I felt like all I did in Vienna was eat – and eat well we did. I ate my weight in schnitzel…and oodles of other delicious treats. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite eats:
Schnitzel, fries, and beer (a.k.a. heaven) at Zwölf Apostelkeller.
Some musicians even serenaded us with “Edelweiss.” Fun fact: Edelweiss is not an Austrian folk-song, but was written for The Sound of Music by Rogers and Hammerstein. Whatever, still cool.
I spent two days in Vienna during my spring break during study abroad in college (just about 4 years ago – eek!). One of the highlights from that trip was dinner at a place called Centimeter, where 6 of us tackled “Das Schwert.” This time, it was four of us: me and the three boys on the trip. It was delicious, and in my opinion, a Vienna must.
Another must was a kebab. Seriously, no trip to Europe is complete without one. One our last day in Vienna, Rachael and I checked out the Naschmarkt – Vienna’s open-air market which is a mix between a flea market and a farmer’s market. This bad boy was 3 euros well spent.
The Hotel Sacher is famous for the “sacher torte” – a dense chocolate cake with a marmalade jam inside. Rachael and I went on our last day and I got a small portion of the cake. I enjoyed it while sipping an “Einsapanner” – espresso with whipped cream. So incredibly good.
Another highlight were the Easter markets. We grabbed some delicious (and different) pretzels and hot mulled wine.
I also enjoyed bratwursts at this classic Viennese café. I may have also fallen in love with our adorable, tuxedo-clad hunk of a waiter.
I also adopted a sparkling water obsession in Vienna. I’d remembered from my past trip there how pervasive sparkling water was – and back then, how I hated it. Now, squeeze a little lemon in there and hello, new fav beverage.
I wasn’t able to grab pictures of every meal, but I also LOVED a pumpkin soup I tried at the Gulasch Museum and a schnitzel with a mushroom sauce called jagerschnitzel. Also – I highly recommend the gelato at Zanoni & Zanoni.
One of my favorite things about Vienna’s restaurants is how cavernous some of them were. The food wasn’t super varied – lots of deep-fried meat and gravy-like sauces. The common denominator in all of it, though, was that it was delicious.
Do you like German/Austrian food?
Favorite type of ethnic cuisine?