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Your ultimate guide on what to do this weekend in Vienna! All you have to do is decide on your mood, and start planning your weekend. There's 21 awesome events to enjoy below:



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Shopping in the moonlight
Mondscheinbazar – Wiener Nachtflohmarkt

When: SAT, January 7, 5pm–11pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei, Ottakringer Platz 1, 1160
Entry: €3 (free for kids under 12)

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This Saturday, the first event to be hanging out in the Ottakringer Brauerei in the new year with the much loved ‘Mondschein Bazar.  There will be many stalls in amongst the industrial setting selling second hand goods, and also there will be food trucks and music for you to enjoy.

Recommended if you like: upmarket flea markets, moonshine, food trucks, music, drinking while shopping, industrial settings
 

Indonesian Brunch Sunday
Lazy Sunday Indonesischer Benefizbrunch fürs NUU

When: SUN, January 8, 12pm–4pm
Where: Galerie Werkstatt Nuu, Wilhelm Exnergasse 15/2, 1090
Brunch: 15€/person (excl. beverages)
Reservations only, reserve your spot here 

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Galerie Werkstatt Nuu in the 9th is hosting a special fundraiser event this Sunday that will have you eating a bunch of delicious Indonesian dishes. Pay once, eat as much as you can from the buffet while enjoying a comfy Sunday afternoon with friends and strangers!

On the menu: Soto Mie (vegetarian noodle soup), jasmine rice, pesmol (fish with ginger sauce), rendang (beef dish with curry), lotek (salad with peanut butter), bolu tape & pisang (manioc and banana cake)

Recommended if you like: trying something new, Indonesian cuisine, lazy Sundays spent eating a lot, helping and good cause events, traditional homemade food, traveling to Aisa



Learn how to draw nudes
Aktzeichnen @ Mike’s Werkstatt

When: SUN, January 8, 7:30pm
Where: Mike’s Werkstatt, Rasumofskygasse 24, 1030
Participation: 6€

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The small atelier-theatre-curiosity-bazaar-shop in the 3rd district, is offering a weekly nude drawing class every Sunday, starting this weekend, so bring your stack of paper and bags full of crayons and join in on a comfy evening of art, nakedness and togetherness.

Plus: Coffee, tea and wine will be offered!

Recommended if you like: artsy-fartsy evenings, meeting and mingling, showing off your nude drawing skills, the beauty of the human body 








Myrrh, incense and downtempo
Heimliche drei Könige

When: FRI, January 6, 11:30pm–6am
Where: Fluc_Wanne, Praterstern 5, 1020
 
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Heimlich have pulled together another great line-up this Friday, so slap on your kingly robes, and head down to the grungy Fluc to get your bobbing on. Here's a taste:



Recommended if you like: downtempo, incense, fankinsence, myrrh, three kings, Targarrions, dragons, riding the great grass sea 
 

Dancing on Rainbows
Das Candy Land Rave zum Goldenen Einhorn

When: SAT, January 7, 11pm–6am
Where: Flex, Augartenbrücke, 1010
Entry: €10 < 12am > €13

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Flex are helping you forget 2016 this Saturday by inviting you to candy land, where you can cover yourself in glitter, look for some kind of strapable abendage or simply mount your unicorn horn on your head and get on down to a candy land of raving.



Recommended if you like: the candy man, pink fluffy unicorns, raves, dancing on rainbows, 90s rave, techno, progressive psytrance
 

It's your party and you can party if you want to
BIRTHDAY BÄSH

When: SAT, January 7, 11pm–6am
Where: Club/Bar Auslage, Lerchenfelder Gürtel 43, 1160
Entry: €8

 VW WTD 170107 Birtdhay Bash

Birthdays – the best reason to avoid the January Dryathalon, and with two of Auslage’s very own celebrating birthdays this Saturday, it would be rude not to celebrate with them.

Recommended if you like: other people's birthdays, birthdays, large dj line ups, people in their birthday suits



Ladies Night
Femtrails X Lenia X Terror + Martina

When: SAT, January 7, 11pm–4am
Where: Elektro Gönner, Mariahilfer Straße, 101/1, 1060
Free entry!

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This Saturday, Elektro Gönner is putting on their monthly ‘Ladies night’, and not the type with loads of sleazy men waiting to get in, but the kind of party that promotes Viennas best female djs. This event has been thrown together by the Solidarity Sisters.

