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New restaurants in Vienna that every foodie should visit

Vienna's culinary and restaurant scene has bloomed in recent years, with a wider variety of genres on offer than ever before.

New restaurants in Vienna that every foodie should visit
Some of the food on offer at Habibi & Hawara.

For our foodie readers, here is an overview of the latest movers and shakers on the capital’s restaurant scene.

Blue Mustard 
Dorotheergasse 6-8, 1010 Vienna, www.bluemustard.at
Blue Mustard opened in June 2016 in a prime city centre location, right next to the pedestrianised Graben shopping street. By day its Airstream trailer serves up street food and coffee to go, and at nights the restaurant and bar open up. The food is cosmopolitan with menu highlights flitting between Vienna, Naples, Paris and Tokyo. The bar also serves smaller snacks. 

Art
Falkestrasse 5, 1010 Vienna, www.artdinnerclub.com
Also in the first district, the focus at Art is on low carb, low fat and low sugar food. Beautifully mixed cocktails bring out the flavours of each dish. The head chef and the barkeeper work together to ensure that their “food & cocktail pairing” approach hits the spot every time. Inside, the uncluttered interior is brought to life by works created by international artists.

Habibi & Hawara
Wipplingerstrasse 29, 1010 Vienna, http://habibi.at
Meaning “friend” in Arabic and Viennese dialect, this new arrival on Wipplingerstrasse in the first district, is run by refugees and Viennese chefs. The outcome is Austro-oriental fusion cuisine, with set menus available at lunch time and an à la carte family menu consisting of several courses in the evenings. There are also places to sit outside in the restaurant’s sunny ‘Schanigarten’.

Chuchù
Wipplingerstrasse 21, 1010 Vienna, www.chuchu.at
A few doors down from Habibi & Hawara, Chuchù concentrates on contemporary Latin American and Caribbean styles of cuisine with a hint of the Far East. Described by one reviewer as a “taste explosion”, it only opened in July so is very fresh on the scene. Delicious cocktails are also available from the bar in the evenings.

Ramasuri
Praterstrasse 19, 1020 Vienna, www.ramasuri.at
On Praterstrasse, now a culinary hotspot in its own right, Ramasuri has set up shop in a 19th century palace. The new restaurant in the second district took a fresh look at Viennese cuisine, and added a long overdue selection of vegan alternatives for its patrons to enjoy in the sidewalk café in front of the Johann Nepomuk Nestroy memorial. It also has great breakfast/brunch options, many of them suitable for vegans or vegetarians.

Grace
Grace, Danhausergasse 3, 1040 Vienna, www.grace-restaurant.at
On the other side of town, the fourth district welcomes new arrival Grace. Oliver Lucas, former sous chef at the two-Michelin-starred Steirereck, serves first class creative cuisine in a laid-back Gasthaus setting. With a set menu of four courses costing 48 (rising to 66 for six or 84 for eight courses), it is perfect for a fancier occasion rather than everyday nosh.

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‘Bad-tempered locals’: Vienna ranked the world’s ‘unfriendliest city’

Foreigners in Vienna say the city offers excellent health and transport benefits but has an exceptionally unfriendly population.

'Bad-tempered locals': Vienna ranked the world's 'unfriendliest city'

The Spanish port city of Valencia is the most popular city among international employees this year, followed by Dubai and Mexico City, according to the “Expat City Ranking 2022” by Internations, a network for people who live and work abroad.

The ranking is based on the annual Expat Insider study, in which almost 12,000 employees worldwide participated this year. The report offers insights into the quality of life, settling in, working, personal finances and the “Expat Basics” index, which covers digital infrastructure, administrative matters, housing and language.

Vienna ranks 27th out of 50 cities in this year’s ranking. Although it scores very well in terms of quality of life, many expats find it difficult to settle in and make friends in the Austrian capital.

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Vienna ranks last in the Ease of Settling In Index and also in the Local Friendliness Subcategory. 

Nearly half the respondents in the city (46 percent) say that people are unfriendly towards foreign residents (vs 18 percent globally), and 43 percent rate the general friendliness of the population negatively (vs 17 percent globally). 

An Australian immigrant told Internations they were unhappy with the seemingly “bad tempered locals”, while a survey respondent from the UK said they struggled to get along with the “conservative Austrians” in Vienna.

Unsurprisingly, more than half of the expats in Vienna (54 percent) find it challenging to make friends with the locals (vs 37 percent globally). Moreover, around one-third (32 percent) are unhappy with their social life (vs 26 percent globally), and 27 percent do not have a personal support system in Vienna (vs 24 percent globally). 

“I really dislike the grumpiness and the unfriendliness,” said an immigrant from Sweden.

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In the Quality of Life Index, Vienna snagged first place last year, but it reached only seventh place this year. In terms of administrative matters such as getting a visa for residence, Vienna is only 38th, and the federal capital also scores poorly for cashless payment options (42nd).

Where does Vienna shine?

The Austrian city ranked particularly well in categories including Travel and Transit (first place) and Health and Well-being (second place). International employees rated the availability, cost and quality of medical care as particularly good.

“I like how much you can do here and how easy it is to get around by public transport,” said an expat from the US. 

In addition, Vienna is not particularly expensive and ranks ninth worldwide in the personal finance index. 

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Vienna ranks 26th out of 50 cities in the Working Abroad Index. Sixty-eight percent of expats rate their job as secure, and two-thirds rate their work-life balance positively – compared to 59 percent and 62 percent globally. However, 23 percent of respondents are dissatisfied with their career opportunities, and a third feel that the corporate culture in Vienna lacks creativity and unconventional thinking.

In the “Expat Basics” index, international employees consider housing in Vienna particularly affordable (9th). In addition, eight out of ten find it easy to open a local bank account (vs 64 percent worldwide).

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