Where to eat cheap in Vienna
Austria is famous for its culinary traditions and national cuisine. Therefore, no matter how much time you spend in Vienna – a few hours or days – be sure to try the legendary local dishes: Viennese schnitzel and tafelspitz, potato salad and Frittatenzuppe, apple strudel, Kaiserschmarrn and Sacher cake.
Although there is an opinion that prices in cafes and restaurants “bite” in Vienna, this is only partially true. As in any world capital, there are a variety of catering establishments: from small “sausage stands” and eateries to chic restaurants. Of particular interest are cafes where every tourist can eat cheap and tasty food in Vienna. This short review is dedicated to them.
Bitzinger Würstelstand Albertina If you are looking for cheap food in the center of Vienna and are not averse to tasting the famous local sausages, do not pass by Bitzinger Würstelstand Albertina. This sausage stand is considered one of the best representatives of Vienna street food. Here you can taste the delicious pork sausage with cheese (Käsekrainer) – it is quite possible if you do not eat, then thoroughly eat. Also on the menu there are always other types of famous Viennese sausages and sausages, including the amazing “meat bread” (Leberkäse) from different varieties of meat with the addition of lard and spices.
Schachtelwirt Another budget option to eat in Vienna is to check out the Schachtelwirt fast food restaurant, which is literally a 5-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Dishes here for the most part belong to the category of fast food, but this does not detract from their taste in any way. Traditional Austrian recipes are redesigned by local chefs in a modern way, but if you want to try Zachertorte or Frittatensuppe, then, unfortunately, you will not see them on the menu. But you can inexpensively eat other interesting dishes: Krautsuppe (“cabbage soup”), Kalbsbutterschnitzel (veal cutlet) with mashed potatoes, Kaiserschmarr’n and others. All portions are large, so you can order one dish for two.
Rosenberger From possible places where it is inexpensive to eat in Vienna close to its main attractions, the not ordinary local institution – Rosenberger deserves attention. It is unusual in that it essentially resembles a self-service dining room with a buffet: the cost of a meal is calculated by the size of the plate, and not by the number of food taken for a sample. For example, a large adult plate will cost about 13 € (meat dishes and drinks are considered separately). This budget Vienna restaurant has a children’s and vegetarian menu, while the cuisine itself is not limited exclusively to Austrian national dishes. You can eat inexpensive pizza here if you wish, but apple strudel, Sacher cake and, of course, schnitzel are traditionally popular. Of course, one should not expect much from Rosenberger, but here it is quite possible to have a quick and satisfying snack. No wonder guides and tourist groups have chosen him – be prepared for a lively and bustling atmosphere.
Cafe Votiv Cafe Votiv is a nice and inexpensive cafe in Vienna, where you can eat traditional German and Austrian cuisine, including the famous Sacher cake, delicate apple strudel and schnitzel with potato salad. Also, as a tribute to the time, there are burgers on the menu too – where without them! Among the drinks, the cafe offers tea, coffee, hot chocolate, a variety of Austrian wines, cocktails, beer and juices. Average bill: 15-25 €. Schnitzel with potatoes costs about 10 €, strudel, Sacher cake and 2 coffee can be taken for about 12-15 €.
Aera Among the undoubted advantages of this institution is excellent Austrian and European cuisine, large portions and a harmonious, thoughtful menu, which is updated daily, as well as a stylish cozy interior. Here you can not only have a tasty and inexpensive meal in Vienna, but also get real gastronomic pleasure. Restaurant menu: Frittatensuppe and Leberknödelsuppe (both € 3.40), schnitzel (€ 12.90), spaghetti (€ 8.90), pizza (average € 9), strudel (€ 3.50) and an impressive list other dishes, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks. Only cash is accepted. Average bill: 30-35 €
Gasthaus Kopp Gasthaus Kopp is Vienna’s small family-run, cozy and reasonably priced restaurant in one of the sleeping areas. Despite a certain distance from the center, it remains invariably popular with both locals and tourists. Many people come here specially to inexpensively eat traditional Austrian cuisine: schnitzel and tafelspitz, kaiserschmarrn and apple strudel. The owners of the Gasthaus Kopp focus on old Viennese cuisine and traditional homemade recipes. In other words, this restaurant is one of those places where you can eat hearty, tasty and fairly cheap to eat in Vienna, which is greatly facilitated by the Austrian generous portions. You can reserve a table by calling +43 1 330 43 92. Average bill: 25 €. For example, 2 schnitzels with potato salad cost about 9 €, Austrian beer – about 4 €.