Chilling out in Franziskanerplatz

It’s a small square in Innere Stadt but this charming area is a favorite haunt for many locals in Vienna. With shops, coffee houses and even interesting attractions that can be found around or within walking distance, it’s not your run-of-the-mill tourist destination but its laid-back charms are bringing the people in to see what it’s all about. It was named for the 17th century Renaissance-Gothic church that prominently stands in the middle, the Franziskanerkirche (Franciscan Church). The church is also monastery for the Order of St. Francis of Assisi. Another interesting landmark in the square is the Moses Fountain or the Moses Spring which bears a lead statue of the biblical figure Moses as he strikes the water from the rock.

Those who come to Franziskanerplatz always make it a point to stop for a refreshing break at the Kleines Kafe. It is said to be one of the first coffee houses that sprang up in the city after the World War II. Other coffeehouses that can be found in the square include the Café Schwalbennest and Barista’s. For those who want something more filling there are also good restaurants to be found such as the Artner am Franziskanerplatz, a fine dining restaurants with a wine cellar.

Nearby is the Italian restaurant Don Camillo & Peppone, Franzikanerkloster and Gasthaus Poschl. Interesting shopping finds also abound in the square. If you’re looking for unique souvenirs or accessories there is the Die vermischte Warenhandlung by the courtyard. The Living Vienna nearby is a housewares shop where you can find items from all over the world.

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