Luxurious Stay in the Imperial City

From elegant coffee houses to grand luxury hotels to gorgeous palace gardens, Vienna has plenty to offer the chic woman entrepreneur in search of work and play. Featuring the best of the best places to stay, dine, shop and spend a fabulous day in the city, our guide has everything you need for a luxe Austrian adventure.


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Hotel Sacher Wien
Philharmoniker Str. 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 514560

Steps from the Opera House in the heart of city, this iconic five-star hotel represents Viennese luxury at its finest. A favorite of celebrities and world leaders for more than a century, the hotel is known for its regal accommodations, elegant restaurants and lounges and the famous “Sachertorte” cake.


Park Hyatt Vienna 
Am Hof 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 227401234

Stay in Vienna’s most exclusive shopping district, the Goldenes Quartier. Opened in 2014, the new ultra luxe Park Hyatt has transformed a stunning 19th century bank building with modern style and amenities.


Hotel Bristol Vienna
Kärntner Ring 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 515160

This charming hotel next to the opera house offers an authentic Viennese experience. Opened in 1892, the rooms here, while updated, are still outfitted with opulent textiles, crystal chandeliers, marvelous antiques and marble baths. Ask for a view of the opera, or to be on the top floor overlooking the Ringstrasse to watch the sun set over the mountains.


The Ritz-Carlton Vienna
Schubertring 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 31188

The Ritz-Carlton has taken over four 19th century palaces for their grand location in central Vienna. Overlooking the treelined Ringstrasse just a block from Stadtpark, the beautiful hotel boasts a glamorous rooftop bar and all the amenities you know and love from the Ritz.


Hotel Imperial Vienna
Kärntner Ring 16, 1015 Wien, Austria
+43 1 501100

A former prince’s residence, this neoclassical palace was converted into a hotel for the 1873 World’s Fair. With extravagant rooms done up in silks and chandeliers, the hotel gives you a taste of the old imperial lifestyle.


Palais Coburg
Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 518180

This exclusive hotel offers just 35 elegant suites designed to make you feel at home. A tasteful mix of old and new, modern furnishings and top of the line amenities give the 1845 palace a fresh vibe.


Hotel Sans Souci Wien
Burggasse 2, 1070 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5222520

You might like to stay in Vienna’s fashionable Spittelburg district among the museums, galleries, boutiques and nightlife. If so a chic suite at the stylish Sans Souci provides the perfect place to lay your head.


Mraz and Sohn
Wallensteinstraße 59, 1200 Wien, Austria
+43 1 3304594

This hip, modern restaurant has earned two Michelin Stars for its wildly creative cuisine. The menu is always changing with the seasons, but the father and son chefs do not want you to think about what to order—only how hungry you are. Make your reservation and choose from four, six or nine courses and an optional beverage pairing.


Silvio Nickol
Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 51818800

Escape into a chic wonderland with a multi-course dinner at this gorgeous restaurant inside the Palais Couburg. Chef Silvio Nickol’s elaborate, detailed and carefully-sourced cuisine has earned him two Michelin Stars and is beloved by both locals and international travelers.


Universitätsring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5324999

In the old imperial coach entrance and marble hall (the “vestibule”) of Vienna’s magnificent Burgtheater, this acclaimed restaurant serves traditional Viennese cuisine with a contemporary twist. In the summer, you might enjoy dining at a table outside along the Ringstrasse.


Am Heumarkt 2A, 1030 Wien, Austria
+43 1 7133168

You won’t forget dining at this one-of-a-kind restaurant. Housed in a modern glass structure inside Stadtpark, Steirereck is all about ultra modern Viennese cuisine that’s rooted in the land. Food is inspired by rural Austrian cooking, elevated with precise technique and artistry.


1010, Schottenring 24, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 23610008082

Enjoy fresh, seasonal Mediterranean cuisine at this sophisticated, yet relaxed restaurant in the Palais Hansen. At Edvard, the finest regional ingredients are showcased with restraint and elegance, bringing out the best possible flavors and earning the restaurant one Michelin star.


