Austrian cuisine today goes way beyond the dumplings and schnitzels kitchens have been rolling out for eons – though of course you'll still find such heart-warming grub in many places. A newfound pride in local sourcing and a desire to innovate has made menus more creative across the board. In the cities, global flavours, vegan bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants all rival for your attention.

The Basics

If it's popular, book ahead. Top tables should be reserved at least a week or two in advance. At more simple places, it's fine to just turn up and take your chances, but bear in mind busy times (notably weekends).

  • Restaurants Reach from inexpensive family-run affairs to Michelin-starred finery.
  • Cafes & Kaffeehäuser Take you through from morning espresso to nightcap. Many have cheap and tasty day specials and lunches (Mittagsmenü).
  • Beisln Simple bistro-style pubs with traditional trappings and menus. They are most common in Vienna.
  • Gasthaus/Gasthöfe Anything in this vein is likely to be warm, rustic and provide hearty grub.