Motto am Fluss manages to combine everything that is great about Vienna! It’s the perfect mixture of modern Viennese cuisine, a relaxed and young atmosphere, amazing architecture, in a trendy inner city location. Oh, and it’s built over the Wien Fluss, giving the perfect breeze of fresh air on hot summer day, and a great view over the canal at night.
Is it a boat, is it a space ship? I was wondering when seeing the structure for the first time getting out of the U-bahn at Schwedenplatz. Right next to the busy intersection lies this building with wide skybridges leading you from the street to the upper decks. The minute you walk up over to the terrace built above the Wien Fluss, the noise of the traffic behind disappears. Underneath the structure, you can find the Wien-city station for boats traveling up and down the Danube Canal.
Motto am Fluss is a restaurant, a cafe and a bar, all in one. Offering a place to enjoy, regardless of the time of day. The stylish interior was designed by BEHF Architects, and they did a great job. The feel changes when moving from the terrace to the bar and all the way to the restaurant on the lower deck indoors. The cool, white and airy style outdoors, changes into more eclectic style inside the building with black and white checked floors, large mirror balls all the way across the restaurant, still providing an amazing view over the water.
When sitting down and taking the menu you are surprised by its style, all very romantic, hand drawn with delicate typography – which is carried through at their website as well. The contrast between the modern and sleek interior and the light and romantic graphics is the work of Viennese design studio Die Goldkinder. The hand drawn and written logo with pastel colors dominating the color chart is truely unique.
If neither the architecture nor the interior and the view could convince you, Motto am Fluss wins you over with their tasty dishes! The menu varies depending if you are in the restaurant or the cafe. Many of the ingredients used are organic, a fact which is underlined by the humorous “bio” campaign by Volkmar Weiss.
Our visit last week happened to be on one of the hottest days of the summer, with temperatures rising closer to 40 degrees, so we opted for the cafe and its outdoor terrace area where a cool breeze blows over the water. We enjoyed fresh salads and rasberry sodas, and I can’t say I was disappointed. The Salads are a hefty size with great flavors and very fresh ingredients. Yummy!
Motto am Fluss offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a bar where you can dance the night away till the better side of the midnight. They also have a small general store where you can find organic jams and honey, all in cute little packaging. Our verdict: Definitely a place to see and enjoy a refreshing drink or a delicious dinner to celebrate a special occasion!