Recommended if you like: solidarity, femtrails, female Djs, free entry, free stuff, clubbing in intimate locations
  

Battle Royale
Fantastic 5

When: SAT, January 7, 11pm–6am
Where: Grelle Forelle, Spittelauer Lände 12, 1090
Entry: guest list until 2am €5, €10 normal

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Getting the quintet together is never easy, so when the team from the quality DJ collectives, Stadtpark and Do Easy are in the same place, you should probably attend. This Saturday is one of those rare occasions, so get down there and get loopy.



Recommended if you like: Dj—offs, modul loop, fishes, swimming with the fishes (or dancing, you know whatever), nipples on ice
 

Don’t let them corrupt you (too much) 
Panama Platten

When: SAT, January 7, 9pm–5am
Where: Fluc + Fluc Wanne, Praterstern 5, 1020

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With a dash of synth pop and a twist of Italian disco, Panama Platten promises to take you leisurely on a journey this Saturday. They also promise pretty vinyl, party and corruption.



Recommended if you like: party, corruption, being corrupted by good looking people, Italian disco, synth pop, fluc, parties in dark places, being under a road, stormtroopers
 

Join the Kult
Kult! w/ Max Vaahs

When: FRI, January 6, 11pm–6am
Where: SASS Music Club, Karlsplatz 1, 1010
Entry: €10

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Get sassy this Friday with the electronic beats of Germany’s Max Vaah and co. And while you wait for them, John Motherf*ckin Weltreise will surely take you on a journey, beforehand.



Recommended if you like: 1st district clubs, electronic, electric cool aid, German DJs, kults, funky electronic, wanderlust, travelling



Ze' German DJs are good, ya! 

P O L Y A M O R – pre opening w/ Sascha Braemer (DE)

When: FRI, January 6, 11pm–6am
Where: Pratersauna, Waldsteingartenstraße 135, 1020
Entry: €10 (if you post hashtagpolyamor on the facebook group), €12 otherwise

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Poly Amor is opening soon and to get you in the mood, they are throwing a (couple) of pre-opening parties. What is Poly Amor, jewellery, we think. Whatever it is, it is sure to be lovely, and somewhat mysterious. And the German DJ on board is fantastic. 

Recommended if you like: opening parties, mysteries, surprises, saunas, scented snow balls, sasha braemer, German DJs
 

  
Don’t be 'threat'ened – just party
Love is Strange Night – "Ana Threat" live

When: FRI, January 6, 9pm–4am
Where: AU, Brunnengasse 76, 1160
Entry: pay as you wish

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Club AU, is proud to have Ana Threat this Friday, and they invite you to join them to meet lovely strangers, or a strange lover, maybe even both.

Recommended if you like: love is Strange, Strangers, Lovers, getting a head start in the search for a valentines date, feeling threatened
 

Umbrella, ella, ella

2000s Club: Remember 2007?

When: SAT, January 7, 9pm–6am
Where: The Loft, Lerchenfeldergürtel 37, 1160
Entry: €1/5/6/7

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You remember 2007, right? Being younger, free-r, single…r? Well, whether you were ‘chasing cars’ or dancing under some ‘big girls tears’ with an ‘umbrella ella ella,’ the loft will have the tunes for you… and they are bound to crank it.

Recommended if you like: remembering your younger sluttier days (we do), pretending to be a student again (or just still being one), Delilah, plain white t’s, dolphins







New Year, New opening
Eröffnungsfeier Kulturzentrum "Flucht nach Vorn"

When: SAT, January 7, 4pm–10pm
Where: Reindorfgasse 38, 1150
Free entry! (limited places available for the film screening so reserve!)

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The team from ‘Flucht nach Vorn’ have managed to get their hands on a space to make a cultural center, and they're inviting you to its opening this Saturday. With an Iranian directed film screening and live Afghani music, this is a cultural event not to be missed. 

Recommended if you like: culture, good causes, oriental music, Iran, Iranian films, Afghani music, helping children
 

Phone home – I’ll be home late
35 Jahre E.T. – Special-Screening & Party

When: FRI, January 6, 8:30pm–4am
Where: Gartenbaukino, Parkring 12, 1010
Entry: €8

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To celebrate 35 years of E.T., Gartenbaukino are doing a special viewing of the classic 90ies movie this Friday, and if that isn’t enough, they are also throwing an 80s themed party afterwards where everything is acceptable (maybe).

