Eating out in Vienna is a dream come true for budget travellers. This is mainly due to ‘Wurstelstands’, a Viennese institution. Found all over the city, these stands specialise is ‘wurstels’, or sausages. A hot-dog cost around €3 and they are a great filler at any time of the day, if albeit a messy one.
Taking things indoors, there are restaurants all over the Austrian capital, although for the best value try out the Neubau and Spittelberg areas as this is where you will find eateries affording backpackers with the greatest choice.
If you wish to try a local speciality then you need to sink your teeth into a Wiener Schnitzel, traditionally deep-fried breaded veal, but also made from chicken or pork. This is Vienna’s most famous dish and is normally accompanied by Erdapfelsalat, a potato salad in sweet dill dressing. Another favourite among local restaurants is goulash.
Mariahilferstrasse 152, Vienna, Austria
Food tastes nicer when it is served in airy, bright surroundings, and better again when it is brought to you by friendly staff. This restaurant has all the above plus a varied menu. Meals start at €5 while a traditional Wiener Shnitzel will set you back €7.90.
Open from 12 noon-midnight.
1 Himmelpfort 6, U-Bahn Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria
One of Vienna’s oldest Kaffeehauser, with a vaulted ceiling and an extensive traditional menu. Reputedly Beethoven was a regular.
1 Universitatsstrasse 7, U-Bahn Schottentor, Vienna, Austria
This is the main university mensa and has a wonderful view over to the Votivkirche. Take the lift to floor 6 and walk up the flight of stairs. They serve decent Viennese fare.
1 Stallburggasse 2, U-Bahn Herrengasse, Vienna, Austria
This place has a real, authentic Kaffeehaus feel to it, with its regular clientele, waiters in tuxedos and tasty food. There’s live music on weekends from 3 to 6pm.
1, Friedrichstrasse 6, U-Bahn Karlsplatz., Vienna, Austria
Designed by Adolf Loos in 1899, this cafe was a favourite hang-out of Klimt, Kokoschka and Schiele. A cosy, charming place that is popular with art students and serves good portions of traditional food.
6 Linke Wienzeile 15, U-Bahn Kettenbruckengasse, Vienna, Austria
A bohemian-style, laid back Kaffeehause, frequented by the youger generation of Viennese. Clubbers in particular are attracted, due to the early opening hours.
1, Rotgasse 8, U-Bahn Schwedenplatz., Vienna, Austria
Vienna’s best known designer Chinese restaurant decorated with brash, bright colours and huge round windows. There’s an open kitchen so you can watch your food being prepared. Prices are reasonable.
3, Ungargasse 57, Vienna, Austria
Taiwanese, vegetarian restaurant with lots of soya imitations of meat and fish dishes. They have a very cheap three-course menu.
7, Siebensterngasse 18, U-Bahn Volkheater., Vienna, Austria
A lively Spittleberg hang-out with a mixed crowd and very cheap, filling food. Also a great selection of beers on tap.
7, Neustiftgasse 65, Vienna, Austria
A friendly, good quality, reasonably-priced, South Indian restaurant with an impressive menu.
9, Wahringer Strasse 66, Vienna, Austria
Excellent Italian restaurant serving very cheap pizza and pasta. Meat and fish dishes are pricier but not overly so.