In 2003, Vienna’s central library moved to the Gürtel, into a striking building lifted high above the busy street level. On the top floor of this enormous modern structure perches Oben, a restaurant shaped in a semicircle so that most tables provide a view. The breakfast dishes show various gastronomic inspirations; a good choice is the Plant Power, featuring sides of kimchi, fermented carrots, samosa, chickpeas, a granola bowl, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. The crowd is local, prices a bit high given the panoramic location.

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