A neighborhood of Neubau, Vienna’s Bohemian 7th district, St. Ulrich is has a unique charm and boasts some of the hippest haunts in the city. Originally an independent district in its own right, the area is set around a Roman Catholic Church from the 1700s, at the lower end of trendy hotspot Burggasse.
Retro Dining and Futuristic Attire
When exploring one of the hippest haunts of Vienna, you need to be dressed the part. Burggasse 24 is a retro clothing store that has its finger firmly on the pulse in the world of fashion—a chic and homely boutique with a delightful collection of retro numbers in the daytime and the host of the occasional art exhibitions in the evening. Another highlight is the wonderful café, located around the back, serving a delicious spread of coffee and cake for post-browsing rest.
There are a fair few decent places to get a caffeine fix along Burggase, but Cafe Espresso is undoubtedly a favorite—a stomping ground for both early risers and night owls, serving espressos from an antique coffee machine in the daytime and sizeable tankards of beer in the evening. Retro without being kitsch, this 50s-style café is a beloved famous with the locals and a well-established fixture of the neighborhood. Boxy red leather booths in which to sit over beers line the inside and multi-colored light bulbs hang from a string across the front at night, giving it a welcoming vibe.
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The Heart of the Neighborhood
St. Ulrich’s church is one of the architectural gems of the 7th district and the heart of the neighborhood. The church as it stands today was built in the 17th century, and it is a striking example of Baroque architecture, with a sandy-colored facade and statues of the saints.
Hidden Gems and Cheap Eats
Sing-Sing Records, which you’ll find on Neustiftgasse, is a must-visit in St. Ulrich for music lovers. It is a record store serving the tastes of everyone, from classical and country to trance and hip-hop.
Sweet-toothed visitors should then head to Lollipop Bonbon, a sweetshop with a candy-colored facade of bubblegum pink and lime green, selling all things saccharine.
When deciding where to settle for something to eat, ULRICH seems like the obvious choice—and it’s definitely not a bad one—a trendy, modern restaurant with contemporary dishes and the option of a midday menu giving you the choice of two meals for €10.80. However, the lesser known Tiger, which you’ll find just up the road, is a low-key, inexpensive restaurant also worth sampling—try the Bo Ban—a fresh combination of glass noodles, vegetables, peanut sauce, and a mini spring roll, and the choice of beef, chicken, or tofu.
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