Where to Eat in Vienna, Austria

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Café Sperl

Vienna, Austria

The coffee house is an integral part of Viennese culture. Time seems to stand still in these opulent, nicotine-stained rooms, which embody the Austrian word “gemütlich”, meaning warmth, comfort and familiarity. For the truest taste of this custom try Café Sperl, with its gold and wood-panelled walls, mahogany coat stands, high ceilings, red booths and bowed windows draped with gold velvet. Strong, bitter coffee is served on silver platters, while trays of traditional sweet treats, which seem to be appropriate at any time of day here, lie in wait – including plum cake, ring cake, cheesecake and crumbly apple strudel dusted with icing sugar.

Address

Gumpendorfer Strasse 11 1060

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Aida

Vienna, Austria

The trademark pink and brown interior of this Viennese bakery, which has many locations across the city, has remained untouched over the decades. Locals rely on Aida’s simple, no-frills approach to coffee, cakes, snacks and ice cream, which are prepared to perfection by ladies in candy-pink pinafores.

Address

Singerstrasse 1 Vienna 1010

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Vollpension

Vienna, Austria

As an ode to the full-board guesthouses scattered around Vienna, this cosy café puts baking in the capable hands of omas (grandmothers) who bake tarts, cakes and pastries using local produce and generations-old family recipes. The room is decked out like the living room of your sassiest great aunt, with scrubby brick walls, camelback sofas and formica tables.

Address

Schleifmühlgasse 16 Vienna 1040

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Heuer

Vienna, Austria

Jars of pickles and fermented goods line the walls of this sleek inner-city restaurant that serves traditional dishes with contemporary flair. All of the ingredients are fetched from local farms or the restaurant’s garden, which is lined with fruit trees and beehives, and regularly hosts concerts by contemporary musicians.

Address

Treitlstrasse 2 Vienna 1040

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Blue Mustard - CLOSED

Vienna, Austria

By day their airstream caravan serves up street food and coffee, then the glimmering dining room opens in the evenings. Washed with coppers and golds, this spot serves food inspired by Italy, Japan, Scotland, Austria and beyond in the form of carefully constructed dishes with explosive flavours.

Address

Dorotheergasse 6-8 1010

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Labstelle

Vienna, Austria

Dedicated to sourcing the best produce from local suppliers to create inventive slow food, this casual fine-dining spot is furnished with Ercol chairs, natural wood and copper. The menu is seasonal – think stem cabbage with pork neck and brown hollandaise, smoked trout with almonds and pancetta, organic chicken with local mushrooms.

Address

Lugeck 6 Vienna 1010

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The Breakfast Club

Vienna, Austria

Locals fill their boots with contemporary brunch dishes including poached eggs and French toast, or jazzed-up Austrian classics such as bread, honey and fruit at this all-day breakfast joint in the heart of the lively fourth district.

Address

Schleifmühlgasse 12-14 Vienna 1040

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Neni

Vienna, Austria

Nestled in the heart of Naschmarkt, Neni serves up Israeli food inspired by the cafés of Jerusalem and the market bars of Tel Aviv. Breakfast includes bubbling baked eggs, yoghurt with candied nuts and Yiddish sweet bread, while lunch or dinner calls for feasts of oven-baked aubergine with tahini, almond chicken, lamb shawarma, perfect pitta bread and the best hummus in the city.

Address

Naschmarkt 510 Vienna 1060

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Zweitbester

Vienna, Austria

Join the fashion pack at this bar/restaurant surrounded by the artisan stores and boutique galleries of the Freihausviertel. The food is bright, modern and comforting with a concise brunch, lunch and dinner menu of seasonal dishes. The bar even hosts concerts in the loos, with a crammed programme of local DJs and musicians.

Address

Heumühlgasse 2 Vienna 1040

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Café Prückel

Vienna, Austria

Café Prückel is all pink drapings and chandeliers. Opposite the beautiful MAK museum (worth a visit if you’re interested in applied arts), this is a great spot to meet friends and experience Viennese coffeehouse culture. With coffee specialties, stacks of newspapers and homemade pastries, this spot is perfect for whiling away a few hours.

Address

Stubenring 24 (Luegerplatz) 1010

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Café Frauenhuber

Vienna, Austria

As the oldest coffee house in Vienna, Café Frauenhuber is pretty popular. Located at the old Fleischmarkt (meat market) in the first district, it makes a convenient centrepoint for a taste of Viennese nostalgia.

Address

Himmelpfortgasse 6 1010

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Kleines Café

Vienna, Austria

This tiny coffee shop lives up its name which translates as “little café”. But that’s its charm. Drink in the bohemian atmosphere (and maybe a hot chocolate too). If seating is an issue, the outdoor cobbled square offers an equally appealing setting (weather permitting) for a coffee break.

Address

Franziskanerplatz 3 1010

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Hollerei

Vienna, Austria

At Hollerei the menu changes weekly. Surrounds compliment the restaurant’s wholesome fare with dark wood parquet floors and benches big enough for two. While here, check out the Hollerei gallery, which promotes emerging artists and facilitates entry-level collectors. Check its website for information about exclusive art dinners and events hosted in the exhibition rooms. Cooking workshops are also bookable online.

Address

Hollergasse 9 1150

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Amerlingbeisl

Vienna, Austria

Base yourself in this lantern-filled courtyard for an afternoon of conversation with friends. Sample a mixture of Viennese and international cuisine – opting for a mix of fettuccine with wild garlic, and local sausage with potato salad. The small menu has a seasonal focus, and vegetarian, vegan and organic dishes are available in limited supply.

