Vienna is known for its pastries and traditional coffee houses, but there are also various other traditional Viennese foods you should try during your visit.
Food in Vienna has been influenced by various surrounding countries over the centuries, in particular Italy, France, Hungary. Why not check out Vienna apartments to rent, stay a while, explore the city’s coffee shops and savour the foods that Vienna has to offer?
Here are five foods you should definitely sample when trying out the Viennese cuisine:
Traditional Viennese apple strudel is a very thin layered pastry with a filling of apple, cinnamon, sugar and raisins. It’s usually served in slices with powdered sugar on top, and makes a great accompaniment to a cup of coffee.
2. Wiener Schnitzel
Wiener Schnitzel is a veal escalope which is beaten thin with a hammer, then breadcrumbed and fried. It is often served with a slice of lemon and Erdäpfel Salat- a side dish made from potatoes. Any schnitzel in Austria called Wiener Schnitzel has to be made from veal. If it is made from pork, it must be called Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein.
Tafelspitz is boiled beef in broth. The name tafelspitz refers to the cut of meat, known as the tri-tip. The meat is boiled with root vegetables and spices in broth, and is typically served with minced apples and horseradish.
4. Original Sachertorte
For a taste of the Original Sachertorte, visit the Hotel Sacher in Vienna where you can order a slice of Vienna’s famous chocolate cake. The cake was invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, and the recipe remains a closely guarded secret. The cake consists of two layers of dense chocolate cake, coated with a thin layer of best-quality apricot jam, and topped with chocolate icing. It is traditionally served with whipped cream and a “Wiener Melange” (coffee with milk).
Kaiserschmarrn consists of torn up pieces of fluffy, caramelized pancake sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with hot fruit compote made out of plums. There are varying stories surrounding the history of Kaiserschmarrn, but it is thought that the dessert was first prepared for Austrian Emperor Francis Josef I.