Prague Vienna and Budapest
Going to these 3 cities in a couple weeks.
Would like recommendations for lunch and dinner - probably will splurge on a nice restaurant in each city. (have reservations at Onyx in Budapest already). Would like to stick with more "local" flavors than Italian or Indian or sushi....love to find holes in the wall with excellent food and atmosphere. Places that you stumble across on your meandering in the city.
Don't want to spend a fortune every meal, so if you know of good values, we'd appreciate it.
Don't have a car so won't be able to find out of the way places.
Thank you for your suggestions!
A ha! I'm very excited to see your post since I love all three cities and have written a lot on my visits to them in the last couple years. You can find a looooong writeup I did of Prague and Vienna (and Krakow) at the bottom of this thread, I'll bet.
Anyway, here are some quick recs:
- Definitely Lokal. A fabulous traditional Czech restaurant with old-time cuisine expertly prepared in a slick and modern environment. And a fantastic Pilsner Urquell as well.
- Strahov Pivovar - a brewery in a monastary up near the castle district with lovely plates of food and a few of their own beers
- U Zlateho Tygra - A traditional Czech beer hall that, unlike many of the reall old ones, hasn't changed a thing to make life easier for tourists. Instead they're a huge pain in the ass, have amazing Pilsner and a killer tartar.
- Hospoda U Novaka - A restaurant a little out of the way with lovely traditional food
- Betlemske restaurant (or something like that, in Bethlehem square) inexpensive and lovely lunch specials.
For the splurge we did the tasting at La Degustation. It's expensive but the Czech menu with pairings was so memorable.
- Weinhof Wieninger: A wonderful heuriger where the Wieninger winery sells their wines along with beautiful food.
- Phoenixhof - A traditional Viennese restaurant with simple, delicious food
- Rudi Beisl: A bistro-style restaurant with exquisitely sophisticated, yet simple food
- Restaurant Sperl - Great lunch option, especially if you're visiting the nearby Belvedere.
- Three awesome cheap lunches for tiny sandwiches: Tznievski (sp), Duran and Zum Schwarzen Kameel. Each has their own spin on tiny little canape sandwiches and I love them all.
Spent a lot less time there than the others but damn do I want to go back to the Central Market Hall and each more Langos!
There are TONS of pics at my wife's blog: google Tasty Trix. There's whole travel sections for each place.
Enjoy your trip! All three are amazing!
Very surprised that there hasn't been any more discussion on these wonderful cities! Your trip is probably approaching so I was wondering if you'd decided on anything.
Yes, I am on vacation in Italy, chow hounding along the Adriatic coast (without any posting to CH at all, since we stay away from the large cities).
Regarding your wish for an authentic experience of Viennese cuisine, I would first like to get a little bit more information about your visit to Vienna:
- where do you stay ?
- how much do you want to spend ?
- how long do you stay ?
Oh definitely. When we were in Vienna last year we would sometimes check in with Sturmi in the morning and get recs for that day's lunch. It was pretty awesome.
I just remembered more cheap eats that I forgot to mention: street food. Prague and Vienna both have great street food, especially for late at night. We loved the Bitzinger wurstlstand near the opera house in Vienna. And Prague has some great klobasa stands in Wenceslas Square. After a bunch of beers you can do no better.
Also, in Budapest there's a lovely outdoor cafe in Karoly square where we only had a drink (like I said, we were there too short) but if the weather is great it would be a nice place to sit outside and relax with a meal or a drink.
You hotel is in a great area, the Viennese red-light district of the 1800s called "Spittelberg". It is now a more touristy location, but not without its charms ...
There are MANY interesting places in the vicinity of your hotel. The Glacisbeisl http://www.glacisbeisl.at
is just one block away, and the Burggasse is just one large line of restaurants and bars. Actually about half of them are Indian, Japanese, Italian, Thai etc. But there are also quite authentic Viennese beisl, such as Altwiener Gastwirtschaft Schilling
or Zu den 2 Lieserln
Also Phoenixhof ist not far away, and on the same street, Neustiftgasse, is the Gasthaus Wratschko recently featured by Anthony Bourdain...
Prague - Cafe Imperial, Cafe Savoy, Mozaika
Vienna - Plachutta
Budapest - Onyx is a great choice