Address

Stiftgasse 8 1070

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Heurigen

Vienna, Austria

At these rustic wine taverns, food is simple and drinks flow freely. Found on the outskirts of Vienna – as well as in Austria’s winegrowing regions – they’re particularly nice to visit in summer and autumn. Stroll through the taverns’ gardens, glass of red in hand, before tucking into a selection of cured meats, breads and pickled vegetables. Strudel for dessert is near obligatory.

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Oswald & Kalb

Vienna, Austria

Positioned in the Old University Quarter, not far from St Stephen’s Cathedral, Oswald & Kalb is the place to grab a table in a cosy vault and peruse the traditional menu. Treat yourself to some typical Viennese cuisine (although the deboned fried chicken is also very good) and select Austrian wines.

Address

Bäckerstrasse 14 1010

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Glacis Beisl

Vienna, Austria

Sample some contemporary Austrian food a stone’s throw from the crowded Museumsquartier. Hidden sub-terra along Breite Gasse, Glacis Beisl is a surprisingly spacious spot for lunch. Enjoy authentic goulash and scrumptious wiener schnitzel beneath the walnut trees in the sun-drenched courtyard. Post lunch resume to your cultural afternoon at the nearby Leopold Museum.

Address

Breite Gasse 4 1070

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Superfood Deli

Vienna, Austria

Vienna’s food scene extends far beyond schnitzel. For the best acai bowls in town head to the Superfood Deli on the Mariahilfer Strasse. Its motto, “raw, fresh, local, vegan, natural, organic, handmade and sustainable” tells you all you need to know. After devouring your particularly tasty lunch, order a fresh juice or homemade almond-milk latte to go.

Address

Mariahilfer Strasse 45 1060

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Honu Tiki Bowls

Vienna, Austria

Honu Tiki Bowls brings a little Hawaii to Vienna. A hip spot in the city centre, it’s the perfect place for a pit stop when exploring. Mix your base of rice or zoodles with fresh ingredients to refuel before heading out shopping or sightseeing.

Address

Teinfaltstrasse 4 A-1010

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Zum Schwarzen Kameel

Vienna, Austria

If Wes Anderson opened a sandwich joint, this would probably be the place. At Zum Schwarzen Kameel you’ll dine on open sandwiches and neatly cut, pastel-hued pastries. Suffice to say, this charming establishment should be on every visitor’s list – locals love it. In winter, cosy up in the open-air gastgarten under heaters and layered blankets with a wiener melange – a viennese take on a cappuccino.

Address

Bognergasse 5 1010

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Mochi Ramen Bar

Vienna, Austria

Stop here after a visit to Vienna’s Prater amusement park. The eatery is on the smaller side and operates on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not possible (so don’t waste your time cosying up to the front of house). The wait is worth it with a lengthy menu of ramen variations. Our advice: don’t skimp on the toppings.

Address

Vorgartenmarkt Stand 12 & 29 1020

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People on Caffeine

Vienna, Austria

In Vienna’s eighth district, People on Caffeine (POC) reigns with its unique setting and sumptuous brews. Located in an old church, the café strikes a balance of style with refined, minimalist interiors. Intimate without being overcrowded, this place offers welcome respite amid the busy streets of an inner-city district. Come here to sip that long macchiato in peace.

Address

Schlösselgasse 21 1080

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Kaffemik

Vienna, Austria

Adorned in blue and white tiles, Kaffemik exudes the kind of quaintness that has customers cooing (and Instagramming). Simple and elegant – the same can be said for its coffee – the shop prides itself on its choice of brews, sourced from independent coffee roasters across Europe. Order one of their classic headstrong espressos and savour the flavour over a good book.

Address

Zollergasse 5 1070

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Kaffeemodul

Vienna, Austria

This no-frills coffee shop lets the blend speak for itself. Serving “coffee and nothing else” Kaffeemodul is the smallest coffeehouse in the city. Choose from a blackboard menu detailing the basic staples for coffee aficionados – espresso, cappuccino and filter coffee.

Address

Josefstädter Strasse 35 1080

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Jonas Reindl

Vienna, Austria

Minutes from the exuberant neo-gothic Votivkirche, Jonas Reindl is a modern offshoot in an otherwise antiquated area. Here you can expect to sit with a varied crowd of young students, tourists and locals looking for a satisfying brew. Ask owner Philip Feyer and partner Ulrich Salamun about sustainable methods used across their Nicaraguan farms – you’ll catch them by the counter.

Address

Währinger Strasse 2-4 1090

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Café EL.AN

Vienna, Austria

Café EL.AN (an abbreviation of owners Elke and Anna’s names) serves up state-of-the-art coffee delivered to your table by infectiously enthusiastic staff. Using specialty filter roasters and high-tec lab tools, we’re willing to wager Werner Heisenberg would have frequented this place had it been up and running in his time.

Address

Werdertorgasse 4 1010

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Balthasar Coffee Bar

Vienna, Austria

Taking cues from in its laidback owner, Otto, who manages to run the show while still finding time to pop out for a cheeky cigarette, Balthasar is deliciously relaxed. With its pastel-speckled walls, white- and blue-marbled counter and twinkling lights, it’s one of our favourites in town.

Address

Praterstraße 38 1020