Brunch is fast becoming the most important meal of the day in Austria. Read on to discover the best brunch spots around Linz’s Altstadtviertel for a midday snack, from traditional Austrian coffee houses to modern, friendly local cafés.
Austria has been ahead of the game for years when it comes to brunch. There is even a special word for it: jause, which essentially means a light late-morning to mid-afternoon meal containing various brunch-style foods, such as charcuterie and cheeses, bread and eggs.
Café Traxlmayr has the feel of a Viennese coffee house, smartly dressed with chandeliers, parquet flooring, and tuxedo-clad waiters. The menu is equally traditional, featuring Austrian breakfasts – semmel bread rolls, boiled egg, cold meats, cheeses a range of spreads and jams and a choice of tea or coffee.
This cosy café has a relaxed atmosphere that attracts a diverse crowd of both locals and tourists. Brunch options include flatbreads filled with ham or cheese and eintopf (meat and vegetable hotpot). Be sure to sample their coffee or, if you are a German speaker, why not enrol on one of their barista courses?
This is a local café with a relaxed, no-nonsense vibe. Brunch is served until 3pm and includes spreads of semmel rolls (a traditional Austrian baked bread), butter, jam, honey, boiled eggs and omelettes, cheese, ham, orange juice and an optional glass of Prosecco. There is a large outdoor area that’s perfect for al fresco eating on sunny days.
This restaurant is where to head if you want something more on the lunch side of brunch. Located inside the Ars Electronica Museum, there is a huge range of dishes, with a menu that changes daily, from tuna salad to Thai-style fish cakes with salad on the side.
The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for just €11.50 per person (€6.50 for children under 10; free for children under five) at Café Central will satisfy anyone with a rumbling belly! Available every Saturday, it is a spread of bread, jams, various cheeses, cold meats and eggs. Be sure to pair your meal with a strong cup of coffee or freshly squeezed orange juice. There is also an outdoor area where you can enjoy your brunch on a sunny day.
This rooftop café has great views of the city and offers a range of breakfast and brunch options. As well as the traditional Austrian breakfast, there are also various toasted sandwiches, salads, and, if you’re particularly hungry, pizzas. The drinks menu includes every coffee you could dream of, including some with intriguing names that would be perfect for colder weather, such as Kaffee Diplomat which is laced with egg liqueur and topped with cream or the Caffee Coretto, an espresso spiked with grappa.