Restaurants in Vienna

Best restaurants in Vienna

Given that Vienna was once the centre of the Habsburg Empire, it’s no surprise that the city’s cuisine embraces the likes of Bohemian dumplings, Hungarian goulash and Polish stuffed cabbage alongside its own Wiener schnitzels and first-rate Kaffee und Kuchen culture.

  1. Demel
  2. Palais Coburg
  3. Würstelstand am Hohen Markt
  4. Zum Schwarzen Kameel
  5. Wrenkh
  6. Cantinetta Antinori
  7. Beim Czaak
  8. Café Drechsler

Given that Vienna was once the centre of the Habsburg Empire, it’s no surprise that the city’s cuisine embraces the likes of Bohemian dumplings, Hungarian goulash and Polish stuffed cabbage alongside its own Wiener schnitzels and first-rate Kaffee und Kuchen culture.

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1. Demel

A true Viennese institution, K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel has served up scrumptious cakes since 1796. The original Herr Demel was appointed pastry chef to Franz Joseph I by the Emperor himself. Today it stills creates some of the best cakes in town (and they are creations) alongside traditional savoury delicacies - Wiener schnitzel, Kaiser ham, smoked duck breast - and bread so good you’ll never eat sliced white again. No Vienna holidays are complete without a visit to this palace of pastry.

Must-try: the famous Annatorte, named after family legend Anna Demel - three layers of chocolate sponge cake separated by orange liqueur and topped with rich chocolate buttercream.

Need to know: Kohlmarkt 14. Open daily 9am–7pm.

2. Palais Coburg

This grandiose city centre hotel and restaurant is all about imperial bling, with crystal chandeliers, gilded ceilings, mirrored walls and a royal history stretching back to the 1500s. With two Michelin stars and a cellar stocked with 60,000 wines, the restaurant offers Austrian classics with clever contemporary twists. All this comes at a price, of course (five courses with wine for 240 Euros, up to nine courses for 310 Euros), but there’s no finer place than Palais Coburg for a treat to remember.

Must-try: the menu frequently changes, but you can’t go wrong here - everyone’s a winner.

Need to know: Coburgbastei 4. Open daily 7pm – midnight.

3. Würstelstand am Hohen Markt

Sausage stands are a way of life for Wieners, no matter what walk of life you’re from. Open all hours (pretty much), the legendary sausage stall at Vienna’s Hohen Markt serves up thousands of Frankfurters, Bratwurst and Kasekrainer (a meat-and-cheese-packed bad boy) to everyone from early shift workers, opera-goers and post-pub revellers. The crowds this stand attracts tells you everything you need to know.

Must-try: Debreziner – a slim sausage spiced with paprika.

Need to know: Hoher Markt 1010. Open daily 7am - 4am.

4. Zum Schwarzen Kameel

Counting Beethoven among its former patrons, Zum Schwarzen Kameel’s art nouveau chic makes it one the city’s most beautiful places for food, even if you only waltz in to pick up something from the patisserie or deli. It’s also one of the best restaurants in Vienna when it comes to Austrian classics and impeccable service. If that’s not enough to tempt you, there are over 400 wines to choose from and a friendly sommelier to help to navigate the huge selection. Move over, Beethoven - this is the kind of place you’ll want to claim a regular spot in, if only at the elegant stand-up bar.

Must-try: creamy veal goulash with homemade butter noodles (Kalbsrahmgulasch mit Butternockerln)

Need to know: Bognergasse 5. Open daily 8am - midnight.

5. Wrenkh

Laidback Wrenkh bucks Vienna’s meat mania to serve the city fresh and funky vegetarian food and excellent wines. While meat is on the menu, the range and quality of the vegetarian and vegan options is at the heart of their offering, from zesty salads to rich white-wine infused lentils with dumplings.

Must-try: soul-warming ginger-spiced sweet potato soup.

Need to know: Bauernmarkt 10. Open Mon–Sat 11am - 11pm.

6. Cantinetta Antinori

If you’re looking for Italian places to eat in Vienna, Cantinetta Antinori should be top of your list. With an illustrious history that began back in Florence in 1385, the family has been making culinary waves in Vienna since 1995. The menu is pleasingly small, and focussed on Florentine favourites – rabbit tortelli, rich ragout, citrusy fish. What’s more, with its traditional Tuscan interior and patio overlooking St Stephen’s Cathedral, Cantinetta Antinori is as pleasing on the eye as it is on the palette.

Must-try: the family’s famed chianti wines.

Need to know: Jasomirgottstrasse 3-5. Open daily 11.30am – midnight.

7. Beim Czaak

The Czaak family has been serving irresistibly hearty fare here in Vienna’s old town since 1926. Sparkling with quirky charm, this is a great place to enjoy a long late lunch of classic Wiener Schnitzel or Backhendl (breaded chicken deep-fried to crispy perfection). They even have their own house beer – best enjoyed in the shade of their large ivy-clad garden. Of all rustic Vienna restaurants, Beim Czaak sits at the top of the tree.

Must-try dish: Alt-Wiener Zwiebelrostbraten – sliced sirloin steak served with onion. It’s off-the-scale sensational.

Need to know: Postgasse 15. Open daily 4pm - 11.30 p.m.

8. Café Drechsler

This round-the-clock café has been providing hot comfort to the market traders across the road for years. The food is great and so are the prices, with a decent range of tasty vegetarian dishes - cauliflower cream soup, pimientos de padrón, yellow thai lime curry. The breakfasts are legendary too, but then so are the late-night cocktails - Café Drechsler delivers good value good food no matter what time you visit.

Must-try: Paprikahendl, a Hungarian chicken classic, or the Espresso Martini, prepared with homemade coffee liqueur and a dash of honey.

Need to know: Linke Wienzeile 22. Open Mon-Thurs and Sun 8am - midnight; Fri-Sat 8am-2am.

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