What to Eat in Vienna: 11 Best Local Dishes & Where to Eat Them (2023)

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Are you wondering what to eat in Vienna? With all the food options (seriously, Vienna is a foodie heaven), it can be hard to figure out what’s actually worth trying.

From well-known traditional Austrian food like wiener schnitzel to lesser-known options like knoedel, this article got you covered. I was lucky enough to visit Vienna while studying abroad and spent a few days just eating my way through the city.

Vienna food, known for its rich culinary heritage, offers a diverse range of traditional and modern dishes that cater to different tastes and preferences.

So, what are you waiting for? Below, learn all about what to eat in Vienna, including traditional Austrian cuisine.

Vienna Food Top Picks

  • Must-Try Dish: Würstel at Bitzinger is a delight for any food lover, especially with their mouthwatering Kasekrainer!
  • Sweet Indulgence: Sachertorte at Cafe Sacher offers a genuine taste of Austrian tradition; it’s a must-try for dessert lovers.
  • Local Favorite: Wiener schnitzel is a beloved dish; head to any local restaurant to experience this authentic Austrian meal.
  • Coffee Lover’s Paradise: Vienna’s coffee, especially at Cafe Central, is a unique experience, reflecting the city’s regal ambiance and tradition.

At a Glance: Best Food in Vienna

Name of foodWhat it is
WürstelSausage dish
ApfelstrudelSweet pie with apple
Wiener schnitzelBreaded boneless veal
SachertorteChocolate cake wtih apricot jam filling
SchokocroissantChocolate croissant
KnoedelBoiled dumplings
Viennese coffeeCoffee
MarillenknödelApricot dumplings
ZwiebelrostbratenRoast beef with onions and gravy
KäsespätzleEgg noodles with cheese and fried onions
TafelspitzBoiled beef in broth with a side of apples and horseradish

What to Eat in Vienna

Now, let’s get to the good part. Here are all of the best foods that you must eat in Vienna.


Hands holding buns with a wurstel in them at the Bitzinger stand in Vienna, Austria.

In Austria, there are Würstel stands absolutely everywhere. You can’t avoid them! Honestly, I still dream about the Würstel I had in Vienna… that’s how good it is! If you’re wondering what to eat in Vienna, you can’t miss this.

Würstel is a sausage made with pork and beef. It’s usually encased in a sheep’s intestine. Würstel is smoked before serving!

There are many places to try this local dish. Bitzinger is the best place to try it, though. It’s super affordable at the many Bitzinger stands throughout the city, costing no more than a few euros for what you see in the photo above.

There are many options for Würstel to try (and I’ve tried many), though Kasekrainer is the best. I had it three times during my 48 hours in Vienna… that’s how great it was.

Kasekrainer is a Würstel that’s filled with cheese! Yes, you heard me right. AMAZING CHEESE. You can’t go wrong with that!

At Bitzinger, they serve your würstel inside a big baguette that is only cut open on one side.

How clever is that? That way, your toppings (they’ll give you ketchup and mustard unless you tell them otherwise) don’t make a huge mess while eating.

You could also get it served without bread. If you choose this option, they’ll chop it up for you and give you little utensils so you can dip them into condiments.


Apple strudel with whip cream on a white plate at Hofburg Cafe in Vienna, Austria.
This apple strudel was from Café Hofburg, which unfortunately closed.

Apfelstrudel is just what it sounds like: apple strudel! We have this amazing dessert in the United States, but it tastes even better in Vienna since it originated in Austria.

Apple strudel tastes like a top-notch apple pie. It’s apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon covered in a thin pastry crust. Sugar is usually put on top to finish it off. Sometimes, the dessert is also served with whipped cream or ice cream.

There are so many places in Vienna to try apple strudel, one of the best Austrian foods in Vienna, but Kaffee Alt Wien is the absolute best. This restaurant is an old-fashioned cafe that also serves other traditional Austrian dishes like goulash.

