Phil is probably best defined as the home of the aspiring bobo. It markets itself as a high-end bookshop, but frankly that’s not what attracts me about the place. It’s a bar. It’s a cafe. It’s a restaurant. And for me, it’s all about that lovely Phil breakfast.
Located in the heart of the 6th district on Gumpendorferstraße, a mere hop and a skip from Mariahilferstraße and the Top Kino, Phil is excellently placed for exploration of the inner city. It is reached either by the U2 (Museumsquartier) or the 57A bus, which drives into the first district.
The menus are in both German and English and the staff are multilingual and friendly. Unfortunately Phil is rather popular, to the point that the staff occasionally forget your orders – it is not unknown to have to go up to the bar to remind them. However, if you’re not in a rush, this can all be overlooked. The sleek lines, the fantastically 60s furniture (every table and chair is different), the general comfort value, and the high standard of the food and drink mark Phil out as a special place.
You can choose from lots of breakfast styles which cost around €6, and I heartily recommend washing it all down with an Italian hot chocolate. All in all, a very solid venue, and surely worth a visit.