Klagenfurt is a colourful lakeside town in southern Austria, close to the border of Slovenia. Here are some budget friendly eating options;
Bäckerei Taumberger – $$
This 2-in-1 bakery and cafe is located in a peaceful yet picturesque part of town. If the weather is good, make the most of their comfortable outdoor seating and enjoy the view of colourful renaissance architecture.
The coffee is great and the pastries flaky and delicious – just what you expect from a bakery! Prices aren’t bad either – certainly not the cheapest place in town but for what you get I’d say it’s very good value. My cappuccino and pastry cost €5.8 (£5/US$6.6).
Come in the morning if you like your baked goods fresh and hot! Note: closed on Sundays.
⭐ princS – $$
Probably the best restaurant and bar combo in Klagenfurt. Simple as.
Outside, princS is a fusion courtyard restaurant, combining the best of Austrian and Italian cuisine. Inside, princS is a sleek, modern, semi-underground bar. Show me a better place in Klagenfurt and I’ll pay for dinner.
The outdoor seating was full when I visited so I opted for a takeaway pizza and ate it in a nearby park. And ohhh boy what a fantastic pizza it was! Prawn, mushroom, artichoke, mixed olives, ham and more – delicious!
I think this place would be heaving on a Friday or Saturday night, but even if you only come to princS for a takeaway pizza, you won’t be disappointed! Pizza prices average €10 (£8.5/US$11) and they’re open until at least midnight Mon-Sat (also closed Sundays).
Arcobaleno Eisservice – $
Just next door to princS is an extremely popular ice cream and dessert parlour.
Prices are cheap, serving sizes are large and most importantly the flavours are rich and tasty. My single scoop (almost the size of a double though!) set me back only €1.2 (£1/US$1.4). I can also highly recommend the fruit flavours as they contain small pieces of fruit and taste just like the juice!
So, how about dinner at princS followed by dessert at Arcobaleno? After eating my pizza that’s exactly what I did!
Three other places which I didn’t get the chance to stop at but looked great, are;
Definitely not cheap, but definitely fancy. This restaurant is located on its own private peninsular, surrounded by gardens and overlooks the beautiful lake.
International cuisine including fish, meat and pasta. Apparently only the highest quality ingredients are used. Bookings recommended; call +43 (0) 463 24465.
Situated on the northeast shore of lake, this pizzeria has outstanding views over the water. As well as pizza it serves other Italian dishes. Mains average €10 (£8.5/US$11).
Sunset Bistro Bar
Also located on the shore of Lake Wörthersee, Sunset Bar does indeed have fantastic views of the sunset. (Phew, what a relief – imagine if it didn’t!). Just to add to the occasion, a DJ plays music from 7pm (although this may vary seasonally) – so if you don’t like a moderate volume of music, steer clear!
The menu is reasonably priced too (especially for such a good location), with coffee and cake costing €5.9 (£5.1/US$6.7) and small beers from €3 (£2.6/US$3.4). However, according to online reviews, the service leaves a lot to be desired; maybe stick to ordering a simple beer.
Somewhere that I’m gutted I missed out on is this farmers/food market. It opens early in the morning (before 7am) and runs until late afternoon. I arrived just as all the stalls were closing down so couldn’t sample anything. I’d recommend this as a place to come for breakfast, morning snack or early lunch though!
So, there you are – my recommendations for where to eat in Klagenfurt without breaking the bank. I only stayed for a couple of days so couldn’t try as many places as I would’ve liked (or as many as I usually manage in other towns or cities), but still found what I believe to be a few gems!
Enjoy eating in Klagenfurt, and please let me know if you tried any of these places.