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Unforgettable Drinks and Dishes in Vienna

Grape Escape
Unforgettable Drinks and Dishes in Vienna
On your Vienna bucket list, you’ve probably got a must-eat section that includes Wiener schnitzel and pastries. But there’s so much more to feast on than those famous classic dishes. We’ve rounded up the best food and drink experiences in Austria’s capital city, from wine tasting to apfelstrudel.
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    Grape Escape
    Grape Escape
    Vienna is home to over 1,700 acres of vineyards, making it the largest wine-producing city in the world. If you want to take a break from museums and people-watching for an afternoon of winetasting, you don’t have to leave the city limits. Viennese vineyards grow familiar grapes like riesling and sauvignon blanc, plus regional varietals like zweigelt and weissburgunder. The taverns of the Grinzing District in the foothills of the Vienna Woods are delightfully traditional places to savor the wines created nearby. 


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    Old School Vienna
    Old School Vienna
    Café Central has been serving classic Austrian food to Vienna’s creative greats since 1876, but during World War II, the restaurant was forced to close its doors and remained shuttered for 40 years before renovating the space and reopening in the 1980s. Grab a banquet seat under the high Gothic Revival ceilings and transport yourself back to simpler times over a bowl of tafelspitz, Viennese braised beef with horseradish and potatoes.  

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    A Gem of a Cocktail Bar
    A Gem of a Cocktail Bar
    The Loos American Bar pays tribute to one of the great figures of early 20th-century Vienna, the architect and theorist Adolf Loos. When Loos was not writing works that helped shaped the development of Modern aesthetics, most notably his essay “Ornament and Crime,” he was designing buildings and interiors. His American Bar has been restored to its state when it opened in 1908, with all the original details in mahogany, brass, and onyx, and mirrors strategically placed to create a feeling of space in the small space. Another immaculate and more recent addition to the city’s cocktail scene is Das Loft, atop the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, designed by the French starchitect Jean Nouvel. 
    Courtesy of Loos Bar
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    Sausage Stands at Every Corner
    Sausage Stands at Every Corner
    The perfect antidote to an afternoon of drinking, perhaps at the bars and clubs that line the Danube Canal, is a frankfurter. Vienna claims to be the birthplace of the encased meat, which makes the city a feast for sausage lovers. While you can find it on the menus of some restaurants, this is a dish that is perhaps best appreciated when purchased from a sidewalk stand or food truck—those can often be found close to any lively bar. Enjoy your frankfurter with a fair share of carbs by nestling it in a crunchy piece of french bread or beside a slice of Viennese white bread, and be sure to add some pomme frites to your order for good measure.
    Courtesy of Bitzinger Würstelstand
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    The Pastry of the Austrian Gods
    The Pastry of the Austrian Gods
    There’s an old Austrian adage: “An apfelstrudel a day keeps the doctor away.” OK, we made that up. But in a perfect world, we’d enjoy the classic flaky pastry filled with apples and rum-soaked raisins every morning—specifically, we’d eat the downright perfect one from Café Landtmann. This Vienna institution has been open since 1873—Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler were both patrons in the past. If you want to try the Sacher torte, another of the city’s signature desserts, head to one of two rival cafés—Sacher or Demel. Or you can go to both and decide for yourself which one bakes a better torte. 


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    How the Locals Eat
    How the Locals Eat
    Naschmarkt has been the place for locals to grab fresh and prepared foods since the 16th century. The market is over a half-mile long and has more than 100 stalls of ready-to-eat sausages, fresh fruit, and stuffed, pickled peppers to name just a few of the culinary specialties you will find here. If you are looking for gifts for gourmet friends back home, other stalls sell oils, vinegars, and preserves—all made in Austria. 


    Photo by Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble/Flickr