Ulrich

Vienna is not only famous for its coffee culture but also its “brunch” culture. The charm of ordering your breakfast at 3 in the afternoon and not feeling in any way guilty about it is one of the small perks you get when you live here. Shortly after I have returned to Vienna, I turned back to an old-time favorite and mainly “Ulrich” so today I decided to tell you a little bit more about this awesome hidden gem, hugged tight between the small streets of the 7th district.

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For the times you are feeling sad

Okay, this is maybe a little bit more personal, but, hey, who hasn’t been through something bad in their life and wanted to wind off! I sure have been. Whether it is being homesick, going through a heartbreak or just being disappointed, there are tough times in life and we have to find a way to handle them. Here are some of my tips and methods how to deal with those days when you just feel everything läuft schief.

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Gourmet/ Feinkost in Vienna: Part 2 Julius Meinl

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Who hasn’t heard of Julius Meinl, the great coffee brand that you can get almost everywhere in Vienna? Their name is a synonym for tradition, quality, and great taste but they offer even more than that. When I first came to Vienna, I was constantly seeing people walking around the city center with bright orange paper bags coming out of their brand store/ café. At first, I thought that tourists were stocking up on endless supplies of delicious Julius Meinl coffee, until the moment I saw old Viennese ladies coming out of the store, walking with small doggies on a leash and carrying bags full of purchases.  Read more

Gourmet/ Feinkost in Vienna Part 1: Merkur Hoher Markt

A friend of mine once complained of the lack of gourmet choices of food in Vienna. Since me and my friends live in the central districts and we do not own cars, most of the time we shop at the Billa around the corner. That is what probably explains the relatively narrow choices of cheese (apart from President) and the fact that there are not that many non-traditional items to be found. However, such a perfect city like Vienna cannot be left without foie gras and truffles, can it? So today I am going to share with you three places in Vienna where you can find the perfect addition to your fridge, suitable for even those with the finest tastes.

Merkur am Hoher Markt

 

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Surviving the heat in Vienna

Well, summer is upon us and guess what – it’s again 30 degrees (sometimes even more). Now, before I begin I want to put a disclaimer here and say that I am not a fan of hot weather. I am not one of those people who cannot wait for the sun to shine to throw away all my clothes and run half-naked around with flip-flops and sweating in the heat.

I like cool/ semi-cold weather and I like to have a cardigan on. Period! So much for that. If you felt addressed, you can imagine the hard time I am having in an amazing city where ACs are as rare as a dodo bird. Over time I have found some little tricks and places which make the summer here a tiny bit more pleasant.

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Fidelio for the 4th time!

On Friday I had the chance to go and see Fidelio at the Vienna state opera for the 3rd time already. The first time I have seen the opera was in Volksoper back in 2015. I was pleasantly surprised with the amazing performance of Peter Seiffert and Camilla Nylund. If you are not familiar with the opera life in Vienna this is one of the most loved operas that the Viennese have the pleasure to see. As you can imagine the room is always full and at the end of each aria you would always hear the loud “Bravo!” and why not accompanied by a whistle or two. Every time I have been at the Vienna state opera for this performance it is the same procedure.

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Eugen Onegin

It has been a long time since I had some spare time to enjoy an opera, but I planned last night for a while now so I would not miss it. One of my very favorite composers is Tchaikovsky, however, I enjoy opera more than anything else, so when I know one of his operas is coming up on the program I cannot skip it.

Eugen Onegin is an opera, which tells Pushkin‘s story in a more reverse way. As a contrast to the famous novel, in the opera, the audience is able to see Tatjana’s  perspective instead of Onegin’s. If you haven’t read the novel I’ll just tell you in a few sentences what is it about.

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(Anna Netrebko as Tatjana)

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Viennese Coffee Culture

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “Vienna”? Opera? Yes, that for sure is no surprise, but there is also one other thing that the Viennese are particularly proud of and that is their coffee culture. It is literally everywhere and every self-respecting citizen of Vienna takes their time for a cup of coffee at least once per week.

Even if I don’t have the time for this ritual every day, I do my best to indulge a cup of coffee over the weekend in one of those cozy cafés. As difficult as it may be to believe sometimes I enjoy a cup of coffee more than a rich breakfast/ brunch just because it is not that time consuming, plus, here they really know what a good coffee is.

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Ostermarkt – Freyung

The spring is now on full blast and everyone is out either sunbathing, eating ice cream or just taking a walk enjoying the warm, sunny weather. Well, since I don’t want to differ too much from the common crowd I decided to use my Saturday to walk around the city. This is one of my favorite hobbies and in this sense I sometimes feel like Charles Dickens – the ultimate rambler. But you know what – you have to know your city in order to love it. Now it has been almost three years since I live in Vienna and there are so many magical places to discover.

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La Mercerie

You know how some days just start horribly and you think the whole day is ruined. Well today was a day like that. However, it was not completely ruined after all! A nice cup of flavorful coffee and really good food can always help to make things a bit better.

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