The capital of the state of Tyrol, Innsbruck is cozily located between 3 mountain ranges in the Inn valley. It has gained international recognition through winter sports, but is also a tourist destination for many other reasons, boasting many a museum and cultural sight. Let these restaurant suggestions take you on a flavor-filled journey.
A vibrant and youthful beer garden in the centre of the Innsbruck Old Town, Stiftskeller is the perfect place to go for a flavour of Tyrolean cuisine. From the Austrian classics like roasted pork, schnitzel, and goulash to local specialities like bacon dumplings, you’re sure to find something tasty here. In summer, enjoy sitting outside in the beer garden (with a litre of beer, of course) and if you are lucky enough to see Innsbruck in the snow, make sure to spend some time in the Christmas garden.
Stiftskeller, Stiftgasse 1, 6020 Innsbruck +43(0) 512 570 706
A favourite among locals, Gasthaus Anich delivers simple, rustic Tyrolean food in a welcoming, cosy atmosphere. With its wood-panelled walls and traditional décor, this is a place to stay all evening sipping either an Aperol Spritzer or a dark Austrian beer.
Gasthaus Anich, Anichstraße 15, 6020 Innsbruck +43 0512 582986
One of the oldest existing buildings in Innsbruck Old Town, Ottoburg has perhaps the best view in the city. From the second floor guests can look out over the river Inn, as well as the Northern Mountain Range and the Goldenes Dachl, Innsbruck’s most famous landmark. Decorated beautifully, the restaurant offers exceptional quality Austrian gourmet food. Perfect for a last meal in the city or a romantic dinner, this place wows no matter what.
Ottoburg, Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 1, 6020 Innsbruck +43 512 584338
There aren’t many restaurants in Austria serving Nepalese cuisine, but Himal sets the standard. Popular with locals, Himal can be found near the university, with its young clientele reflecting the growing popularity of Asian food in Austria. The restaurant itself has both inside and outside seating, as well as a lounge area, where you can sit on cushions around low tables and mix with other diners.
Universitätsstraße 13 6020 Innsbruck +43 0512 588588
Walking into this restaurant feels like entering a cross between a chic up-market restaurant and an American diner. With its huge glass windows looking out onto the street, this restaurant is enticing from the start, and follows through with tasty food. Primarily a burger restaurant, Ludwig also offers excellent cold drinks and a huge range of breakfast foods. What’s more, they are passionate about local food, with a large percentage of their ingredients originating from the Tyrol region.
Museumstraße 3, 6020 Innsbruck +43 (0)512 319 222
Frequented by locals and tourists, as well as artists and actors from the nearby theatre, you can be sure to find a motley crew of people here, all tucking into delicious Tyrolean food and, of course, enjoying a beer or a spritzer (or two). Right next to the landmark Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) this place provides Tyrolean hospitality to everyone who walks through the door, whether just for a coffee, a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner.
Gasthaus Goldenes Dachl, Hofgasse 1, 6020 Innsbruck +43 512 58 93 70
This place can simply be described as fun. Guests receive a menu to fill out themselves and then hand over at the counter, ascertaining firstly how hungry they are, what kind of meat they want, and lastly what kind of extras should be on the burrito or burrina (slightly smaller than a burrito). With a young target market, this place is always buzzing and frequently offers limited edition drinks and extras, just to keep you on your toes.
Anichstraße 29, 6020 Innsbruck, +43 0681 84891256
Offering Thai food and sushi for both eat-in and take-away, Victoria’s is a great place to visit if you’re looking for something fresh, flavourful and out-of-the-ordinary. If you’re really uncertain as to what to try, they even offer an all-you-can-eat evening buffet which is incredibly tasty and really does give you the chance to try their full range of Thai food.
Kaiserjägerstraße 4a, 6020 Innsbruck, +43 512 562476
Known for their exceptional Italian fish dishes, this family-run restaurant prides itself on bringing the best of Austria’s southern neighbors to Innsbruck. With a cosy terrace open until late in the evening, this is a great place to go in a group for a relaxed and satisfying evening. If fish isn’t your thing, they also offer colorful platters of grilled vegetables, cheese and cured meats, which go extremely well with the Italian wine.
Claudiastraße 8, 6020 Innsbruck, Österreich +43 (0)512 583362
The first Japanese restaurant to open shop in Innsbruck, Kai is run by the enthusiastic Watanabe family, who are keen to share their traditional specialties with the locals. With a menu ranging from sushi and sashimi to noodles and unpronounceable fish dishes, you can be sure to find something which will excite your palate. The set menus are a great way to try new flavors or combinations, as well as great recommendations for those who may be unfamiliar with Japanese food. They also have limited edition specials every month, so the dishes remain fresh, surprising and flavourful.
Blasius-Hueber-Str. 15A – 6020 Innsbruck / Tirol +43 / (0)512 / 29 45 65