Where to eat in Innsbruck
And while there are no Michelin restaurants in Innsbruck as such – they are concentrated mainly in Vienna and Salzburg – this fact does not detract from the culinary advantages of local institutions. There are many places in the city with an unusual menu that will satisfy the taste of the most demanding guest, and with a bewitching panoramic view of the surroundings. Innsbruck also has inexpensive cafes where people come to eat quickly and tasty while walking. Therefore, to start acquaintance with the gastronomic map of the city is worth 10 of the most authentic institutions, popular with tourists and the locals themselves.
Der Bäcker Ruetz – Ideal for a light Tyrolean breakfast. Der Bäcker Ruetz’s inexpensive bakery chain is well known in Innsbruck. Indeed, they offer the freshest pastries here: from simple rye bread (Tiroler Roggenbrot) for € 3.30 to the stunning walnut-vanilla rolls Nussschnecke and Kaisergolatsche with rum curd filling for € 2.05. In the bakery you can buy pastries and Austrian coffee separately or order a cheap breakfast of your choice – it is here, by the way, served all day. The classic Tiroler Frühstück consists of tea, coffee or cocoa, fresh rolls, as well as butter, marmalade, nutella or honey.
Mittagstisch – a decent version of the Mittagstisch buffet – also a good place to eat cheap in Innsbruck. The food here is organized on the basis of the “buffet”: for a fee of only 9.60 €, a guest can put on the plate any food he wants. The restaurant’s menu is international and includes German, Austrian and Italian dishes: pancakes, soups, spaghetti and risotto, steaks, Koenigsberg bedbugs, apple strudel and much more. Each day of the week has its own set of dishes. Drinks are also inexpensive, but are paid separately.
Virger Stube – for exploring Tyrolean cuisine Virger Stube is an inexpensive and cozy family-run inn located some distance from the tourist route. Its main advantage is traditional East Tyrolean recipes. For example, you can eat Vienna schnitzel (Wienerschnitzel), Schlipfkrapfen (Schlipfkrapfen) and soup with liver meatballs (Leberknödelsuppe) – everything, as they love in Austria. The audience in the cafe is mostly local, the atmosphere is simple and welcoming. Here, each guest will certainly find something tasty for himself, whether it is fish, meat or vegetarian dishes. Separately, it is worth mentioning huge portions and at the same time low prices by local standards – the average check for two in a cafe is 30-35 €. In short, if you are looking for where to eat hearty and inexpensive in Innsbruck, be sure to check here.
Tiroler Weinstube – a delicious dinner for the whole family Among authentic establishments with Austrian cuisine, Tiroler Weinstube is definitely noteworthy – a cozy, modest and incredibly generous cafe in the Pradl district not very far from the center of Innsbruck. It cooks deliciously and does not skimp on refreshments. In the cafe you can eat inexpensively with the whole family. A separate offer – Familienplatte (“family plate”) for 4 people: pork steaks, small Viennese schnitzels, rice, salad, mushroom sauce – for only 22 €. And if you suddenly satisfy your hunger before the plate is empty, the remaining food will be wrapped with you without any problems.
Traditionsgasthaus Riese Haymon – traditional Austrian atmosphere On one of the streets in a quiet area of Innsbruck, you can find another good establishment with an authentic atmosphere and inexpensive Austrian cuisine. The modest cafe, named after the hero of one of the Tyrolean legends, impresses with attentive, good-natured service and invariably delicious food. It is worth coming here if you want to try the best national dishes in a relaxed atmosphere or, conversely, eat fast and tasty and continue your interrupted walk in Innsbruck. The menu includes unusual Tyrolean cheese soup Graukässuppe, and even the famous Viennese Fiaker Gulasch with fried eggs, pickled cucumbers and sausages. The dishes can be ordered red and white wines from different regions of Austria. On average, the cost of lunch in a cafe will be inexpensive and will be 30 € (without drinks).
Stiftskeller – Innsbruck’s most famous beer restaurant This popular beer restaurant in Innsbruck is in the heart of the old town. People come here to Franziskanerplatz with pleasure in order to enjoy traditional cuisine in an authentic atmosphere and, of course, try the best German and Austrian alcohol. The main wealth of the Stiftskeller is 7 varieties of products from the oldest Munich brewery Augustiner-Bräu, including the famous light Weißbier. In addition to it, the unusual Tyrolean Zirbenschnaps (cedar cone schnapps) and Osttiroler Bauernpregler (from ripe apples, pears and plums) occupy a worthy place in the beer restaurant’s alcohol map. Another pleasant surprise for connoisseurs of alcoholic drinks is an impressive selection of the best Austrian wines.