Tuchlauben 4-6, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5322222

Of course you need at least one chic Italian restaurant anywhere you go and in Vienna Fabios is one of the best. The sprawling modern dining room is a delightful place to enjoy a simple, yet elevated pasta dish with a glass of vermentino.


Stadtgasthaus Eisvogel
Riesenradplatz 5, 1020 Wien, Austria
+43 1 9081187

If you’re ready to try Vienna’s most famous dish—wiener schnitzel—here’s where you do it. This classic Viennese restaurant has a stylish yet unpretentious ambiance that pays homage to the authentic local culture.


DO & CO Restaurant am Stephansplatz
Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5353969

With views of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, this glamorous restaurant atop the DO & CO Hotel serves fresh caught sushi and sashimi alongside classic Viennese cuisine, taking you on a culinary journey around the world.


Lugeck 6, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 2362122

Locally sourced Austrian food for the urban palate, this lovely new restaurant has quickly become one of Vienna’s coolest places to dine. Enjoy artfully plated dishes and signature cocktails in a lofty dining room that feels both rustic and modern.


Peterspl. 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5332900

This stylish two-story restaurant serves fusion cuisine from across Asia alongside a full sushi bar menu. Expect excellent service, a fabulous wine list and a lively ambiance anchored by an open kitchen.


Cafe Imperial
Kärntner Ring 16, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 50110389

Breakfast at Cafe Imperial is an iconic Viennese experience. This glamorous cafe serves all the classic local delicacies in luxurious fashion, inviting you to enjoy a glass of champagne as the perfect egg is fried before your eyes.


Sacher Day Spa
Philharmonikastraße 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 51456510

A recent addition to the Hotel Sacher, this chic boutique spa features face and body treatments from Swiss skincare brand La Prairie, a signature line of luxurious chocolate treatments, plus hair, make up and all your beauty needs.


The Ritz-Carlton Spa
Schubertring 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 31188423

Focus on your wellness with a day of pampering at this world-class urban spa retreat. Holistic health and beauty rituals are inspired by Vienna, using the finest natural luxury products. The spa also boasts the longest lap pool in Vienna, a state of the art fitness center and rooftop yoga every morning.


Arany Spa Wien at The Park Hyatt Vienna
Am Hof 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 227401130

When the Park Hyatt transformed a 100-year-old bank building into their luxe Vienna hotel, they chose the vaults for their ultra high-end spa. Enjoy rejuvenating spa and beauty treatments from your own private suite that shimmers with gold, mother of pearl and precious stones.


Hotel Sans Souci Wien Day Spa
Burggasse 2, 1070 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5222520795

Escape the bustle of central Vienna with a couple of hours spent unwinding in this sleek and stylish spa. Whether you’re staying at the hotel or just popping by for the day, Sans Souci invites you to enjoy the swimming pool and sun meadow, fitness center, steam rooms and saunas, or indulge in any of their signature treatments.


The Grand Spa No 605
Kärntner Ring 9, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 51580 1605

This chic spa on the 6th floor of the Grand Hotel is all about balance. A modern oasis with a hip design sensibility, the spa features high-end Swiss and Japanese products and treatments dedicated to both inner and outer beauty.


Moser Milani Medi Spa
Schottengasse 7, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 236 13 36

Looking for a head-to-toe revamp? Covering everything from super advanced facials to dermatology treatments to hair styling and massages, a day at this luxe medical spa will get you fully ready for any big event or photo shoot.


Aisawan Boutique Spa
Grünangergasse 8, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 8908501

We love the magical ambiance at this beautiful boutique spa. Drawing techniques and influences from Bali, Thailand and Morocco, Aisawan offers luxurious Hamam treatments, high end beauty services and relaxing massages.


Le Loft Bar
Sofitel, Praterstraße 1, 1020 Wien, Austria
+43 1 906168110

One of the best views in Vienna can be enjoyed here on the top floor of the Sofitel, with a craft cocktail in hand. Your gaze will be directed up toward the beautiful painted ceiling that seems to blend with the sky.


