10 of Vienna's most beautiful hidden restaurant and café gardens

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10 of Vienna’s most beautiful hidden restaurant and café gardens you can escape to

Sometimes, you’ll be walking along the street in Vienna and hear the sounds of glasses and cutlery clanging, and the murmur of a crowd of people chatting, laughing, and enjoying life, but you won’t be able to see where it’s coming from.

Behind some seemingly normal-looking buildings in Vienna are hidden restaurant and café gardens – this is the source of the sounds of good times. Unique to this city, these inner courtyard oases in the city provide a green, shady escape of calm.

Here are 10 idyllic hidden restaurant and café gardens to escape to in Vienna:

Amerling Beisl – Hidden gardens

An old favourite amongst the locals, the Amerling Beisl’s courtyard garden possesses a special intimate character.

Tucked away off of a cobblestone street in the 7th district, once you walk through the arched entrance, your heart rate drops to a calm murmur, similar to that coming from the tables of people at this popular summer ‘beisl’ (German for ‘pub’, although this is nothing like a pub).

© Café Diglas im Schottenstift

© Café Diglas im Schottenstift

Café Diglas im Schottenstift – Hidden gardens

MON–FRI: 7.30am–10pm
SAT–SUN: 9:30am–10pm


Café Diglas on Schottengasse may look like just another traditional Viennese coffeehouse in the first district, but when you walk through the café to the back, well, you’ll be in for a surprise! Awaiting you is a huge green oasis of a garden from the coffeehouse where you’re surrounded by chestnut trees.

Hildebrandt Café – Hidden gardens

This café inside the Volkskundemuseum in the 8th disctrict’s got a charming interior, but what we love even more is its beautiful, hidden al fresco garden set out back in the inner courtyard.

This one’s truly made for fairytales and a great breakfast spot to linger for hours over a weekend brunch (or weekday breakfast), but you gotta’ reserve well in advance, or you may miss out.

Pizzeria da Filippo – Hidden gardens

Pizzeria da Filippo is one of the best tapas places in the city with a holiday-feeling garden out back.  And yes, it is really called “pizzeria” to confuse ya’ll a little.

Within a typical setting you’d see in Spain – a white-walled, massive courtyard, filled with big groups of people, floored with gravel, red and white table clothes – is like another world which one could easily walk by every day along Thaliastrasse, without knowing it exists.

Das Jetzt – Hidden gardens

SUN & MON: 6pm–1am
TUE-THUR: 6pm-2.30am
FRI & SAT: 6pm–4am
SUN: 6pm–2am


Known as Café Jetzt, or simply ‘Das Jetzt’, this location in the 17th district is one of those places that qualifies as a second living room where you’ll instantly feel at home.

Stepping into the garden’s intriguing labyrinth of a layout, a blast of 90’s nostalgia hits you when you first spot the psychedelic silkscreen posters by Frank Kozik, allegedly the owner’s favourite artist.

Hotel am Brillantengrund – Hidden gardens

Hiding in the retro setting of the Hotel am Brillantengrund lies some of the best Pinoy (Filipino) vegan food being cooked up this side of the equator.

In between the canary yellow walls and super sweet looking flowers of the Hotel am Brillantengrund’s courtyard, the food and beautiful setting has locals going for a holiday for a lunch break or dinner at this hipster hotel.

Gergely’s – Hidden gardens

TUE–SAT: 6pm–1am
SUN & MON: closed


Gergely’s could be considered an insider’s tip amongst those mad for meat in town. Hidden away, down a cobblestone side street in the 5th district, some of the juiciest cuts are being sizzled up.

There are two things that we really love about this place – besides the knife-cuts-into-it-like-butter steaks – the charming and shady garden hidden in the cobblestone courtyard out the back, and the affordable prices.

Weinstube Josefstadt – Hidden gardens

The rare inner-city Heurige, Weinstube Josefstadt, is exactly what it says on the box. And you’ll discover this upon entering this secret little hideaway in Vienna’s 8th district. That is if you manage to find the place.

Look for the lantern outside that you normally see hanging outside of this city’s Heurigen (wine taverns). Cutting through a small walkway, the sound of the city fades behind you as you enter an unexpectedly lush garden.

Garten Café – Hidden gardens

MON–FRI: 9am–6pm
SAT: closed
SUN: 10am–6pm


Garten Café is a place like no other in Vienna, perhaps even the world. With tables and chairs set up in the grass of a shady inner courtyard, this city oasis of a café has an old Vienna charm that can only come naturally.

It has a homey outdoor garden with an unmistakable Austrian flair. The 6th district café looks rather like a little ‘Beisl’ (pub) from the outside, making the garden a true surprise when walking in.

Mi Barrio – Hidden gardens

MON, WED, THUR: 5pm–11pm
TUE: closed
FRI & SAT: 5pm-12am
SUN: 11am–9pm


This is a very special place in Vienna’s 6th district for those that are in love with the cultures and colourful cuisine of Latin America.

The inside has both a modern and rustic look about it, while hidden away out the back, they have a magnificent garden in the courtyard of an apartment block. And it’s normally alive with people dancing Samba, Tango, Salsa, or some other impressive looking Latin American dance.

Restaurant Mill – Hidden gardens

MON–FRI: 3pm–11pm
SAT & SUN: closed


Bulky wooden tables and bench seats scatter the Restaurant Mill’s garden. Nature is taking over this urban space, with ivy climbing all over the walls and places it shouldn’t.

There’s an Asian flair in the look of this restaurant’s garden, which is half inside, half outside. The inside part is set in old stables, turned garages, turned, well, open restaurant dining area. It looks like somebody’s shabby chic living room where plenty of laughs should be had over clinking glasses and cutlery.

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