Local Heroes: Cecilia and Susanna / Veganista

The Altstadt Vienna lies in the middle of the trendy 7th district. Or as others call it: Boboville. Our portraits "local heroes" provide you with an insight of the real Vienna. Experienced by real Viennese. Our neighbours. 



The two sisters talk about washed streets and "dumpling ice cream"


What do you like about this area? Why are you in the 7th district? 

I guess, my sister and I ended up in the 7th district, because it reminds us of our time growing up in Burgenland. If you need help, you will always find a neighbour to support you. You can become friends very easily. That’s quite unusual for a city with 2 million inhabitants. We feel very comfortable here.


Which products are you selling? What is the passion behind it?

At our shop Veganista we sell 100% vegan ice cream. It’s our passion to produce the very best ice cream with the best ingredients. No compromise. And we like to create crazy flavours like our „Best of Austria“- collection of apricot-dumpling-, Germknödel- and Gugelhupf-ice cream! (sorry, no translation possible)    

Word Rap about Vienna:    


Only in Vienna: 

Cecilia: The „Wiener Schmäh“, a certain kind of humor. My husband is from Sweden and every single one of my attempts to explain it to him failed. He will never understand it.


Better somewhere else: 

Cecilia: In Vienna, you sometimes get the impression that you shouldn’t be too successful. I lived in Canada and the US. It’s quite different there, where it is „permitted“ to have success and people are even happy for you. Vienna definitely has to work on that.


Sweet Vienna:

It's in the hood, in Burggasse a good friend runs the „Easy Going Bakery“. We love her vegan cinamon rolls and donuts. 


Hearty Vienna:    

Well, yes, even that is possible in a vegan version. There is a typical Austrian „Heurigen“(wine tavern), the Feuerwehrheurigen Wagner in 19th district, that offers vegan traditional food. 


When it gets dark:   

You should have a drink at Sky Bar in Kärntnerstrasse.  The view from up there is great and you can watch all the dressed-up people. 


Not in any tourist guide:

The Cha No Ma has been an insider tip for quite some time. It is a real Japanese Matcha store that offers the world’s best Matcha Latte. 


Your favorite place: 

It’s again in our hood – my sister and I love „Erich“ in Neustiftgasse. You’ll need some patience to get a table in the outdoor seating area, but it’s worth it. You can reward yourself with the city’s best Gin Gimlet. In the worst case, you can always move on to the big brother „Ulrich“ next to the church. 


You have to see: 

Whenever I come back from a longer trip, I walk through the first district. I love the narrow hidden streets with little shops and cafes. And once in your life, you should do the „Third Man Tour“ in Vienna’s canal system. Absolutely recommendable.    


You can skip although in the guide book: 

Try to avoid tourist traps – way too expensive for bad quality food. Vienna has so many great restaurants, that should be experienced by the visitors. I would also visit the Naschmarkt on any other day than Saturday, where it is very crowded. Instead of booking a bus tour, take the public transport that brings you to all important sights within walking distance. 


What do you love about the city?

I lived in many parts of the world, but nowhere is as beautiful as Vienna. Everytime I come back from a foreign country, the city’s beauty overwhelms me. The buildings, the parks, the stores, the restaurants,...Compared to other big cities, Vienna is very clean and tidy. I think there is no other city where the streets are being washed in the morning. 



Neustiftgasse 23/3

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Mo-Su  11 - 23:00 


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