Wiener Schnitzel

Schnitzel with ketchup and lemon on a white plate in the Prater Amusement Park in Vienna.

Wiener schnitzel is made from boneless veal that is breaded and is usually served with a lemon and potato salad. This differs from German schnitzel, which is made with pork chops.

There are many places all across the city where you can try wiener schnitzel. Just try any local restaurant!

If you’re interested in trying it at the place where I had it, then check out Zum Englischen Reiter in Prater Amusement Park.

It was the best schnitzel that I had in my time traveling Europe, and I tried it quite a few times! It was super affordable, too. When it comes to what to eat in Vienna, you can’t miss out on this.


Chocolate apricot cake from Vienna's Cafe Hofburg.

Easily one of the most traditional must-try foods when visiting Vienna is sachertorte.

Sachertorte is a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and an apricot jam filling. It is sometimes served with whipped cream as well, though not always.

If you’re visiting Austria with kids, this is one food not to miss – even they’ll love it!

It is absolutely divine but can be very filling. I recommend splitting it with a friend! I’m not sure I could’ve sat and had the whole thing on my own because it was quite dense, but I think that makes it so tasty.

If you are interested in getting sachertorte where it was created, then check out Hotel Sacher’s Cafe Sacher, which is said to be the best sachertorte in Vienna. The line is often long but worth it.

Many people come to Vienna far and wide to get sachertorte. When it comes to what to eat in Vienna, don’t miss out on this.


Chocolate croissants with powdered sugar on a bag from Anker Cafe in Vienna.

A schockocroissant is essentially a chocolate-filled croissant. Little do most people know, the croissant was actually invented in Austria – not France! I can’t recommend enough that you try one of these while you’re in Austria.

There are so many different places where you can get one of these. Just check out any local bakery!

The one that I recommend most is Anker, which has multiple locations across the city of Vienna. I visited the one that was near the Prater Amusement Park.

The croissant at Anker is filled with chocolate that tastes like brownie batter. Yes, you read that right. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried before in my life. I wish I had these in Boston, because gosh, I miss the taste of them!


Sweets with whip cream on a white plate.

A traditional dish in many Central European countries, Knoedel is basically boiled dumplings. They are traditionally made of flour or potatoes and served as a side dish to other traditional dishes, such as the Saint Martin Goose in November.

In Austria, Knoedels can also be served as meatballs in a soup, but the true art of Viennese craftsmanship comes when it comes to turning them into deserts.

Filled with soft cheese, jam, apricots, or plums, these are on the menu of almost every Viennese coffee house. If you’re wondering what to eat in Vienna, be sure to try Knoedel.

Our recommendation is to either enjoy them at the atmospheric Landtmann Cafe on the Ringstrasse or to find a branch of the pastry maker Konditorei Oberlaa and enjoy freshly made Knoedel with either plum or apricot. 

If you have more than three days in Vienna, take a trip to Vienna’s 10th district where, at Reumanplatz, the salon Tichy serves Eismarillenknoedel – bread dumplings wrapping and ice-cream core that wraps an actual apricot! Enjoy!

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People walking in the plaza in Vienna.

Coffee. Liquid gold. A gift from the culinary gods. No matter how you describe it, coffee, cake, and Vienna go hand in hand. There’s a particular twist, a certain regal feeling to having a coffee in Vienna.

The traditional Vienna coffee is a little different from your average latte and should always be served with a side of torte or a tray of petit fours.

Accompanied by a small glass of sparkling water and air-light steamed milk. If you’re more of a long-black fan, never fear; that’s always an option, too.

Statue of a man sitting at a table inside a Vienna cafe.

While coffee itself might not be considered a food to try, having coffee in a Viennese coffee house is just one of those odd things you must try at least once in your Vienna visit.

The lines are long, you can’t book, and the ordering system can be a bit odd, but it really is an experience on its own.

