Places to stay, eat and drink in Vienna
Vienna is a beautiful city - I lived there for two years and travelled back on business for many more after that. It's also very touristy and has no history of great cuisine - unlike Paris, for example - so the really good restaurants do need to be sought out.
That said, there are some really exciting places to go and if your budget allows, you can have a really fantastic meal in Vienna for a lot less than you would pay in London.
So, here is how to avoid spending money on an expensive but disappointing meal for tourists.
I've added in a couple of cafes, wine bars and places to stay, too.
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Graben 19, 1010 Wien
01/532 33 34-6000
The Tombliboo wrote on 05-01-2010 “A few years ago, I used to be in Vienna regularly on business and this was my favourite restaurant there - and that's no mean feat. The food was always fantastic, excellent service, lovely atmosphere, great wines and the most fantastic view down the Graben, Vienna's central pedestrianised street,...” more...
Am Heumarkt 2a, im Stadtpark, 1030 Wien
Tel. +43 (1) 713 31 68
The Tombliboo wrote on 08-12-2009 “One of my favourite restaurants, not just in Vienna, but in Europe. The food is excellent, the service attentive with an old world charm, the wines delicious - many's the time I have rolled back to my business hotel after a superb meal here thinking life does not get much better. The style of...” more...
Wollzeile 38, 1010 Wien
+43 1 512 15 77
The Tombliboo wrote on 07-01-2011 “The central Vienna branch of Plachutta, the emphasis here, as at all branches, is on traditional Austrian dishes, prepared well from top-class ingredients. It is the best, if not the only, place in Vienna to get tafelspitz (boiled beef served with fries and sauces), but the rest of the menu is...” more...
Heiligenstädter Strasse 179, 1190 Wien
The Tombliboo wrote on 07-01-2011 “This branch of Plachutta is a bit out of town, but the food is just as good as the one in central Vienna - as ever, tafelspitz is the dish to try. Like all Plachutta branches, the emphasis is on traditional Austrian dishes, prepared well from top-class ingredients. Service, wine, atmosphere...” more...
The Tombliboo wrote on 08-12-2009 “Possibly the newest business chain hotel in Vienna, the Le Meridien is smart, chic, sophisticated and arty - yet costs no more than any other business hotel. Large rooms with flat-panel TVs, complimentary beers (yes, really ! At least on the few occasions when I stayed there) really good...” more...
Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Wien
+43 (1) 535 39 69
The Tombliboo wrote on 08-12-2009 “I've never had a bad meal here, and I've enjoyed plenty , but it's somehow not quite as exceptional as some of the other places I have been to in Vienna. That said, it is a little cheaper, so you pays your money and you takes your choice. And your choice consists of "modern international" or...” more...
The Tombliboo wrote on 08-12-2009 “My second favourite business hotel in Vienna, this is very nice inside, actually has a decent restaurant (MediteraNeo, if it's still going), good gym and sauna facilities (but no pool). It's directly opposite the Stadtpark U-bahn station and just a short walk from the centre.” more...
Dorotheergasse 6, 1010 Wien
+43 512 82 30
The Tombliboo wrote on 08-12-2009 “Famously the most gemeutlich ("cosy") cafe in Vienna, the place has plenty of shabby, down-at-heel, faded glamour character and you can spend a whole afternoon here lounging on a beaten-up sofa, lingering over a single cup of coffee and no-one will come up and ask you if you would like the bill or...” more...
Herrengasse 14, A-1010 Wien
The Tombliboo wrote on 08-12-2009 “Two reasons to go here: - it's the place where the Russian revolutionaries including Herr Bronstein (aka Trotsky), used to hang out whilst in exile - it has an amazing, if not necessarily beautiful, interior Other than that, it's just a nice cafe with good coffee and service.” more...
Jasomirgottstrasse 3-5, beim Stephansplatz, 1010 Wien
+43-(0) 1 /-535 09 16
The Tombliboo wrote on 08-11-2010 “Now here's a great idea; take a great, independent wine merchant in central Vienna and add in a smart cafe serving light meals, matched to the wines sold by the shop. Not only that, if you happen to fancy a different wine from the recommendation, you can pop into the shop next door, select your...” more...
Stubenring 18, 1010 Wien
+43-1-513 76 60
The Tombliboo wrote on 13-03-2009 “Fantasic pan-Asian / French fusion restaurant with great atmosphere, excellent staff, superb wine list and very wine-friendly food. The four-course tasing menu with matched wines is the star of the show; or you can go for six courses if you feel really extravagant. Not cheap, but a fantastic...” more...
Himmelpfortgasse 13, 1010 Wien
The Tombliboo wrote on 13-03-2009 “This is a great place to go for a couple of glasses of Austrian wine and a spot of deli food - a cosy wine bar with owls (the name means owl's nest) of various sorts attached to the rafters, a few seats outside when the weather is good (basically April - September) and a ever-changing range of wines...” more...