final plus the Russian team playing. And Maria Sharapova with them this time! That’s really something. I remember very well how she won Wimbledon being 17 and we cried together with her; now it’s been more than 10 years and Maria Sharapova remains one of the brightest legends in   tennis history. I consider myself to be very lucky to have watched how she won both of her matches for out team.

Both teams were very impressive, even though for me hardly anybody overshadows Maria. The Czechs are amazing players and they totally deserve each of games won. All girls of the Fed Cup Final were very strong and beautiful. This tournament is known to be the loudest show in the tennis world, and this show was very bright. Arena O2 and the Czech team also did a perfect job, everything was organized so well. No crowds, no inconveniences; very good food and drinks – we were lucky to sit in a club zone which is basically a huge restaurant around the arena, so we enjoyed even more.

The event indeed impressed me. Thank you, girls, for an outstanding performance and indescribable atmosphere on the stadium! 0bznuzsi-cgznp3eaj-xuqoctpxpd-xakfbmrf3rozgeerlgoenc1y8


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Sagrada Família


Good afternoon, guys! Here comes the pre-last post from Barcelona. And it’s all about the main attraction of the city – Sagrada Família cathedral. It’s actually quite confusing whether it can be called a cathedral or a dome, I still haven’t got it right, so those of you who know for sure, feel free to correct me.

The main attraction of Barcelona for me is honestly neither Sagrada nor Parc Güell or any other Gaudi masterpieces; I travel there mainly because of my friends living there and the amazing nights you can spend there partying like nowhere else in the world. But so much is already said about Moog, Razzmatazz and the seacoast area bars. This time I share some words about something completely different that caused bright deep emotions in me and remains fresh in memory even 3 weeks after the trip to Spain. That will be the inside of that cathedral. Yes! After so many visits to the city I finally got in!

Getting inside turned out to be much easier than it seemed to me. Every time passing by I was seeing such long lines at the entrance, those scared me and gave me only the feeling that I better cross the road and stay aside. But this time I decided to give it a try and see how that works. Guys, don’t be scared! The line to buy the tickets is short and moves very fast! But the ticket will be assigned 2-3h ahead, you can choose it yourself from some particular hour given. Which makes it very easy to plan the day and come in at any time later that suits you. And so all people waiting to get in just came in advance, but they will all get in as long as they have tickets for that exact entry time. So no panic! If you just have a day in Barcelona and you haven’t ordered the ticket online – just get one as soon as you arrive for later. I’d recommend to go short before the sunset! At that time the light goes through the stained glass windows in the most beautiful way and lights up the whole building as if you suddenly entered a fairy tale.I have always liked Sagrada Familia. So many times have I been to Barcelona, and every time I come up to it and stare. But I had never been inside before. How happy was I to have accomplished that! I hesitated if I want to see the inside having watched the outside uncountable many times – damn, yes! All the pics that you are seeing were taken with my iPhone only and have no filters on them. It os so beautiful and magical inside, magic needs no filter! All the colors, lines and shapes go in the same style as the outside design. But they are so fresher, brighter, live. I was just standing there not being able to look down when I realized that my mouth was open. I was sure that can happen only in movies haha. For real, I was astonished. Even the sounds of the cathedral constructions that continues nowadays and all the tourists talking didn’t disturb me anymore. Seeing all that around it seemed like I was seeing and hearing and thinking nothing else at that moment. I can’t describe the feeling I got there. I just know that at some point while being inside all the wonders that I had seen before all over the continent stopped matter and the image of them became blur. That was it, the real wonder.The outside I find amazing too, of course. But maybe it lost some of its impression on me because I just have seen it so many times. You know that feeling, when you see something as a kid and it amuses you, it won’t seem that magnificent when you see it again being a grown-up. Maybe that’s the reason why all the Gaudi and Dali masterpieces are not the reason to go to Barcelona for me anymore. I nevertheless find all the wonders of that city splendid. And I would love to come back to the Dali museum in Figueres and all the Gaudi creations with my kids in the future, if I ever have any, to see their excitement and remember my own.

Barcelona, thank you for being so cool!


Как я сообщала ранее, я плавно переключаюсь на английский в некоторых постах. Надеюсь, что это ни для кого не проблема; при востребованности я могу писать саммэри на русском. Не знаю пока, приживется ли английский в блоге окончательно, ведь я как-то раз уже пыталась перейти и в итоге забросила эту идею.

Как бы то ни было, это – пост моего восхищения внутренним видом Собора Святого Семейства в Барселоне. Из этого столь мне милого города будет еще фотопост со снимками с камеры, если я когда-нибудь сброшу их.

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Cinque Terre

Чинкве Терре – один из самых красивых районов Италии; то, что мы видим на открытках, когда речь идет об итальянском море.

