Vienna food guide – a complete guide to what to eat in Vienna and where to find the best Schnitzel, Tafelspitz and Sachertorte.
Vienna is heaven for meat lovers. Sausages, fried meat, spare ribs – you’ll be lucky if you find something vegetarian on the menu. However, even if you aren’t a huge meat fan, don’t miss to try the Wiener Schnitzel and the Würstel. These two are classics of Viennese cuisine and a must-eat in Vienna.
If you’re a cake and coffee lover, I’ll bet you’ll feel like at home in Wien. The traditional café culture is an important part of everyday life.
Food and drink prices in Vienna
Is Vienna cheap for food and drinks? Although it’s an expensive destination, the price of food in Vienna is moderate. Plus the city is flooded with sausage stands, that offer tasty Viennese specialities at a low price.
Here is what you’ll pay typically (moderately-priced restaurants):
- coffee – €4
- sandwich – €5 – €10
- a glass of beer – €5
- meat dish – €15 – €20
- dessert – €7
When it comes to tipping, it’s enough just to round up the amount of the bill. For example, if it’s €66, you’d leave €70. No additional tipping is required as it’s in the US.
What to eat in Vienna, Austria
The traditional Austrian food is heavy, based on meat and potatoes. In addition, most of the meals are fried, so the food is not the healthiest one.
The Viennese cuisine, in particular, is mostly known for its pastries, the Wiener Schnitzel and the Tafelspitz.
For a more romantic atmosphere, go for a candlelit dinner on the Giant Ferris Wheel.
12 foods you must eat in Vienna
What to eat in Vienna? What are the must-try foods? Follow this Vienna food guide to find out what Austrian dishes not to miss.
Wiener Schnitzel and Erdäpfelsalat
If you have to try one thing in Vienna, this should be the Wiener Schnitzel. It’s the most emblematic dish of the Viennese cuisine.
The traditional Wiener Schnitzel is thinly sliced veal, rolled in flour, eggs, breadcrumbs and then fried. It’s tasty tender meat with a crispy coating. The Schnitzel is usually served along with Erdäpfelsalat, an Austrian potato salad. And it’s huge! You’d better be very hungry before ordering one.
You can also find on the menu a pork, chicken or turkey schnitzel. They are popular variations of the original Viennese one. Also, the side dish can vary from French fries to roasted potatoes.
Restaurant Pürstner is the best place for Schnitzel in Vienna. Their Schnitzel is huge, delicious, but most importantly – prepared in a traditional way. And it’s served with mouth-watering parsley potatoes.
The restaurant’s atmosphere is rustic – cellar looking halls with massive wooden tables. The perfect place to enjoy traditional Viennese food.
Address: Riemergasse 10
Tafelspitz is another typical Viennese dish. It’s a slow-boiled tender beef served with vegetables and horseradish. If you look for something healthy, yet traditional, this is the best option.
Where to try the best Tafelspitz in Vienna
Restaurant Plachutta is known to serve the best Tafelspitz in the city. Their Tafelspitz is made with excellent quality beef and local products.
Address: Wollzeile 38
Address: Auhofstraße 1
This is one of the best cheap eats in Vienna. Würstel is a Viennese sausage, as there are different kinds ranging from spicy to cheesy. The Würstel usually comes in a bun with mustard and ketchup.
You can buy one from the numerous Würstelstände (sausage stands). Be sure to try also Leberkäse, a popular meatloaf in Austria.
Where to find the best sausage in Vienna
The most popular Würstelstände is Bitzinger, right next to the Albertina museum.
Zwiebelrostbraten is a typical Austrian dish. In fact, it’s one of my favourites. Zwiebelrostbraten is roasted meat with gravy, topped with fried onion. It usually comes with potatoes.
The spare ribs are a popular food in Vienna. Almost every traditional Austrian restaurant offers them. I tried spare ribs for the first time in Wien and I instantly fell in love with this food.
Where to eat the best spare ribs
There is one place, where every ribs lover should go – Ribs of Vienna. They offer a wide range of mouth-watering pork spare ribs.
Ribs of Vienna
Address: Weihburggasse 22
Sacher Torte or Esterházy Torte
Sacher Torte is the most famous dessert in Vienna. It’s a rich chocolate sponge cake with an apricot jam. However, if you prefer lighter cakes, you’d better opt for Esterházy Torte.
Although the Esterházy Torte is invented in Budapest, it quickly became popular in Wien, too. This light buttercream cake tastes heavenly and it’s one of my favourite desserts.
Where to eat Sachertorte in Vienna
There are two places that pretend to serve the best Sachertorte – Hotel Sacher and Demel bakery. In fact, there was a long cake war between the two establishments. Both claimed that their Sachertorte was the original one. Finally, the dispute ended in Hotel Sacher’s favour. And this is the only place in Wien, where you can taste the original cake. Yet, be sure that the one at Demel is also excellent.
Address: Philharmoniker Str. 4
Address: Kohlmarkt 14
The Apfelstrudel is one of the most popular things to eat in Vienna. You can find it everywhere on the menus or in any bakery. It’s a delicious pastry stuffed with apple slices, raisins, sugar and cinnamon. Apfelstrudel is the perfect addition to a cup of coffee or tea.
