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The Black-owned businesses in Vienna that you need to check out now

The healthy-schmealthy restaurant ‘Plain’

Plain is one of the hippest restaurants in the 9th district and it’s all about healthy and tasty food.

The owner, Austrian soccer player Rubin Okotie, knows for sure how to keep fit and healthy, and at his restaurant PLAIN, he’s offering up “his” kinda’ lifestyle to his guests.

Together with his wife Vanessa, he runs the place and has chefs serve up salads, bowls, vegan burgers and all kinds of superfood-packed dishes.

While it’s closed for now like the rest of Vienna’s gastronomy, you can order PLAIN’s delicious dishes via the food delivery app, Lieferando.

Vienna’s coolest law firm

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Patrick Onyemaechi Kainz is probably one of Vienna’s hippest lawyers. After working for different top notch law firms and government bodies for more than ten years, he founded his own law firm in 2019 and called it Law and Beyond.

And if that isn’t enough, he’s also recently become a TikTok star. Cool, right?

The newest (and one of the most exciting) pop-up restaurants in town, ‘Dampha Kitchen’

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Khalifa Dampha, who we recently interviewed for our series, ‘The Ausländer project,’ is the mastermind behind ‘Dampha Kitchen,’ a Gambian and Spanish fusion pop-up restaurant.

During the pandemic, Khalifa decided to launch a Gambian and Spanish fusion pop-up kitchen.

On weekends, he’s renting a kitchen space and taking orders via Instagram DMs.

People are loving the food and chances are high that after this whole Corona sh** is over, his dream of opening his own restaurant will come true. 

The movement “Kids of the Diaspora”

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Kids of the Diaspora is a fashion label and movement that was founded by Leni Charles, a talented Vienna-based art director.

She, and her co-founder Cherrellone (who is a bad ass casting director for movies, TV shows and commercials) wanted to create a label that embraces all cultures and give people the freedom to belong to a community of like-minded people.

They describe their label Kids of the Diaspora as more than just a brand – for them, it’s rather a mentality. A mentality that we are really fond of. 

The colourful Villa Vida cafe

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Villa Vida was opened as a Queer Community Cafe in 2019 by Denise Van De Cruze and the talented chef, Margaret Carter.

The cafe is known for being a safe place for everyone, for their amazing food and, of course, the crazy cool Queen’s Brunch.

If you’ve ever been to this brunch that comes with a performance, you know how much fun it is. Villa Vida is definitely one of the coolest places in Vienna that we will visit as soon as their doors are open again.

The fashion label “DistancebyO”

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Another cool fashion brand that definitely earns a mention is “DistancebyO.” The label was created with the aim to bring African fashion to Austria.

They recently had a pop-up going on and we hope they’ll be doing one again very, very soon. 

The influencer and advertising agency “Follow Austria” 

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True You Founder, Ilja Jay Lawal, also has his own influencer marketing agency called, “Follow Austria”.

He and his team are real influencer experts and know their business very well. They’ve done campaigns for Toyota, Millenium City, and many more. 

The authentic Ethiopian Restaurant in the 9th district

Best African Restaurants in Vienna
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The Ethiopian restaurant in the 9th district is a family-run place that is known for their traditional Ethiopian dishes served by their talented chef, Tewabech.

Whatever you select out of their menu, it will all get your taste buds tingling, with stuff like sourdough flatbread, lentil stews, hearty meat dishes and some flavourful vegan dishes in the mix. While all things are closed at the moment, you can order from Ethiopian Restaurant via Mjam and have their delicious creations delivered right to your doorstep.

The club with crazy cool character, Na Nang

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Na Nang Club is a multicultural club in the 17th district where you can find (normally) all kinds of different people from all over the world hanging out.

The club is owned by DJ Taff and is a place where everyone who loves Black culture is welcome.

As soon as the pandemic is under control, spend a night out in this club, dance to some Reggae, Dancehall music, or some live act, and we have no doubt you’ll be dancing most of the night.

The fashion brand ‘Hand Made Story’

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Barbara Alli, the founder of “Hand Made Story by Barbara Alli” was born in Ghana, grew up in Nigeria and now lives in Vienna.

She creates designs for European-African goods and fashion and produces most of her pieces by hand (how cool is that?!).

She buys her fabrics directly from markets in and around her hometown in Africa to support the locals.

Not to mention her designs are very, very (and we mean very) cool.

The hair salon ‘Cynthia’s Hair Couture’

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Cynthia’s Hair Couture is a hair salon located in the 3rd district. The owner, Cynthia Ngoy, and her team do haircuts for women, men and kids.

They’re specialised in dreadlocks, weaves and cornrows.

Check out their Instagram page to see the really cool stuff they’re doing. And while you’re at it, book an appointment with them as we’ve always imagined cornrows would look awesome on you. 

The Ethiopian Restaurant, Lalibela

Lalibela is a holy city and a pilgrimage destination in Ethiopia. The same can be said about the Ethiopian restaurant in the middle of Vienna — at least for food pilgrims.

If you haven’t feasted at Lalibela in the 18th district as of yet, you better get on it.  It is a family-owned kind of place and the family that run it are some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met in Vienna. Check out our article about Lalibela if you’re wondering what’s in the menu.

By calling +43 664 8700351 or +43 664 8655393 you can get your food delivered daily from 12pm to 9pm. 

The stationery and greeting card online shop Cre8iveLeigh

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Leigh-Anne moved from London to Vienna eight years ago. Recently, she founded her own online shop “Cre8iveLeigh” where she sells invitations, greeting cards and stationery for all types of events and everyday use.

Being sustainable is important to her, that’s why she only uses paper that is CO2 neutral. So, for the next party (yes, there will be one!) check out her website to get some invitations or party accessories!

The cool sport club Go4it Sports that teaches kids English while keeping them active

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Alonzo Barrett is the founder of Go4it Sports. The football pro has been running the sports club for more than ten years now and they’ve hosted numerous camps across Europe and are also doing a program that is called “English with sports”.

Kids in local schools and kindergartens get to know the English language a bit better while being active. Sounds really good, huh?

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