Whether you're looking to sample some traditional Austrian fare, Italian, or a quick snack, there are a huge number of restaurants and cafés all over the city serving many different types of cuisine. Depending on where you choose, you can find some very reasonable prices. Look out for Mittagsmenüs (mid-day menus) as these often offer a cheaper option.
The streets of the Alter Markt area, as well as Getreidegasse, Griegsgasse and Linzer Gasse all sport many different places to choose from. During the various festivals held in the city, most notably the Salzburg Festival in the summer, places are a lot busier.
If you plan to cook your own food while visiting the city, there are some great markets where you can find lots of fresh local ingredients. Two of the most popular are the Universitätsplatz market (open Mon-Sat) and the market close to Mirabellplatz (open Thurs). Here you'll find vegetables, fruit, meat, fish and more.
In terms of fast food, Bosna is probably the most popular local dish. It originated in Salzburg and consists of two bratwursts, onions, mustard and a sprinkling of spices on a white bun. Vendors throughout the city offer this classic version of Bosna, along with various other toppings.
Ice-cream is a big deal here too. All around you'll see signs proclaiming 'Eis' is available and it's a lovely treat on a warm summer night. If you're in the mood for a bit of opulence with your ice-cream, Café Tomaselli is a great choice. Styled like an old Viennese coffee house, the prices here are very reasonable and the house speciality sundaes come in large portions. Like many of Salzburg's cafés, this is a great place to people watch from the large number of tables outside.
Linzer Gasse 66, Salzburg, Austria
Flöckner is a great choice for breakfast. At various locations around the city, you can check your email using the free WiFi here while enjoying a coffee and a pastry. They do a lot of breakfast specials too, with muesli, yoghurt and orange juice costing only €2.80. Sandwiches, soups, pizza and a wide range of drinks are also offered here.
Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Saturday 8am-12pm. Free WiFi available.
Alter Markt 9, Salzburg, Austria
Café Tomaselli is styled like an old-school Viennese coffee house. Recognisable by its green and white table umbrellas, this café is spread over two floors. You can sit outside on both levels. Inside you’ll find lots of tables and chandeliers. As well as the one inside, there’s also a staircase in front of the building leading up to the first floor terrace. Ladies with trays bring around a wide selection of cakes for you to choose from, or alternatively you can sample one of the many ice-creams or drinks on the menu. Hot food, from omelettes to sandwiches, is also available.
Open 7 days 7am-9am.
Rudolfskai 8, Salzburg, Austria
Indigo, which has several branches across Salzburg, serves sushi, soups, curries and salads. Here you can get ramen dishes for just €5.50 and spicy couscous for €4.30. It's small inside, with high benches and funky stools. Eat in or take away, it's great value and gets busy at peak times.
Open Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri/Sat 10am-12am, Sun 12am-8pm. Free WiFi available before 11.30am and after 2pm.
Stiftskeller St. Peter, St. Peter Bezirk I/IV, Salzburg, Austria
To get a taste of Salzburg's culture as well as its food, try out the Mozart Dinner Concert. During a three course meal of Austrian foods, musicians in period dress perform a concert of Mozart's music while two opera singers also perform. Unlike a traditional opera, the setting it extremely intimate in this small, candlelit dining room. It's a great way to hear some of the music Salzburg is famous for, while enjoying a great meal.
Hagenauerplatz 2, Salzburg, Austria
Located just off Getreidegasse in a square that faces Mozart's birthplace, this restaurant serves a wide range of Austrian dishes. Inside, the restaurant is spread across three floors in rooms that are done up to look like traditional apartments. Portions are large and prices are reasonable.
Müllner Hauptstrasse 31, Salzburg, Austria
Serving traditional Austrian grub, the Krimpelstätter is divided into three rooms, all serving food from the same menu. Dating back as far as 1548, this restaurant has a nice beer garden to relax in during the summer.
Hubert Sattler Gasse 3, Salzburg, Austria
A café, bar and restaurant, the Shakespeare Café serves a varied selection of food including pastas, soups, salads and pizza. The interior is quite trendy and there are lots of tables outside. The Mittagsmenü, or mid-day menu, is really good value. It's €6.80 for 2 courses and for an extra €1.50 you can choose another course as well.
Open Mon-Fri 9am-1am, Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 4pm-12pm.
Getreidegasse 14, Left Bank (Old Town), Salzburg, Austria
As many of the restaurants in the Old Town can be quite expensive, this eating place is breath of fresh air as it is excellent value and serves very tasty Italian food.
Judengasse 5-7, Salzburg, Austria
This South American styled restaurant is a great place to dine if you like steak. Another very popular meal is the tapas.
Schanzlgasse 2, Kajetanerplatz, Salzburg, Austria
If you want to experience true Salzburgian hospitality this is the place for you. With a menu packed with authentic Austrian dishes, it is one of the city's best kept secrets, so no need to worry about too many tourists.
3 Hellbrunnerstr. 3, Salzburg, Austria
Situated at the back of the Kunstlerhaus building, this café is a good place to relax with a latte as well as get something to eat. It's best feature is the view it offers over the River Salzach.
Getreidegasse 43, Left Bank (Old Town), Salzburg, Austria
This traditional restaurant has many specialities and it is where you will find the closest thing to Austrian home-cooking in the city.
Griesgasse 23/Getreidegasse 34, Salzburg, Austria
If you want to watch a stage version of the famous Julie Andrews film and get a four-course meal at the same time this is just what you are looking for.
Müllner Hauptstrasse 4, Left Bank (Old Town), Salzburg, Austria
Situated beside the river, as well as a bustling sidewalk, this has it all. Inside the atmoshphere is warm and welcoming, meaning you will find it hard to leave. Good for lunch as well as just a coffee.
Rainerstraße 31, Salzburg, Austria
Not all eating is to be done at night as breakfast is an extremely important meal of the day also. This hotel is one of the best places in the city to get it. Not only does the hotel serve a great breakfast, it also has great views over the surrounding area.