Eurovision winner and all-round superstar Conchita Wurst was in Australia last week to sing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and kick up her stilettos at Mardi Gras. Showy entertainment aside, the Austrian-born performer is an enthusiastic advocate of everything to do with Vienna, her “favourite city” and “music world capital”. T & I met Conchita at a Vienna Tourist Board soiree and our favourite line was her riposte to a writer bearing a tray of treats: “Darling, I haven’t eaten since the 1990s!” “Imperial and contemporary” is the celebratory tag in 2016 (think jubilees and special exhibitions) for Vienna, recently awarded “most liveable city” for the seventh consecutive time. The Austrian capital is also touted as the fastest growing metropolis in Europe. There’s a new railway station, a slew of ultra-mod “uncommon” hotels, revitalised neighbourhoods and, according to Conchita, a gayfriendly mood that’s “dynamic and visible”, with “no hostility of rejection”. She loves the traditional cafe culture, despite the arrogant waiters, which is “all part of the game”, and misses wiener melange (long coffee served with steamed milk and froth) when she travels. More: wien.info; austria.info.