Bar at Amadors Wirsthaus und Greisslerei, Vienna, Austria

Amadors Wirtshaus und Greisslerei

Celebrity chef Juan Amador opened his first Vienna outpost in late winter 2016 to much acclaim in a former wine tavern, and the vaulted brick ceilings are still an important part of the design. Seasonal ingredients are paramount here, where products are for sale in the entrance in a small gourmet food market (the Greisslerei of the spot’s name). Getting to the restaurant in the 19th district is a journey for most visitors staying in or nearby the Inner Stadt, but the updated traditional dishes like goulash and milk strudel are undoubtedly worth the journey. Don’t miss the Sunday roast lunches.

Coffee at  Balthasar Kaffee Bar, Vienna, Austria - Courtesy Nicky Webb

Balthasar Kaffee Bar

A diminutive but cheerful robin’s egg blue sign announces Balthasar’s place on the Praterstrasse in the Leopoldstadt (2nd district), but the happy groupings of locals—at the outdoor tables or by the cozy windows—gives this place away from a distance. The adorable neighborhood hipster coffee bar features bright and cheerful décor with hanging lightbulb fixtures, wide-plank hardwood floors and contemporary Scandinavian furniture. Coffee, unsurprisingly, is excellent, as are the pastries (including a delicious apple strudel, or apfelstrudel). Wine, beer and Champagne are also on offer.

Food at Bitzinger, Vienna, Austria

Bitzinger

You won’t get locals to agree, as most have a favored spot in their respective neighborhoods, but Bitzinger is widely regarded as the city’s best wurst (sausage) purveyor. It is also the most convenient for travelers, as it is located right outside the entrance to the Albertina (and even features a bright-green version of the museum’s iconic pink bunny statue). Bitzinger is a first-class fast-food stand, serving the most flavorful and satisfying Wūrste you’ll ever have; the cheese-stuffed variety is a must-order.

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Interiors at Blaue Bar, Vienna, Austria

Blaue Bar

The appropriately named bar just off the lobby of the Sacher Hotel is a vision in blue—its chairs and tufted settees upholstered in blue velvet, its walls covered in blue silk damask. The lovely spot is equally perfect for an afternoon coffee (along with a slice of sacher torte) or pre- or post- dinner drinks. Locals frequent the fin de siècle Blaue Bar en route to or after seeing an opera in the next-door State Opera House.

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Bruder - Küche & Bar

Bruder, which translates to “brother,” was founded by two best friends and is on The World’s 50 Best Discovery list. The dimly lit cocktail bar is lined with large jars of house-made cocktail infusions and ingredients and is known for its fermentation techniques. It also has a small, rotating food menu.

Interior of Cafe Central

Café Central

Café Central is a traditional Viennese coffee house on the ground floor of the Palais Ferstel building (formerly the Austrian National Bank and stock exchange). Café Central opened its doors in the late 19th century and quickly became a meeting point for the intellectual scene in Vienna with regulars including everyone from Theodor Herzl to Sigmund Freud. A popular traditional coffee house in Vienna, be prepared for a line to enter (it moves quickly, though).

Dinning Area at Café Diglas, Vienna, Austria

Café Diglas

Most locals believe the Diglas’s renovation robbed the place of its bohemian soul, but this centrally located café is a great spot to refuel during sightseeing (the Stephansdom and Museum of Applied Arts are nearby). You can’t miss the pink façade on the corner of the Wollzeile; inside you’ll find red velvet chairs and small marble tables on which coffee and pastries are served on silver trays. Ask for the daily specials, and try the homemade traditional desserts like Milchrahmstrudel, a custard strudel served with warm vanilla sauce. Open daily.

Bar at Café Halle, Vienna, Austria

Café Halle

Like the Hansen, breakfast is the meal du jour at this fanciful café located above the Kunsthalle in the MuseumsQuartier. It is served from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., and includes everything from bagels to a typically Austrian spread of cold cuts, cheeses, muesli and hard-boiled eggs. Situated in the Emperor’s Loge of the former riding hall, the multilevel space has stucco ceilings, flowing gauze curtains and specials written on large chalkboards (the menu changes weekly). If you’re visiting the MQ’s museums, this is a nice place to refuel.

Exterior View - Café Hawelka, Vienna, Austria

Café Hawelka

Located on a quiet side street near the Stephansdom, the dark, smoky, wood-paneled Hawelka is one of the city’s most famous intellectual cafés, frequented during its heyday in the 1960s and ’70s by actors, artists, poets and songwriters. As other Viennese Kaffeehäuser have renovated to appeal to a more contemporary sensibility, the Hawelka, opened by Leopold Hawelka and his wife Josefine in 1939, has held on to its well-worn patina, with faded red-and-yellow-striped couches, marble-topped tables and cozy nooks where you can sit for hours—if you can handle the nicotine-stained atmosphere. The Buchteln (dough dumplings filled with jam) are legendary.

Café Kandl

In Vienna’s trendy Neubau neighborhood, Cafe Kandl is a coffee house by day and wine bar-cum-restaurant by night. It has become one of Vienna’s buzziest tables to snag, with a laidback atmosphere and a small menu. The natural wine list is impressive and extensive.

Exterior View - Landtmann, Vienna, Austria

Café Landtmann

If you’re baffled by the encyclopedic array of Viennese coffee brews, the Landtmann is a great place to start.
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Exterior View - Café Restaurant Augarten, Vienna, Austria

Café Restaurant Augarten

Situated on the grounds of the Porcelain Manufactory Museum, this restaurant is a 2nd District hotspot. After walking through the museum to see the firing, glazing and assembly process, you can lunch inside under the high ceilings of the classical Baroque building (the original Hapsburg summer palace) or outside on the terrace overlooking the expansive gardens of Augarten Park. Decor restaurant offers fresh daily specials along with extensive seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner menus including tartare of char, baked pumpkin with nutmeg and grilled scallion, and artichokes with peas, crayfish and saffron foam. All is served on Augarten porcelain, of course.