Recommended if you like: phoning home, bikes with baskets, glowing, red hoodies, fancy dress, the 90ies, Stranger Things
 

 
Party for a good cause
Terra Varietas Benefizkonzert

When: FRI, January 6, 7pm–6am
Where: Kramladen, U-Bahnbogen 39–40, Lerchenfeldergürtel, 1080
Entry: pre-sale €8, on the night €10

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Terra Varietas is a charity with a focus on children and youths, specifically in Africa, so help them make a difference this Friday as the pull out all the stops for a night. With live acts ranging from singe/ songwriters to reggae rock as well as DJs – there is enough to keep everyone interested.

Recommended if you like: good causes, charity concerts, live music, reggae/rock, ska, techno, world techno house, dub mcdubface, future beat and trap








Bitter end
Digital Stone Age

When: FRI, January 6, 7pm–10pm
Where: Jan Arnold Gallery, Museums Quartier Electric Avenue, Museumsplatz 1, 1070
 
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Talented musicians and artists with names like Voodoo Juergens and Clemens Denk will be coming together in a funky little art gallery within the MQ this Friday night. They’ll be part of a exhibit being thrown by a small label based in Vienna publishing indie comic books and lo-fi tapes. 

Recommended if you like: niche events, trying something different, reading comic books, when art leaves its native setting



An artistic film experience

In Love WITH FILM #1 – Distruktur | Filmesperformance

When: SAT, January 7, 6pm–11pm (performance starts at 7pm)
Where: filmkoop Wien, Wickenburggasse 15, 1080 

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The Brazilien duo Distruktur; Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn, started making films together in 1999, and have since been part of Berlinale, Torino, Moscow IFF and Videobrasil, and have gone beyond conceiving and producing moving images. The duo does an all-round production; playing the role of actors, musicians and lab technicians, as well as taking care of all the post-production of their films. This Saturday the artists can be found at Filmkoop Wien for a creative explosion.

Recommended if you like: films, artistic things, mind blowing performances, things that trigger your senses, creative explosions



Legendary film-stils, framed.
Film-Stills – Fotografien zwischen Werbung, Kunst und Kino


When: FRI–SUN, January 6–8 (goes until February 26)
Where: Albertina Museum, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010

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What are the most legendary film stills to date? That picture of a smiling Marilyn Monroe in her billowing dress? James Stewart in Rear Window? In total, 130 film stills focusing on Pictorialism, Expressionism, and Art Nouveau are in the spotlight at Albertina at their current exhibition. Through January and February, the exhibition will also be screening films and giving talks on the subject. See the schedule, here.

Recommended if you like:
iconic works, 20th century culture, cinematography, dreaming of Romance like you saw it at Breakfast at Tiffany's, standing above subway ventilators, waiting for love instead of going on Tinder








Create your own poster
MAK Design Kids: Buchstaben in Bewegung

When: SAT, January 7, 2pm–4pm
Where: MAK, Stubenring 5, 1010
Participation: 8€, reservations only!
8–12 years

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MAK’s current exhibition 100 Beste Plakate 15, featuring the best posters from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, will be part of a workshop for kids this Saturday. Give your small ones a chance to get to know the rules of creating a poster and the relationship between text and pictures so they can become mini graphic designers!

Plus: Bring an object, that you like! (max. 30x30x30cm)

Recommended if you like: graphic design and other arts, workshops that entertain your kids for a while, learning something new, creative kids  



Geeking out
Die Aha- Tour


When: FRI, January 6, 11am–12pm
Where: Technisches Museum, Mariahilfer Straße 212, 1140
Entry: 4,50€, for kids from the ages 8–12

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photo by Daniel Zupanc

The one hour science geek tour teaches you all about cool experiemental tricks and the great scientific minds of the world and their 'aha!' moments. Be inspired by knowledge! Who knows, maybe you will be the next great inventor?

