If you’re visiting Salzburg we highly recommed you take the 2 hour drive to Innsbruck. It’s a fantastic city that’s much less touristy than Salzburg and has a whole bunhc of great eats and drinks worth diving into. I suggest tyou stay really central so you have access to both its Old Town and New Town for exploring.
To the present day, what resonates the most for me is the colourful architecture – in fact, Innsbruck is considered the most colourful city in Austria – and the extensive traditional-meets-modern bar scene. On top of this, you are completely surrounded by mountains. It’s a scenic place and it’s a destination that has food, fun and adventure all year round – not just for the ski season.
Found in the outskirts of Innsbruck New Town this little coffee joint is well worth the stroll. Walking in it seems a little like a generic coffee shop but have a look at the paraphernalia that his has on sale – Aeropress, Filter Coffee Setups etc and you know this guy is way above the average ‘barista’ in Austria. Since there’s no flat while on his menu my pick is the latte macchiato with 2 shots. Certainly livens up the rest of the day!
Address: Ingenieur-Thommen-Straße 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Situated in the heart of the regional capital Innsbruck, the Markthalle is a large covered area on the banks of the Inn river combining a farmers’ market with a selection of food shops.
Just like any outdoor market, the air is filled with animated chatter and the sweet smell of herbs, Speck and freshly cut flowers, depending on which area of the Markthalle you are in. But be warned! A trip to the Markthalle is not something to be rushed – there is simply too much to see, taste, try, discuss and experience.
Address: Herzog-Siegmund-Ufer 1-3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
A favourite among locals, Gasthaus Anich delivers simple, rustic Tyrolean food in a welcoming, cosy atmosphere. With its wood-panelled walls and traditional décor, this is a place to stay all evening sipping either an Aperol Spritzer or a dark Austrian beer.
Address: Gasthaus Anich, Anichstraße 15, Innsbruck, Austria
Restaurant and bar in one, die Wilderin provides guests with local produce in a casual yet refined setting. Don’t be fooled by its small menu, each item here is produced fresh and in classic Austrian style. The cozy restaurant may fill up fast, but guests find themselves surrounded by locals rather than tourists. While it is recommended to make a reservation to have a table ready upon arrival, dinner can also be served at the bar by one of die Wilderin’s friendly bartenders. Die Wilderin participates the local wine festival each September, Weinfest in der Gass’n, when specialty wine from Austria flows in volumes to match the meandering Inn River outside.
Address: die Wilderin, Seilergasse 5, Innsbruck
Tribaun Craft Beer Bar
Tribaun, center and heart of the local craft beer revolution, is transforming the way Tiroleans enjoy this wonderful, inexpensive, storied beverage: beer. Located in 5, Museumsstraße Street in the heart of downtown, the Tribaun opened its doors to a craft beer-starved Innsbruck—and has done a great job bringing in new and different beers and exposing people in Tirol’s capital to great craft beer.
The international staff at the Tribaun, all dedicated craft beer enthusiasts, are pioneers in developing a world that contributes to the pleasure of everyday life in Innsbruck, in more ways than beer. There is lots of room for thirsty and adventurous minds who are tired of the industrialized, uninteresting beers flooding the market, for new-bornor born again beer drinkers, so to speak. The Tribaun is the place for those who seek the world of better beer. And that is a good world indeed.
HOT TIP: Here in the UK the smallest legal pour is 300cl which when you have 20 taps to try does make it a bit of a challenge. In Austria (and Tribaun in particular) you can get 100cl pours of all the beers you want to try. This then allows the team to take you on a journey from the lightest beer you’re interested in through to the biggest – without you blowing your tastebuds away early in proceedings.
We stayed here all night and had one of the best nights out on our trip. We suggest you do the same!
Address: 5, Museumsstraße Street
A vibrant and youthful beer garden in the centre of the Innsbruck Old Town, Stiftskeller is the perfect place to go for a flavour of Tyrolean cuisine. From the Austrian classics like roasted pork, schnitzel, and goulash to local specialities like bacon dumplings, you’re sure to find something tasty here. In summer, enjoy sitting outside in the beer garden (with a litre of beer, of course) and if you are lucky enough to see Innsbruck in the snow, make sure to spend some time in the Christmas garden.
Address: Stiftsgasse 1-7, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Walking into this restaurant feels like entering a cross between a chic up-market restaurant and an American diner, in the best possible way. With its huge glass windows looking out onto the street, this restaurant is enticing from the start, and follows through with tasty food to boot. Primarily a burger restaurant, Ludwig also offers excellent cold drinks and a huge range of breakfast foods. What’s more, they are passionate about local food, with a large percentage of their ingredients originating from the Tyrol region.
Address: Museumstraße 3, 6020 Innsbruck