From traditional Austrian coffee houses to trendy new joints, take a look at our picks of the top places for a fantastic breakfast or brunch in Salzburg.
A traditional coffee house
Cafe, Austrian, Contemporary, $$$
Reminiscent of renowned Viennese coffee houses, Cafe Fingerlos has a traditional Austrian breakfast spread for the very hungry, as well as simple dishes like bircher muesli. Ordinarily extremely busy on the weekends, it is recommended that you book if attending with a large group. Centrally located on Franz-Josef-Straße, it is a great place to fuel up before heading out to see the sights.
Not only is there a scrumptious spread of vegan and vegetarian mains 0n offer at The Heart of Joy Cafe, but there is also a delightful selection of cakes and aromatic fair trade coffee. With a policy of omitting the use of microwaves and dodgy ingredients, such as monosodium glutamate, aspartame and white sugar, you can rest assured that your veggie or vegan meal is only full of the good stuff. Breakfast is served from 8 am to 11 am, where you can sample dishes such as The Heart of Joy Breakfast (chai latte with rice milk, homemade spreads, vegan butter, vegan ham and two bread and vegetable sticks) and lunch is a delightful mix of curries and various homemade dishes.
Boasting one of the best locations in Salzburg, directly in the centre of Alter Markt Square, Cafe Tomaselli is understandably hugely popular. Akin to a traditional Viennese Kaffeehaus, with smartly clad waiters and an array of delicate cakes, the cafe dates back to 1700. There is a sunny terrace for lounging in the summer and the interior is extremely cosy in the winter.
This trendy establishment is tucked away in an alley off of one of Salzburg’s most famous squares, Mozartplatz, and offers a hideaway breakfast location with a tasty menu. Renowned for their home roasted coffee, 220⁰ consistently delivers a delicious and on point caffeine kick, which is just the thing to start a long day. The cafe’s interior is a blend of both sweet and edgy and home to university students and young professionals alike.
With stunning views across the river, the Makartsteg (Salzburg’s love lock bridge) and the old town, Cafe Bazar is one of Salzburg’s most picturesque coffee houses. Breakfast, which is served between 7:30 am and late afternoon, is a delicious spread of Austrian treats including fragrant coffee, crispy pastries and delicate croissants in addition to their fabulous homemade jams. Boasting an outdoor terrace, it can get extremely busy on the weekend, therefore, be sure to book well in advance.
Afro Cafe is a lively spot that brings the vibrancy of African cuisine and culture to Austria’s city of Salzburg. The decor is bright and funky with African fabrics and a large elaborate snake art piece covering the ceiling, while the extensive breakfast menu includes delights such as the specialty breakfast for two, which comprises a fruit smoothie, tea or coffee, fruit salad, turkey, cheese and wholegrain bread.
Family-friendly and vibrant, Cafe Würfel Zucker (translation: Cafe Sugar Cubes) is a modern joint serving traditional Austrian fare. All the dishes here are freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients and there is a wide range of breakfast dishes available, from the smaller options like toast and jam to full-on hearty meals to start your day. Their special breakfast consists of Austrian bread, ham, cheese and your choice of a hot drink and if you’re feeling particularly hungry, you can top it off with an apple strudel, which is often recommended as the best in town.
Perfect for those on the go, Bäckerei Holztrattner contains a range of specialty Austrian baked goods, including traditional semmel (white bread roll), weckerl (long seeded roll) and kipferl (similar to a croissant but not as sweet or buttery) as well as a rich menu of hot drinks. Centrally located, it is a great base to start your day of sightseeing.
Kaffee Alchemie's bright, open entrance | Courtesy of Kaffee Alchemie
Praised for its excellent coffee, which the staff take very seriously, Kaffee-Alchemie is for serious caffeine junkies. The beans are sourced ethically and roasted on site. As the cafe focuses primarily on their brew, the food selection is more limited than other venues, however, there is a decent spread of fresh cakes.
‘Fresh food for smart people’ is this restaurant’s mantra. With a casual menu made up of sandwiches, wraps, stews and soups and freshly squeezed juices, Mangoes is the perfect place for vegetarians to stop by for brunch in between sightseeing. If you are having a quiet day, they also offer a delivery service so you can have fast, nutritious food delivered to wherever you’re staying. Their menu changes daily and there is always the offer of a fresh juice.