A stein-swinging beer hall, a sundowner on the Salzach, an intimate wine bar – all are possible in Salzburg. Nobody’s pretending this is rave city, but the days of lights out by 11pm are long gone. The biggest concentration of bars is along both banks of the Salzach and around Gstättengasse. Rudolfskai can get the rough side of rowdy at weekends.

Cafe Culture

You can make yourself pretty gemütlich (comfy) over coffee and people-watching in Salzburg’s grand cafes. Expect to pay around €4 for a slice of cake and €8 for a daily special (more in fancy places). Here are five of our favourites:

  • Café Tomaselli Mozart once hung out at this Salzburg institution, where cakes (including a mean strudel) and elaborate coffees are brought to marble-topped tables.
  • Sacher Dig into Sacher Torte (iced dark-chocolate sponge with a layer of apricot jam) in refined, chandelier-lit surrounds. The terrace overlooks the Salzach River.
  • Fingerlos A lovely old-school cafe that is still frequented mostly by locals. Come for the pastries, delectable tortes and strong coffee.
  • Café Bazar A blast of a more decadent past, this river-facing coffee house is a terrific pick for breakfast, cake or a light lunch.
  • Kaffee Alchemie This retro riverfront cafe has elevated coffee making to an art form. The beans are fair-trade, the cakes homemade and the espresso second to none.