I really love the Yppenplatz. I feel at home there, and in a way its the Vienna that seems the most familiar and likeable to me. Maybe because it reminds me of my time at NYU in 1994 before the East Village became so trendy or of my time in Berlin where Turkish culture is such a well integrated part of Prenzlauer Berg and the city in general. I dont really know but I love what the area around the Yppenplatz has to offer. The long outside market , which is much cooler than the Naschmarkt, and less frequented by the tourists. Never mind its not overpriced and swamped with people who think that they are important and want to be seen around but actually by the people who like to get a good deal on fresh veggies, herbs and much more. Did you know that the Brunnenmarkt (thats how the market is called) is the longest outside street market in all of Europe? But I also like the farmers market which happens once a week on Saturday and all these little and really cool cafes and restaurants . The owners and operators, so it seems and feels must be people who want to do things differently, and with a back bone of integrity and authenticty. Usually I fav the two DO-AN places, one of which is a fish restaurtant with excellent fish and wines but a bit pricy. The DO-AN cafe serves excellent breakfast and coffee and I really enjoy going there too. This time, I tried the Rasouli place, and I was taken away by the excellence of choices especially for someone who does not eat meat. Its all cooked right in front of your eyes, and it tasted super good. I will return there many times, and hope that they stick aorund for a very long time. They fit perfectly in the the so called "Soho" of Vienna.
Here are some infos on them:
They are open Tuesday and Friday 9.30 - midnight
Saturdays from 9am to midnight
Sundays from 9:30 to 6pm. Adress: Payergasse 12, 1160 Wien | Tel. 01 403 13 47 | firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rasouli.at