On the cusp of summer, dress like an empress, chillax like a lord and drink a liquid homage to the Käsekrainer.

by Lisanne Brouwer and Lana Sharp

Imperial Shop Vienna

imperial shop vienna
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Even the most temperate Viennese cannot help but occasionally muse about what life was like for an emperor or empress. Luckily, the Imperial Shop Vienna, recently opened next to the Hofburg Info Center, allows you to experience at least part of the majestic lifestyle. In collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the 160 m² boutique offers a wide variety of suitably imperial products that tell stories of the monarchs of yesteryear. Discover culinary delights and fine souvenirs in a modern space that exudes Viennese elegance, right where Sisi and Franzl resided.

1., Heldenplatz/Hofburg, imperialshop.at

Café & Luftschloss Cobenzl

vienna cobenzl
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A swanky community garden, co-working space or venue for concerts, readings, exhibitions, weddings, parties and conferences, the historic Café & Luftschloss Cobenzl can be (almost) anything you want it to be. Temporarily occupied for a second season by the working group Luftschloss, the venue and its scenic environs overlooking Vienna are currently hosting a space for artistic development, characterized by quirky, accessible concepts like their weekly “Spritzwein-donnerstag“ (White Spritzer Thursdays), which have local artists and musicians jam into the evening with wine from the neighboring Cobenzl vineyard, as you chillax in lounge chairs and hammocks.

19., Am Cobenzl 94, facebook.com/luftschloss.wien

Stadtbar

vienna stadtbar
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A new 1st district hot spot has arrived, serving a range of seasonal specialties with outdoor seating in warmer months. The Stadtbar’s lush interior, featuring fiery red leather booths, kidney-shaped, mirrored tables and eclectic tiled floors is reminiscent of an opera box creating an elegant backdrop to its versatile approach: Starting in the afternoon with cake and coffee, the mood moves into the realm of the aperitivo in the afternoon, accompanied by Stadtbarjausen, assorted open-face sandwiches and other small snacks. Come evening, the high-end cocktail menu is revealed, with renowned bartenders creating drinks like the edgy Krainer cocktail, a homage to the nearby Bitzinger Würstelstand with hints of mustard and horseradish garnish. Swing by on weekends after 22:00 and witness its metamorphosis to a swish club, with curated electro/techno/new disco on Fridays and house beats on Saturdays. A mini-club, coffeehouse, and cocktail bar rolled into one gorgeous Viennese original, this nod to tradition and futuristic design is a bar for all seasons.

1., Hanuschgasse 3, stadtbar.wien