After long days of exploring (or right in the middle of them), you’ll be looking for great places to eat. Vienna offers just about anything you might want, but here are some great places that are definitely worth a stop.
1. Cafe Hawelka
Cafe Hawelka is one of the oldest cafes in Vienna, opened in 1945. Freud used to come here and write. It’s just around the corner from Stephensdom, so an easy spot to take a break during your days of exploring. It is famed for its sweet rolls filled with jam (Buchtel), but also has excellent coffee and other pastries. Things are quiet here in the early morning and later in the evening. There is no menu here, only a list on a blackboard with all the offerings for the day. A perfect spot to relax and sip on a Wiener Melange.
Address: Dorotheergasse 6, 1010 Wien, Austria
Website: Cafe Hawelka (in German)
You won’t want to miss Demel and their tasty sweet treats. In business since 1888, it is often very busy with locals and tourists alike. If things are too busy downstairs, go upstairs and look for a table. Rooms are beautiful and relaxed.
Cakes and coffees are amazing. You can watch the confections being made from scratch through a big glass panel in the back. To speed things up a little you can order at the counter, receive a ticket and then give that to your waiter or waitress when you sit and order drinks.
Address: Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien, Austria
Delia’s is a great spot to watch the world pass by. They serve excellent coffee, snacks, and drinks in a friendly environment. It’s a great place to sample Wiener Marillenkuche, a classic apricot cake. The staff here is very friendly and unassuming, making this an ideal spot to experience the Vienna cafe atmosphere.
Address: Tuchlauben 8, 1010 Wien, Austria
Website: Caffe Delia’s (in German)
4. Rooftop bar in the 25hours hotel
Roof Bar in the 25hours hotel offers a clever design and stunning views. It is a great spot for a drink during sunset. The drink repertoire is rather limited, but the views and the ambiance more than make up for it. Come around 7 p.m. to miss the lengthy queue to get in.
Rooftop bar in the 25hours hotel
Address: Lerchenfelder Straße 1-3, 1070 Wien
Website: 25hours Hotel
Naschmarkt is one of the most famous markets in Vienna, with origins in the 16th century. Over 100 food stalls offer food from Viennese cakes to Vietnamese dishes, with restaurants scattered about as well, from dawn to dusk. On the weekends it turns from just a food market into a full-fledged flea market. Definitely worth a wander through!
Address: 1060 Vienna, Austria
Website: Naschmarkt (in German)
Tired of those heavy Austrian dishes? Mochi offers a great change of pace… Sushi! It has a really fantastic menu with plenty of choices, great presentation, and good value.
There is outdoor seating available. For dinner, it’s best to book ahead as the restaurant is a small place and very popular. For lunch they do not take reservations, so chances of finding a seat are higher then.
Address: Praterstraße 15, 1020 Wien, Austria
7. Justice Ministry Canteen
The Justice Ministry Canteen seems like an unlikely spot to stop for lunch, but it is well worth it for the fantastic views. The Canteen is located on the 5th floor of the Justice Ministry building, with reasonably priced, good food. From the outside, this building is rather nondescript, but inside it is absolutely stunning.
You will have to go through security to enter, so be aware of what you have with you (don’t bring things you can’t bring on an airplane!). Once inside, admire the decor and hop on the elevator to find the 5th-floor canteen. Be sure to head out to the balcony to admire the views over Vienna.
Justice Ministry Canteen
Address: Schmerlingpl. 10, 1016 Wien, Austria
Website: Justizcafe (in German)
Schnitzelwirt offers the best traditional Wiener Schnitzel at the best price, with generous portions to boot. One schnitzel is more than enough to share between two people. The salads are also fantastic so be sure to order potato salad, a perfect complement to this classic Wiener Schnitzel. It is a local place where the menu is only in German, but the staff is helpful and accommodating. Schnitzelwirt is located slightly out of the city center, but well worth a visit.
Address: Neubaugasse 52, 1070 Wien, Austria
Facebook page: Schnitzelwirt
9. Cafe Benno
Here is space where you can eat, drink, and play board games until the early hours of the morning. Bring your own or borrow one from their huge collection. Spend the day (or night) eating and drinking the tasty food at Cafe Benno while playing games with family, friends, or complete strangers! The staff is very kind and prices are reasonable. Always a fun time at Cafe Benno!
Address: Alser Str. 67, 1080 Wien, Austria
Website: Cafe Benno (in German)
10. Zanoni & Zanoni
Zanoni & Zanoni is an excellent choice for ice cream in Vienna, especially after a long day of sightseeing. There are plenty of flavors available, so you will be sure to find something that suits your taste. Be sure to make a stop here to cool off and enjoy a sweet treat.
Zanoni & Zanoni
Address: Lugeck 7, 1010 Wien, Austria
Website: Zanoni & Zanoni (in German)
Satisfy your stomach
Vienna offers plenty of great restaurants featuring sweet treats, Austrian specialities, coffees and so much more. Enjoy it all!
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