Vienna offers visitors not only unique architectural and cultural experiences, but also an enormous variety of culinary delights, from local cuisine to international gastronomy.
The Austrian capital is internationally renowned for its culinary tradition, the Viennese cuisine.
Around the Schönbrunn Palace, you can find many cafes and restaurants where you can try the best Viennese and international specialities, which you shouldn’t miss.
Enjoy some coffee and cake at Café Residenz ©Jan Lackner
The crowning glory of a visit to imperial Schönbrunn Palace is sitting down in a cosy corner of Café Residenz. Here you can taste all the typical dishes of the Viennese cuisine, such as Emperor Franz Joseph’s favourite dish Tafelspitz or the classic Wiener Schnitzel.
The café was opened in 1998 by the Querfeld family, who has also managed Café Landtmann since 1873. A major focus in its design were traditions of Viennese coffeehouse culture. You can enjoy this immaterial cultural heritage, as which the Vienna coffeehouse culture has been recognised, in the stunning surroundings under elegant chandeliers.
The former royal bakery attached to Café Residenz offers an unforgettable Viennese highlight the original Vienna apple strudel show!
Original Wiener apple strudel at Café Residenz ©Jan Lackner
Our recommendation: Have you always wanted to see how the real apple strudel is made? The original apple strudel show in the former royal bakery of Café Residenz in Schönbrunn Palace is a must-see for fans of apple strudel, people with a sweet tooth and anyone who is curious. And you don’t just get to watch the show, you also get a slice of strudel and a cup of coffee.
Address: Kavalierstrakt 52, 1130 Wien
Opening hours: Daily from 09am to 8pm
Original strudel show at Café Residenz ©Jan Lackner
Café Gloriette serves not only the world-famous Sacher cake, but also its own creations, such as the Gloriette cake with coconut crust and egg liqueur chocolate cream in its glamorous imperial atmosphere. The products are lovingly handcrafted by the café’s pastry chefs and confectioners with great attention to detail and the selection of the ingredients. And what’s more: Everything is baked without artificial flavour enhancers and chemical preserving agents.
Our recommendation: The unique, hand-made Sisi cake with orange and nougat crème is delicious - Empress Elisabeth would surely have loved it.
Address: Schlosspark Schönbrunn, 1130 Wien
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to sunset
Magnificent view of Gloriette ©Bernhard Luck / VIENNA SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Located a few minutes from imperial Schönbrunn Palace and easy to reach by public transport is Kurkonditorei OBERLAA Donmayer. It is hard to choose from the over 40 different desserts, and the display case is sure to make your mouth water.Here you can also taste Maria Theresa's favorite coffee: "Kaffee Maria Theresia" - a large espresso with orange liqueur and whipped cream served in a glass.
Our recommendation: Especially on weekends, you can’t beat the late riser breakfast, available until 3pm.
Viennese coffee house tradition at its best ©Kurkonditorei OBERLAA
Address: Donmayergasse 1, 1130 Wien
Opening hours: Daily from 7.30 am to 8.30 pm
Due to its perfect location for a break ad as a meeting place, Parkcafé is located between the Neptune fountain and the hedge maze in the palace gardens. It is managed by the Querfeld family, who have many generations of experience in running not only traditional coffee houses but also garden centres. Here you are surrounded by blooming plants in the middle of the Schönbrunn palace gardens and can enjoy the colours of the park from spring to fall. Fresh herbs and vegetables from the raised beds right there in the park are used to prepare the dishes.
What to do when the café is closed in winter? Don’t worry, the unique, handmade cakes and pastries can also be enjoyed during the winter break at Café Residenz, just a short walk away!
Our recommendation: The adventure playground next to the hedge maze is definitely worth a stop - fun for young and old.
Address: Schönbrunner Schlosspark by Neptunbrunnen, 1130 Wien
Opening hours: from March 2020
Daily from 09am to 4.30 or 6.30 (please check the opening hours of Schönbrunn Zoo!)