Dinning Area at Café Sacher, Vienna, Austria

Café Sacher

The place where Franz Sacher created his famous chocolate torte in 1832 is one of Vienna’s legendary cafés on the ground floor of the Sacher hotel. Due to the Sacher’s popularity, a modern annex was added to the original red velvet–clad salon, but it’s worth waiting to be seated in the cozy old section. Coffee is served on a silver tray, and the moist Sacher-Torte, filled with a thin layer of apricot jam and coated with a shiny chocolate glaze, tastes particularly good here. The cake is served mit Schlag, with whipped cream.

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Cantinetta Antinori

For travelers looking for a break from heavy Austrian fare, Cantinetta Antinori serves classic Italian favorites in an elegant atmosphere in Vienna.
Dinning Area at China Bar An der Wein, Vienna, Austria

China Bar An der Wein

When you grow tired of schnitzel and goulash, head to this trendy Chinese restaurant and bar, which has a simple, elegant interior and offers al fresco dining in warm weather. The menu specializes in Sichuan cuisine and is heavy on spicy flavors in its dishes like pork with sweet potatoes and peanuts.

Food at Daniel Bakery,  Vienna, Austria

Daniel Bakery

The open plan lobby of the Hotel Daniel (owned by the same people behind the Grand Ferdinand) is the setting for the hipster-friendly Daniel Bakery. A bit of a misnomer, the eatery serves more full dishes than baked goods, and is a great spot for lunch while exploring the nearby Belvedere Palace and 21er Haus. American dishes (mac and cheese, burgers, big chopped salads) mingle with Middle Eastern specialties (assorted meze, lamb and date meatballs, falafel with pita) and everything is delicious. Don’t miss the different flavors of iced tea.

Lounge at Das Möbel, Vienna, Austria

Das Möbel

This outpost of Vienna’s popular café and bar in the Spittelberg neighborhood sells designer furniture and home accessories, all displayed in a soaring white space. Closed Sunday.

Dinning Area at Do & Co, Vienna, Austria

Do & Co

This catering company, Austria’s most famous, runs two restaurants in Vienna, including one in the Albertina. The branch on the seventh floor of the Hass Haus, on the Stephansplatz, has the most spectacular views of the city’s famous cathedral. Prime spot: on the terrace, overlooking the roof of the Stephansdom, with its beautiful patterns of ceramic tiles (all 230,000 of them). The glass-enclosed private function space on the ninth floor is particularly impressive; it’s just big enough for a long table for up to twelve people, perfect for hosting a special dinner with 360-degree panoramas. Contact Indagare for help booking a special event. If you cannot get a table, drop by the Onyx Bar on the sixth floor for a drink and similar vistas.

Exterior View - Ella's, Vienna, Austria

Ella's

For those craving a break from Austrian fare, Ella’s is an elegant and delicious Greek option in the city center. Located on a quiet street corner, the restaurant serves Mediterranean classics in a swanky, stark-white dining room. The menu consists of small plates like octopus salad and beef tartar, plus heavier entrees and a variety of Greek and Austrian wines. Especially lovely is the outdoor seating area, which is perfect for people watching with tapas and a glass of wine.

Exterior View -  Figlmüller, Vienna, Austria

Figlmüller

Figlmüller, with two restaurants in Vienna, is the best place in the city for Wiener schnitzel.
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Freyenstein

Located on a quiet street 20 minutes outside of Vienna proper, Freyenstein is a creative Austrian eatery with a prix fix menu. Guests are served a parade of a dozen seasonal dishes that range from celery soup to salmon confit with pickled cherries. Be sure to request a seat in their charming outdoor garden.

Gasthaus Pöschl

A five-minute walk from Stephansplatz, this gastro pub serves some of Vienna’s best Schnitzel and beer in its casual and intimate dining room.

Note: this restaurant is cash only.

Exterior View - Gasthaus Tirolergarten,  Vienna, Austria

Gasthaus Tirolergarten

If you’re touring at Schönbrunn Palace, there are several dining options, but the most authentic is the Gasthaus Tirolergarten near the zoo.

Gerstner

Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker is an elegant old-world café in Vienna where patrons can sip coffee and savor sweet treats underneath crystal chandeliers.
Garden at Glacis Beisl,  Vienna, Austria

Glacis Beisl

Hidden at the back of the Museumsquartier up a daunting flight of cement stairs, Glacis Beisl is a secret find, featuring a romantic garden space complete with twinkling lights, a diverse crowd and a modern philosophy of dining. Traditional dishes like goulash, Schnitzel and boiled beef are paired with a specially curated list of draft beers, brandies and premium Austrian wines. It’s an excellent choice for lunch al fresco when visiting the museums, or a cozy dinner for a group of friends in the buzzy interior.

Food at Gulasch & Champagne, Vienna, Austria

Gulasch & Champagne

On ground floor of the hip Grand Ferdinand hotel on the Ringstrasse, Gulasch & Champagne serves the traditional Austro-Hungarian empire dish and Austrian sausages with beer and French Champagne. Open all day and well into the night, the spot caters to locals and visitors strolling around the first district and taking a rest before or after enjoying Vienna’s nightlife—whether that includes a ball or an evening of cocktails out on the town.

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Huth Gastwirtschaft

Huth Gastwirtschaft pays homage to traditional Viennese dining, serving such dishes as Wiener schnitzel and apple strudel, in Vienna.

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