Recommended if you like: geeking out, Seth Cohen from The O.C, nerds, spending hours trying to teach your parent stuff they'll never understand
If you’re yet to ride the froth and beans of the so-called third wave of coffee, you might want to have a chat with Charles Fürth, owner of the coffee artisan cafe in the 7th district, Fürth coffee. After we did, we left, with a new life philosophy (along with a slight coffee high):

Life’s too short for bad coffee.

“Coffee found me.”

Charles is explaining his choice to work with the brown bean. After 20 years of ad film production, these beans – and the artisan movement surrounding them – accidentely become his new purpose in life after he stumbled across others who looked at the making of coffee like a science, and were also passionate about directly supporting coffee bean farmers with the fair trade practices that come with the third wave.

This led to him dedicating three years to perfecting his barista skills and know-how in the coffee art in England. It was worth it. He now makes one of the best coffees in the city.

'If you want to sell your product, you need authenticity – you have to be 100% convinced by it yourself.'
'There’s no room for bullshitting with coffee.'

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After setting up a roast house in mid-2012 on a farm in Göttelsbrunn – a small town shy of Vienna – Charles moved into his shop in Kirchengasse, late 2013. 

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Aromas of the roast fill the cafe/shop with its polished concrete floor and simple layout – the focus is on the coffee more than the comfort.

While sitting on a couch sipping on some coffee, the wood fire oven burning away, you can watch the staff package the beans into branded bags and float around in the brown hole (a black hole made of coffee) of this coffee-verse. There's also the other typical coffee paraphenalia in stock for the coffee nerds.

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Charles sources his beans directly from three different suppliers in Guatemala, Peru and the rest of the world via England, and an organic one from Holland.  

The menu has a vast selection of coffee, coffee and … you guessed it … more coffee. 

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“You won’t find any food here. It’s not a Kaffeehaus. We serve specialty coffee only,' Charles tells us.
'It’s like a ‘vinothek’ for coffee.'
And while selling his beans to a broad base of loyal coffee lovers who turn up daily for a cup of the Fürth brew, he also sells his beans to restaurants and bars.

However, it's tough work as a small-time coffee producer to convince cafes to use your beans, according to Charles, as the appreciation for artisan coffee is not yet fully there in Vienna. But, things are changing.

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“Things are changing. Viennese people are seemingly opening up to this new world of coffee and they seem to start valuing it like they value their wine.”

If Fürth cofffee was wine, we'd be alcoholics.

“Brazilian waxing is the professional removal of body hair of the pubic area by use of hot wax.” - So it’s not just ridding yourself of the hair growing out of the left and right side of your undies – the so-called bikini area – no! It’s everything! The whole shebang! Ripped from your body by the warm hands of a strong woman with a knowing smile on her face. Sound painful? It’s excruciating!

So why do it? Well, your nether regions will feel as soft as a baby’s bum afterwards. And what better thing in summer than to not have to worry about having groin sideburns appearing at the end of the day at the pool in your bikini.

If you’re worried about ‘down there’ looking like a 6-year-old, or resembling a naked mole rat, don’t worry - there are different styles to choose from. Here’s a handy glossary:

+ Brazilian Landing Strip (so planes can land on your pubic bone)
+ Brazilian Triangle (an arrow marking the path to the fun parts)
+ Brazilian Hollywood (naked mole rat)
+ Brazilian Special (a heart, a circle, maybe a lightning bolt?)
+ Brazilian Hollywood Man (bald eggs and sausage)
+ Brazilian Man (bald eggs, sausage with salad on top)
+ Buttcrack (included/excluded, depending on studio, but highly recommended!)

So, men do it too? They sure do. My waxing lady told me a story of a guy that had the whole Brazilian done the day before – scared out of his mind when he walked in, beaming with satisfaction as he walked out.

So here’s my first time in words plus a short list of recommended places for Brazilian Waxing in Vienna: 

MY FIRST BRAZILIAN WAX...

I’ve never done it. Always wanted to. To avoid the troublesome and all too frequent shave for a while longer than usual. So this year, I pushed myself to endure the inconvenience of letting my pubic hair grow 5–10mm long – which is probably the most torturous part of the whole experience – and lay the fate of my fun parts in the hands of a woman with an unwavering glare, who ensures me that after years of experience, she knows what she’s doing.

