Des & Jen’s little black book of Vienna

Des & Jen is the name of the Fashion & Lifestyle Blog of the charming twins Desiree and Jennifer. What started as a personal fashion diary 4 years ago quickly evolved into one of the top luxury blogs in Austria. Today they open their address book and let us know about every single place nobody should miss when being in Vienna. 

at home all around the globe, the Jetset Twins Des & Jen share with us their favorite locations in their hometown Vienna | Collage based on Images from Des & Jen/Instagram

Pashion: It is Monday morning and you are on your way to work, where do you get your best Coffee or Tea to go?
Jen: There is a new Café in the 7th district called J. Hornig which I like a lot. Their Chai Latte is fantastic
Des: For the first coffee of the day I usually like to sit down and take my time. Especially the Le Bol is really nice for this just as well as the bits and bites. Another Café I like is Café Urlich.


Pashion: You have a lunch meeting, where is your favorite spot for this?
Jen: Café Ansari is fantastic. I like the interior a lot and the food is really good as well.
Des: The Mochi is really cool. Every time I am there I get Mochi Balls, I love them so much.


Pashion: Dinner for one – if you want to treat yourself and yourself alone, which spot would you choose for a Dinner with yourself?
Des & Jen: The Kulinarium 7, it is a Croatiann restaurant with fantastic dishes and fresh seafood. If I have time I like to watch the chefs preparing the food at the open kitchen. Also, the wine cellar is excellently stocked.


You have a last minute invite to a cocktail party, where do you know that you will get the perfect outfit?
Jen: I am a very big fan of Dior, their designs are absolutely fantastic. A brand I recently discovered is Perseverance London, their pieces are very beautiful and I always find one I like.
Des: Of course it depends on the occasion. Alexander McQueen is fantastic for something very modern, Sandra Mansour makes beautiful pieces and has a very fresh aesthetic and Rochas Paris are for me ideal for something elegant and classic.

Des & Jen Sandra Mansour

Des & Jen wearing Sandra Mansour | Photo by Tatiana Peynot

Pashion: Your favorite designer for an everyday look?
Jen: Another brand I discovered in Paris during Couture Week is Maram Paris. The designs are unique and are a bit unconventional. For a relaxed but elegant look I would go for Isabel Marant I think, she perfectly embodies the typical Parisian Style in her designs.  
Des: Recently I strolled down Via Santo Spirito and stepped into the Boutique of DROMe and immediately fell in love with their outstanding design. Iro is also one of my favorite brands because they capture this cool New York Chicness which I enjoy. Another brand that always surprises me is Ksenia Schneider.


Pashion: Your go-to designer for the Opera Ball?
Jen: I have become a big fan of the couturiers from the Middle East. Spontaneously I remember a lot of designs by Zuhair Murad and Elie Saab that I saw during Couture Week that I would try and most likely pick one of them.
Des: I am completely stunned by Giambattista Valli and his incredible designs, I would definitely pick one of his pieces.


Pashion: When you feel like taking a break, where do you go?
Des & Jen: We enjoy taking a walk in the forest at Leopoldsberg. Also, we go to one of Vienna’s countless Museums and enjoy an exhibition, it frees our minds to look at an inspiring piece of art.


Pashion: Which one is your favorite gallery or museum you go to for a little bit of art?
Jen: If we would go for classic art and photography it would be the Albertina
Des: …and when it comes to contemporary art it will be definitely the gallery of Nathalie Halgand.


Pashion: Which one is your favorite bar for an after work drink?
Des & Jen: It is difficult to name just one. We always choose between Roberto’s, Fabio’s and Kleinod spontaneously.


Pashion: Which one is for your the most romantic location in Vienna?
Des: The palace of Schönbrunn and its gardens. No matter if I go for a run to free my mind or stroll through the imperial halls, I love the timelessness of Schönbrunn.  
Jen: I love the Hotel Sacher. It is quintessential Viennese. On the other hand, I also love to treat myself at Do&Co and enjoy the view over the Stephansplatz.

Des & Jen Hotel Sacher

Jen treating herself at Hotel Sacher | Photo by Elisabeth Gatterburg

Pashion: Which district do you prefer the most to stroll along?
Des & Jen: The first district, It is incredibly romantic with all the lights, especially now in winter time and the historic buildings,


Pashion: It is Sunday and you are off for Brunch, where would we find you?
Des: You would have to search a little bit, I really love Brunch and there are so many places I like. Just to name a few, I would probably choose between Café Francais,  Deli am Naschmarkt or Joseph Brot.
Jen: Des is right, we really love Brunch and are sometimes having a hard time deciding. My favorite brunch places are Le BolCafé Ansari and Neni am Naschmarkt.


Pashion: Where would you give yourself a little beauty treatment
Des & Jen: The Arany Spa at the Park Hyatt. They use products from Omorovicza, a fantastic Hungarian luxury skincare brand.


Pashion: For a night of luxury, which hotel would you pick to be a tourist for one night in your city?
Des & Jen: We would go directly from our Spa treatment into one of the beautiful rooms of the Park Hyatt. It is an amazing hotel with a great Bar and the atmosphere of luxury.

Des & Jen

Des & Jen at the Bank Bar & Brasserie of the Park Hyatt Vienna | Photo by Natalia Madejska

Pashion: Which one is your absolute favorite spot in Vienna?
Des & Jen: It is a difficult question, we generally love the first district with all its beauty and history. It is impossible to pick a certain spot.