With the city’s cafe and restaurant gardens now open and warm days upon us, we know you can’t wait to get out there meeting friends in one of the many beautiful Schanigärten around the city.
We’ve done our research and put together a list of Schanigärten that get a whole lot of sun, and we’ve even told you when the best time to catch some rays at them is. Check out these 18 super sunny Schanigärten in Vienna for spring sun rays:
(PS – we’ve included the official closing times of each food and drink spot, however keep in mind that some of them have different opening times due to Covid-19 restrictions, so be sure to check their social channels)
Where else can you enjoy your ham & eggs on a terrace of a floating ship with a beautiful view over the Donaukanal? Motto am Fluss is one of the favourites amongst breakfast-goers, and the sun hitting the deck in the morning may have something to do with this fact.
Best time of day for sunshine: morning is when the sun hits the deck perfectly
Where: Treitlstraße 2, 1040
SAT & SUN: 10am–2am
Head for Heuer if you´re looking for some good wine a bit of sunshine. Set on an island floating amidst a intersection of roads, its garden is beloved for summer evening drinks.
Best time of day for sunshine: you´ll find it hard to catch sun in the morning so come by from midday until sunset for best results.
Where: Alser Straße 4, 1090
Treat yourself to a Wiener Schnitzel, or just grab yourself a beer amidst the green glory of this Schanigarten inside the campus of the Uni Wien.
Best time of day for sunshine: depending where you sit in their huge garden, you’ll be able to catch sun from open until close…well, we mean until it gets dark.
Cafe Landtmann is a Vienna classic when it comes to coffeehouses. Order a coffee in the sun from one of their suited up waiters, and maybe add an Apfelstrudel to the whole dreamy experience.
Best time of day for sunshine: visit in the afternoon to get the best portion of sun.
Where: Meiselstraße 2, 1150 Wien
Café Z is one of our favourites in the 15th. This retro cafe serves up great coffee, delicious crepês for a light snack, and a pleasant atmosphere.
Best time of day for sunshine: soak up some sun here in the afternoon and enjoy the vibe.
Where: Barnabitengasse 10, 1060
MON-THU: 4pm–2am; FRI: 4pm–4am
SAT: 2pm–4am ; SUN: 2pm–12am
Ammutson is a great place to grab some sun and then sip at some a craft beer you most probably haven’t tried before. This place changes its beers on tap as often as our intern changes his sexual partners. That’s right – that often. Ammutson prides itself on being independent and only stocks beers from super small breweries. Plus, it’s set on an idyllic cobblestone street in the 6th district.
Best time of day for sunshine: mid-afternoon is now your official beer-o-clock if you want to catch the sun at Ammutson.
Where: Karmelitermarkt 25-29, 1020
Tewa serves up no-fuss cafe fair food (think wraps, sandwiches, etc.) in amidst the hustle and bustle of the Karmelitermarkt. They’ve got a huge alfresco garden that wraps around the cafe.
Best time of day for sunshine: you can catch sunlight here all day long.
Where: Stubenring 20, 1010
SAT, SUN: 6pm–1am
This Caribbean-flavoured cocktail bar and restaurant on the ring wrapping around the old city offers a huuuge range of drinks. Plus, they also have some quality food.
Best time of day for sunshine: Catch the sun by noon and enjoy the smell of spring with a Chelada in your hand.
Where: Ausstellungsstraße 63, 1020
The Karma Food eateries have been popping up all over the city in recent years, and we’re damn glad about it. The healthy food eateries are veerrrryy pleasant places to grab lunch, or a coffee (their baristas know what they’re doing and are using specialty coffee beans). The 2nd district version of Karma Food is set in a nice little garden across from the Wien Messe area. If you’re a WU student, or are working in the area, this is a solid sunny option for lunch.
Best time of day for sunshine: the afternoon sees rays of sunshine hit this garden.
Where: Museumsquartier, 1070
Biosk gets a whole courtyard in the MQ to itself, and this courtyard is usually full of kids running around, and the sound of fun happening. That might have something to do with the children’s theater Dschungel being based in the same square. This means Biosk is popular with the young family crowd in spring and summer. But even if you don’t have kids, don’t hesitate to turn up here for a morning coffee, when the sun is in prime position for Biosk.
Best time of day for sunshine: turn up for a morning coffee, or an early afternoon drink to get the best rays of sun at Biosk
Where: Museumsquartier, 1070
MON–WED, SUN & Public holidays: 9am–1am
THU, FRI, SAT: 9am-2am
The alfresco garden at MQ Daily is probably the best asset of this cafe. It serves up a decent coffee and light bites (we’d recommend the Affogato).
Best time of day for sunshine: it is blessed with sun throughout the day until the sun drops behind the MQ buildings in the late afternoon.
Where: Franziskanerpl. 3, 1010
Kleines cafe is a favourite amongst those who hold a special place in their hearts for Bohemian cafes. It also is a go-to spot for many who are floating around the 1st district and in the mood for a sunny Schanigarten. The cobblestone square its based on is as idyllic as it gets in Vienna.
Best time of day for sunshine: morning and early afternoon sees the sun land nicely on the Kleines Cafe garden.
Where: Payergasse 12, 1160
MON, WED–SUN: 9am–12am
Inspired by the Mexican artist, the colourful Cafe Frida is a great option at anytime of day. Its breakfasts are original and tasty, and same goes for its lunch options, plus its a lively place at night.
Best time of day for sunshine: the sun hits Cafe Frida like a dream in the morning and afternoon.
Where: Sankt-Ulrichs-Platz 1, 1070
SAT, SUN & Public holidays: closed
The alfresco garden at the cosmopolitan cafe, Ulrich, had a huge part to play in its rapid rise to cafe-greats in Vienna. Set on a cobblestone square, in the shadow of an fancy-looking church, Ulrich has everything going for it in terms of Schanigärten.
Best time of day for sunshine: the morning – definitely the morning
Where: Burggarten 1, 1010
The palm and fern filled cafe set in an old greenhouse, Palmenhaus, is a legend amongst the Vienna locals – same goes for its garden, which is set in front, with a view overlooking the Burggarten. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Best time of day for sunshine: Palmenhaus is perfect for a sundowner drink, or a bite to eat in the afternoon, if your looking to do these things with sun on your face
Where: Burggasse 57, 1070
SAT & SUN: 10am–1am
The retro cafe, the living legend, Cafe Espresso, has a sweet little garden propped up on the street throughout the warmer months. Cafe Espresso is always a good idea, no matter what time of the day.
Best time of day for sunshine: the early morning sees Cafe Espresso’s garden get a good dose of sun. Meanwhile, the late afternoon sees a beautiful stream of sun shining down the street.
Where: Karmelitermarkt 21-24, 1020 Wien
This is probably one of the cutest, tiny cafes in Vienna. And as it’s located in a prime position at the Karmelitermarkt, it’s got one awesome Schanigarten.
Best time of day for sunshine: you can get sunshine all day long at Cafemima.
Where: Praterstraße 19, 1020
Ok, we’re going this far as to say it – Ramasuri has one of the most beautiful Schanigarten in the city. That’s it! It’s out there! But we’re not hyperbolising here. The sun hits it in the morning delightfully, and as it wraps around the cafe, there is not a time throughout the day when you won’t catch a seat in the sun at Ramasuri. PS – their breakfast is worth getting out of bed for.
Best time of day for sunshine: all day long, however the absolute best time is during the morning