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AUSTRIA: While Vienna may be known for its rich cultural heritage, imperial palaces, splendid landmarks, and the breathtaking Danube River, Austria's Imperial capital is also home to exceptional cuisine. When visiting Vienna, embark on a culinary journey and discover traditional dishes at some of the best restaurants, cosy cafés, fresh food markets and more! Our guide below will take you on a gourmet adventure like no other.
Viennese Coffee House Culture at Café Central
Immerse yourself in the famous Viennese coffee house culture at Café Central. Set inside Palais Ferstel, a palatial mansion house inspired by Venetian Trecento-era architecture, Café Central is commonly referred to as Vienna's most inspiring coffee house. As you sip piping-hot Melange (a Viennese coffee speciality) and enjoy a piece of heavenly apple strudel or indulgent Sachertorte (chocolate cake) wonder in awe at the breathtaking architecture and listen to the soulful sounds of piano music.
Schnitzel Heaven: Figlmüller
It would be a sin to visit Vienna and not try one of its signature dishes - the schnitzel. And for the best and biggest schnitzel in town, you must visit the world-famous Figlmüller restaurant. We're also not exaggerating when we say "big" - think dinner plate size, and well worth it. From the first bite, you will understand why this restaurant is so famous. The breadcrumb coating is perfectly crispy and the meat - tender and juicy. If you're vegetarian not to worry, the Figlmüller also serves up a delicious cheese schnitzel.
"Zur Mitzitant": Traditional Viennese Cuisine With an Unexpected Twist
If you are a foodie looking for new culinary experiences, Mitzitant is an absolute must! Expect classic Austrian dishes served with a modern twist. The Wiener Schnitzel, for example, is served with an Asian influence, think crispy breading with sesame seeds and ginger, while a Tafelspitz (boiled veal or beef in broth, served with a mix of minced apples and horseradish) gets a spicy makeover with the addition of wasabi potato cream. It doesn't stop there either, the atmosphere at Mitzitant is cosy and elegant, the service is excellent and the wine selection is top-notch.
Authentic Viennese Experience at "Leberkäs Pepi"
If you think that Viennese cuisine consists only of coffee houses and schnitzels, well we're about to tell you otherwise... The famous Leberkäs Pepi is a small snack stand in Vienna's old town that specialises in Leberkäse - baked, crusty loaf with a combination of finely-chopped pork, bacon and beef. But this is not just any Leberkäse! Here you will find Vienna's best, served with fresh pastries, mustard and sweet horseradish. The Leberkäs Pepi also offers a one-of-a-kind experience in itself. Here you‘ll meet people from all walks of life, from workers to aristocrats. It's a place where everyone is welcome and made to feel right at home.
A Foodie's Paradise: The "Naschmarkt" Food Market
Oh, the Naschmarkt! Also known as a "snack market“, the name alone makes you want to go. The Naschmarkt is a culinary mecca in Vienna, from fresh oysters and seafood to traditional Viennese dishes, exotic spices and delicate sweets. But it's not just the food that makes the Naschmarkt so special, the atmosphere is simply incomparable. Locals and tourists alike cavort here to enjoy the buzzing vibe, good times and friendly faces.
Your Vienna Address
After a long day eating your way through Vienna, a comfortable resting place ought to be top of mind! With spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, Adina Apartment Hotel Vienna Belvedere is certainly the perfect choice. With a fully equipped kitchen, separate living and working areas and a washer-dryer, make Adina Vienna your home away from home. The hotel is also centrally located, so exploring the city and its culinary treasures is easy!