vienna eats.

12 Apr

I felt like all I did in Vienna was eat – and eat well we did. I ate my weight in schnitzel…and oodles of other delicious treats. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite eats:

Schnitzel, fries, and beer (a.k.a. heaven) at Zwölf Apostelkeller.


Some musicians even serenaded us with “Edelweiss.” Fun fact: Edelweiss is not an Austrian folk-song, but was written for The Sound of Music by Rogers and Hammerstein. Whatever, still cool.

restaurant interior.

restaurant interior.

I spent two days in Vienna during my spring break during study abroad in college (just about 4 years ago – eek!). One of the highlights from that trip was dinner at a place called Centimeter, where 6 of us tackled “Das Schwert.” This time, it was four of us: me and the three boys on the trip. It was delicious, and in my opinion, a Vienna must. 

"Das Schwert" at Centimeter

“Das Schwert” at Centimeter

Another must was a kebab. Seriously, no trip to Europe is complete without one. One our last day in Vienna, Rachael and I checked out the Naschmarkt – Vienna’s open-air market which is a mix between a flea market and a farmer’s market. This bad boy was 3 euros well spent. 5587_10101973658828693_1977636479_n


The Hotel Sacher is famous for the “sacher torte” – a dense chocolate cake with a marmalade jam inside. Rachael and I went on our last day and I got a small portion of the cake. I enjoyed  it while sipping an “Einsapanner” – espresso with whipped cream. So incredibly good.

sacher torte.

sacher torte.



Another highlight were the Easter markets. We grabbed some delicious (and different) pretzels and hot mulled wine.

so many pretzels.

so many pretzels.


I also enjoyed bratwursts at this classic Viennese café. I may have also fallen in love with our adorable, tuxedo-clad hunk of a waiter.

brats on brats.

brats on brats.

I also adopted a sparkling water obsession in Vienna. I’d remembered from my past trip there how pervasive sparkling water was – and back then, how I hated it. Now, squeeze a little lemon in there and hello, new fav beverage.

new obsession.

new obsession.

I wasn’t able to grab pictures of every meal, but I also LOVED a pumpkin soup I tried at the Gulasch Museum and a schnitzel with a mushroom sauce called jagerschnitzel. Also – I highly recommend the gelato at Zanoni & Zanoni.

One of my favorite things about Vienna’s restaurants is how cavernous some of them were. The food wasn’t super varied – lots of deep-fried meat and gravy-like sauces. The common denominator in all of it, though, was that it was delicious.

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One Response to “vienna eats.”


  1. a weekend in nyc. | That's G - September 26, 2013

    […] with Kathleen to a super legit beer garden in Brooklyn. We ordered kas spaetlze and it brought me right back to Vienna. And it was delicious. We got hit with a little bit of rain on Saturday, but it was all cleared up […]

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