In case your mail program does not show the newsletter correctly, please click the following link.
Die StadtSpionin
n o v e m b e r 14 | 13. - 19.

Tipps der Stadtspionin


"Heya Girls!"
Same procedure as every year before Christmas: The editorial team is so busy, that I hardly find time to eat. And then, late at night, when I exhaustedly sink into my sofa and turn on the TV for a few minutes – guess, what I watch? Exactly, cooking shows! I guess that’s called vicarious satisfaction ;-) Jamie Oliver, head chefs on rescue operations, cooking duels – I know every single one of them. This is why I am particularly looking forward to the very special “live” cooking duel taking place on Saturday. As part of the Vienna book fair, the publisher Brandstätter invites to a vegetarian international match: The three chefs and authors of a vegetarian cookbook series – Meinrad Neunkirchner (Vegetarian Austria), Stevan Paul (Vegetarian Germany) and Claudio Del Principe (Vegetarian Italy) are competing against each other. The audience tastes the vegetarian dishes, chooses the best one and selects the winner. I don’t really care about who will rake in the award “Best Vegetarian National Cuisine”. As long as I eventually get some decent food again ;-)
Wishing you a Lovely Week
Your CitySpotterGirl
Messe Wien/ Halle D, Trabrennstraße, 1020 Vienna. November 15, 12:00. Day pass 7€. Web
Cover: Brandstätter Verlag
Tipps der Stadtspionin
 Silvia Gattin
Evening of Dinky Delights
Let’s have a quick glance in the dictionary: dinky means small, personal & neat. This is exactly what the same-named shopping event is like. Five hip Viennese artists and designers will offer their goods for sale. Including Fox on the Rocks or Michelle en Vogue  - with gorgeous jewellery highlights. Or Silvia Gattin’s by now legendary Kilim boots and ethno clutches. And since the pre-Christmas happening is taking place in the truly friendly design hotel The Guesthouse, it’s perfectly fine if we can no longer resist. And risk a dinky glance.
The Guesthouse, Führichgasse 10, 1010 Vienna. November 13, 16:00. Free entrance. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Creating a Sandmandala
The most silent event of the week: four Tibetan monks of the Buddhist exile-monastery Ganden Jangste (India) are visiting Vienna at the moment. Their aim is to raise funds for the maintenance of their monastery. For this purpose, they will spend the next three days constructing a sand mandala in Yak + Yeki. Everyone is invited to watch the monks when they millimetre-precisely lay down dyed sand. Creating these delicate art pieces is a kind of mediation for the monks. Once the mandala is completed, they destroy it – and give it as a present to the visitors on Saturday.