The Bank Bar at the Park Hyatt Vienna
Am Hof 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 227401234

In the historic cashier hall of the old bank building that’s been transformed by the Park Hyatt, the Bank Brasserie & Bar provides a rich marble backdrop for a round of drinks with friends. Try the specialty seasonal cocktails inspired by the building’s history, or peruse the wine list featuring local and regional sips.


Blaue Bar at the Hotel Sacher
Philharmoniker Str. 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 514560

This legendary all-blue lounge is an elegant option for pre-opera drinks or even a nightcap. With crystal chandeliers and lush upholstered couches, the cozy, yet sophisticated atmosphere transports you to Vienna in the early twentieth century.


Atmosphere Rooftop Bar
Schubertring 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 31188

To soak up the summer sun, take the elevator up to the 8th floor of the Ritz-Carlton. Atmosphere is the city’s only rooftop sundeck bar and a fab place to enjoy fresh, creative cocktails, yummy small bites and great DJs. In the winter, the sprawling bar hosts a Christmas market.


Roberto American Bar
Bauernmarkt 11-13, 1010 Wien
+43 676 9429001

Low on space but high on style, this intimate bar invites you to escape into the 1920s with classic cocktails and stunning art deco chandeliers, threaded with tens and thousands of pearls. Opened by Roberto Pavlovic, one of the city’s best bartenders, this exclusive watering hole is a good spot for a fun night out with your BFFS.


First Floor
Seitenstettengasse 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 532 11 65

This famous cocktail bar feels very old school James Bond, with its inset aquariums, rounded wooden ceiling and classic leather bar stools. The soundtrack is exclusively jazz and blues and not only through the speakers—you might even catch a live player.


Ebert’s Cocktail Bar
Gumpendorfer Str. 51, 1060 Wien, Österreich
+43 1 5865465

The mixologists at Ebert’s double as professors over at the nearby cocktail school and here you’ll find them serving some of the most creative libations in the city, bringing together trends from around the world. The vibe is stylish and modern with a lively crowd on the weekends.


The Sign Lounge
Liechtensteinstraße 104-106, 1090 Wien
+43 664 96 43 276

This friendly neighborhood lounge in northwest Vienna is all about beautifully presented, artfully mixed drinks, with a menu touching on all eras of cocktail history and presented in a small leather-bound book. Come on a weeknight if you’d like the guidance of an expert bartender to help you choose.


The Onyx Bar
Haas Haus, Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 53539690

Stunning views of St. Stephen’s iconic tiled roof are the major draw at Onyx Bar—but the cocktails also happen to be among the best in the city. Intimate yet bright, it’s just right for meeting a client or collaborator, or catching up with a close friend.


Wine Cellar at Palais Coburg
Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 518180

The height of wine culture in Vienna can be discovered in the nearly 200 year old cellar of the beautiful Palais Couburg. The luxe wine bar features six cellars and over 60,000 bottles of wine, with big names like Mouton Rothschild, Dom Pérignon and Pétrus in the mix.



Hofburg Imperial Palace
Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5337570

In the winter, the Habsburgs settled here (just a 15-minute drive from the summer palace) at Hofburg, an urban palace in the heart of the city capable of housing 5000 people. Today part of Hofburg is HQ to the President of Austria, kind of like the White House, but most of it is open to all who desire a look into the lives of Europe’s great Emperors.


St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5818640

The most important church in Austria has become one of Vienna’s most recognizable symbols, especially thanks to that fabulous mosaic-tiled roof. Opened back in 1147, over the years the grand halls of St. Stephen’s have witnessed many a Habsburg wedding and the funerals of icons like Mozart.


Kunsthistorisches Museum
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 525240

See all the paintings and sculptures left behind by the Habsburgs, avid art collectors who acquired works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Diego Velázquez, Michelangelo and Raphael. The largest museum in Austria, the galleries go all the way back to Egyptian times, giving you a dreamy tour of the ancient world through to the Renaissance.


