The district of Wieden is located a stone’s throw away from the heart of Vienna, making it a great area in which to grab a bite to eat after a day’s sightseeing. Read on to discover our pick of the best restaurants in Wieden.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Pizza Riva is a modern Italian eatery with an extensive menu. As well as the classic pizza toppings, there are also vegan versions to choose from, which are made without cheese, and with fresh ingredients such as avocado, artichoke and rocket. In addition to pizza, there is also a decent selection of salads, and a few pasta dishes. The interior is elegantly decorated and there is a generously sized seating area out front. Located down the road from the Karl’s Church, it is a great place to end up after a day’s sightseeing. Takeouts are also available.
Tucked away on a street adjacent to the bustling Naschmarkt, this cosy and quintessentially Austrian restaurant is a purveyor of traditional cuisine. Café Amacord offers a Viennese set menu with a beef broth for starters, a Wiener Schnitzel for main course, and apfelstrudel for dessert – expect a generous serving of whipped cream on the side.
This restaurant, named after the cult Fellini film, serves up delicious, traditional Italian fare. As well as ‘Napoli’-style pizzas, there is a wide range of pasta options and grilled meat and fish dishes. In warmer weather, a terrace opens up at the front of the restaurant so you can dine outside and enjoy some relaxed summer evenings.
Vienna isn’t well known for its Indian cuisine, but if you are craving something spicy then Taste of India in Wieden is where you should head to. The owners say they were inspired to open their restaurant due to strong memories from their childhood meals cooked by their Indian grandparents. On the menu you’ll find many of the Western favorites, such as tikka masala and rogan josh curries, as well as some intriguing lesser known specialities and sharing platters. There is an outdoor area for dining in warmer weather.
This small yet sophisticated restaurant is one of Wieden’s hidden gems. The head chef, Tim Galos, is passionate about curating exciting and authentic menus, combining both contemporary and traditional French cuisine, featuring dishes such as snails with butter and the quintessential French dessert, crème brûlée.
Vegans shouldn’t have to miss out on the indulgent experience of devouring a burger. Swing Kitchen is the Viennese vegan’s go-to joint for fast food – partially devoid of guilt. Burgers and chips are the focus, with a good few varieties to choose from. The Vienna Burger offers the chance to experience a veal-free version of the city’s national dish, Wiener Schnitzel, made using a breadcrumbed soy patty. All the fast food essentials feature on the menu: nuggets, coleslaw, onion rings and wraps. Even the desserts impressively follow suit with the vegan theme — with offerings of tiramisu, muffins and ‘cheese’ cake.