Vienna Insights: Locals Share their Favorites II

Viennese artists, curators and gallerists share their favorite spots in the city. Part II with artist Jakob Lena Knebl, mumok curator Marianne Dobner, the designers of Kids of the Diaspora and gallerist Sophie Tappeiner.

Jakob Lena Knebl © Georg Kargl Fine Arts

Jakob Lena Knebl, Artist

1. What do you particularly appreciate about your city?

I appreciate the history of Red Vienna, and the fact that this still has a significant influence on urban development today—and makes Vienna one of the world’s most liveable cities. I also love Viennese humor, from Hoizpyjama (local dialect for “coffin”) to Duttlkraxn (a silly name for a bra). I am still drawn to the flea market at the Naschmarkt on Saturdays, though I think it’s a huge mistake that more and more market stalls are giving way to cheap and soulless souvenir shops.

2. Where do you like to go out to eat?

I like Mama Liu & Sons, the Brazilian restaurant Carioca, and Waldviertlerhof.

3. What’s your favorite art or cultural venue in the city?

I appreciate it in its entirety and diversity.

4. Where do you go to relax?

I am extremely lucky to have a Prateratelier and the accompanying possibility to relax in the park.

5. What is the most surprising place you’ve discovered in Vienna?

Whenever I walk into streets I don’t yet know, I’m surprised.

6. Can you share any insider tips?

I keep them to myself—so that they can remain secret!

© Marianne Dobner

Marianne Dobner, Curator at mumok

1. What do you particularly appreciate about your city?

After many years abroad, I simply can’t deny it anymore: Vienna has the highest quality of life par excellence. Having friends and family in the same city is also an enormous luxury that I appreciate more and more.

2. Where do you like to go out to eat?

One of my absolute favorite restaurants is Eyal Shani’s Seven North. At lunchtime I like to go to Mari’s Metcha Matcha or Wrenkh. An absolute insider tip for excellent Austrian cuisine is the restaurant Gastwirtschaft Blauensteiner.

3. What’s your favorite art or cultural venue in the city?

mumok, of course! I also appreciate the program of the Secession, and particularly enjoy a tour of young Viennese galleries, such as Gianni Manhattan, Felix Gaudlitz, Sophie Tappeiner, Croy Nielsen, EXILE, or Vin Vin—to name but a few.

4. Where do you go to relax?

One of the most relaxing places is next to my balcony—the small café POC “People on Caffeine”. Besides enjoying the best coffee in Vienna, you can spend some time in a lovely garden with a good book.

5. What is the most surprising place you’ve discovered in Vienna?

That would probably be the wax model collection of the Josephinum. Not to be missed!

6. Can you share any insider tips?

For a good drink, head to the bar Tür7. A trip up into the sky with a breathtaking view over Vienna is always worthwhile.

Kids of the Diaspora @ Marko Mestrovic

Leni Charles and Cherrelle, Founders of fashion brand Kids of the Diaspora

1. What do you particularly appreciate about your city?

The exploding trees! No, kidding aside, Vienna is the best place you can always return to. Besides, the Black Lives Matter movement has shown how many allies there are in the city.

2. Where do you like to go out to eat?

We like Plain. It’s Black-owned, and has a lively atmosphere in addition to the vegan cuisine it serves.

3. What’s your favorite art or cultural venue in the city?

That would be the Kunsthalle Wien, the Vienna State Opera, and Porgy & Bess.

4. Where do you go to relax?

Our favorite café is Propeller—a dusty old pub that’s been transformed an into a bright and beautiful place. They know exactly what you want to order, even before you do yourself.

5. What is the most surprising place you’ve discovered in Vienna?

The Korea Kulturhaus in the 22nd District was completely new for us. We love the outdoor area so much. The atmosphere is so peaceful there.

6. Can you share any insider tips?

Our younger sister Selina is a tour guide, and has shown us many new sides of Vienna on her tour. 1o1 (One of One) is a refreshing place that really surprises in its architectural details—not to mention in its “St. Charles” cocktail fusions. The Kulturpark Oberlaa is a place that not many people know, except for locals who live nearby and enjoy their weekends there.

© Sophie Tappeiner

Sophie Tappeiner, gallerist

1. What do you particularly appreciate about your city?

The city has a lot to offer culturally, and you can get to the countryside very quickly. I also appreciate the quality of life here.

2. Where do you like to go out to eat?

Vienna has many great places to eat: at lunchtime I really like to go to the Japanese restaurant Ganko, right across from my gallery. I enjoy Viennese cuisine, and I particularly like to go to Zur Herknerin or to the Wirtshaus Wolf. I am also a fan of Restaurant Kommod—a real gem.

3. What’s your favorite art or cultural venue in the city?

If I had to choose an institution, it would be the Secession. They have an excellent program. But also spaces like Kevin Space, Pina and School, among many other initiatives, contribute a lot to making Vienna more visible to the international community.

4. What is the most surprising place you’ve discovered in Vienna?

Angelika Loderer, an artist I represent, showed me that there are organic fields in the middle of Vienna. This year, I have a self-harvest plot there, where I grow various vegetables. Out in the field I regularly meet with artist friends. As someone who has lived in cities all their life, it is a fascinating experience to take care of plants, and to watch how everything blooms and thrives. Angelika has also initiated the collaborative project “Foster”.

5. Can you share any insider tips?

For visitors to Vienna? Take a day trip to the Wachau during the warmer months.