Austrians Ida Steixner and Lena Krampf are the designers behind the youthful fashion label Meshit. They were brought together by their shared love of experimental fashion and have received numerous awards since Meshit was launched three years ago, including Designer of the Year at the 2013 Vienna Awards for Fashion and Lifestyle. The Vienna-based duo share their insiders’ tips with Hannah Lewis.
‘We both like WoodWood because it sells labels that you can’t buy anywhere else in Vienna. Comerc has the best selection for jeans. For second-hand clothes one of the Humana stores, or Polyklamott. We also go to flea markets – there are so many here! Suppito is very good for healthy take-away soups.
‘Sapa has great Vietnamese food and a Parisian bakery with the best tarts. 10er Marie is a typical heuriger (wine tavern) with traditional Austrian dishes. The Bangkok makes authentic curries. No 27 is a Chinese restaurant with real Chinese dishes. The pizzas at Pizzeria Riva have an authentic Italian taste.
‘Our favourite local cafés and bars include Café Urania, Prückl, Alt Wien, Café Engländer and Malipop as they are places where you can experience traditional Viennese coffee culture. There’s also Café Kafka, Dommayer, Schikaneder, Café Europa and the many branches of Café Aida.
‘When friends are visiting, we love to take them to the Steinhofgründe or Jubiläumswarte because these are places that are really nice and they see a side of Vienna where tourists usually don’t go. We also go to the Museumsquartier as there’s always something going on, or to the Naschmarkt: it’s a great place where you can find lots of different restaurants and different people. It’s always busy on Saturdays.
‘For a good walk, go from Naschmarkt to the Museumsquartier, through the park between Kunsthistorisches Museum (Historical Arts Museum) and Naturhistorische Museum (Natural History Museum), along Heldenplatz and Michaelaplatz, or just through the alleys in the inner city.
‘The views over the city from the Gloriette in Schönbrunn and from the riesenrad (ferris wheel) are amazing.
‘One of the best-kept secrets in Vienna is Café Sperlhof in the second district. It’s an old café, and there are different board games all over the place which are great to play in a group. Also Sundays at Krieau Trabrennbahn which is an old racecourse but which is still in operation.
‘Our latest discovery is the area around our atelier in the fifth district. We never really went there, but now we have our atelier and shop there we both really like the surrounding area.
‘Good art places include Secession, MUMOK, 21erHaus and Kunsthalle. There are also lots of small galleries, for example, Ve.Sch and Inoperable.
‘Exploring the city by bike is great because you see much more than if you’re sitting in the metro. And you should really go to one of the traditional Viennese cafés. Also, we recommend a würschtlstand (hot dog stall) at night, such as the one at the U6 metro station at Josephstädter Strasse or at Gürtel where you will meet a lot of funny people.’
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