In Vienna, we call the area around a certain location – our home, a sight, our office – a “Graetzl”. As an English speaker, you would say “great-cell” to pronounce it correctly. This term refers to the area in the immediate vicinity. As part of my insider’s guides to Vienna, I decided to introduce you to that concept. The first Graetzl I would like to introduce you is the area around Gumpendorfer Straße in the Mariahilf District (also called 6th District).
This area is located between the shopping street Mariahilfer Straße and Linke Wienzeile (next to Naschmarkt). It is also very near to the Secession, the famous building with its ball of golden leaves on top where artists around Gustav Klimt started their movement more than 100 years ago.
I really like the Gumpendorfer Straße Graetzel, because of its unique vibe – it is a mix of heritage and modern design. With a lot of really cool boutiques, cafés and restaurants. I have picked my favourite places for you and have marked them in the map above.
Even though this bar of the cinema is not one of the most glamorous places in town, I love to sit outside on the square at Rahlgasse. It is a great place for people watching 🙂 (Rahlgasse 1)
Even before my very first time in Asia, Ramien was one of my favourite places for Asian food. This was more than ten years ago, when international cuisine in Vienna was not as diverse as it is now. Ramien is still one of my favourite places for Asian food. (Gumpendorfer Straße 9)
Apart from the really cool interior deco, the food at Shanghai Tan is delicious. It reminded me of all the cool restaurants in Beijing during my exchange semester. Back in Vienna, whenever I craved some dumplings, I dragged my friends to this cool place right next to Ramien. It is a perfect place for dates too. (Gumpendorfer Straße 9)
Phil is a chilled out café with a nice breakfast selection. Most of the books, DVDs and furniture in the café can be purchased. (Gumpendorfer Straße 10)
If you are a fan of the traditional Viennese coffee houses, Sperl is the place to go to in Gumpendorfer Straße. (Gumpendorfer Straße 11)
The concept of das moebel is similar to Phil – in their café in Burggasse, you can purchase the furniture used in the café. The store in Gumpendorfer Straße offers even more products. (Gumpendorferstraße 11)
The Austrian label focuses on organic and fair fashion at reasonable prices. Their pieces can be used for formal as well as casual occasions. I really love their beautiful summer dresses. Definitely a label to watch! (Theobaldgasse 9)
If you need a caffeine bosst, Akrap is the best address for a quick espresso at the bar or a coffee to go. I think it serves one of the best coffees in town. (Koenigsklostergasse 7)
Every time I pass by this antique store, my heart skips a beat. I am still dreaming of the pieces from the 1950s and hope that I will own one of the beautiful chairs or lamps one day! (Gumpendorfer Straße 17)
The same building as Lichterloh also hosts Nachbarin. A concept like this store had been missing in Vienna. I remember when I was a child, Vienna was full of cute little boutiques with unique pieces. Unfortunately, they had to give way to big international chains which has made shopping in Vienna a bit dull. Nachbarin with international brands – some known, some not so much, brings back this boutique-concept to Vienna. I also spotted Elena Ghisellini bags (I first discovered them in Vancouver and I have been a fan of the colourful bags since then). (Gumpendorfer Straße 17)
This store reminds me of all the shops in Berlin Mitte. Luv has a lot of brands with a nordic/Berlin touch. (Gumpendorfer Straße 24)
Dumplings and Gin! Mama Liu & Sons got me with this combo, two of my favourite things in one place. Apart from the dumplings, the whole dim sum menu is delicious and the bar has a wide range of gin (and other cocktails 🙂 ). (Gumpendorfer Straße 29)
Really cute flower store. Their small pot plants are covered in pastel coloured fabrics. (Koestlergasse 11)
This place has become one of my go-to stores for natural cosmetics in Vienna. They also sell RMS cosmetics. (Gumpendorfer Straße 33)
Have you been to the Gumpendorfer Straße Graetzel?