Where one door closes, another is still open

In Vienna, you’ll find a Billa at almost every street corner. Maybe that’s a result of the supermarket’s typical opening hours; if one Billa just closed for the day, you’ll only need a few minutes to get to another one.

Although dining out in Vienna is relatively cheap compared to Amsterdam, buying and cooking your own food is not. After my first grocery shopping, I immediately started a quest for a budget supermarket.

So by now, I’m a loyal customer of Hofer and Zielpunkt. They have some good fruits and veggies and even their bread tastes great. It’s still not as cheap as the Turkish supermarkets in Amsterdam, but Hofer’s ‘Karottenbrot’ – with carrots and sunflower seeds – makes up for everything.

You’ll find most things you need at Hofer. If not, there’s always Billa, of course. And in worst case scenario, you can always find an escape route to a Spar Gourmet – the luxe edition of the normal Spar.

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Award winning beer at Salm Bräu

If you want to drink an award winning beer and eat good meat, go to Salm Bräu. Even the staff is superfriendly. It was here, that I first learned how the Austrians call half a liter of beer: Krügerl. For my stomach, a ‘little’ Seidel was good enough though.

Salm Bräu is a traditional brewery with a romantic courtyard, where you can sit, drink, eat and talk till late in the evening. Me and Jeff shared a ‘Bauernschmaus’, a plate with lots of delicious meat on it. It turned out to be more than enough for two persons, especially combined with the beer, that tastes way better than the Ottokringer beer.

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Salm Bräu, Rennweg 8 (3rd district, Landstraße)

Hiking to a Heuriger

You can drink a melange in Café Central, listen to Strauss at the Musikverein or feel like an empress in Schloss Schönbrunn. But the best Viennese experience is drinking a Grüner Veltliner at a gemütlicher Heuriger.

A Heuriger is a wine tavern where they serve the best Viennese wines and local specialties like cheese, meat and bread with homemade Aufstrich (spreads). They often have a garden or courtyard with large picnic tables, where you can sit in the cool shade of the grapevines. Most of the wine taverns are located just outside of town though, in the middle of the vineyards, with a grande view over Vienna.

So this week, me and my friend Jordan decided to go on a trip to the Viennese countryside and climbed the hill to Nußdorf. Forty charming, but sweaty minutes later we arrived at Sirbu, where we drank Grüner Veltliner like lemonade, tasted some Schinken and watched the sun go down. Also, we noticed that the crumpyness of Viennese waiters isn’t limited to the inner city.

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Sirbu
, Kahlenberger Straße 210, Wien

Farewell-sushi at Naschmarkt

Don’t feel like Wiener Schnitzel? Try sushi! Judging from the amount of sushi restaurants in town, it’s the second favorite dish of the Viennese. One of my favorite sushi-places is Kojiro, located right next to the ‘gemütliche’ Naschmarkt.

I like small places. They’re so cozy and for whatever reason their littleness is always an indication of good food. On my last day in Vienna it was a bit too crowded in Kojiro though, so me and my friend Petra decided to have lunch at the famous Naschmarkt. Despite of the tourists, it’s really a pleasant market where a lot of Viennese go for a beer or eat whatever dish they feel like. At Tewa, for example, you can have a good organic lunch for less than ten euro, wine included. But we felt like farewell-sushi today.

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Kojiro, Rechte Wienzeile 9 (4th district, Wieden)

Naschmarkt (6th district, Mariahilf)

Schnitzel take away

Don’t feel like Thai, sushi or pizza today? Get yourself a schnitzel take away!

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(Novaragasse, 2nd district, Leopoldstadt)