Schoenbrunn Palace
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria
+43 1 81113239

The former summer home of the Habsburgs (Europe’s most famous dynasty and longtime imperial rulers) this 1,441-room Baroque palace is a glamorous place to spend an afternoon. After perusing the gilded parlors, you might want to roam the property’s endless gardens or even add a Mozart concert to your experience.


Belvedere Palace Museum
Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria
This extravagant complex of baroque palaces built by a Habsburg Prince at the turn of the 18th century is now home to the largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings in the world (including “The Kiss”), plus incredible art from the Middle Ages up until present day.



One of the most beautiful boulevards in the world, Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse was ordered by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1857 and took half a century to build. As the pavement was laid, wealthy Viennese businessmen rushed to build elegant palaces and mansions along the glorious boulevard while the Imperial family added fabulous museums, concert halls and theaters.


1030 Wien, Austria
+43 1 40008042

This glorious park at the end of the Ringstrasse in central Vienna is definitely worth a stroll, a picnic, or both. Enjoy beautifully manicured gardens, rolling meadows and statues of famous Viennese artists, writers and composers.


Prater Vienna
1020 Wien, Austria
+43 1 7280516

Escape into a nostalgic wonderland with a day at this charming amusement park. Enjoy carnival games inspired by the Prater of 1900 and see the city from above with a ride on the iconic Giant Ferris Wheel.


Spanish Riding School
Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5339031

Another Habsburg legacy piece, this traditional riding school is nearly 500 years old and continues to be a center for classical dressage. Go for a monthly gala performance or stop by to watch morning exercise as the riders show off their expertise and finesse. In the winter you might even catch a performance inside the Hofburg palace.


State Opera House
Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 514442250

Every year the State Opera House in the heart of Vienna shows five or six opera premieres as well as ballets, classical concerts and special events. Beyond the spectacular stage claendar, the annual Opera Ball is also a noteworthy opportunity to throw on a ball gown and have a grand time. (Check out our Girl’s Guide to Opera here!)


Domgasse 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5121791

The building where Mozart once lived has been transformed into a museum and concert hall presenting the great Viennese composer’s life and work. Go for a guided tour or purchase tickets to hear Mozart’s music performed in this unique historic setting.


Sigmund Freud Museum
Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien, Austria
+43 1 3191596

Visit Sigmund Freud’s former office and apartment to get to know the founding father of psychoanalysis a little better. The museum showcases’ Freud’s notes, documents and images, telling the story of his life and work, and also holds lectures that might be of interest.


Goldenes Quartier
Tuchlauben, 1010 Wien, Austria
The quintessential shopping district in the historic heart of Vienna, the Goldenes Quartier is home to boutiques from Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Prada, Alexander McQueen and more.


Demel Imperial Pastries and Chocolates
Kohlmarkt 14 A-1010 Vienna
+43 (1) 535 17 17 – 0

Founded in 1786, this legendary imperial bakery and confectionary is the perfect place to pick up an elegant sweet treat for a friend back home—and then indulge in a slice of cake and a Viennese coffee at the gorgeous cafe afterwards.


Mariahilfer Straße
Mariahilfer Str, Wien, Austria
Go for a stroll along the longest and liveliest pedestrian-friendly shopping street in Vienna, where you’ll find all the major department stores, international retailers and even unique independent shops worth exploring the side streets for.


Kärntner Str. 19, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 930560

A la Saks or Neiman’s, Viennese-style. This luxury shopping palace carries brands you know and love like Jimmy Choo, Elie Saab, Phillip Lim, Givenchy and Balenciaga, with an entire floor devoted to shoes and another just for lingerie.


Bucherer 1888
Kärntner Straße 2, 1010 Wien
+43 1 512 67 30

My husband Glenn found some of my favorite pieces of jewelry here! Along with stunning baubles crafted in the company’s workshops, Bucherer carries the largest selection of Rolex watches anywhere in the world.


Julius Meinl
Graben 19, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5323334

Stop by this iconic cafe to bring home a taste of Viennese coffee culture. Grab a freshly brewed cup or shop the selection of premium coffee beans, tea and chic coffee-making accessories, plus gourmet goodies like honey, wine and chocolate.


