Vienna Good Eats?
Heading to Vienna on Friday for a 9 day visit and lucky enough to be staying in an apartment located in eight district. This is a first to Vienna for both of us. We love to cook, so we're interested in local markets and local specialty ingredients. I'm thinking that by doing a little of our own cooking we can somewhat keep things health and diet and budget friendly too. Also, your thoughts on restaurants for some good eats at good prices would be much appreciated. After doing a bit of reading re: eating in Vienna, am a bit concerned about the food being heavy and very rich. I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on eating well in Vienna!
I just returned from Vienna. We found a Sri Lankan restaurant called "Colombo Hoppers" which is a gem!! The food is exceptional and the restaurant itself is very high end. It is located at 1050 Wien, Schonbrunner Strasse 84. We had the vegetarian platter for 2. It was out of this world! I have been to Sri Lanka, and this is as close to that experience I have enjoyed!
I was on a business trip to Vienna earlier this week. My Viennese colleagues took me out the last night to a place called Immer Voll (it means "always full" in German). They serve traditional Viennese food with a modern twist. We had a wonderful meal of mushroom soup (a special mushroom from the region), something called "sulz" which is sort of like head cheese, Viennese fried chicken. The dessert was outstanding - - knoedl with plums inside - - this was something like a giant matzoball filled with cooked plums. We also enjoyed plenty of house wine and some "sturm" wine as well, which is immature wine. We finished with some local schnapps. Very memorable. Quite delicious. The tab for 5 of us was about 160Euros. I don't have the address, but it wasn't far from the main cathedral square. (With that location, you might think it's a touristy spot, but from what I observed the place was full of locals.)
We truly enjoyed sipping "Eiskaffe" on the Maria-Theresa Strasse while watching the passing parade. There are a number of cafes offering it, with sidewalk patios.
An interesting street eat is their take on sausage on a bun. Everywhere else I've travelled, the buns are either sliced open, or come pre-split. Here, the street vendors have a thin, long steel cone, which they plunge the bun down on. This leaves a hole that gets filled with the sausage. They only offer mustard as a condiment ("schmekt", IIRC), but when they squirt it in first, and then slide in the sausage, you don't end up with mustard on your shirt!
And, let me add three things I'd recommend you see: first, St Stephens Cathedral, especially if there's a service. The architecture is amazing, especially when you think that it was built a thousand years ago using only manpower. And to hear the choir and the parishoners singing - even if you don't understand a word (I didn't), it's still quite moving. The second is the Schonbrunn Castle; the artwork and finish inside are both gorgeous and the grounds are perfectly - and I mean perfectly - manicured. (Check hours before you go; some days, it closes early.) Finally, if you're at a fan of the movie "The Third Man", visit the Prater amusement park, and take a ride on the ferris wheel for a great view of the city. Have a great trip!
Thanks for the corrections; it's been nearly a decade! We stayed at a hotel just off the corner of Mariahilferstrasse, across from the train station. I was travelling with my wife, daughter (4) and mother-in-law (80), and the level of personal attention and service we received were fantastic - I felt like we were visiting old friends after our first day. Can't wait to go back!
My father grew up in Vienna so I grew up on Wiener Schnitzel and goulash soup (my mother makes better Sacher torte than either Hotel Demel or Hotel Sacher!). There's a very famous place that makes a huge scnitzel that it's bigger than the plate they serve it on. They have a few branches, the most famous one is around the corner from St. Stephen's Cathedral. It's been a few years since I've been there, but everyone will know the place. However, there's a better schnitzel/goulash soup place across the street from the Opera House (which is on a "ring" -- if you're facing the front of the opera, it would be across the street to the right) it's also about a block or two behind the Hotel Bristol, I think on Mahlergasse or one block back -- ask the concierge at the Hotel Bristol. Again, I don't remember the name of the place, but they had some picnic tables outside as well as indoor seating. Interestingly, it was hard to find local Viennese cuisine on the weekends -- most of the local restaurants seem to cater to local businessmen and may be closed on the weekend.
re: bobby baby
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And here are the details:
The "schnitzelplace" ist called Figlmüller, and usually packed...
Reservations are not possible, you just come early or wait.
The Schnitzel is different than elsewhere, and they have no beer, only wine (and sodas): http://www.figlmueller.at/
We prefer the Wiener Schnitzel and a nice "Krügel" of beer at Czaak or Schilling, and, on Sundays, there is always the "Wirtshaus im Kinsky":
I am not quite sure what place you went to for Gulasch
(maybe this: http://www.paulusstube.com/ ??), but good Gulasch is not hard to find...
Hi capetowngirl !
The food here in Vienna can be rich and heavy, and very light and tasty !
If you like to cook, you should definitely visit three spots: 1. Meinl am Graben, our lokal gourmet store 2. the Naschmarkt, the former wholesale market and now a market as well as a collection of street food merchants, delis and sushi shops, and 3. the Brunnenmarkt, a large street market where you can find EVERYTHING and more.
If you want good eats at good prices in the eight district, I recommend the street Florianigasse, where you can find mostly low cost restaurants, beisl, pizza shops and chinese places (I like the Tseng in Lederergasse for wonderful Chinese, Thai and other Asian food).
Or favourite places for very good Viennese food and much less than expensive are (as previously posted): Kutschker44, Flein, Finsterer Stern, Komarek, Czaak, Scherer, Immervoll and Schilling. Adresses and opening hours at www.falter.at/wwei
But you can also get great and authentic ethnic cuisine, e.g.:
Iranian: try Hatam or Pars
Vietnamese: Good Morning Vietnam or Saigon
Chinese: Zum kaiserlichen Thron
Italian: Da Moritz, Cantina e l´Arte, Cantinetta Antinori and many more...
Have fun in Vienna !!