Here are my top 10 places to satisfy your hunger and thirst in the Austrian city of Salzburg!
I’ve tried and tested the best to bring you my top recommendations. Keep an eye out for options with a star (⭐) next to them – these are not to be missed!
The dollar signs ($) next to each name indicates a rough pricing.
Balkan Grill – $
Balkan Grill is a tiny hole-in-the-wall style authentic fast food joint. It’s been serving up a simple menu of its speciality Bosna Sausages since 1950. What you get is more of a snack or small lunch than a meal, but delicious nonetheless.
I tired the original recipe which consisted of parsley, onions and 2 bosna sausages in a baguette with spices. The sausages were smaller than I expected but overall the taste was great; more than worth the €3.7 (£3.3/US$4.4)!
The other recipes have a slight variation on what accompanies the sausages (which are undoubtedly the stars of the show) – be it mustard, ketchup or the exclusion of parsley, onions and spices.
Taj Mahal – $$
Exquisite interior decoration creates an authentic atmosphere in this Indian restaurant. Aside from the Austrian certificates and newspaper cuttings on the wall, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were genuinely in India.
For those on a budget, Taj Mahal offer an enticing €7.5 (£6.8/US$8.7) set menu on weekday lunchtimes (11:30am-1:45pm Mon-Fri); this includes a soup or salad plus the choice of a main dish. Aside from the set menu, they have a wide range of traditional dishes from all over India, including thalis and biryanis.
The presentation of the dishes could be improved but the taste makes up for it. My soup starter was fragrant and flavoursome while the chicken curry was spicy but not overpowering.
⭐ Augustinerbräu – $$
My favourite place to eat and drink in Salzburg – and possibly all of Austria – is this wonderful beer tavern. Steeped in history, records and awards, Augustinerbräu is the largest beer tavern and brewery in the country and has been operating since 1621. It’s even housed in a former monastery!
What most people come here for is the beer – served in traditional steins (stone jugs), it is poured straight from the wooden barrels. You can choose between a 500ml or 1 litre serving; collect your desired size of stein, pay at the desk (cash only) then proceed to get it filled with glorious Austrian beer. I went for the 1 litre stein (€6.4/£5.8/US$7.5) and enjoyed every sip!
In addition to having fantastic beer, Augustinerbräu has its own market style food hall – known as the Schmankerlgang. A collection of delicatessen counters offer a variety of delicious dishes; both national favourites and local specialities. The common theme here though is pork – generous portions of moist, tender meat, accompanied by classic potato salad and sauerkraut (or just on it’s own, I didn’t complain at a whole plate of meat)!
I visited with a friend; we tried some melt-in-the-mouth ribs and a plate of incredibly tasty pork knuckle meat. The ribs came with potato salad and sauerkraut and cost €8.3 (£7.5/US$9.7).
On top of all this, Augustinerbräu has a truly amazing atmosphere – worthy of a visit in itself. It’s the traditional German/Austrian beer hall experience: the main hall with its high ceilings and wooden benches; the sprawling garden with its shady vines and countless chairs and then, of course, everywhere you look there are people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds, chinking steins, sharing plates of meat and laughing late into the evening.
Trust me, you won’t regret visiting this place!
Salzburger Grill Imbiss – $
You can’t come to Austria and not try a typical bratwurst! Salzburger Grill is a fast food van serving up all varieties of sausage; I tried the classic bratwurst mit sauerkraut – pretty tasty and not bad value at €3.6 (£3.2/US$4.2).
Grill Imbiss is located at the heart of town on the south side of the river, right next to Colleges Church in University Square. This is one of the more atmospheric – albeit slightly touristy – localities in Salzburg.
Konditorei Fürst – $
If you’re craving some chocolate whilst in Salzburg, look no further than Konditorei Fürst. Established in 1884, this confectionery shop has grown a reputation for creating the finest praline in town. Name? The Mozartkugel.
Consisting of marzipan, nougat, pistachio and dark chocolate, these truly are a luxury chocolate. After their introduction in 1890, Mozartkugels became extremely popular – so much so that other confectioners copied the recipe to get their own slice of the pie. However, the only places to get your hands on an original Mozartkugel is from Konditorei’s original shop or one of their cafes across town.