Yak + Yeti, Hofmühlgasse 21, 1060 Vienna. November 13-16. Donations are welcome. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Sandra Gilles „on tour“
Yippee, she is back! For a few days, at least. Until 2012, the designer produced the loveliest nightwear of Vienna in her shop-studio. Then she decided to move to Corsica – and left us nightwear-less behind. Now she is back in her home country for a few days and presents the new homewear pieces of her “nuit blanche” collection and accessories (exquisite iPad covers, scarves and sleep masks). She will start her tour in her former boutique in Lindengasse, one week later she will visit the newly designed rooms of the FeineDinge china factory.
Michaela Arl de Lima, Lindengasse 25, 1070 Vienna. November 13-15. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Bosna Quilts
From today on we have the chance to shop and have a look at pretty, colourful quilts. The story behind the art pieces is a touching one: The Bosna Quilt workshop came up in 1993 in a refugee house in Vorarlberg. The Austrian painter Lucia Feinig- Giesinger designs the quilts that are later stitched by Bosnian women. During their life in exile, working was a way to overcome the trauma of war and fleeing. Since 1998, the Bosna Quilt workshop is located in the Bosnian enclave Gorzade, where unemployment rates are still enormously high. The workshop enables 11 women to feed their families.
Interni Toscani contemporary, Lindengasse 28,  1070 Vienna. Vernissage November 14, 19:00. Free entrance. Web 
Tipps der Stadtspionin
 Andreea Sasaran
GoodGoods & Long Night of Design
Katrin Redanitsch and Sofia Podreka are the design office Dottings – and they have their heart on the right place. Together with 9 design teams and 9 protected workshops they manufactured sustainable and incredibly beautiful products for their new label GoodGoods. For example, “Soapdish” – a combination of nail brush and soap dish in cooperation with Blindenwerk, an initiative by the Association of the Blind. Or tremendously stylish baskets (by Madeleine Plass), which can also be used as tables or stools. Or bags by Eva Blut. You can purchase those lovely items online – or tonight during the Long Night of Design (web).
Vienna Design Office, Stilwerk Wien, Praterstraße 1, 1020 Vienna. November 14, 17:00.Free entrance. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Qigong for your eyes
This may be a good piece of advice for super Blondie Daniela Katzenberger who currently is jetting around the world to discover wellness trends for the German TV channel VOX ;-) However, it surely is a worthy tip for Viennese beauties who spend too much time working in front of a screen and strain their eyes. In a 4-hour-session Ilse Priesching presents eight simple but effective exercises to combat eye strain and tired eyelids. She also explains possible causes and counter measures from a TCM perspective. Relaxing massage techniques for neck and shoulders will contribute to your overall wellbeing. Eye-rolling can be so sexy!
Shambhala, Josefstädterstraße 5, 1080 Vienna. November 14, 16:00. 60 €. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
 barbara mandl
Restaurant Day
Spread love! And open the door of your own kitchen! One of the nicest trivialities on Earth is uniting the whole globe today: good food. The idea of the Restaurant Day, a Finnish invention, is that each private person or amateur chef can “open” a restaurant or Café for one day. And serve her favourite dishe(s) either in her own home or in a park or on the top of a mountain. Vienna is participating: Barbara & Birgit from the 8th district, for example, are serving multi-culti love scoops in all variations. FotoK awaits guests with autumn soups and twist bread.
Restaurant Day, different locations throughout Vienna. November 15. Voluntary donations. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
 Christian Schreibmüller
Hip & Hop! The debut of the Viennese rapper in 2011 left no doubt: A new female star in the German-speaking hip-hop scene was born. Since then, she made her way to the CitySpotterGirl’s heart and soul. Yasmin Hafedhs tells thrilling stories with lots of emotion and a healthy sense of social criticism. And her distinctive spoken-word-rap remains likeably self-reflexive. She has just revealed her 5 favourite books to the CitySpotterGirl (web). Tonight she will perform live! As part of the innovative concert series Brutto. 2nd act tonight: Christian Selinger.

brut im Künstlerhaus, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna.
 November 15, 23:00. 5 €. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
 Foto Schuster
Ballet-Workshop with Campina
Aplomb! A la seconde! Ballonne! A simple translation for everyone not speaking ballet: The Viennese ballerina Campina is holding four ballet workshops. For all Black Swans wishing to eventually fulfil their childhood dream, to try on a tutu or to pirouette as delicately as possible. The workshop is for all dancing enthusiasts from 6 to 66, also for absolute beginners! It may be too late for a professional career. But is there a greater pleasure than dreaming about it for one day – and, on the side, improving one’s physical and spiritual posture?
Tanzstudio Manhardt, Neubaugasse 38, 1070 Vienna. November 15, 12:30. 100 €. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Tipps der Stadtspionin
The Pearl Fishers
Bizet composed his first opera at a time when exoticism was en vogue. And this is why his Pecheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) are taking opera fans into foreign music worlds and exotic locations. Today is premiere in Vienna! And in a modern way. Since Lotte de Beer, the creative young Dutchwoman, who won fame for her dynamic production of La Bohème, is directing the play. She freely transfers the Pearl Fishers into the present. And she incorporates the exoticism of that time into the hedonistic TV society’s concepts of democracy.
Theater an der Wien, Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Vienna. November 16, 19:00. 7-145 €. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Film supports refugees
This truly is an unusual flea market! Monika Buttinger, costume designer for a long list of good films, organised a campaign within a minimum of time: She won several renowned film companies over to provide film outfits. And today they can be purchased for a donation! The costumes of Dorfilm, Golden Girls, Novotnyfilm and Aichholzerfilm allow us to fit out ourselves with hip (and unique) new clothes. The proceeds will be donated to the association “Nachbarinnen” which provides young Somali women with health counselling. There’ll also be a buffet.
Kombinat West, Schwendergasse 41, Stiege 2, red side entrance, 1150 Vienna. November 16, 10:00 - 20:00. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Barrel-sliding in the monastery
When was this custom actually born? Nobody knows it exactly (anytime around 1813). However, the annual sliding over a 60,000-litre barrel in honour of Saint Leopold is celebrated in the Klosterneuburg monastery from Thursday till Monday. Tasting the wine of the new vintage in the Babenbergerhalle at Townhall Square is also part of the event. The traditional barrel sliding is an adventure for the young and the old. If you slide over the great barrel in the Binderstadl, all your dreams will come true. Well then, let’s start! All proceeds will be donated to the monastery’s initiative for street children.

