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The city has the largest number of gourmet restaurants in Austria. Whether you are looking for fine dining, trendy modern establishments or quiet cosy inns, Salzburg has somewhere for everyone no matter what your palate or purse. Look out for Mittagsmenus (mid-day menus) as these can provide special offers.
With local produce and many traditional dishes, the menus are full of interesting and tasty dishes, for example Kasmockerln (cheese dumplings). Salzburg is also regarded as a leading destination for organic food. Even fast food provides certain delicacies. Try the Bosna that originated in Salzburg and is bratwurst with onion, mustard and spices.
Even the coffee shops are renowned, Café Tomaselli is the oldest in Austria, serving up a delicious variety of hot drinks along with divine pastries. You must try a slice of apple strudel, Esterhazy cake, Salzburger nocherln (a meringue dish) or Mozart gateau (the distinctive mix of marzipan and chocolate entice many visitors take home a Mozartkugel as a gift or souvenir). They also serve a great selection of ice-creams.
In Austria, all restaurants are required to have a menu on display outside including their prices and most provide an English version.
Recommended restaurants in Salzburg
Café Bazar, Schwarzstrasse 3: The tree-shaded terrace has great views of Salzburg’s Old Town across the river; inside there’s an elegant coffeehouse atmosphere. Prosciutto, Carpaccio and ricotta cheese ravioli with mint reveal Italian flair.
K&K Restaurant AM Waagplatz, Waagplatz: Eight restaurants, each with its own character, occupy a historic building near the Cathedral. On the first floor, where the food is as elegant as the setting, seasonal highlights include superb asparagus and venison.
Stiftskeller St. Peter, St. Peter-Bezirk 1-4: Dating back to AD803, this wood-panelled restaurant with a maze of small rooms next to the Stiftskirche oozes history. Try the saddle of wild boar with red cabbage, gnocchi and cranberry juice.
Magazine, Augustinergasse 13: Join the well-heeled locals for exquisite Michelin-starred cooking at this tucked-away restaurant west of the Old Town. Inspired creations such as crispy octopus with chanterelles and leek ragout are the perfect complement to the spare and airy modern décor and wide-ranging wine list.
Gasthaus Wilder Mann,
Getreidegasse 20: Cheery staff in traditional dress, tall glasses of local Stiegl beers and vast portions of bratwurst and goulash: it’s hard to imagine anywhere more traditionally Austrian than this. The outdoor tables, in a cobbled alleyway off the main shopping street, are best for non-smokers.