Just east of Danube River, you’ll find the Austrian capital, Vienna. This is a city with a rich history, beautiful Imperial palaces, and stunning buildings featuring diverse architectural styles. So you’ll want to do a lot of sightseeing when visiting Vienna, but that will surely drain your batteries. No worries, since Vienna offers excellent street food to help you charge up while teasing your tastebuds. You can order a crispy schnitzelsemmel if you’re in the mood for chicken, würstel if you prefer sausages, or apfelstrudel if you have a sweet tooth. Check out our list of the best street food you must try in Vienna, Austria, before your upcoming trip to this magnificent city.
One of the most loved street food in Vienna is none other than the schnitzelsemmel. It consists of crispy chicken schnitzel, cucumber, tomato, and green salad nestled inside a round bread roll. To make your own schnitzelsemmel, you’ll need barley malt flour, rye flour, soya flour, dextrose, emulsifier, salt, sugar, and spring water for the bread roll and the breaded crust of the schnitzel. Since everything’s all tucked inside a bread roll, it’s easy to munch on while walking down the road.
2. Falafel wraps
Falafel wraps have become incredibly popular in Western countries, such as Austria, in recent years. And it’s easy to see why, since it’s a cheap and tasty meal that you can have on the go. Every good falafel is made up of tahini sauce and flatbread or pita and prepared inside a dry frying pan. The falafel filling consists of slices of avocado, coriander, parsley, mint leaves, lime, and sriracha. As for the tahini sauce, it consists of crushed garlic cloves, cumin, lemon, natural yogurt, and tahini for that hot spicy flavor.
Most people love fries since they’re so delicious. But have you ever tried German fried potatoes? If you haven’t tried out bratkartoffeln, then you’re missing out on some of the tastiest fries you can get in Europe. The potatoes are cut in different sizes and then fried together with bacon, green peppers, and onions that add a rich aroma and additional flavors into the mix. Furthermore, the cooks serve these fries together with bauernwurst or schnitzel at most eateries in Vienna.
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The Germans are renowned for their delicious sausages, but the Austrian’s aren’t too shabby either in the sausage-making department. That’s why you need to try out würstel when you visit Vienna and gain an appreciation for this delicacy. This Viennese sausage consists of beef and pork and is wrapped inside a sheep’s intestine before undergoing a low-temperature smoking process. While this may not seem very appetizing, the end product is very tasty, especially when coupled with a side dish of hot fries.
Due to the high concentration of Turkish immigrants in Vienna, you’re bound to come across several interesting Turkish eateries. And if you’re yearning a mouthwatering pastry, then you should order a börek when popping by one of these food places. It consists of a thin dough known as either phyllo or yufka and usually consists of a feta cheese filling with black pepper, potato, mincemeat, parsley, herbs, and spinach. You can also find alternatives filled with custard, along with variants from different parts of Southern Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East.
6. Pizza slices
Now, how weird would it be to visit a cosmopolitan city such as Vienna without sampling their pizza? Of course, you’re bound to order a pizza slice or two when in the bustling city center. Try out a thin-crust Margherita pizza that has basil, mozzarella, and tomato or a würstel pizza that’s topped with that magnificent Viennese sausage mentioned earlier. While you’ll find many international pizza brands in Vienna, popular local brands such as Pizza & Grill are worth trying out for a change.
7. Doner kebab
Doner kebab has become Germany’s favorite street food in recent years. And it seems that the same may be happening in Austria given the proliferation of kebab eateries. What makes doner kebab so compelling is that it’s a cheap meaty delicacy that’s prepared on a vertical spit and served on a flatbread, making it easy to munch on when on the go. Also, it’s sandwiched together with other toppings such as cabbage, chili, cucumber, lettuce, onion, sumac, and tomato.
8. Roasted chestnuts
Roasted chestnuts are among the cheapest and simplest street food that you’ll find in Vienna. But this doesn’t mean that they’re a bad option at all. They’re the ideal winter snack and usually taste like sweet potato, and feel either crunchy or spongy depending on how they’ve been prepared. Furthermore, roasted chestnuts should appeal to those that prefer dairy-free and vegan-friendly options, and kids seem to like them too. You’ll find vendors selling roasted chestnuts during Rathausplatz Christmas Market, which attracts many locals and tourists.
If there’s one dish that Austria is famous for, it’s for its apfelstrudel. This tasty apple strudel has become Austria’s national dish, but it grew popular during the rise of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. So what makes it so special? Well, it consists of a layered pastry that’s made of thin and elastic dough, which resembles phyllo after it’s kneaded. Then this dough is folded around the apple filling, baked, and sprinkled with powdered sugar for a mouthwatering treat that you won’t forget anytime soon.
Leberkäsesemmel, also known as leberkäse, is another popular delicacy that you’ll find in Vienna. It resembles Bologna sausage due to having finely ground pork as one of its main ingredients. But that’s not all. It also has corned beef and bacon, baked in a bread pan so that it takes the form of a loaf. Once it is cooked and comes out crusty, it delivers a rich aroma and taste—that you’ll want to cut it up in slices and share with friends and family immediately.
Local and ethnic delights
Vienna offers travelers many local favorites such as apfelstrudel, bratkartoffeln, and leberkäsesemmel. But due to the city’s cosmopolitan nature, there’s also a wealth of ethnic cuisine offerings such as börek, doner kebab, and falafel wraps if you’re in the mood for something a little more exotic.
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