Helmed by star chef Helmut Österreicher, Österreicher im MAK offers both traditional and new-fangled Austrian specialties and has a lovely garden to boot. I also enjoyed Schon Schön, an improbable combination of clothing boutique, hair salon, and restaurant, where superb continental cuisine is served at one long communal table. Danieli, just off the main pedestrian zone of Kaertnerstrasse, is an Italian spot popular with tourists but worth a visit for its terrific pizzas and antipasti. Be sure to try the regional wines, including those that feature the famous grüner veltliner grape.
The best way to take in the citys architecture and history is on a bike tour. Its also an easy way to view the Danube and stop off, in warmer weather, at the beach cafés along its banks. Other must-see sites are the Leopold Museum; the Hundertwasser House (a colorful apartment building designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser); Belvedere Palace; and the Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer home of Austrian monarchs in the city’s outskirts thats reminiscent of Versailles.
Take a break from sightseeing to sample the famous Apfelstrudel at one of Viennas amazing cafés. Two of my favorites are Zum Schwartzen Kameel and the Kleines Café. There is also The Demel, which is perhaps the citys most famous.
Vienna is a pleasant place to visit any time of year. I also recommend combining a visit with a tour of nearby Bratislava, Slovakia, and Budapest.
From the 2009 Smart Luxury Awards issue of Shermans Travel magazine.