Kohlmarkt, 1010 Wien, Austria
Often referred to as “the golden u,” this prestigious shopping zone was once where all the court-appointed jewelers set up shop. Today you’ll find international luxury brands like Tiffany, Cartier and Chopard carrying on the glitzy legacy alongside longstanding Viennese jewelery houses.


Huber & Lerner
Weihburggasse 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5335075

This incredibly chic stationery store is exactly where you need to be for a desktop up-level. Shop luxe pens and pencils, elegant cards and gifts or even have a fresh round of business cards made!


Wiener Blut
For a unique fragrance no one else has, check out this luxe Viennese perfume house drawing inspiration from the Imperial period. Stop by the Song boutique in Vienna (or perhaps a retailer in your city!) to try on scents based on original 19th century formulas.


Augarten Porcelain Manufactory
Obere Augartenstraße 1, 1020 Wien, Austria
For 300 years this traditional fine porcelain manufactory has stayed on the cutting edge of style. With shops all around Vienna, the brand carries everything from classical fine tableware to modern sculptural vessels.


Saint Charles Apothecary
Gumpendorfer Straße 30, 1060 Wien
+43 1 586 13 63

Shop for natural cosmetics and luxe skincare products at this one-of-a-kind apothecary boutique, first built in 1886. Along with a curated selection of serums, cleansers and bath products, Saint Charles also offers beauty services and massages in their hideaway spa, plus locally-sourced healthy eats in their “Alimentary.”


Burggarten 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 5331033

In the gardens of Hofburg Palace, this spectacular green house turned cafe invites you to sip and dine among towering palm trees, or enjoy views of the Burggarten from the terrace. The menu features coffee and homemade pastries, plus the option to wine and dine.


Cafe Central
Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 5333763

For nearly 150 years this legendary cafe has been a popular meeting point for Vienna’s intellectual community of artists, writers, politicians and scientists. The glorious interior is quintessential Vienna and worthy of lingering a little longer over a cup of tea and cake.


Cafe Imperial
Kärntner Ring 16, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 50110389

A tribute to Viennese traditions, Cafe Imperial is a classic place to meet for a meal, a coffee or a casual bite. With a stylish new coffee bar and a full service restaurant, the cafe is best known for its daily champagne breakfast buffet, signature Imperial chocolate cake and top-quality schnitzel.


Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 53517170

Indulge in the same fine pastries and sweets once prized by emperors and empresses at Demel. Formerly the Court Confectionary bakery, Demel’s neo-baroque coffeehouse and shop just steps from the Hofburg is worth stopping in for a cup of hot chocolate and a treat or two.


Cafe Hofburg
Hofburg, Innerer Burghof, 1010 Wien
+43 1 24 100-420

Inside the Hofburg Palace, this historic cafe serves an imperial breakfast just as the Habsburgs enjoyed it. The menu features decadent coffee house drinks and famous desserts like Sachertorte and apple strudel, plus classic Austrian dishes for lunch and dinner.


Motto am Fluss
Franz-Josefs-Kai 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 2525510

This super stylish cafe, restaurant and bar sits right up against the river. It’s a chic place to meet for coffee and dessert, or a casual bistro lunch on the terrace with gorgeous city views.


Cafe Landtmann
Universitätsring 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 24100100

With an iconic location along the Ringstrasse, Cafe Landtmann delivers on the traditional Viennese coffeehouse experience, from beverages to sweets to classic delights. Along with a sprawling terrace, the cafe also boasts a glass-enclosed Wintergarten, perfect for sipping hot chocolate as the snow falls around you.


Kärntner Str. 11-15, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 51249630

Not long after opening a small pastry shop in the heart of Vienna, in 1873 Anton Gerstner was appointed Imperial Court Confectioner. Today the multi-level sweet shop and coffeehouse offers to-go truffles, bonbons, cakes, pastries and treats on the ground floor, and an elegant living room on the second floor where you can indulge with views of the opera house.



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