Muslims across the globe have begun celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, or the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, traveling hundreds of miles to be with families as the holy month of Ramadan ends – a month of fasting that the faithful dedicate to inner struggle, togetherness and humility. The concluding holiday is usually celebrated over three days.
Traditions vary between families and countries, of course, but generally people visit a mosque for prayer before gathering with family and friends for their first daylight meal. Children and the poor are to be showered with gifts. The festival is traditionally also a time for forgiveness and making amends.
Not all of our readers have the opportunity to be close to family this year, or perhaps some don’t feel like cooking up their own feast. Here are three places to have a good meal for Eid – or any occasion – that we think are delicious.
Hidden away in the third district, this Lebanese gem might look small from the outside but once you walk through the doors, a friendly atmosphere and smiling waiters await. The wide range of appetizers on offer are perfect for groups to share – you can also ask for smaller versions of the main-dishes. During Eid, Zaytouna serves special treats otherwise not on the menu.
3., Hörnesgasse 17
If you miss the bustling atmosphere of Istanbul, where smiling people laugh and chat while gobbling down freshly made baklava, try the special Eid buffet at Kent, which has two locations in Vienna. Their catering team also offers home delivery for people struggling to get a sufficiently wide spread of dishes finished before the influx of guests arrive. Reservations necessary.
14., Hütteldorfer Str. 117
16., Brunnengasse 67
15., Märzstr. 39
20., Jägerstr. 45
3. The Cake Tree
As Eid is also referred to in German as the Zuckerfest (Feast of Sugar), this little shop will satisfy your needs. After a bath in the hammam, dressed in your newest clothes, the best way to satisfy sugar cravings is by enjoying a spread of cakes. The cozy atmosphere and the variety on offer make it perfect for some friends to gather here and celebrate the end of this month– you can also ask for gluten free and vegetarian dishes.
2., Wolfgang Schmälzl Gasse 14