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Petar Petrov: My Vienna


The Ukraine-born designer has given Austrian fashion a boost, blending his laid-back simplicity with well-groomed couture. He tells Paulina Szmydke about his favourite Vienna venues  

Paulina Szmydke ,

What’s best about your neighbourhood?
The Naschmarkt. You can find food from all over the world and mingle with a truly multicultural crowd. Every Saturday there is a flea market, selling the most remarkable objects.

If money were no object where would you live?
I would commute between Vienna and New York.

What’s your favourite street in Vienna?
Weihburggasse. A very old and calm street, with lots of great antique shops and nice restaurants. I love the Kleines Café.

Do you have a favourite place for breakfast or dinner?
For breakfast, Café Jelinek on Otto-Bauer Gasse – an authentic Viennese place off the tourist trail, where you can sit for hours and read the newspaper. For dinner, I recommend Una Abraham on Burggasse.

Where do you go for a drink with friends?
The Loos Bar, right off Kärntner Strasse. It has the best cocktails.

Any recommendations for Austrian foods to try?
Wiener schnitzel and Bohemian cuisine.

Which places sum up Vienna for you?
Cafe Hawelka on Dorotheergasse. If you’re lucky the owner, Leopold Hawelka – who will be 100 next year – will welcome you personally and help the ladies out of their coats. Drop by after 5pm for some sweet dumplings called buchteln, baked according to an original recipe by the owner’s mother-in-law. 

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
To a heuriger on the outskirts of Vienna, a traditional tavern that has home-grown wine and a great view over the city. 

What do you think is the best museum in town?
Mumok, the modern-art museum, in Museumsplatz.

Your favourite clothes and accessories stores?
Liska on Graben, Song on Praterstrasse and the concept store Park on Mondscheingasse.

What can’t you live without?
My friends and the legendary Vienna charm.

Any advice for visitors?
The Opera, the Prater, and Café Demel on Kohlmarkt for the best Sachertorte in town.

Can you recommend a good hotel in Vienna?
Hotel Altstadt on Kirchengasse, a pleasant four-star hotel with good service.

Tell us a secret.
Come to Vienna and you’ll find plenty of those.

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