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Two days/nights in Vienna - suggestions for what to eat?

Roland Parker | Nov 20, 201104:45 AM

We are taking a very last minute whirlwind trip through Vienna from 2 – 4 December, which gives us two full days in the city. There are three objectives for the trip: museums, christmasmarkets and glorious, solid, Austrian/Viennese fare.

I’m worried that because we’ve planned this trip so late (the tickets were bought just the other day) that it may be difficult to find availability at good restaurants for the two lunches and two dinners on the Friday and Saturday we’re in Vienna, so I’m moving fast in making reservations while keeping backup list of potential alternatives.

We’re mostly interested in solid beisl fare rather than anything significantly more upmarket (we have our fair share of upmarket restaurants in Dubai) and we’ve loved the traditional Austrian/German/Czech fares on our previous trips through central Europe. For this trip I’ve identified the following possibilities that are in and around the Inner Stadt (with the help of the recent posts, especially from Sturmi) on Chowhound:

Café Phoenixhof:
To order: Zwiebelrostbraten and spinach dumplings with gorgonzola sauce. But what Spatzle dish?
Any other recommendations?

Is it possible to order a zwiebelrostbraten and a side order of a spatzle or dumpling dish?

Gastwirtschaft Schilling:
I found this place from one of Sturmi’s posts and its right around the corner from our hotel. He recommended tafelspitz as one of its highlights and I love a good tafelspitz, but what are the other possibilities from this place?

The following are places in the Inner Stadt which may be handy for lunches or dinners. Assuming we get a table at one of the below, what should we order?

Beim Czaak:

Immervoll/Gasthaus Posch:


Salm Brau:
Is this similar to Der Pschorr in Munich? The reviews online are mixed. If we go there what's worth ordering?

My husband is a dedicated coffee drinker and we’re eagerly anticipating the cafes of Vienna. We will probably try to go to Café Landtmann and Schwartzman at least once, and we’ve heard of Café Sperl. We went to Café Griensteidl on our last trip and while the coffee was excellent, the apple strudel was mediocre. Which cafes offer the best balance between good coffee and good cakes/pastries, especially apfelstrudel? A highly subjective opinion, I’m sure!

Last but not least – is coffee to go possible in Vienna at all? My husband often likes to get a second coffee to go with him and sip it slowly as we explore the city? Finding coffee to go is generally very tricky in most continental European cities.

All suggestions are appreciated. We're very excited about this impromptu trip and I can already feel the sting of the cold winter air against my face as we walk away from the restaurant under the twinkling Christmas lights strung across streets.

Der Pschorr
Viktualienmarkt 15, Munich, BY 80331, DE

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