5 Food Items You Should Try in Austria


We recently took a trip to Austria. Even though people think that Austrian food and German food seem similar, they are actually quite different. And not just because they use totally different words for their food items. Seriously. Nevertheless, their food is to die for and should you find yourself in Austria you should definitely head over to a restaurant and order one of these 5 dishes below.

1)  Wiener Schnitzel – Viennese Fried Veal Cutlets

Yes, Wiener Schnitzel is a fried veal cutlet outside of the U.S. and has nothing to do with hot dogs. It baffles me every time how the “Wienerschnitzel” hot dog chain got their name as they are so far off the real thing. Sometimes you will even find it made from pork but the real deal is made of veal. It’s usually served with french fries or potato salad.

2)  Sacher Torte

Sacher Torte

The first of many desserts on this list, Sacher Torte is a chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate icing topped with whipped cream. It’s perfect for chocolate lovers. If you’re ever in Vienna, try and get the original at the Hotel & Café Sacher near the Vienna state opera.

3)  Kaiserschmarrn

Yes, it’s technically pancakes chopped up and it’s named after the Austrian emperor, because it literally translates to the “emperor’s folly.” It’s usually served with caramelized raisins and apples. But you can get it with any kind of jam, apple sauce and sometimes, although very rare with chocolate sauce. It all depends on the cook.

4)  Apfelstrudel – Apple Strudel


I think everyone has heard of this one. Apple strudel is one of my favorites, although it also comes in some variants. You can order it hot or cold, with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or vanilla sauce. I prefer it with vanilla sauce or ice cream. Some of them contain raisins, some don’t. You can get this delicacy fairly easily even here in the US. I know they serve it at Disneyland for example.

5)  Marillenknödel – Sweet Dumplings filled with Plum

This one is a little bit harder to explain. As you can see it’s a sweet dumpling filled with plum. However, the original is actually filled with apricots that the Austrians call “Marillen”. The dough for the dumpling is made of regular potato dough and “Topfen” which is something like cream cheese/yogurt/quark. After boiling them in water, they get rolled in sugar and crispy breadcrumbs.

If you like this list, but are nowhere near Austria or an Austrian restaurant. (Hey, I know they’re rare. We’ve been looking for a while!) You  might want to check out one of the following books with recipes and try to make some of these specialties at home. I promise they’re not as hard to make as they look:

Oh and let me know what your favorite Austrian dish is or which of those you would like to try, in our comment section below.


  1. Sacher Torte looks damn delicious. Love that little chocolate button looking thing on top. So well made. Wow.

    Nice to meet you by the way Jana. I’m Ken.



    • Very nice to meet you Ken! I’ll be a frequent visitor to your site 🙂

  2. I love Kaiserschmarrn – have only had it a few times but each time it was delicious and felt like such a treat. I’ve never seen or heard of Marillenknödel though – and will keep an eye out for these next time I’m in Austria. Ahhhh travel eating 🙂
    Claire xx

    • Hi Claire!
      Yeah Marillenknödel are a bit hard to get :). They don’t serve them everywhere. I’m glad you liked Kaiserschmarrn.

    • To be honest I pretty much love all new food when travelling. Eating is always a highlight.

      Just so you know I’ve nominated you for the ‘Liebster Blog Award’ on my blog this week: http://goo.gl/tyBtX6 Hope you’re having a good one!
      Claire xx

  3. I hope you had an amazing visit! I can’t wait to visit Vienna again. My Omi and Opa are Austrian and the food they make is delicious. Hope you enjoyed the apple strudel!

    • Wow that’s nice! I did enjoy the apple strudel. I’m sure home made Austrian food is even better. 🙂

    • That’s too bad you missed the Torte! 🙂 But I’m sure you had some other good specialties right?
      I’ll definitely check out your article. Thank you!

  4. oh i love all of the recipes you introduced in this post. especially kaiserschmarrn. i always made it with old pancakes. i have made some vegan apple strudel some time ago.

    yes, i’m from germany! oh i believe that it’s not that easy to find fully vegan stuff in america or also whole foods. but there are really many accidentally vegan foods which you can find in american supermarkets, just look at this list: http://www.peta.org/living/food/accidentally-vegan/

    i have found some german lists too and yes, manner waffles are vegan, indeed. i’m so greatful because i also love them so much. also when i was little.

    but sometimes it’s also difficult because i also love fish. especially sushi. i told myself, though, that it’s not a crime if i want to eat something not vegan if i need it. i’m granting my body the things it needs, if it tells me so. why suffer?


  5. I hate the idea of veal in schnitzel form as I am so used to the pork ones here, so I’d probably give this one a miss. But the torte, I had a friend who had a lovely one shipped over from Austria for his birthday and OH MY GOODNESS. The best cake of my life!


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