Cafes & restaurants

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Coffee shops

There's no better place to experience the spirit of Vienna: you will understand why many Viennese have made the coffee house their second home…

Probably THE pastry shop in Vienna with a dine in option.
A chain of pastry shops, easily recognized by the pink design, that can be found throughout Vienna. The pastry is excellent, and they produce their own coffee

Café Museum
A very good example of a Viennese coffee house-here you can sit for hours, enjoy the diversity of newspapers while drinking coffee. They offer pastry including apple strudel but also Gulasch, Blunzengröstl and Wiener Schnitzel.

Hotel Imperial
One of the best hotels in Vienna offers a tea room, where you can enjoy pastry with a great selection of teas as well as light meals in a traditional atmosphere. Must-Try: Imperial tart - once tasted you forget the Sachertorte!

Café Prückel

Art students from the nearby University and other locals enjoy the laid back atmosphere of the traditional coffee house with proper 50ies retro design. Excellent pastry and Viennese food. Try the Milchrahmstrudel – a Strudel specialty you don’t get at many places in Vienna.

Café Central

Classic coffee house with an amazing pastry selection. Also serves food. Wonderful if you can fight past the (other) tourists…

Coffee houses/cafes in the Museumsquartier:
Nice one in the Leopold Museum, along with several others.

Small place to have excellent, vegetarian brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Book ahead.


Dining out is popular in Vienna.

This is the Viennese way of sandwiches: here you get good bread with a huge selection of spreads-small bites such that you can try several flavors. Meant for a quick bite, but no cozy place to sit down.

Wein & Co
A combination of wine shop with bar: offers a huge collection of Austrian wines (and others as well) and several of them could be tasted at the bar-if you like one, you could then get several bottles of it in the shop. Several locations in Vienna.

Haas & Haas
A great place to have breakfast - it will take you some time to read the menu with the impressive collection of different types of tea. In the evening a small, but excellent, selection of dishes is offered. The garden of the restaurant is a gem: right behind the Stephansdom, a quiet place where you enjoy your meal.

Good food close to the Old University in the First District. Innovative food and very good service.

Meierei im Stadtpark
A real insider's favorite: run by the best restaurant in Vienna (according to different gourmet guides, the Steirereck), you can enjoy excellent wines with cheese and a small selection of dishes from the kitchen of the Steiereck. Must try the Kaiserschmarrn - this one is unmatched, fluffy, slightly caramelized - you will remember it.

Beim Czaak
Book ahead for this cosy restaurant with excellent Viennese food. Close to Schwedenplatz.

A typical "Beisl", not many of these old-time Vienna restaurants have survived but Blauensteiner is one of them. As if time stopped... Interiors, food, wine like in the old days, also at reasonable price.

Highly recommended vegetarian buffet restaurant with local, seasonal ingredients. Pay per weight. Great view to the University building.

Motto am Fluss
Good food at a cool location on the Danube channel

Next to the museum is a great restaurant offering traditional Austrian food with a fine selection of Austrian wines. The big dining hall is spectacular, but a bit noisy. Has a nice garden to sit outside when weather permits. One of our favorite dishes is Krautfleckerl.

The dinner served in this restaurant is absolutely exquisite! It is not one of Vienna's cheapest restaurants, but the food is definitely worth it. If you don't know which dessert to choose, we recommend the liquid warm chocolate cake with two different sauces and homemade white chocolate ice cream ("Flüssiger, warmer Schokoladenkuchen an zweierlei Saucen und hausgemachtes weißes Schokoladeneis"). Beware: Pay cash only!!

This is a typical Viennese restaurant. You get there very good local food at reasonable prices. As it is not located in the first district, it is not overcrowded by tourists; but the restaurant is still easy to reach by tram 44 or metro U6.

Not a well-kept secret any longer: Kolar is one of the most popular places for students when it comes to excellent beer and reasonably priced food. Kolar only offers freshly baked pita, filled with goodness of your choice. Kolar features a small garden and a very cool, vaulty basement in one of the oldest buildings of the 1st district. Thankfully now completely non-smoking.

Ra’mien (to) go
Best place for fried Gioza and “flying” noodles if you’re in a hurry for decent street food in the very city center close to Schwedenplatz.

Glacis Beisl
Pleasant outdoor seating in warm weather. Good for kids if you sit outside.

One of the few remaining "old" Beisl restaurants with traditional Viennese food, wooden interiors and a "Schank" (Bar).

Schöne Perle
Good food (even some vegetarian!), good beer, good for kids.

THE best place to share Stelze (roasted pig's leg), buzzing, huge Biergarden in Prater (Vienna's fun fair).

Decent cheap food near the center at the Danube canal, best Napoli-style pizza in town at Riva.

More choices by the water: on the Alte Donau (22nd district) if you really want to get away… outdoor patio seating in warm weather:



La Creperie


For more outside dining, perhaps try one of the many Heurigen in Grinzing, Ottakring, Neuwaldegg etc.

Ice cream shops

Rumors say that the best ice cream is not sold in Italy, but Vienna-experience it yourself!

The ice cream is on the creamy side, try walnut!

Queuing for the organic and partially vegan ice cream is well worth it: most locals would agree to call this the best ice cream in town. Really, try the Ziegenkäse (goat cheese) ice cream!

Eissalon Schwedenplatz
A big selection of ice cream with weekly/seasonal specials: not to miss.

Kurt Frozen Yogurt
Two locations in the Inner City, one very close to the conference venue. Frozen yogurt in 2-3 flavors with many choices of toppings. Best in town!

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