Vienna, Austria
Aisha, 39
Production Company Owner
see her Vienna city guide

a bit about Aisha

What do you do and why do you do it?

I own a company that specialises in event production, sponsoring, and event tools. I used to work as an English corporate lawyer before I realised I didn’t want to spend my life behind a desk. So, I quit, travelled the world for a year, then founded my company.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Sorting vintage postage stamps for a company that organised a weekly stamp selling / buying / trading market. It was very boring and lonely work.

Were you born and raised in Vienna?

I was born and raised in the Netherlands. I came to Vienna in 2008 from London, when I was offered a job to work here as an English lawyer.

What’s your current hood in Vienna and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in Margareten, also known as the 5th district. The location is great, between the old town and Schloss Schönbrunn, which is a ideal to go for runs.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Dave Matthews, Timber Timbre, Queens of the Stone Age, John Mayer, Alabama Shakes, Daft Punk, Sublime, Feist, Blof.

You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Something About Us (Daft Punk), Lost Stars (Adam Levine), Between The Lines (Sara Bareilles), Omarm me (Blof).

What’s the best TV shows of all time?

The man in the high castle (this alternative dystopian history got me hooked), the walking dead (I like almost everything with zombies in it – very entertaining).

Name some spots in Vienna that are good for a Tinder date.

Museums Quartier – very public, very central, and a good amount of choices for drinks and / or food.

Who’s your hero and where in Vienna would you take them out for a serious hang?

I don’t really have any heroes, however, there are people I admire. I wouldn’t mind having a chat with Ursula K. Le Guin. I would take her up to the Gloriette – a great spot overlooking Vienna – bring some wine and some snacks, and pick her brain.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Mostly G-Star. I don’t really like shopping, so I buy a lot of the same, and mostly online.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The so-called Bermudadreieck, an area near Schwedenplatz in the first district where there are a lot of sleazy bars and drunk teenagers.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Climb on the Flakturm in the 6th district, a huge anti-aircraft gun blockhouse tower. A climbing wall was built on one side and inside there is an aquarium.

Where do you go in Vienna for a casual night out?

Random bars on the Margaretenstrasse in the 5th district or to the Naschmarkt.

Where would you go in Vienna to celebrate some freaking good news?

Das Loft at the top of Sofitel, nice cocktails and an amazing view of Vienna. Fancy Pancy 🙂

What’s your choice of transportation in Vienna and why?

CityBike (free), Car2Go (If I feel lazy), or just walk (Vienna is really not that big).

What are the Vienna spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Check out my map! Also, go have a schnitzel at Figlmüller; super touristy, but the best schnitzel I have ever eaten.

What are the Vienna spots tourists should run from screaming?

It gets really crammed with tourists around St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Graben.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Vienna. How do you spend it?

I would walk to Schönbrunn to enjoy the view of Vienna from the Gloriette, then enjoy a coffee and cake at Cafe Dommayer in the 13th district.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I prefer to spend my vacations in nature, but I think Barcelona is a really cool city.