The perks of having a coffee at a traditional Vienna coffee house are that no one cares if you’re dining solo, if you want to stay for hours and debate all the world’s problems, or if you want a quick coffee & cake fix.

This is a reflection of how Vienna is the perfect European city for solo travellers. If you’re going to just visit one coffee house in Vienna, then you better make it Cafe Central!

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Dessert on a plate with coffee.

Marillenknödel (apricot dumplings) is a sweet Austrian dish made of dough, apricots, and breadcrumbs. The dough is usually made of potatoes or quarks.

Dumplings are formed from the dough, and the apricots are wrapped in the dough and then boiled in water. Breadcrumbs and sugar are roasted in a pan with butter.

The cooked dumplings are then rolled into the breadcrumbs and topped with powdered sugar.

Often, Marillenknödel is served with sugared breadcrumbs and apricot compote on the side. 

The restaurant Woracziczky in the 5th district of Vienna serves delicious Marillenknödel – but only during the apricot season until August. A further great tip for Marillenknödel is the Knödelmanufaktur. That’s a restaurant specializing in all kinds of dumplings.

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Zwiebelrostbraten with potatoes on a white plate.

Zwiebelrostbraten is roast beef with onions in gravy; yes, the Viennese love their beef! 

In the case of this dish inspired by Swabian culture, the meat is fried in a pan and topped with caramelized onion rings. What gives the sirloin its particular flavor is the sauce made from drippings. 

Yellow cafe with people sitting outside at tables with red umbrellas in Vienna.

Most traditional Viennese restaurants will serve Zwiebelrostbraten, but for a fully authentic experience, we recommend taking a stroll from the Opera down on Wiedner Hauptstrasse.

Keep walking until you reach Cafe Wortner, a neighborhood restaurant that we believe serves some of the best dishes in town.

And if you have not yet decided where to stay in Vienna, this neighborhood is our best tip! We have lived here for ten years now! 

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Spaetzle with cheese and onion on a skillet.

Käsespätzle is a traditional dish from the Allgäu region of Bavaria. You can find it in many cities across Austria and Switzerland as well, although in Germany it is rarely found further north than in Frankfurt or Mainz.

It is one of my favourite foods, but it is a very filling dish!

Käsespätzle is the German version of mac and cheese but is made with hard-cooked egg noodles and then fried with onions on top. Once you’ve tried it, I guarantee you will be going back for more!

Spaetzle noodles with onion on a white plate next to beer.

While this dish is not unique to Vienna, there are many places in Vienna where you can find Käsespätzle. If you are looking for it on a menu, please note that it can also be written as Kässpatzen (Bavarian slang) or Spätzli (in Switzerland).

Coming from someone who studied abroad in Vienna, one of my favourite places to find it is in Prater.

Many of the park’s little restaurants or traditional German/Austrian-style restaurants have it on the menu.

If you are looking for it in the city, check out the brewery or pub-style restaurants that feature other traditional Austrian dishes, as many offer Käsespätzle as well!

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Cafe seats outside on a patio with people sitting.

In Vienna, this is known as the Emperor’s favorite dish. Viennese and visitors alike will immediately infer we are talking about Emperor Franz Joseph, who, according to a cookery textbook from 1912, always had a fine piece of boiled beef served at his table.

Tafelspitz is boiled beef served in broth, with a side of purred apples and horseradish, and seasoned with potatoes and other vegetables.

But hold on to your hat! Restaurants that respect the tradition will wait for you to drink the broth first before serving you the meat seasoned accordingly. 

Traditionally, visitors eat Tafelspitz in Vienna at Plachutta, which has several locations around town, but the most famous one is at Wollzeile 38, very close to the city’s main park, the Stadtpark.

For a less touristic experience, we recommend the Gmoa Keller at Am Heumarkt 25, a mere 5-minute walk across the park. 

To fully enjoy your Tafelspitz, the best time to visit Vienna is during spring or autumn, when you can actually sit outside at the restaurant’s amazing Schanigarten to savor it. 