I trust her. I strip down my pants and underwear and lie on the comfy lounger under a bright fluorescent lamp, bracing myself for what’s to come. Surprisingly, I’m quite fearless and relaxed, almost a little excited. Though I have to add that I have a high tolerance for pain! If you’re not so tough and wince at the thought of ripping off a band aid, I highly recommend you steer clear of waxing studios.

My Depiladora – yes, that’s a word and yes, it’s a job title – starts chatting me up from the beginning and doesn’t stop throughout the whole procedure.

It makes me love her a little. The way she takes care of me. I laugh most of the time, hearing stories about her dog and how her cigarettes burn down before she even takes a single drag because she talks so much. Before I know it, her warm and soothing hands and voice have helped me through the worst part – the upper area of the outer labium, where there’s bone underneath. For a moment my heart stops and I let out a tiny – eep!

But that’s about the worst of it. She redoes a few areas, but the pain is weak compared to the first rip. She removes a few stubborn hairs with a tweezer - totally focused while talking and laughing. She takes pride in her work – a perfectionist. No hair will escape her. A final turn for the backside … done.

Ta-da! Smooth, with a reddish glow. It’s a promise of something great. And it does feel as soft as a baby’s bum – a Brazilian baby of course. I can’t stop stroking myself.

All in all, the worst thing was letting my hair grow long – how very inconvenient, especially in summer. The pain was fierce but absolutely endurable. It passes very quickly and you immediately forget about it. Me and my Depiladora developed quite a strong bond for the short time she happened to be in my life. We’d been through shit together! We'd seen things!

I leave Biberstrasse as a beaver-free Brazilian … well, done there anyway.

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Where to get your brazilian way done in Vienna …

WAX IN THE CITY
Where: Biberstraße 3, 1010 / Siebensterngasse 48,
1070
Opening Hours: Mon–Thu 11am–8pm, Fri 10am–8pm, Sat 10am–5pm
Women/Men

Wax in the city is a waxing only studio. You can get rid of any annoying hair growth anywhere on your body. Armpits, eyebrows, cheeks, chin, belly or toes. Reading through their list, you discover body parts you never even knew were hairy regions.

It’s a walk-in studio, so you don’t need an appointment. It’s very neat and clean, still makes you feel very comfortable. We’re interested in the Brazilian part, they offer four different styles for women, and two for men.

The lady at the desk was rude (and is infamous for it) but the lady waxing me was outstanding!

Prices (*including buttcrack, **excluding buttcrack)
Brazilian Hollywood Cut*: 30 €
Brazilian Landing Strip*: 30 €
Brazilian Triangle* 30 €
Brazilian Special*: 36 €
Brazilian Hollywood Man**: 39 €
Brazilian Man**: 33 €  





SINE SINE
Where: Neutorgasse 11, 1010 & Schubertring 9–11/Christinengasse 2, 1010
Opening Hours: Mon–Wed 10am–7pm, Thu–Fri 10am–8pm, Sat 10 am–3pm
Women/Men

Apart from offering all common styles of Brazilian Waxing, this studio also offers “sugaring”, a method that uses a special house-made sugar paste that is a little more expensive but more suitable for people with delicate skin. At Sine Sine you have to make an appointment beforehand, but usually you won’t have to wait very long. The interior is very modern and fresh, thereby appealing and comfortable.

Prices (*including buttcrack)
Brazilian Hollywood Cut*: 30 € / 37 €
Brazilian Landing Strip*: 30 € / 37 €
Brazilian Triangle* 30 € / 37 €
Brazilian Hollywood Man: 40 € / 53 €
Brazilian Hollywood Man*: 53 € / 69 €  





SENZERA
Where: Alserstraße 43,
1080
Opening Hours: Mon–Wed 10am–7pm, Thu–Fri 10am–8pm, Sat: 10am–5pm
Women/Men

Senzera in Vienna’s 8th district offers normal waxing and sugaring of all parts of the body for men and women as well as manicure and pedicure treatments. You can arrange appointments online. With 19 € for a Brazilian Waxing, it’s one of the cheapest options in all of Vienna. They also offer a student discount. The studio and treatment rooms are very clean and state of the art.

