We quiz Florian Kaps, the founder of Supersense, one of Vienna’s most eccentric concept stores—a duel purpose café and camera boutique—on his favorite local haunts.
What do you hope to accomplish with Supersense?
We hope to create a sensory experience for our customers. We work with analog tools and technologies including instant photography, vinyl records and letterpress.
Supersense is located in the hip second district, one of most fun to explore; what are some other can’t-miss shops and restaurants?
For shopping, walk along the Praterstrasse or Taborstrasse, both of which are home to many interesting boutiques. Some of the best cafés and restaurants include Balthasar Kaffee Bar (Praterstrasse 38), Mochi (Praterstrasse 15), Cafe Ansari (Praterstrasse 15) and Gasthaus Hansy (Heinestrasse 42). Another of my favorite places is the legendary beer hall Schweizerhaus (Prater 116), located in the Prater park.
Any other favorite places in the city that a visitor might not know about?
Café Hawelka (Dorotheergasse 6), in the first district, is a classic. Don’t miss the famous home made Buchteln. It is a beloved Viennese treat that offers a glimpse into the heart and soul of this city.
How would you spend your ideal day in Vienna?
I’d take the tram 38 to Grinzing station to climb the Kahlenberg, a hill with beautiful morning views of the city. On the way back down I would visit the Krapfenwald baths (Krapfenwaldgasse 65-73) for a short swim in summer.
Lastly, I’d visit a Heuriger (wine tavern) before heading back into the city center for an elegant evening with apero at Zum Schwarzen Kameel (Bognergasse 5).