We’re doing the definitive guide to Summer in Austria. I’m from Australia so much more in my element without a whole well of a lot of snow involved – so we traded the rain in London for the much more scenic and green of Salzburg and South Tirol.
We ate and drank our way through the country for a good week – so these tips aren’t a fly-by-night recommendation list – these are the real deal.
… but first, coffee! That’s definitely the motto of Café 220°. Probably the best Café in town, this charming little place is a true gem in the old city of Salzburg. With their own coffee roastery, these guys really know how to serve an excellent cup. No matter which kind of coffee is your favorite – I’m sure you’ll find it on their menu!
Anyways, if you’re in Salzburg you should plan in a stop at Café 220°! Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or just a coffee. If you plan on having breakfast there, I can highly recommend to book a table in advance. They only take reservations for the first round of guests when they open at 9am. Afterwards it’s all about first come, first serve. There’s only limited space and the place is very popular (especially on Saturdays) but it’s really worth it to wait for a table!
Contact: Chiemseegasse 5, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Original Sacher Torte at Hotel Sacher Salzburg
This was actually invented in Vienna in 1832, by a 16 year old trainee chef called Franz Sacher, but Salzburg is a great place to eat it too. Sachertorte is a dense, rich chocolate sponge cake with a thin layer of sweet apricot jam in the middle and another on top of the sponge. All this sweet loveliness is blanketed underneath a thick layer of dark chocolate icing. Grab a coffee and a slice of the boozy, chocolate Sacher Torte, made famous by the Sacher Hotel. You can still try it there sitting on the terrace overlooking the river, but I’ve heard recommendations for the Steinterrasse on the 7th floor of the Hotel Stein where they also serve it with a great view over the river and the old town.
Address: Schwarzstraße 5-7, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
The Augustiner Brau
Augustinerbräu Kloster Mülln is a brewery attached to a monastery, not far from the centre of Salzburg where the beer is served straight out of wooden casks. This is a local brewery that was established in 1621 by Augustinian monks. The entrance to the Augustinerbräu Bräustübl is through a large wooden door, where a long tiled passage leads to a further door behind which a flight of steep stone steps leads down into the action.
For the summer months there is a large, shaded beer garden to the rear. The main attraction is of course the beer and as mentioned before it is served direct from large wooden casks. A full-bodied lager, known as Märzen with an ABV of 4.6% is brewed all year round.
Help yourself to a stoneware mug (litre or half litre) from the dozens laid out on a series of wooden shelves. You then rinse the mug at the ornate marble fountain before queuing up and paying the person sitting behind a glass screen. In exchange for your money you are given a ticket, which you then hand to the man dispensing the beer. He takes your ticket, fills your mug with beer and then slides it back over to you across a perforated metal counter.
One you get a seat – usually on a share table it’s off to what I think is the Austrian version of Street Feast where there are a number of traders where you go an order a few dishes to eat while downing your litre of beer. All Austrian so it goes perfectly with the beer.
If you ever go to Salzburg, whether for business or pleasure, a visit to Augustinerbräu Kloster Mülln is a must. Not only is the Bräustübl tavern the largest in Austria, it is also one of the finest and most traditional beer halls anywhere in the world!
Address: Lindhofstraße 7, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Balkan Grill Walter
Known simply as “The Bosna Grill,” this tiny sausage stand has become a cult destination for locals and international travelers. Find the long line of hungry people in the tiny passageway between the busy Getreidegasse and the Universitätsplatz to try this Bulgarian-inspired, Salzburg-born specialty: two thin, grilled bratwurst sausages in a toasted white bread bun, topped with chopped onions, fresh parsley, and a curry-based seasoning mixture that’s been a secret since the owner, Zanko Todoroff, created it more than 50 years ago.
Address: Getreidegasse 33, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
The optimum blend of good quality services and tasty cuisine, the old fox at the Alter Fuchs invites you to experience a Austrian traditional night out worth to remember.
Weiniger, the local beer, is served here in good size mugs, to wash down the heavy, yet oh so tasty Tyrolean delicacies. The homemade bread is a must, even if only to nibble on, if you’re not hungry enough for a full-course dinner. Contrary to what its website said this fox is open on Sunday, a rarity in Salzburg.
Address: Linzer G. 47, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Restaurant Triangel + Barenwirt OG
Find Restaurant Triangel at Wiener Philharmonikerg. 7 (near the Festival performance halls). A wonderful indoor and outdoor restaurant which was always packed – perhaps due to its location at the feet of the performing halls. We had an “all holes barred, let’s celebrate selling our house” meal. The quality was excellent. The ingredients largely organic. The staff helpful. The prices – 65 Euro for 2 drinks, 2 meals, soup and 2 desserts. At the latter, get the fried chicken.
Address: Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 7, 5020 Salzburg, Austria + Müllner Hauptstraße 8, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
A secret place that only locals know. Generations meet at this Right Bank café for the best cakes in town. Everyone from teenagers to grannies can be found enjoying coffee, beer, a lime tart, or a leisurely nibble from the extensive breakfast menu served on an étagère. You can take all day for breakfast, and with 13 variations of the meal you’re bound to find the right one for you.
The aforementioned cakes are the stuff of legend, with classics like chestnut and Linzer tortes, joined by tempting updates like an aloe vera cake and a whole list of options for diabetics and those with allergies. If you’re looking for a scrumptious pick-me-up, you’ll certainly leave Café Fingerlos smiling.
Address: Franz-Josef-Straße 9, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Gasthof Wilder Mann
Find a true time-tinged feel of an old Salzburg Gasthaus, right down to a huge ceramic stove next to wooden chairs that welcomed generations of locals as they tucked into enormous plates of Bauernschmaus (Farmer’s Feast): roast pork, ham, sausage, sauerkraut and a massive dumpling. Pair it with a frothy-headed mug of the hometown “liquid bread”—Stiegl beer—from the oldest private brewery in Austria. The “Wild Man’s” namesake fountain statue originally stood at the top of the Griesgasse, and can now be found in the small grassy park across from the Festival Hall—his cheeky portrait still welcomes guests at the restaurant’s entryway. When this inn opened its doors in 1884 it became one of the most important burgher houses in the Altstadt, and it continues to be a popular choice for the Lederhosen crowd.
Address: Getreidegasse 20, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Beffa Bar + Alchimiste Belge
These two bars (situated opposite each other in a quiet street off the Linzergasse) are owned by the same proprietor and both specialize in Belgian and specialist beers, offering over 150 different varieties. They each have slightly different atmospheres: Beffa is a lot more hipster and attracts a overall younger crowd, whereas Alchimiste is a one-room affair with lot more mixing and smoking going on. Both offer a retreat from real life into a dark and cosy world of beer-drinking and it’s not uncommon to see customers flowing between the two bars throughout the night. Highly recommended for beer enthusiasts or for those who enjoy more than just the usual, standard lager.
Address: Directly opposite each other at Bergstraße 13, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
At „Uncle Van“ in Lederergasse “natural kitchen” is served with charms. The boys here cook gluten free, lactose free and partly vegan but always 100% fresh and in front of you. The small place offers seating and in summer time the little “garden” transforms into a very romantic dinner place. You can also order to go and find yourself the perfect spot on the riverbank.
Address: Lederergasse 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
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