Wiener schnitzel with potatoes cranberries and lemon

Salzburg Food Guide: The Best Restaurants and Cafés

Aktualisiert am: 14/03/2023

I wonder if this travel blog won’t change into a food blog after all? In any case, I ran across a lot of delicious delicacies in Salzburg again. With so many good cafes and restaurants in Salzburg offering delicious cuisine, it’s hard to choose. Therefore, I’ve put together a few very impressive Salzburg restaurants and locations – you won’t stay hungry in Salzburg for long, I promise!

By the way: If you are planning a trip to Salzburg, you should also check out my huge travel guide with the most important sights and helpful information for your stay!
Salzburg Travel Guide

Shape of Geisberg in Salzburg is template for Salzburg dumplings

Here are a few culinary Salzburg tips for you. Austrian cuisine with an alpine twist: Be warned, Salzburg is truly a food fetishist’s paradise!

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The Mozartkugel: Round, sweet and typical for Salzburg

In Salzburg, everything revolves around Mozart – and the Mozartkugel. When in Germany, you’ll immediately think of the Mozartkugeln in the red shiny packaging, but in Salzburg there are a few long-established confectioners who produce Mozartkugeln according to their own recipe and in part still completely by hand on site.

The truly original Mozartkugeln can be found at the Konditorei Fürst, whose flagship store is located on the Alter Markt directly across from the historical Café Tomaselli, Austria’s oldest coffee house. But also the small Café Habakuk in Linzergasse, for example, makes the most delicious Mozartkugeln, 100% handmade.

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Salzburger Nockerln: 3 mountains for dessert

Salzburg is surrounded by three local mountains, the Kapuzinerberg, the Gaisberg and the Mönchsberg – and if you can’t remember that, just order Salzburger Nockerln in a restaurant. At the latest after seeing this huge powdered sugar dusted soufflé on a cherry sauce, you’ll remember it forever. Each Nockerl stands for a snow-covered local mountain. But be careful: Salzburger Nockerln are always served in only one size, supposedly for two people, but as a dessert they are easily enough for nine! Salzburgers are not stingy with their food portions!

Here you can find even more info & insider tips about Salzburg:
Everything you need to know about Salzburg

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K+K am Waagplatz

A bit more upscale, but with down-to-earth, modern cuisine: K+K on Waagplatz serves classics like Wiener schnitzel, but also vegan curries. Upstairs you can sit in a traditional ambience with lots of wood, downstairs there’s a freshly renovated bar in the cozy cellar vault!

The portions are not quite as spectacular as elsewhere, but of very high quality.

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Seven Senses at Hotel Stein

Hotel Stein*, founded in 1399, is the oldest hotel in Salzburg and has recently been completely renovated, with great attention to detail and lots of art. Salzburg is also often described as the most Italian city north of the Alps, a Venetian architect contributed to this in the 17th century. At Hotel Stein, this connection between Salzburg and Venice is being rekindled under the motto “Salzburg meets Venice” – and it was clear that I couldn’t contain myself with enthusiasm there, since I’ve been in Venice just two weeks before and fell in love with the city.

If your budget allows, you should stay here – this hotel is so cozy!

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On the other hand, if you don’t want to splash out quite so much, simply enjoy the magnificent view on the terrace of the hotel’s own rooftop bar Seven Senses with an Airone Spritz (an Italian bitter somewhere between Ramazzotti and Aperol, which is only available here in Salzburg and the surrounding area!) You won’t regret it!


Quaint, classic, delicious. The name almost suggests it, but the addition “for the hunger (Bärenhunger) of a bear” in some dishes on the menu makes it clear: If you do not get full at the Bärenwirt, you are beyond help. My recommendation: beef goulash with football-sized dumplings. If you are really hungry!

Augustiner Bräustübl at Kloster Mülln

Growing up in the Ruhr area, between coal furnaces and breweries, beer always reminds me of home. On hot summer days I love a freshly tapped, cool beer as much as a fine Aperol Spritz. No need to mention that I felt at home immediately at the Augustiner Bräustübl.

You drink your beer from bucket-sized clay mugs here, pick one from a shelf yourself and hold it under cool water so that the beer stays nice and cold. You can buy food at one of the stalls inside, where you can buy everything from Leberkäse to finely sliced radish to sweet pastry like Schaumrollen – or you can bring your snacks from home, which I think is absolutely brilliant. Only beer must be bought on site, otherwise you can picnic here as you wish. And the atmosphere in the beer garden couldn’t be better: Young people sit here next to old people, original Salzburgers next to tourists, people in traditional costumes next to fashionistas, and everyone enjoys the extremely drinkable Augustiner.

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Herr Leopold

Finding an open coffee house on Sundays away from the usual tourist attractions is not so easy. Salzburgers love their coffee house, but apparently not on Sundays. So you take what comes, and the Mr. Leopold is the most beautiful emergency solution of all. Foodies will be delighted with Buchteln and Strudel, fresh from the oven and bathed in creamy, warm vanilla sauce – and design junkies should take a look at the stylish wallpaper in the ladies’ room after the wonderful interior design. Definitely worth a visit.

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Ludwig Burger

At Ludwig Burger you get probably the best burgers in town. Everything is homemade, from the burger to the ketchup(!). And the vegan mushroom patty is so good that even I as an absolute meat lover would immediately switch a regular burger for it.

Café Würfelzucker

After I already landed here on my first visit, I had to have another apple strudel at Café Würfelzucker: hand-pulled, freshly steamed and served in the coziest ambience right on the Salzach. Yum.

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Pauli Stubm: rustic and cozy

Very cozy and iconic and hidden in a small alley in the old town, the Pauli Stubm offers really hearty cuisine!
Two houses down, by the way, is an adult bar, if you know what I mean… and I mention that because even such places look just pretty here in picturesque Salzburg.

A few houses further on, at number 30, is the house of Salzburg’s last executioner from the medieval ages, by the way, for those who like to get a little spooky.

More insider tips for Salzburg

By the way: Salzburg as an old church city has even more spooky stories in store! If you are interested, just book a tour* with Sabine, she has pretty much all the morbid medieval stories in stock and presents them extremely entertaining on a tour of a different kind, highly recommended!

Are you more interested in the small and bizarre secrets of Salzburg? There are plenty of them in this historic city; I was also quite amazed! Then hop over to my article about churches in Salzburg – there are some interesting spots that you won’t find in a travel guide so quickly!

If you are only in Salzburg for one day, then I recommend my guide Salzburg in one day – and you can see the most important sights in Salzburg in short time!

Disclaimer: I’ve been invited by the local tourist office TSG Tourism Salzburg GmbH in cooperation with to this trip.

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