Eating in Vienna was a quite the experience. I'll be honest; I wasn't sure what to expect before we went to Vienna. I knew about the fantastic pastries and had heard something about schnitzel, but, other than that, I was pretty clueless about Viennese food. But after spending nearly a week in the Austrian capital, I can honestly say that I'm 100% impressed by the attention to detail and the commitment to tradition that we found in Viennese cuisine. I've made a list of all the incredible places to eat in Vienna that we experienced to help you sort out where to eat in Vienna as you plan your vacation to the land of Mozart and Habsburgs!
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Things you MUST eat in Vienna
Y'all, these cakes are no joke. We didn't stand in line for the most famous pastry shop, but we still managed to have some to-die-for sweets while we were there. Cafe Central is the place to go for fewer people but classic coffee shop vibes. Try the apple strudel or the chocolate tart!
Don't leave Vienna without trying the most traditional Viennese dish. Thinly sliced veal cutlets lightly coated in a golden batter and served with a wedge of lemon to brighten and enhance the flavor. It's truly mouthwatering.
OMG, y'all. This dish was my absolute favorite thing to eat in Vienna. Hearty and satisfying, this plate of roast beef & gravy usually comes with a side of mashed potatoes topped with fried onions. To. Die. For.
When in the land of wiener, you must try the wiener. The flavor is similar to what you're used to, but the texture is much different. Make sure you get the special house mustard to go with it.
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What You Should Know
There are several styles of restaurants in Vienna. Coffee shops are great for coffee, pastries, and light lunch. Vienna has many traditional coffee shops where major Viennese artists and scholars once dined. Beisls are excellent for dinner with close friends and family. The wood-paneled walls and the hearty dishes capture the heart and soul of Vienna for travelers. Cafes are great for contemporary dining experiences that incorporate tradition and modernity.
Finally...Where to Eat in Vienna
Gastwirtschaft Wratschko- feels more like a secret meeting place than a restaurant, lots of locals and hearty meals. The dark interior made it impossible to take pictures, but the atmosphere was perfect for date night!
Glacis Beisl- perfect place to enjoy an outdoor lunch or dinner, tons of locals talking business over cocktails and traditional foods. We dined in the beer garden on Viennese favorites. Trust me, the pierogi at Glacis Beisl were divine.
Gastwirtschaft Schilling/Slims Gastronomie- my favorite meal of the entire trip, gorgeous wood-paneled beisl serving amazing Viennese classics. The Zwiebelrostbraten I had there was my favorite dish in Vienna!
Mark's- bright & cheery and serving a new twist on old classics. The schnitzel here is incredible but there's plenty of other options to choose from, too.
Cafe Goldegg- a less-fancy version of the traditional Viennese coffee shop, the perfect place to stop after The Belvedere. Sandwiches and wiener are abundant.
Cafe Central- a gorgeous example of Vienna at the height of the golden era of coffee shops, and the pastries are to die for. The Professor had apple strudel, while I enjoyed a small chocolate cake that perfectly complimented my Viennese coffee. But the number of pastries to choose from was dizzying. Good luck!
Cafe Restaurant Halle- a pleasant surprise, not what you think of when you think of museum cafes. My fresh garlic soup was the most amazing part of our lunch, but it was all pretty scrumptious.
Cafe Diglas- lovely little cafe with marble-topped tables serving traditional fare, great for your first night when you're too jetlagged to go far. I enjoyed a bacon-wrapped weiner while The Professor had schnitzel that was cooked perfectly.
Bar-Restaurant Kanzleramt- cute little cafe close to the Hofburg, serves tasty draft beer and tasty snacks. Check out this pretzel that was seriously the size of my head!
Leberkas Pepi- sweet little fast food spot in the Inner Stadt serving traditional German leberkäse, a specialty meat.
Berliner Döner Wein- fantastic dönor (and fries), don't let the food truck fool you!
Cafe Bygos- a hole-in-the-wall joint that's great for meeting locals, perfect for anyone staying in Neubau.
Sweets & Snacks
Tullnerfelder- a tiny little local bakery in Neubau serving traditional Viennese baked goods.
Zuckerlwerkstatt- the cutest candy shop you've ever seen, watch the staff create candy masterpieces in the shop.
Pure Living Bakery- hands-down one of the cutest places in Vienna, surf-shop vibe with Viennese pastries.
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