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Frequently Asked Questions: What Food to Eat in Vienna

Table with apple strudel and sachertorte on white plates in Vienna.
What food is Vienna known for?

Vienna is renowned for its Wiener Schnitzel, Apfelstrudel, Sachertorte, and various sausages, among other dishes.

What to eat in Vienna for dinner?

For dinner in Vienna, consider trying a classic Wiener Schnitzel, Tafelspitz (boiled beef), or Beuschel (veal innards stew), accompanied by local sides like Erdäpfelsalat (potato salad) or Semmelknödel (bread dumplings).

What is the national dish of Vienna?

The national dish of Vienna is the Wiener Schnitzel, a breaded and fried veal cutlet, typically served with lemon and parsley and often accompanied by potato salad.

What is Vienna famous for?

Vienna is famous for its imperial palaces, such as Schönbrunn Palace and the Hofburg, its cultural events, renowned coffeehouses, classical music heritage, and a rich array of local cuisine.

Final Thoughts: Austrian Food in Vienna

This post was all about what to eat in Vienna. This is truly a foodie city, and no matter what you eat, you’ll have an incredible time! I hope you enjoyed this Vienna food guide.

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  1. I love Vienna. And i love Austrian food. My favourite is cake and coffee in one of the Kaffeehäuser, people watching and enjoying the Viennese lifestyle. My favourite is Cafe Mozart, just around the corner from Hotel Sacher.

  2. Oooh this all looks so good. I adore apfelstrudel, and that one looks delicious. I pick a lot of places to travel based on the awesome food I see, so I guess I’m going to Austria now!

  3. Great read! It brought back memories for me of my trip to Austria. It’s amazing how the smell and taste of food can capture a moment in time that becomes beautiful memories! P.S I did not know that the famous croissant originated from Austria.

  4. Okay I’m seriously drooling right now haha. I only had an apfelstrudel during my whirlwind visit to Vienna but next time I get there I’m definitely indulging in all the other delicious eats on this list!

  5. You had me at würstel – I lived on these as a cheap way to eat in Vienna! I’ve got to say though, the weiner schnitzel was my favourite 🙂

  6. Austrian food is so yummy! It’s been many years since I visited but I remember loving the sausages and schnitzel. I missed trying that chocolate cake with apricot filling. I know I would love that! ?

  7. I would love to try a Kasekrainer (or two, or three!) because I adore sausage and one that is smoked and filled with cheese sounds amazing! I’m also drooling over the apple strudel and chocolate torte… Interestingly, I actually made a wiener schnitzel as part of a “Blue Apron” subscription; it wasn’t bad but something tells me the read deal would be so much better! Thanks for this delicious highlights of Austrian food!

  8. Austria has been on my list for so long mainly for the pastries haha!! We get these austrian Apfelstrudel’s during our Christmas markets here in Chicago and I can only IMAGINE how amazing they’d be in Austria. Saving this for when I get to go!

  9. I should not have read your post when I was already hungry, haha. All of this looks delicious, but especially the sachertorte and I LOVE chocolate croissants (can you tell I’m a sucker for chocolate?).
    I’m not sure why I haven’t gone to Austria yet, but will absolutely be trying all these things when I do visit!

  10. Ahhh, my best memory of Vienna is sitting in a cafe on a sunday afternoon with an apple strudel and a glass of Riesling and a copy of the local newspaper. I had the worst sugar headache afterwards, but it was such a relaxing day!

  11. You know it’s a good post when it makes you want to have a Viennese snack after dinner! The one thing I didn’t try for some reason when I was in Austria was apple strudel. How did I miss it?! Thanks for your specific recommendations on where to get some of these delicious goodies!

  12. I have lived in the amazing city of Vienna. Another speciality one should try is “Sparribs” at Strand cafe by Alte donau. Roasted pork ribs served with potato salad or fried potatoes and absolutely delicious.

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