In addition to classic breakfast variations, you can also enjoy hearty dishes, such as the Brettljause with bacon, cooked pork, air-dried mangalitza, bacon jam and organic bread.
Our recommendation: The homemade Landtmann cakes are sold year around in the online shop.
Address: Schönbrunner Schosspark Kronprinzengarten, 1130 Wien
Opening hours: from March 2020
Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6.30 pm
Saturday & Sunday from 9 am to 6.30 pm
A Viennese cuisine delight: Kaiserschmarrn at Landtmann´s Jausen Station ©Jan Lackner
With a wonderful view of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunn Schlosscafé is a wonderful place to enjoy the stunning view. Here you can make yourself comfortable and enjoy the atmosphere of a Viennese coffeehouse. A large selection of Viennese coffee specialties and current daily newspapers and magazines is available for your enjoyment.
Our recommendation: From the terrace, you have an unforgettable view of Schönbrunn Palace.
Address: Schönbrunner Schoßstrasse 47, 1130 Wien
Opening hours: Daily from 8 am to 11 pm
Culinary delicacies Czech svíčková - sirloin in creamy gravy - tripe soup, Bohemian dumplings, potato fritters and Prague duck are all on the menu here. The evening will be accompanied with theatre performances, comedy and comedic arias.
Not only Viennese joie de vivre but also Viennese specialties are on the menu here. Schönbrunner Stöckl is housed in the Apothecary Wing of Schönbrunn Palace, and if it is too cold for the terrace, the ceiling paintings inside are definitely worth a visit.
TIP: Dogs are welcome.
Address: Schloss Schönbrunn Meidlinger Tor, 1130 Wien/Navigation: Schönbrunnerstrasse 309.
Opening hours: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm
Enjoy your coffee and the unique coffee house tradition of Vienna at Cafe Residenz ©Jan Lackner
A good selection of Viennese home-style cooking is provided in a comfortable ambience. Try one of the ot and cold coffee specialties or the café’s special coffee creation with brandy and whipped cream to accompany a delicious Viennese pastry.
Our recommendation: – Try one of the many coffee variations!
Address: Schönbrunner Strasse 246, 1120 Wien
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 12:00 noon to 8 pm, Friday from 11 am to 2.30 pm
Café am Platz can be found a few minutes' walk from the Palmenhaus in the Schönbrunn palace gardens. The former "Café Bawag" came under new ownership in 2017 and offers a combination of tradition and modernity. Fresh and local products are the heart of the menu, and all dishes are prepared exclusively with fresh ingredients. You can enjoy the delicious breakfast buffet daily until 12 noon, and the café also offers daily changing hot lunch menus.
Our recommnedation: Enjoy the Carinthian original Villacher cake in the middle of Vienna with light cream.
Address: Am Platz 6, 1130 Wien
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pmSaturday & Sunday from 8 am to 7 pm
Be it summer or winter, ice cream lovers can enjoy cold delights year around. With over 60 different ice cream sundaes, there is something for every taste. Whether you’re a late riser or an early bird, you can choose from the large selection of breakfasts in a relaxed atmosphere every day from 8 am to 3 pm!
Our recommendation: With a selection of over 80 cocktails, you should not miss the happy hour from 4 to 6 pm.
Address: Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 8, 1130 Wien
Opening hours: Daily from 8 am to 12 midnight
Melange- The Viennese Classic. ©Jan Lackner
Here, young and old meet and enjoy not only a cup of coffee but also the unique Viennese coffee house atmosphere. In addition to daily newspapers, guests can also use the free Wi-Fi. The menu of classic Viennese dishes and vegetarian options shows that Viennese coffeehouse culture can be both traditional and modern.
Our recommendation: Don’t miss the goose leg with red cabbage and potato dumplings during goose season (late fall).
Address: Schönbrunnerstrasse 285, 1120 Wien
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 12 midnight
Closed Sundays and holidays.