Stift Klosterneuburg, 3400 Klosterneuburg. November 13-16. 10:00 - 20:00. 2,50 €. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
 Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Vienna Art Week 2014
Vienna’s largest arts festival is putting life into town! Renowned galleries, cultural institutions and off-spaces are coming up with countless events: exhibition openings, discussions, lectures, performances. The Vienna Art Week starts today and the creative hurly-burly will go on until November 23. Under the motto “Running Minds” our perception of the world is brought into question in an artistic way. A highlight of the festival is the Open Studio Day next Saturday when more than 70 artists open the secret doors of their studios.
Vienna Art Week, different locations throughout Vienna. November 17-23. Programme online.
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Extra-performance: Macondo
Macondo-what? Well hidden between the harbour area of Vienna and the Donauufer motorway, you can find a refugee settlement of the 1950s. Today, 3000 asylum seekers from 20 nations are living there in cramped conditions and cope with a life between two cultures. Hardly any Viennese knows this place! Named after a village of Gabriel García Márquez’ novels, the camp has now become the setting of the award-winning film by Sudabeh Mortezai. Based on a boy’s story, she tells about life in Macondo. Together with the actors she will be present in the Gartenbaukino tonight and discuss with the audience.
Gartenbaukino, Parkring 12 , 1010 Vienna. November 17, 19:00. 8,50 €. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Love yourself and find the right partner
Every Jack has his Jill. As far as Sabine Standenat is concerned, all Jills should first of all rack their brains and ask themselves some fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I like about myself? What makes me special? Only if Jill has got things straightened out with herself, she will be ready for a solid relationship. In her latest lecture, the CitySpotterGirl expert (web) will explain how to love yourself and how to reduce troublesome blocks and relationship patterns. So that you will be ready for Jack in the end!
Cafe Griensteidl, Schauflergasse 2, 1010 Vienna. November 17, 18:30. 10 €. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Mary the Fairy Pop-up Shop in Vienna
Attention: Danger of addiction! Home decorators have already been online shopping the lovely decoration and interior pieces for ages. But now we can experience the Scandinavian lifestyle shop “live” for the first time in Vienna. It is setting up its fairy tale world for one week. Love-at-first-sight-victims are shopping as the whim takes them: stylish vases, cuddly quilts and loads of handmade individual pieces. And those, already fallen for the label, face the unique opportunity to order online. And have their favourite items delivered for free, directly to the pop-up shop.
Mary the Fairy, Schönbrunner Straße 287, 1120 Vienna. November 15-23, Tue-Sat 11:00- 18:00. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Plumage – Wings – Feather-light
You should better be an animal lover for this event! From today on, more than 36 artists will “lend wings” to each other in the relatively new OffSpace in the 6th district. Their common topic: feather-light, weightless, birds – across all art forms, such as paintings, ceramics, jewellery and installations. Visual artist Marion Koy displays symbolic oil paintings on canvas. Christine Nebosis “lays her egg” in the form of an extraordinary ceramic sculpture. And fabrics designer Berit Steffin inspires with textile ease. The a-capella choir “Wiener Gackerei” will perform bird songs.

