Linz takes its innovative spirit to the kitchen and its flair for design to the dining room. Besides Austrian fare, you’ll find fusion cuisine, and both locavore and world flavours on many menus.

Many places shut in August for the Sommerpause (summer holidays) for at least a couple of weeks – check ahead to confirm annual closures.

Feature: Linzer Torte

Old-style cafes such as Cafe Jindrak and k.u.k. Hofbäckerei are the place to try the classic Linzer Torte. Made to a 17th-century recipe with hazelnuts, spices and tangy redcurrant jam, the multilayered cake is the greatest rival to Vienna’s Sacher Torte.