As ever, the Zum Schwarzen Kameel is full to bursting. All hell has broken loose around the bar. The waiters, all wearing a white jacket and red tie, snake their way through the throng. Next to a few business men, a worker enjoys a beer, a group of downtown ladies sips a glass of wine or two over the legendary open sandwiches at their weekly meeting, tourists admire the beautiful Art Nouveau ambience with the historic wood paneling and relief tiles. In between, well-known politicians mingle with stylish artists, busybodies with boasters.
The Zum Schwarzen Kameel is the stage for the Viennese and Viennese culture, with the guests playing the main role. As do the rolls, which guests here eat standing up. The Zum Schwarzen Kameel, half bar, half posh restaurant, is a trendy spot for all age groups, a unique kaleidoscope of Viennese society from all walks of life. Founded by Johann Baptist Cameel (hence the second "e" in the name), the Friese family now owns the cult establishment that has been around for 400 years. Oh yes, there's also a restaurant for everyone who prefers a little less hustle and bustle.