How to eat like the Locals in Vienna

As we were brought around Vienna by DH’s Viennese friend, we managed to try quite a few local delicacies, and they were all delicious. Possibly the most palatable meals I have had in my honeymoon. In Prague and Budapest, most of the places we have been were questionable, with a few good exceptions. But everything we had in Vienna was excellent. So what and where do locals eat in Vienna? Let’s start with the first meal of the day, breakfast!

Classic Viennese Breakfast

We were introduced to a typical Viennese breakfast in Café Mozart, a traditional Viennese coffee house near the Opera House. A typical Viennese breakfast usually consists a Semmel (bread roll with a crispy crust), butter, homemade jam, coffee, and a glass of orange juice. I don’t drink coffee, so I ordered a hot chocolate instead. It was a Mozart Schokolade (chocolate), which is hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallow, and drizzled with chocolate and pistachio sauce. Sounds extremely sinful, doesn’t it? There was a particular egg option in the menu which is “im Glas” (soft boiled eggs served in a glass), I was curious as to how it looked like, so I ordered it as well. Turns out it is just like the description. Soft boiled eggs served in a glass.

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It is always a pleasure to dine in an open terrace in Europe.
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Vienna’s Iconic Dessert

At Café Mozart, I also managed to squeeze in some room for dessert, and I had Vienna’s most iconic dessert, the Sachertorte, which is a really dense chocolate cake with an apricot jam filling and glazed with a chocolate fondant. It is traditionally served with unsweetened whipped cream at the side. And it tastes positively divine.

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Café Mozart

Where: Albertinaplatz 2, A-1010 Wien
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 00:00 daily
Website: https://www.cafe-mozart.at/en/cafe-mozart.html

Vienna’s Best Street Food

What kind of street food do the locals in Vienna eat? The answer is, sausages! Sausages are found everywhere in the streets, and there were plenty of stalls selling sausages in Naschmarkt, the biggest street market in  Vienna, but the sausages there all pale in comparison to Bitzinger, the most famous sausage stand in Vienna. Bitzinger is conveniently located in between Albertina Museum and the Opera House. There was a long queue, but the queue is said to be always long, so there was a bit of wait though we were ravenous. But it was worth the wait. Crispy, juicy sausages stuffed with melted cheese which went perfectly with mustard. Käsekrainer is a traditional Austrian sausage and a perfect order if you love both cheese and sausages like me.

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See the green rabbit sitting on the top of a tiny stall? That’s the Bitzinger.
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Bitzinger

Where:
Albertinaplatz, 1010 
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 04:00 daily
Website: www.bitzinger-wien.at

Traditional Austrian Cuisine in a Local Restaurant

His friend also kindly helped us make a reservation at a beautiful local restaurant, Plachutta Hietzing, which is very close to Schönbrunn Palace, and recommended us to order tafelspitz. Tafelspitz is beef simmered in clear savoury vegetable broth, served with a side of roasted potatoes, creamed spinach and two sauces, a sweet and spicy apple-horseradish sauce and a rich egg and mustard white sauce respectively.

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The restaurant actually has a menu guide instructing people on how to eat tafelspitz. First, you drink the soup that the beef has been boiled in, then you spread the bone marrow on the toasted rye bread, and finally you eat the beef served with the sides.

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Boiled beef probably doesn’t sound like the most appetizing meal, but it was phenomenal, the best meal we had in Vienna. I would definitely love to have tafelspitz again. The beef was soft and fully absorbed the flavours of the broth, and the bone marrow spread triumphs any butter, cheese, jam, or even Nutella spread I have ever had.

Plachutta Hietzing

Where: Auhofstraße 1, 1130 Vienna
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri, 11:30 to 15:00 and 06:00 to 23:30 ; Weekends and Public Holidays, 11:30 to 23:30
Website: https://www.plachutta-hietzing.at/en

Dining in a Countryside Tavern (Heuriger)

A heuriger is an Austrian wine tavern with homemade food and wine which is only open for a few months during the growing seasons. So during the growing seasons, Viennese locals would definitely head to a heuriger to have delicious homemade delights! And the best place to enjoy it would be in the country. We were brought to Heuriger Sirbu, and the view was fantastic, with the Viennese vineyards all around us. I think I was too hungry though, somehow I forgot to take a photo of the tavern. But I did take photos of the surrounding countryside.

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The food may look simple, but they were pretty delicious, especially the crispy pork knuckle, you can hear the crunch as you bite it. I was also taught to drink like the locals do, a spritzer, which a mix of soda water and wine.

Lastly, I have to make a special mention to Vienna rye bread, they are dense and moist with just the right amount of crisp at the sides, and a tinge of sourdough tang that makes them so different from usual bread. It was my first time trying rye bread, and I fell in love with it instantly, and was very happy that rye bread was a pleasant accompaniment to most of my meals there.

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I was initially a little apprehensive to try the blood sausage, but it turned out to be pretty good!
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Bread dumpling with sauerkraut
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Crispy pork knuckle ❤
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Heuriger Sirbu

Where: Kahl Str. 210 / A-1190 Wien
Opening Hours: (April-October) Mon-Fri 16:00 to 23:00; Sat 15:00 to 23:00
Website: http://www.sirbu.at
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13 thoughts on “How to eat like the Locals in Vienna

  1. I love rye bread as well.. I’ve never come across it here in Cairo, and I miss it so much that I’m thinking of making my own someday. The cake and hot chocolate sound incredible!

  2. I love Vienna, your fotos bring it back to me. You sure seem like a hungry one! 🙂
    I recall a great meal one evening there, near the Petersplatz church. It was a sauerbraten with interesting pickled vegetables and potato balls. The waiter suggested a malzbeer as a beverage. and it turned out great: beer brewed with plenty of sour lemon.

    1. Thank you! We were really fortunate to have my hubby’s friend as a guide! If you ever return to Vienna, do try out the places I have mentioned!

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