Vienna’s guest gardens are pure bliss in the sunshine while enjoying coffee or beer beneath a lush canopy of trees. Through discreet passageways and tucked away behind old buildings in the city live many secret oases of calm and tranquility, and here are a few conspicuous gems to check out when visiting this historic city.
With candles glowing on tables and an eclectic charm, the Mill’s interior is low-lit and charming. The kitchen serves a variety of contemporary home-cooked dishes, including some delicious home-baked pastries—all set off with a wine menu listing many locally crafted bottles. Discover the garden discreetly located inside a gorgeous courtyard with its exposed brick, vine covered walls, and a roof covering for when the weather turns sour.
Restaurant Mill, Millergasse 32, Vienna, Austria, +43 01 966 40 73
The Museum’s Quarter is one of Vienna’s most visited attractions, and it brings throngs of tourists through its doors every year. However, there are a few secret corners to explore that are difficult to accidentally stumble upon with all the museums vying for attention. The Glacis Beisl is located around the back of the MQ. A sweet and quiet Viennese dining garden, it is set beneath chestnut trees and crawling vines.
Glacis Beisl, Breite G. 4, Vienna, Austria, +43 01 526 56 60
The meticulously well-manicured lawn of the restaurant of the MAK (Museum of Applied Art) is a seemingly unending stretch of green decorated with dainty sun loungers and set against a backdrop of the city’s modern skyline. Beautifully and artfully arranged with polished wooden decking and shady spots in which to lounge, it is a tranquil paradise in the midst of the busy city centre. The food ranges from cooked breakfasts in the morning—with all the classic egg dishes—to gourmet dining in the evening—when the menu takes on a sophisticated edge, with dishes such as beef carpaccio and Tagliatelle.
SALONPLAFOND im MAK, Stubenring 5, Vienna, Austria, +43 01 226 00 46
Sit beneath nets of winding ivy in a picturesque courtyard of this sleek restaurant in the 7th District of Neubau. The menu features a blend of both Viennese and international cuisine that they always create using fresh and locally sourced ingredients as well as many impressive vegan and vegetarian options.
Amerlingbeisl, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna, Austria, +43 01 526 16 60
A quaint and elegant example of a typical Viennese courtyard, the Schreiners Gastwirtschaft is elaborately decorated, blooming with flowers, and has a historic pavilion in the centre. Located in the 7th District, enjoy the experience of sitting in the heart of the city while sitting in the calm of the garden.
Schreiners Essen und Wohnen, Westbahnstraße 42, Vienna, Austria, +43 664 40 41 007
The wobbly experimental architecture of Friedensreich Hundertwasser is the backdrop of this idyllic secret courtyard. Located at the back of the museum that houses permanent collections of the artist’s work, it is a charming and unusual spot crammed with greenery and shady spots to protect against a long summer’s afternoon.
Kunst Haus Wien, Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, Vienna, Austria, +43 01 712 04 91
Decked out with elegance inside and out, the Palais Coburg is one of Vienna’s most exclusive boutique hotels. If dining in the restaurant, be sure to wander outside to the garden and be delighted by the sprawling plants, orange trees, and charming pond. Grills are organised in the summer months.