Get a thorough introduction to Vienna’s dynamic food and drink scene with a local showing you the best places to stop for all manner of sweet versus savoury. Walk through the Grätzls (neighbourhood) with your guide and discover their favourite, only locals know markets and get an insight into traditional Viennese coffee culture in some of our your guide’s most beloved coffee spots, discovering historic gems and locals only hotspots. This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers. Experience the best travel stories for yourself. Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this city adventure hand-picked by the world's leading travel publisher.
Local English-speaking guide, 3 food, and one coffee stop; Breakfast stop (tea or Viennese coffee Strudel of the season); Lunch stop (main course Warm dessert and a glass of Austrian wine); Street food stop (small goulash or pork roast or vegetarian option); Coffee house stop (tea or Viennese coffee or hot chocolate)
Tickets for the Metro, additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide
Jasomirgottstraße 3-5, at the Wine&Co Flagship store, 1010 Vienna
Stephansplatz, 1010 Wien, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in front of the main cathedral entrance
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity.
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This private tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
We begin our private Vienna tour on one of the most famous and attractive shopping streets in the city: The Graben. Home of the court jeweler Heldwein and the famous porcelain factory of Augarten, the area is littered with imperial architecture, opulent coffee shops, and first-rate eateries.
It would be rude of us not to offer you a coffee and a light breakfast before getting started properly. So, after our brief stroll, we will stop for a quick coffee, strudel but not at one of the famous cafes, because only tourists go there. Instead, we will head to one of the few cafes that locals still visit in the first, a proper and still functioning ‘Kulturcafe’.
To Nasch means ‘to nibble’ and that is exactly what one could do at the Naschmarkt, easily one of Europe’s best open-air markets. It is a mile long and showcases over 120 food stalls and some delectable restaurants that are cooking up some of the best food in the city. Here you will find the most diverse array of fruits, vegetables, and delicacies that are available in Vienna from all over the world.
While the Naschmarkt is a must-see, any local will tell you that they rarely pay it a visit, unless they fancy fighting out with tourists for the vendor’s attention. Instead every local has their own market that they like to visit, these may not be as big as the Naschmarkt, but they are certainly more lively and less touristy.
To that end, you will be whisked away from the Naschmarkt to a real ‘functioning’ Viennese market. Whether that be the trendy Brunnenmarkt in the 16th with its cafes and creative, the lively Viktor–Adler–Markt in the traditionally working-class 10th or even the peaceful farmers market at Karmeliterplatz in the 2nd will depend on the day and the guide. But don’t be afraid to ask for directions from the others, there is never enough time in a day, let alone in a tour to visit everything! At our first local market, we will enjoy our first lunch where we will indulge in wonderful typical Austrian food (schnitzel, goulash, or a vegetarian option for example) and wash it down with locally produced wine or beer. We will also show you the sweet side of Vienna and treat you to the chef's best dessert.
Irrelevant of the market, one thing we can promise is that there will be food. Our guides will introduce you to some Viennese guilty pleasures, both sweet and savory, and life on the streets that no guidebook would ever mention. Pausing to take in Wurstelstand life offers you the chance to taste Austrian’s favorite dish (Hint: it’s not schnitzel).
All along the way, we will sink into the famed Viennese coffee culture. Coffeehouses have played a very important role in shaping the culture of the city over the centuries, with the first cup being brewed all the way back in 1683. The Austrian Inventory of Cultural Heritage describes coffeehouses as places “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill.” We will show you where to find a wonderful cup of coffee or tea, or whatever your heart desires after a wonderful day of food. What does coffee pair the best with?
Our introduction to Vienna’s food and drink scene ends back in the city center, in front of the Opera house, the perfect springboard location to head off to any number of recommendations our guides will give you. Or you may simply wish to retreat for a cheeky nap back at your hotel if so, your guide can help you with directions.
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