Traditional inns, restaurants and wine taverns in Vienna

Top tips for Viennese cuisine


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    Gasthaus Wolf

    Not in the first district, which makes it all the more a secret tip: the Gasthaus Wolf. Giblets set the tone here. In the cosy restaurant with its rustic bar, liver and co. are served so finely seasoned on the plates that even the most critical sceptics become a fan of lights. Tip: the best St Martin’s goose in Vienna is served here in autumn!

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    Gastwirtschaft Steman

    Just a few steps away from Mariahilfer Straße, the Steman restaurant has long been one of the best local restaurants in the city offering classic Viennese cuisine. The guests are young, the waiters always friendly and relaxed and the “Blunzengröstl” (fried black pudding) is sheer poetry. In the evening, the team cooks with more focus on seasonal dishes!

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    Zur Herknerin

    Stefanie Herkner is known for two things: the fluffiest apricot and plum dumplings in the city and an excellent Viennese humour. In her restaurant, the young landlady serves traditional Austrian home cooking. In a cosy living room interior and in the pavement café on Wiedner Hauptstraße in summer. Super cuisine and a nice evening guaranteed!

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    Classic and always good. Whoever wants to eat a perfect “Tafelspitz” (boiled beef) is in the right place at Plachutta in the Wollzeile. The waiters serve the classic Viennese cuisine in a soup bowl. They also bring breadcrumb and horseradish sauce, roast potatoes and creamed spinach. In combination with the tender piece of meat, everything tastes so perfect that both locals and tourists love the restaurant. So make sure you reserve a table in advance!

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    Wieninger am Nussberg

    You have to visit the Heurigen Wieninger, even it if is just for the view over the city: the restaurant garden with wooden tables and benches is surrounded by vineyards on the hilly Nussberg. The food includes classic wine tavern dishes such as bread with cured ham, salads, meatballs and a dishes for vegetarians. To drink: biodynamic wines and homemade juices. It is most beautiful here at sunset and in a red sun lounger!

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Imperial cuisine

From imperial rolls to imperial pancakes

There are many anecdotes about the famous Austrian “Kaiserschmarren”, a traditional pancake dish. One of them goes as follows: in 1854 the Viennese court pâtissier created a new dish for the wedding of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth of Bavaria. But Elisabeth - always thinking about her slim figure - spurned this sweet dish. The Emperor jokingly took Sisi’s plate and said with a smile: "Well then give me the “Schmarren” which our Leopold has created”. The Emperor (the “Kaiser”) enjoyed the taste of this sweet dish so much that it was known ever after as “Kaiserschmarren”.

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Imperial shopping

Vienna’s souvenirs with a touch of craftsmanship

Particularly in the centre of Vienna you will find numerous shopping locations for “imperial” shopping experiences. These include many former suppliers to the imperial court, small manufactories which specialise in Viennese handicrafts, and numerous souvenir shops.

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Between tapas and tartes

A romantic date in a bistro or rather a tapas evening with friends?

The motto here is "Sharing is caring"! Whether over a bottle of wine in Le Troquet or a table full of tapas in Toma tu Tiempo - sharing is fun! And if you are looking for a more intimate evening, then a date in Beaulieu can be recommended. 

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