Vienna Food Guide (Best Schnitzel and Sacher Torte)

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This complete Vienna food guide will show you what to eat in Vienna and where to find the best Schnitzel, Tafelspitz and Sachertorte.

what to eat in vienna

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.

Plan the perfect vacation with this itinerary for 3 nights in Vienna.

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.

What food you have to try in Vienna?

Wiener Schnitzel
Spare ribs
Sacher Torte or Esterházy Torte
Apfelstrudel or Topfenstrudel
Manner Schnitten
Wiener Melange

Taste the most popular Viennese specialities with a culinary experience at Stefanie.

For a more romantic atmosphere, go for a candlelit dinner on the Giant Ferris Wheel.

The best Vienna food you must eat

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

best schnitzel in vienna

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.

Where to try the best Schnitzel in Vienna

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.

Restaurant Pürstner
Address: Riemergasse 10

For an authentic Austrian evening, see the traditional dinner show at the Wiener Rathauskeller.


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


best sausage in Vienna

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.

Spare ribs

Ribs of Vienna

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

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.

Try to cook these delicious desserts at home with the Viennese Kitchen cookbook.

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.

Café Sacher
Address: Philharmoniker Str. 4

Café Demel
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.

Don’t miss the traditional Viennese apple strudel show at Schönbrunn Palace.



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.


Viennese gelato

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

Manner Schnitten

Manner Schnitten

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

Wiener Melange

Viennese coffee

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. The taste is similar to cappuccino. However, the difference is that the Melange is made with espresso with more water and steam milk.

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.

Café Central
Address: Herrengasse 14

L. Heiner
Address: Wollzeile 9
Address: Kärntner Str. 21-23

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz

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.

To learn about the Austrian food culture and try delicacies, take a gourmet food tour.

Wiener Wiazhaus

Wiener Wiazhaus

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

Gasthaus Pfudl

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

Brandauers Schlossbräu

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

Salm Bräu

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

Joseph Brot

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

Le Bol

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

Must buy tickets in advance

Schönbrunn Palace – it’s one of the most popular attractions with long queues. Buy your tickets in advance from the official website or use Vienna Pass to skip the line.

Giant Ferris Wheel – if you don’t have a Wien Pass, book tickets ahead to avoid waiting in line.

Mozart Concert at the Golden Hall – the tickets sell out fast, so book as early as you can. You can book your ticket to the Mozart Concert here.

Where to stay in Vienna

Looking for accommodation? Check out these hotels and apartments (they have the best rating on

Hotel König von Ungarn – Best for families

A 4-star elegant hotel 70m away from St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Hotel Am Stephansplatz – Best for couples

A boutique hotel located as close as possible to St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Singerstrasse 21/25 Apartments

Beautiful modern apartments close to Stephansplatz.
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6 Replies to “Vienna Food Guide (Best Schnitzel and Sacher Torte)”

  1. Nadia villeneuve says: Reply

    Thank you, very useful food review!!! For allergy concerns…are they allergy aware? Cross contamination etc? Do you know if they use a lot of peanut in their food or peanut oil for frying?

    1. Hi Nadia,
      I’m sorry but I can’t tell for sure. It’s better to ask directly at the restaurant.

  2. We booked the Viennese apple strudel show and it was great! The demonstration was entertaining and we really enjoyed the strudel sampling at the end.

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Totally agree with you! I found it great, too. 🙂

  3. Michael Veleta says: Reply


    a Melange is NOT similar to an cappucino.
    a cappucino is a espresso with milk an steam milk.
    a melange is a “verlängerter (espresso with more water)” and steam milk.
    Yes this is a difference !

    and i missed one very very popoular food, a “Stelzn (upper part of the legs of an pork)” at “Schweizerhaus”.

    Many Greetings from Vienna.

    1. Hi Michael,
      Thanks for pointing out the difference! For me it tasted like a cappuccino, that’s why I described it like that. I fixed the article adding your explanation.

      I’ll try the Stelzn at Schweizerhaus next time I’m in Vienna. 🙂

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