Now that the sun is shining and the Viennese are smiling, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite streets for strolling, shopping and eating.
Praterstrasse from Taborstrasse to Tempelgasse - There are numerous great restaurants in this section of Praterstrasse, which is quite close to the city center. In particular, Ramasuri and Cafe Ansari are great choices for breakfast/brunch. I happen to love Balthasar Kaffee Bar further up the road. Das Loft on the top of the S/O Hotel has one of the best views of the city.
The Danube Canal (Donaukanal) from Aspernbrücke to Augartenbrücke - I mean actually down on the canal (which is often mistaken for the Danube itself). This is a pedestrian quayside filled with bars, restaurants and graffiti art. Good sunshine in the late afternoon, making it a popular place to sit with a few beers, dangling your feet over the canal. I can recommend Neni am Wasser for food. Be sure to have a look at Otto Wagner's Schützenhaus. A photographer's dream spot.
Servitengasse between Berggasse and Grünentorgasse - This street is the heart of an area referred to as Little Paris. La Mercerie anchors the street which is then filled with cute shops and restaurants, ending at a lovely little church.
Kutschkermarkt between Schulgasse and Währinger Strasse - The last remaining market street in Vienna, filled with shops and restaurants. Best visited on Saturday.
Gutenberggasse, Spittelbergasse and Schrankgasse - These three streets comprise Spittelberg, probably the most quaint area of Vienna that looks like a small village essentially in the city center. Colorful buildings house art galleries and several good restaurants, like Amerlingbeisl, are hidden inside courtyards.