Prices:
Bikini brazilian: 19 € / 30 €
Bikini american: 18 € / 30 €
Bikini complete: 31 € / 46 € Men: 35 € / 58 €





BEAUTY HOME WIEN
Where: Aegidigasse 20, 1060
Opening Hours: appointment only
Women/Men

Beauty Home Wien is a Waxing studio specialised in Sugar waxing in Vienna’s 6th district. It’s a little cheaper than the other sugar waxing studios. Leyla Idowu is a specialist for Sugaring and will treat men and women with years of experience. There are also more conventional waxing options in addition to the Brazilian Wax.

Prices Sugaring (excluding buttcrack)
Brazilian Hollywood Cut: 35 €
Brazilian Landing Strip: 30 €
Brazilian Man: 45 €
Buttcrack Women: 5–10 €
Buttcrack Men: 10–15 €





LA BONITA
Where: Schelleingasse 2,
1040
Opening Hours: Mon–Thu 9am–7pm, Fri 9am–8pm, Sat 10am–5pm
Women/Men

La Bonita is not only a waxing studio but more of a day spa that offers a wide range of treatments for the whole body like massages, cosmetic treatments, manicure, pedicure and also hair removal. Their specials are Total Waxing / Waxing Flat Rate (whole body) as well as the Brazilian Crystal that uses Swarovski crystals to decorate the newly hairless parts (extra 10 €).

Prices:  
Brazilian Waxing: 29 € (bikini: 19 €, buttcrack: 16 €)
Sugaring: 40 € (bikini: 26 €, buttcrack: 30 €)
Specials Total Waxing (Brazilian, Legs, Arms, armpit): 90 € (sugaring 145 €)
Waxing Flat Rate (whole body): 120 € (sugaring: 190 €)





KAMM2CUT/WAX DICH SCHÖN
Where: Brünnerstraße 190/L3, 1210
Opening Hours: Mon closed, Tue 9am–6pm, Wed–Thu 9am–6.30pm, Fri 9am–7.30pm, Sat 9am–3pm
Women/Men

Kamm2cut is a hairdresser/waxing/mani-pedi/cosmetic studio in Vienna’s 21st district. They offer less expensive than the average studio waxing treatments (the usual Brazilian styles) for women and men. The interior is modern and inviting, and they’re very professional. So if you happen to not live in one of Vienna’s central districts, it’s a great option.

Prices (*incl. buttcrack):
Brazilian Tanga: 16 €
Brazilian Hollywood*: 28 €
Brazilian Strip*: 25 €
Brazilian Triangle*: 25 €
Brazilian Hollywood Man*: 36 €
Brazilian Strip Man*: 30 €





KULTIVIERT (1ST MALE SALON IN VIENNA)
Where: Renngasse 13, 1010
Opening Hours: only with appointment
Men (Saturday is lady’s day, Friday is mixed day)

Most of Vienna’s 500 beauty salons and waxing studios offer their treatments for men as well. However, Vienna’s first male beauty salon “Kultiviert” in Vienna’s 1st district specialises in beauty treatments for the modern man not too shy to give his body some TLC (Tender love and care). The prices for waxing are moderate, especially as men’s treatments are often more expensive. We also like the fact that you can also be shaved with a disposable razor for 2,50 €.

Prices:
Brazilian Waxing: 28 €
Halawa (special sugar paste): 27 €

Our Sofie has a serious addiction to coffee. But who can blame her having grown up in this city. She walked out of her home one day in Vienna's third district and went in search for the city’s best Kleiner Brauner ...

Vienna Würstelstand’s Sofie put together a list of her favourite coffee shops around town, reviewing and rating them by their serving of Kleiner Brauner. She then wrapped it up nicely in this neat little map, adding a more detailed review on every mentioned café.

When i first met coffee, he looked like light brown milk.

About half a litre in a see-through glass with a lot of foam on top and some sugar inside to hide the taste that the milk couldn’t yet disguise. Yes, I admit it. That’s how I started drinking coffee – as some kind of pseudo grown-up cocoa. But that was also the start of a lifelong and very intimate relationship. As the years flew by, the need for sugar subsided as the amount of milk steadily decreased. Coffee’s pure flavour claimed its permanent place in my heart. So, a Kleiner Brauner became my daily caffeine dosage. Hot, steaming black coffee with a squirt of milk to top it all off and make my insides hum.