The original shop address is: Ritzerbogen, Sigmund Haffner Gasse – 5020 Salzburg. It’s open 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday (closed on Sundays). For opening times of their cafes, check the official website here: www.original-mozartkugel.com. A single Mozartkugel from their high-street shop costs €1.3 (£1.2/US$1.5).
⭐ Valerios – $$
Run by a crazy Italian guy called Valerio and his Austrian partner, this is the place to go for a few drinks and some genuine Italian nibbles. It’s more of a bar than a restaurant but does serve some fine focacce (the plural of focaccia I believe!) and awesome antipasti platters. The large platter is great for sharing and snacking, but if like me you come here looking for a meal then I’d advise taking a large one to yourself!
All the ingredients apart from the bread is imported from Italy, ensuring top quality and exceptional taste. They also have a special machine that serves the Italian liqour Vecchio Amaro at -20 degrees – it’s the only machine of its type in Austria, and necessary to achieve the ideal temperature for serving this wonderful aperitif.
The bar itself is cosy and also has a few tables of outdoor seating. Prices are average for Austria; €3 (£2.7/US$3.5) for a small beer, €4 (£3.6/US$4.6) for a glass of wine, €5.7 (£5.1/US$6.6) for a focaccia and €12 (£11/US$14) for the large antipasti platter.
Drei Hasen – $$$
A typical Austrian restaurant with garden dining and classic national dishes. Portion sizes are big, presentation is great and most importantly the food tastes good.
Top Tip: ask for the specials as they won’t be listed on the English menu!
The only negative points about Drei Hasen are its location and prices; it’s a 30min walk from the centre of town and the prices are certainly more expensive than the average – I mean, €14 is quite steep for a salad! Saying that, if neither of these things bother you then I’d still recommend visiting – the food is worth it.
Uncle Van – $$
The oddly named Uncle Van is a whole-in-the-wall style eatery serving cheap and tasty Vietnamese dishes. You order by filling in a menu card then passing it to one of the chefs who concocts your dish in front of you (just maybe not immediately as they always seem to be extremely busy)!
Choose between pre-designed dishes such as classic pho, or create your dream dish by choosing all your favourite ingredients – from the type of noodle or rice all the way down to sauces and toppings. An average price for a make-your-own style dish would be €10 (£9/US$12).
Uncle Van is a popular spot for lunch so as I mentioned, it can get really busy, really quickly! Your best bet is to arrive when it opens at 11:30am or else come late afternoon once the lunch rush has died down. Otherwise, be prepared for a large crowd and a long wait.
Mayday Bar @ Hangar-7 – $$
Hangar-7 is a modern aircraft hanger made predominantly of glass and situated at Salzburg airport. It’s owned by Red Bull (an Austrian company, Salzburg is in Austria… 😉 ) and houses their Flying Bulls display team as well as many other iconic sports cars and aircraft – such as one of Sebastian Vettel’s championship winning F1 cars.
As well as this elaborate museum – which is free to enter by the way – Hangar-7 also houses a top quality restaurant and a number of bars. One of those bars is the Mayday Bar on the top floor – from here you get a great view out over the museum. During daylight hours you can see regular passenger aircraft landing and taking off on the runway; after nightfall the glass exterior of the hangar is illuminated by multicoloured lights.
They serve everything a good bar would serve, plus way more – come on, this is Red Bull we’re talking about! Their cocktail list is as long as my arm but surprisingly not too expensive; I paid €6 (£5.4/US$7) for one of the cheaper ones, the average price would be around €10 (£9/US$12).
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Die Weisse – $$
This is a classic Austrian place – a micro-brewery slash restaurant slash beer garden all rolled into one epic location. They serve food all day and are open 10am-midnight Monday-Saturday (closed Sundays).
Die Weisse is famed for being Austria’s oldest wheat beer brewery – since 1901 – so you can’t come here without sampling a pint or two! It’s also as good a place as any to try the famous Austrian apfelstrudel.
I didn’t try these places but they caught my attention so I’ve listed them here if you feel like giving them a go!
Yiyami Asian buffet – €9.8 (£9/US$11) for all you can eat (Thai, Japanese, Chinese and more).
Steinterrasse – rooftop bar & restaurant of Hotel Stein (with what looks like great views)!