Metropole’s Top Five Brunch Spots in Vienna

Where to go on a lazy Sunday

Breakfast sandwich with avocado and grilled mushrooms/(C) Motto am Fluss

With Vienna’s grand reopening, spending hours on end in cafés just soaking in the atmosphere and catching up with friends is no longer a distant memory. The Viennese know a thing or two about enjoying the slower things in life – famous for its coffeehouse culture, and the local custom of Jause, a fourth meal between breakfast and lunch, it’s no wonder there are no shortages of brunch hotspots. These are just a few of our favorite places to start your weekend right – with plenty of food and a healthy serving of gossip!

Motto am Fluss – Everybody’s Darling

With its relaxed riviera atmosphere and large sun terrace, this popular canalside café right on Schwedenplatz is everybody’s brunch spot of choice during the summer. From early morning to late afternoon, the city’s hip and hungry can be found catching a tan and dishing the latest gossip over live DJ-sets. Expect á la carte breakfast classics with a twist, like Eggs Benedict served with grilled mushrooms, fresh smoothies or their delicious breakfast sandwich with avocado and spicy habanero mayonnaise. Their flaky sourdough croissants and other treats come directly from Motto Brotthe newest addition to Vienna’s ongoing artisanal bakery revival. Reservations are encouraged to keep disappointment at bay. 

Flaky sourdough croissants from Motto Brot/(C) Motto am Fluss

Top pick: fresh Tisane (herbal infusion) with thyme, orange and mint

1., Franz-Josefs-Kai 2 EG

Daily 8:00-0:00

Breakfast served daily from 8:00-16:00

(01) 252 55 11

mottoamfluss.at

Mani im Vierten – Hearty and Nourishing

The wonderfully down-to-earth Mani im Vierten is the perfect spot to grab some sustenance in preparation for a long day of strolling down nearby Naschmarkt. Formerly known as Figar 1040, this modern Mediterranean restaurant offers a hearty breakfast in its Schanigarten on Schleifmühlgasse, replete with delightful savory pallets of breakfast burgers with rocket, avocado, fried egg and tomato-chili-confit; those still nursing a hangover are advised to resuscitate with a “Bloody Shame,” a non-alcoholic Bloody Mary variant. With sourdough bread from Oefferl and a focus on organic ingredients, quality places high on the Mani’s list of priorities, making their food all the more memorable.

Shakshouka/(C) Mani im Vierten

Top pick: hearty Shakshouka, served directly in the pan 

4., Schleifmühlgasse 7

Mon-Thu 8:00-0:00

Fri 8:00-1:00
Sat 9:00-1:00
Sun 9:00-0:00

Breakfast served Mon-Fri, 8:00-16:00, Weekends and Holidays 9:00-16:00

(01) 890 31 60

mani.wien

(C) Labstelle

Labstelle – Experimental Delights

Tried and true breakfast staples indisputably deserve their spot on menus all over the world. But there comes a time when even the most enthusiastic bruncher has exhausted every conceivable variation on eggs. Fortunately, you can expect the unexpected at Labstelle’s Flying Breakfast – and lots of it! The farm-to-table restaurant recommends a 2.5 hour visit, allowing their kitchen to present a cavalcade of delectable bites in rounds. Charmingly unpredictable, previous visitors have enjoyed dishes ranging from homemade boar bratwurst with beans to asparagus with peperonata foam or beef tartar with bacon mayonnaise. Who said breakfast had to be predictable?

(C) Labstelle

Top pick: to be defined by the chef!

1., Lugeck 6

Mon-Fri 11:30-22:00

Sat 10:00-22:00

Breakfast served Sat10:00- 14:30 (last orders 11:30)

(01) 236 21 22

labstelle.at

Turnhalle – Vegatarian Banquet

(C) Turnhalle

Nestled behind the peaceful courtyard of a historical apartment complex in the 15th district, the Turnhalle – as its name would suggest – used to be a gymnasium and Jewish cultural center before World War II. A truly exceptional space with high ceilings and exposed copper piping, it’s a charming café and community space today, well-known for a superlative vegetarian weekend brunch made in collaboration with Café 7Stern: With savory and sweet dishes spread out in abundance, the buffet leans heavily towards seasonal salads, lovingly presented rustic cakes and homemade granola. To top it all off, brunch includes either delicious Hausbrandt coffee or a sparkling mimosa. 

(C) Turnhalle

Top pick: roast beetroot and lentil salad

15., Herklotzgasse 21

Sat & Sun 9:30-15:30

0660 203 64 04 

die-turnhalle.at

DSTRIKT at the Ritz-Carlton – Steak for Breakfast

If you’re looking for a truly epicurean experience, head to the Ritz-Carlton for DSTRIKT’s steak brunch. With fantastic cuts paired with free-flowing champagne, cooked before you on a Josper grill, patrons also have their pick of Austrian charcuterie and cheese specialties, sweet spreads beef tartare or oysters at the buffet, located directly in the stainless steel kitchen. 

Top pick: DSTRKT New York cheesecake 

Brunch served Sundays at 12:30 PM – 15:30 PM

1., Schubertring 5, 1010 Wien (in The Ritz-Carlton)

Mon-Sat 7:00-22:30

Sun 7:00-15:30

Steak Brunch Sundays 12:30-15:30

(01)311 88 616

dstrikt.com

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Helena McFadzean
With a background in philosophy and art history, Helena is currently an editorial intern at Metropole while completing her MA in Critical Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She enjoys writing dynamic stories in which disciplines, people and cultures meet. You can usually find her experimenting with sourdough recipes, visiting exhibitions or shooting film over at @honourrolll.

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