Vienna’s coffee culture is famous, or so they say. I too frequent traditional Viennese Kaffeehäuser regularly. But to me, their charming cosiness often forgoes a lack in taste and quality of their served coffee. So even though I'm Viennese through and through, I bear no shame in ordering my coffee from the less-traditional cafes from around the city. Life is too short for bad coffee! Unlike most people, I’m desperate for coffee, but good coffee! For coffee that caresses my tongue and strokes my insides, making my eyes beam and forcing a bite of the lip and a sigh of contentment.

And all is fair in love and coffee.

So, enough rambling. Here’s my first Kleiner Brauner tour as part of my quest to find the city's best, complete with detailed reviews and how much they cost ...  


Landstein 
Where: Landstraßer Hauptstraße 132, 1030
Kleiner Brauner: € 2,20
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One of my favourite hangouts just across the street from my place. Here they serve heart-warming coffee, made with love and time! No rush here. And you can taste it.

Atmosphere:   (when I come here, I stay)
Taste:   (above average)
Value for money:   (lovely price, lovely coffee)
Service:  (the waiters take their time which has a calming effect)
Should I stay or should I go? Both are pleasant for this location.



Café Le Bol  
Where: Neuer Markt 14, 1010
Kleiner Brauner: € 2,70
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The coffee is served in a bowl and everybody sits together in the middle of the room around a huge table. Need I say more? I just love the French. They can serve me anything with their lovely susurration of a language. Et un éclair, s’il vous plaît. Ah, pas de problème, merci!

Atmosphere:  (très magnifique)
Taste:  (fantastique)
Value for money:   (1st district price, but good quality)
Service:  (lovely French speaking women)
Should I stay or should I go? No takeaway here, but you won't want to leave anyway.  



Labstelle  
Where: Lugeck 6, 1010
Kleiner Brauner: € 2,40
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Labstelle’s comfy atmosphere and their exceptionally neat ceramic cups totally fit their serving of quality coffee. You’ll want to sit here all afternoon, squeezing the cup’s “ear” between your thumb and index finger and slurping down your hot liquid gold.

Atmosphere:  (comfy)
Taste:  (above average)
Value for money:  (average, but fine for a 1st district)
Service:  (nice, attentive, good looking)
Should I stay or should I go? No takeaway here so stick around.
Plus: their wonderfully green backyard patio/passageway!!



Kaffeeküche
Where: Schottentor 8, 1010 (in the underground arcade of the metro station 'Schottentor-Universitat')
Kleiner Brauner: € 2,20
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Kaffeeküche charms you with its asthetic neatness and good-looking young baristas. You also can grab one of the best brioches in town with your coffee. Whenever I happen to walk by, I am sure to jump in line!
Atmosphere:  (neat but noisy and overcrowded in the underground Schottentor arcade)
Taste:  (above average coffee 'to go' One of the best in town we'd say)
Value for money:  (average)
Service:  (friendly, young, good looking)
Should I stay or should I go? We would recommend getting you coffee to go. Only limited standing space around two high table.
Plus: Don’t forget your brioche!    



Joseph Genuss  
Where: Landstraßer Haupstraße 4, 1030
Kleiner Brauner: € 2,30
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After the initial joy about the opening of Josephs Brot in my street, my excitement about the cheap and good coffee didn’t. I like staying here for a while when it’s not too crowded and taking a break from the day. So I find myself coming here more often for the atmosphere than for the taste of their coffee.

Atmosphere:  (not too cosy but charming in its own way)
Taste:  (a little disappointing, but it depends on the Barista)
Value for money:  (neat prize, taste is not fully convincing me)
Service:  (overly friendly and charmingly good looking)
Should I stay or should I go? They do takeaway coffee but we would recommend sticking around.
Plus: Interior design and staff boast charming good looks!    



Espresso Mobil
 
Kleiner Brauner: € 2,30
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These guys are like the batman of coffee! When in desperate for a coffee; When the caffeine cravings are too much and you're in the middle of nowhere (e. g. in the midst of Stadtpark), they're always there. I rejoice if I happen to run into the Espresso Mobil. They serve a quality coffee at the most unexpected places around town.

