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Top Choice Thai in Alsergrund & the University District

Mamamon

Owner Piano, who named her restaurant for her mum Mon, has spiced up Vienna's burgeoning Southeast Asian food scene with a menu of southern Thai flavours, street-style decor and an indie soundtrack. On mild nights, …
Top Choice Museum in Alsergrund & the University District

Sigmund Freud Museum

Sigmund Freud is a bit like the telephone – once he happened, there was no going back. This is where Freud spent his most prolific years and developed the most significant of his groundbreaking theories; he moved he…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Alsergrund & the University District

Botanical Gardens

A subterranean mirror of Cafe Stein's sunny spaces above, Botanical Gardens makes for a cosy, magical retreat once Vienna's weather turns chilly. A dark nautical theme ticks all the cocktail-revival scene boxes, but…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Alsergrund & the University District

Achtundzwanzig

Austrian wine fans with a rock-and-roll sensibility will feel like they've found heaven at this black-daubed vinothek (wine bar) that vibes casual but takes its wines super seriously. Wines by the glass are all sour…
Top Choice Coffee in Alsergrund & the University District

POC Cafe

Friendly Robert Gruber is one of Vienna's coffee legends and his infectious passion ripples through this beautifully rambling, lab-like space. POC stands for 'People on Caffeine'; while filter, espresso-style or a s…
Museum in Alsergrund & the University District

Josephinum

Architecture fans sometimes visit this Enlightenment-era complex for its superb 1785 neo-classical structures alone, although Joseph II's purpose-built medical academy for army surgeons does, in fact, house the city…
Palace in Alsergrund & the University District

Palais Liechtenstein

Once the architectural muse of Italian landscape painter Canaletto, Palais Liechtenstein is a sublime baroque palace that sits in beautifully landscaped, sculpture-dotted grounds. It also houses the private art coll…
University in Alsergrund & the University District

University Main Building

Founded in 1365, Vienna’s venerable university was the first in the German-speaking countries. Today it enrols up to 95,000 students. Grand Duke Rudolph IV (1339–65) used Paris’ Sorbonne as his inspiration, and it w…
Irish Pub in Alsergrund & the University District

Lane & Merriman's

Yes, it's an Irish pub – there's that iconic Jane Bown portrait of Samuel Beckett in the window. But forget your preconceptions: David Gannon's contemporary take on the much-maligned institution is a delight. David …
International in Alsergrund & the University District

Yppenplatz 4

A reimagined Würstelstand fashioned from wood and glass from the office of local brewer Ottakringer, Yppenplatz 4 is the new fashionable face of this once edgy neighbourhood. While the menu spans global pub standard…