Мне безумно нравится, какая Италия разная. Невозможно сравнить величественные богатые старинные Рим и Флоренцию с не тронутыми цивидизацией деревушками на омываемых морем скалах. И это так прекрасно!

Прожив несколько недель в Генуе, я, конечно, не могла не съездить в Чинкве Терре несколько раз. Рассказывать тут сложно, это нужно увидеть своими глазами! Так что буду показывать. Фотографии как с айфона, так и с фотоаппарата, так как ездила я не раз, но разбить хочу по городам.

Район состоит из пяти мест: Монтероссо, Вернацца, Корнилья, Манарола и Риомаджоре. Объединяет их расположение в скалах, принадлежность к национальному парку и отсутствие следов крупных изменений городских обликов от прихода цивилизации. Деревни Чинкве Терре по-прежнему выглядят словно рыбацкие поселения.

Риомаджоре: Вот по такой тропинке иногда приходится перебираться через скалы. Нужно ли говорить, что в некоторых местах она проваливается. Но оно того стоит! Смотреть, как под ногами о многометровые скалы расшибаются волны. А сам город прекрасен и сверху тоже. Так что я бы посоветовала и спуститься в порт и оттуда пройтись низом, и подняться наверх (в скале даже есть лифт, но я, разумеется, потела пешком) и позволить челюсти отвалиться перед видом на крыши домиков на разных уровнях, между которыми сияет море. 

Перемещаться между городками можно как на поезде, так и на автобусе. Ниже: вид на Манаролу со станции в Корнилье. 


Местным Корнилья нравится больше всего. В этой деревушке действительно все осталось максимально нетронутым цивилизацией. Транспорт отсутствует везде, кроме Монтероссо, но в Корнилье нет даже каких-то намеков на асфальт и хоть один ровный угол. Там очень милые люди, меньше всего туристов, на лавочках сидят местные, а в баре со мной сразу разболтались все посетители. В городе всего одна улица шире метра, по ней я как завороженная ходила туда-сюда до заката.

Только одно хочу сказать желающим посетить Корнилью: туда очень сложно подяться от моря. Город находится так высоко на скале, что подъем у не самых спортивных может отнять очень много сил. Мне повезло, было не жарко, но в +40 я бы не рекомендовала подниматься от станции; если получится, лучше взять автобус от соседних городов, автострада пролегает намного выше уровня моря, чем железнодорожные пути. Но место стоит любого подъема! Сразу захотелось посадить базилик и у себя дома, надо буде осуществить. А базиличное джелато – это что-то невероятное!Выше: та самая центральная широкая улица города. Вероятно, я не встретила в городе толпы азиатов просто потому, что они там не помещаются.В тот момент мне показалось, что настоящая Италия должна быть именно такой. Что для меня это уже не Колизей, огромные великолепные соборы, торговые галереи и шумные траттории. Другая и, может, более настоящая и аутентичная Италия – это именно спрятанные в глубинках регионов (провинция здесь – это город, а область называется регионом; многие это путают) деревни с барами на 3 столика, виноградниками на заднем дворе (который на самом деле целый склон горы), видом на море и домашней едой на каждом углу.

Монтероссо:Из всего Чинкве Терре мне больше всего понравился Монтероссо. И не только потому, что я все-таки люблю цивилизацию намного больше природы, а Монтероссо наиболее напоминает город. Но еще и потому, что там песчаный пляж! Такое очень тяжело найти в Лигурии, которая вся стоит на скалах. А в Монтероссо на пляже такой шелковый песок стелется между скалами, словно вы где-то на Кипре. Да и сам городок мне очень понравился: более шумный, чем соседние. Он наверняка единственный не вымирает ночью.Если хотите перемещаться вдоль моря и пойти пешком в соседнюю Вернаццу, то придется снова осторожно расходиться со встречными пешеходами на узких скалистых тропинках. Обязательно советую посмотреть прогноз погоды: в сильные волны тропы закрываются, так как высота волн достигает несколько метров, что достаточно, чтоб смыть оттуда всех любопытных.Как я уже сообщила в самом начале поста, мне не хочется пытаться описать неописуемое, даже попытки кажутся глупыми. Хочется, чтоб каждый это увидел. Да, большинство крупных городов Италии и самых популярных у туристов мест действительно находится достаточно далеко от Чинкве Терре. Но я бы очень рекомендовала не полениться и добраться до этого волшебного национального парка. На поезде из Флоренции займет у вас пару часов, из Турина и Милана – совсем немного дольше. Оно того стоит!

На этом пока все, об Испании я обязательно напишу в ближайшее свободное время. А пока пожелаю всем, кто еще на каникулах, много путешествовать и хорошо отдохнуть!