Atmosphere:   (depending on where you find it)
Taste:  (average)
Value for money:  (can’t be faulted)
Service:  (couldn’t complain)
Should I stay or should I go? Only option is to go
Plus: I can sit down on the next bench in Stadtpark (where the Espresso Mobil can be found)  



Das Radetzky Kaffeebar
 
 
Where: Radetzkystrasse 13, 1030
Kleiner Brauner: € 2,30
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Relatively new, this café charms you with its 70s style and cosy furniture. The coffee is good in quality and taste. If I happen to be close by, I hop in. And try not to fall asleep on their very comfortable chairs.

Atmosphere:   (funky and cosy)
Taste:  (average)
Value for money:  (ok)
Service:  (nice people)
Should I stay or should I go?: Stick around or get it to go
Plus: The neat 70's furniture    



Café Prückel 
Where: Stubenring 24, 1010
Kleiner Brauner: € 2,80
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Ok, so I will throw in there one traditional coffeehouse - I love Café Prückel. But their coffee is definitely not their drawcard. And unfortunately the price is ridiculous. I’ll still visit again. Because because … it’s Café Prückel

Atmosphere:  (I could stay all day)
Taste:   (not my taste, at least)
Value for money:  (expensive)
Service:  (typical Viennese iciness)
Should I stay or should I go: Stay for a day
Plus: you can sit there for hours, only have one coffee and they will serve you water every now and then (or did I just look so desperate they felt sorry for me …)    



Café Heiner 
Where: Wollzeile 9, 1010
Kleiner Brauner: € 2,70
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This one’s for Mama! Another traditional Viennese Kaffeehaus in the 1st district. They often lured me in as a child, offering a huge selection of vegetable shaped marzipan. Every now and then, my mother and I stop by for a Kleiner Brauner and Brötchen.

Atmosphere:  (awakens the warmest childhood memories)
Taste:  (I prefer others)
Value for money:  (expensive and could taste a lot better)
Service:  (surprisingly nice, but a little stressed)
Should I stay or should I go? stick around
Plus: They have chairs from Vienna’s most famous chair maker, Thonet, and flowery ceramic tableware!

Sabrina, a young Viennese woman turns her dream into a wonder. Or Wunderladen, to be correct. We visited her café/fashion concept store blend to get a taste of her cozy and innoventive concept. Ever tried on sunglasses while waiting for your coffee?

Upon entering Wunderladen, I’m immediately drawn to the retro couch/bed hybrid in the middle of the room. It possesses a coziness that not only invites you to sit on it, but drown in its cushions. My eyes water. Too bad there’s another girl occupying it. Instead of plotting on how to get her off, I manage to tear my gaze away from the said magical object and spot the counter, housing cakes and cookies in glass cases, nicely presented and seemingly ready to be tasted - now my mouth is watering.

   

Sabrina, the owner of Wunderladen Modecafe in Vienna’s 4th district (right behind Karlskirche) is standing behind the counter with a broad smile. The young woman emits a certain vibe that’s the stuff of fulfilled dreams. This shop is her baby. She started it from scratch and rebuilt it herself in only three weeks. New floors, new walls, a selection of subtle retro furnishings strictly arranged to blend.

“When my mum closed her internet shop, I saw the opportunity to quit my job as a flight attendant and open my own café right here in this place,“ she says happily.

But this place is not only for those craving coffee and cake. Sabrina’s shop also sells young Austrian designers’ clothes and accessories on what we call a indie fashion fair trade basis.

“I don’t buy the items, I sell them on a commission basis, keeping a percentage of the revenue. It is also a great opportunity for the designers, because they save the money for shop or sales stand rental.”

I totally agree. Many Austrian fashion designers fail to receive the attention they deserve. Wunderladen offers their creations a home.



The coupling of coffee and clothes brings a unique dynamic to the interaction that goes on in the place. People come here for various reasons – a coffee and piece of cake, to sink into comfy cushions and chat the day away, to drink an Aperol Spritzer in front of the shop in the warm light of dusk after work; to browse the neat array of clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories, sunglasses or the big trunk full of second hand fashion. Or even just to admire the delicious breakfast cookie in its glass jar, as an elderly man on a bike did while I was there.

It all plays out before me while I’m there – A group of three girls chat and order a second round of Rosenspritzer (the bestseller of the shop Sabrina tells me); Two girls splayed all over the sofa study with books and notepads; A young guy stops by for a quick espresso; Two women hunt for new shoes. The blend of people here is as unique as Wunderladen’s concept.