Krainzigartig, Stumpergasse 38, 1060 
Vienna. November 18, 18:00. Free entrance. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Do you speak housing technology?
Self do, self have! Changing light bulbs is doable. But what if power supply fails or if water in the bathtub does not drain off? Then we ladies might give up. A basic workshop in a caravan will now put an end to this misery. On the one hand, the workshop will equip participants with useful knowledge about household accidents, but it will also – and that’s even more important – teach you how to communicate with plumbers, electricians & Co! Cos they are talking a different language. And communication on an equal basis can work miracles! Not only in your household.
Wohnwagon,  Arnethgasse 42, 1160 Vienna. November 18, 18:30. 10/15 €. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Rocky Horror Show: live
Black straps, tight bodices, dazzling feather boas. The CitySpotterGirl is into that. Already in her youth, she watched the cult musical non-stop. And danced like crazy ;-) In a rundown cinema in Munich at that time. But no need to get nostalgic when thinking of the old times… Richard O’Briens Rocky Horror Show is celebrating its premiere in Vienna tonight. Live! With unabated charm and glam rock power. The musical has enchanted 20 million viewers since its world premiere in 1973. Let’s do the time warp again!
MuseumsQuartier Halle E, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. from November 19, 20:00. 40-60 €. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Sushi & Tempura cooking course
Open your mouth and your eyes! This is not just any cooking course. None other than Masahiro Yamada will be the teacher. Head chef of the Japanese top restaurant Unkai, recently awarded with 2 stars! The jury’s reasoning reads as follows: “At no other place in Austria will you get sushi and sashimi of the same quality.” Today you have the chance to convince yourself, since the master himself is holding a course for the very first time. Ginger champagne and kitchen talks will create a relaxed atmosphere to wring the fish’s neck.
Warendorf Store, Kärntner Ring 9-13, 1010 Vienna. November 19. 18:30. 189 €. Web
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Tipps der Stadtspionin
 Lucien Samaha
1st Digital Cameras
Back to the future! If we want to be in the picture, we snap digitally nowadays. This was different in the 1980s. In the times when the ordinary mortals’ Internet was hissing and photos were sticked in albums, photo pioneer Lucien Smaha already worked digitally. He was one of the first photographers worldwide experimenting in this field. And he tested the visionary cameras in a field experiment at Kodak. The results? An incredible step forward in technology. And the very first digital photos of the 90s: first “digital” kangaroos, love couples & Co. Now you can admire them in an exhibition!

vorAnker, Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna. Till November 30, Wed-Sat 14:00-18:00. Web
Shop of the week 
Tipps der Stadtspionin
the shop around the corner
Since a few days, Vienna has another 1st & 2nd hand boutique. Gigi Stenmo, who has completely dedicated herself to fashion for 25 years, opened her first shop and extended the feel-good-atmosphere of her former private salons to a stylish area of 60 m2. You won’t find any bargain counters or lumbered shelves there. The owner herself selects each branded article and designer accessory. Current highlight in the shop: an exquisite selection of highly coveted Louis Vuitton bags! By the way: you can also consign your ex-favourite pieces.
the shop around the corner, Leopoldsgasse 27a, 1020 Vienna. Tue-Fri 12:00 -19:00, Thu till 21:00, Sat 10:00-16:00. Web
Restaurant of the week 
Tipps der Stadtspionin
Cafe Z
Earlier, this used to be a confectionary. Famous for its cream slices and frequented by senior citizens. And then Christa Ziegelböck appeared. She “conquered” the closed Café Angelmayer, rebuilt it – and managed what many before her failed to do. In her Café Z, people from the neighbourhood, young scenesters and the old regular guests are sitting harmoniously next to each other and feel comfortable. This is obviously due to the easy-going owner and the cheerful atmosphere. Sitting on vintage furniture, guests enjoy coffee, delicious crepes or lunch menus and are pleased with the low prices. Great tip!
Cafe Z, Meiselstraße 2, 1150 Vienna. Tue – Sat 10:00 - 20:00. Web


The StadtSpionin is an independent, weekly newsletter for women in the Vienna area.
It provides information on events, shops and restaurants, which the editorial staff singles out as recommend worthy.
Entries for payment are not possible. However, there is the possibility of placing an advertisement. The StadtSpionin appears every Thursday and will be shipped for free.

More information can be found on

Publisher and Editor in Chief:
Sabine Maier, Phorusgasse 7/1, 1040 Wien

Disclaimer: Despite careful editing and research, no liability can be retained for the accuracy of our content and its completeness.

Stadtspionin Wiens Facebook-Profil   Interested in taking a look behind the scenes?
The StadtSpionin writes, thinks, and posts photos on Facebook.
Become a fan of StadtSpionin, simply click on the banner and sign up.

You can subscribe here for your newsletter or click here to unsubscribe.

Recommend the StadtSpionin to a friend here.

Reports, interviews and more tips can be found at the web portal:

Viennese experts from all areas: in the
pool of experts of the StadtSpionin.

Proposed dates, tips and inquires
to the editorial staff.

Ad rates and reservations of the
advertising department.

„The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.“
(Eleanor Roosevelt)