The location hasn’t housed a successful business in years. The last Lokal, an international restaurant and club called Como, always looked empty upon walking by. It seems that precedent implies a challenge to the survival of the recently-opened Café Français on Währinger Straße in Vienna’s 9th District.
Strangely, though, it’s a wonderful location in a convenient spot – central and next to Uni Wien, close to the U2 subway, with a nice view of Sigmund Freud Park and Votivkirche – and the space itself would be coveted by any restaurant owner.
So far, these factors have proven to work in favor of the French bar, brasserie and club run by Austrian Axl Schreder, who was previously Marketing Director at Red Bull Media. With lofty, teal-colored walls, sophisticated soft lighting and rustic wooden tables, with slightly uneven surfaces, the space is unlike those that came before it: warm and inviting. If you want a space at Café Français, reservations are strongly recommended.