Topfenstrudel is another delicious pastry. It’s some kind of cheesecake as it’s made using soft Quark cheese. Topfenstrudel is served along with vanilla custard.
Kaiserschmarrn is almost as popular as the Apfelstrudel. And for me, it’s even tastier! Kaiserschmarrn is a fluffy shredded pancake topped with raisins, powdered sugar and apple or plum sauce. It’s a must eat for every pancake lover.
If you think Italy is the only place where you can try some excellent gelato, you’re wrong. The classic Italian gelato is a long Viennese tradition, brought by the Italian immigrants in the 19th century.
Nowadays the ice cream shops are literally on every corner in the Old Town. So don’t leave the city without trying some gelato. My favourite ice cream shops are Heiling and Eis-Greissler. Both offer organic ice cream made only from natural ingredients. They also have vegan options.
Address: Rotenturmstraße 22/4
Address: Meidlinger Hauptstrasse 72
Address: Rotenturmstraße 14
Address: Mariahilfer Str. 33
Every time I visit the city I stuff all the free space in my suitcase with Manner Schnitten. These tiny Neapolitan wafer biscuits with creamy hazelnut spread are something to die for. Manner Schnitten is produced since 1898 and believe me they are unbelievably tasty.
You can buy them in any supermarket or from the special Manner shop at Stephansplatz or at the airport.
Mozartkugel is a great gift to take home. Although its birthplace is Salzburg, the Mozartkugel is very popular in Vienna, too. It’s a sweet made of pistachio marzipan and nougat, covered with dark chocolate. However, if you prefer milk chocolate try the Mozarttaler.
You can find them in the Mirabell shop at Stephansplatz and in every supermarket.
What to drink in Vienna
Coffee is a big deal in Wien. There are coffee houses literally on every corner. So take your time and enjoy a cup of coffee with a delicious cake. A glass of water is usually served along with the coffee. There are different kinds of coffee, but the most popular one is the Wiener Melange. It’s similar to the cappuccino.
A small espresso is referred to as Kleiner Schwarzer, while the Kleiner Brauner is espresso with milk on the side. Mozart is a coffee with little cherry brandy and a sprinkle of pistachios on top. Franziskaner is served with a lump of cream.
For a classical coffee experience visit Café Central. If you look for not so touristy place with delicious cakes – L. Heiner is one of my favourites.
Address: Herrengasse 14
Address: Wollzeile 9
Address: Kärntner Str. 21-23
Although Aperol Spritz is an old-school Italian drink, it’s very popular in Vienna. It’s a combination of sweet liqueur and white wine (or Prosecco). It’s the perfect drink in the summer months.
Where to eat in Vienna – more favourite places
For traditional Austrian cuisine, check out these good places to eat in Vienna.
Naschmarkt is a famous street market with more than 100 stalls stocked with fresh vegetables, fruits, meats and cheese. It’s a colourful culinary experience for every food lover.
Wiener Wiazhaus is one of my favourite traditional Austrian restaurants. The atmosphere is charming with local feeling. The portions are huge and the quality of the food is great. Try their spare ribs.
Address: Gußhausstraße 24
Gasthaus Pfudl is an old Viennese traditional restaurant. The Pfudl family founded it in 1922. And since then it’s always known for its excellent food.
Address: Bäckerstraße 22
Brandauers Schlossbräu is a traditional beer hall with a garden. It’s one of the best places to eat near Schönbrunn Palace. Don’t miss to try the huge spare ribs and the Schnitzel.
Address: Am Platz 5
If you look for really huge portions at a reasonable price, then go to Centimeter. Plus, they brew their own beer and it’s pretty good. I tried a pork Schnitzel that came with an enormous pile of French fries. I barely managed to eat half of them. So, go there when you’re really hungry.
Address: Lenaugasse 11
Salm Bräu is a brewery housed in a historical cellar. They offer several different kinds of beer, brewed following old traditional recipes.
Address: Rennweg 8
Sluka is one of my favourite Viennese coffee houses. It’s a family patisserie, founded in 1891 by Sluka family. The atmosphere is relaxed and it’s full of locals. It’s the perfect place for a cup of coffee and a delicious cake.
Address: Rathausplatz 8
Address: Kärntner Str. 13-15
Joseph Brot is one of the best places for a brunch or breakfast in Vienna. They offer a countless number of breakfasts, amazing bread, pastries and a lot of organic stuff.
Address: Naglergasse 9
Le Bol is a gorgeous little French café. The quality of the food is amazing and it’s great for breakfast, lunch or just a snack. Try the salads and the Croque-monsieur.
Address: Neuer Markt 14
Trześniewski serves small open sandwiches with various spreads. The sandwiches are absolutely delicious and they go along perfectly with a glass of beer.
Address: Dorotheergasse 1
Attend a concert of Wien Mozart Orchestra in period costumes at the Golden Hall.
Take a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel for panoramic views of the city.
Explore the scenic views of Wachau Valley on a boat cruise.
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