The ONE List You Need For Vienna’s Must-Eat Restaurants

Who doesn’t love a good Weiner? It’s one of many must-eat Viennese foods.

Austrian cuisine heavily reflects upon its cold winters and powdery landscape surrounding the Alps. The foundation of must-eat foods consists of hearty dishes including Weiner Schnitzel and goulash with hefty flavors and carbs. But modern Austrian cuisine has incorporated nearby countries’ methods and ingredients such as seafood from Croatia and Mediterranean tastes.

For a quick bite of local street food, you’ve got to pull the touristic trigger. While sightseeing in Old Town, you’ll see many sausage stands selling all types of franks, beers, and pretzels. In addition to our tasty list below, an instantly grilled sausage is a total must!

Konstantin Filippou 

Konstantin Filippou.
Konstantin Filippou. Photo: Wendy Hung

This two-Michelin star restaurant is a go-to spot for one of my favorite meals in Vienna. Konstantin Filippou is the city’s fine dining hotspot offering a business lunch menu you can’t miss! Great value for a 3-course meal, so you can taste luxury without breaking the bank. Filippou is a Greek Austrian who leads his team with much thrill and artistic flair. The open kitchen delivers seasonal dishes that range from Trout Tartar (with beetroot and spicy yogurt) and Potato Ravioli (with bok choy and nut butter) to Salmon Label Rouge served with almond milk.

O boufés 

O Boufes.
O Boufés. Photo: O Boufés.

Next to Konstantin Filippou is its sister and “bistronomy” restaurant: O boufés – a bistro that focuses on natural wines which are currently on the rise in Vienna. Your choice of beverage will go down smoothly with smaller dishes that span from charcuterie plates, Bouchot Mussels, and Cauliflower Crumbles to Beef Cheeks. An elegant space to devour a buzzed-about meal, be sure to taste local Austrian wines that may come in smaller volumes but are beautifully unpretentious.

Labstelle 

Labstelle.
Labstelle. Photo: Wendy Hung

A nature-inspired menu surrounding the concept of Slow Food, Labstelle’s most enticing items are Nose-to-Tail Menu and the Surprise Menu. Both are multi-course meals, so if you opt for either option be sure you have a large appetite. The wine menu is a comprehensive one, highlighting the fertility of Austrian soil. The interior decor as well as the outdoor terrace are modern and beautiful.

Weibel’s Wirtshaus 

Weiner Schnitzel.
Weiner Schnitzel. Photo: Wendy Hung

Situated very close to the St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Mozart museum, Weibel’s Wirtshaus might be a tourist hub but it’s a cozy traditional Viennese joint. Featuring the all-time favorite must-eat dish: Weiner Schnitzel! When in Vienna…right? Paired with a sparkling rosé on a hot summer day, the whole experience can be cliché, but you’ve got to do it! The service is top-notch, and the Viennese dishes are delectable.

Le Loft 

Das LOFT Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
Facebook: Das LOFT Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

Swanky hotspot with THE view! Le Loft is Vienna’s cool and trendy hang out. The vibe might edge on splashy and swank, but if you’re part of the in-crowd then dinner with drinks here is a must. Underneath the ceiling created by artist Pipilotti Rist, you’ll devour dishes that are both classic and modern. Most importantly, flavorful with gorgeous presentation. Don’t forget the wine menu – it’s pretty fabulous. Dress to impress, this place will certainly need a reservation.

Naschmarkt

Goulash at Naschmarkt.
Goulash at Naschmarkt. Photo: Wendy Hung

Also a great place for a nice drink, Naschmarkt features a fantastic array of restaurants serving travelers’ favorites including the big gun: goulash! The market is a lively place to taste foods from various parts of the world as well, spotlighting 100 stalls since the entire strip dates all the way back to the 16th century. I would spend some time and walk around the strip first, then decide on the stall that captivates your appetite. Seafood restaurants, sizzling BBQ, local cheeses, cured meats, or even Middle Eastern plates can be discovered in this lovely gem. Don’t miss a must-eat item: goulash.

Weiners at Sausages Stands 

Sausage Stands.
Sausage Stands. Photo: Wendy Hung

As you stroll through Vienna, you’ll see many sausage stands especially in the area by St. Stephen’s Church. Weiners, or Käsekrainer, are the essence of Austrian cuisine. Even locals will stop by for a quick snack at these popular sausage stands. Most of the weiners are made with veal or pork, but why not try them all? They usually come with pickles and different types of sauces.

Wendy Hung

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As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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