Here is a list of all the cheap food places I have discovered during my stay in Austria’s capital.
- Berliner Doner
A very popular food stand found on Zieglergasse in District 7. They serve Turkish kebabs, sandwiches and noodle boxes at unbelievable affordable prices — €3.50 for a falafel wrap! Maybe not the healthiest option but always hits the spot.
2. Natsu Japanisches Restaurant
Another very popular spot only a few streets over, Burggasse 71. Delicious handmade sushi in excessive quantities. Try the bento boxes! — miso soup, tempura veg, 3 spring rolls, tempura prawns, 6 maki, salad, and a bowl of rice for €7.80!! Definitely the most affordable sushi I’ve ever experienced.
Vegan options available 😉
3. Swing Kitchen
A vegan fast-food joint with retro decor serving burgers, fries, wraps and cake. Their Vienna Burger involves a vegan schnitzel! (Great for travellers who are missing out on the meat-heavy native cuisine.) Their kitchens are set up in 4 locations in the city including districts 4, 7 and 8.
Generally considered to be the best tourist tea house for the traditional viennese cafe experience. Very pricey for a sit-down meal but there is a take away counter at the entrance of the shop where you can purchase mini versions of the traditional strudels or a mini Sachertorte. As Demel’s is well-known for making the best sacher cake in Vienna, the €2.20 for these 2-bite-sized mini versions is well worth it. You won’t be disappointed and they come in a cute handled box.
5. Cafe Neko
Vienna’s first and only cat cafe! Just round the corner from Stephensplatz, down a quiet cobbled alleyway is the Japanese cafe serving sweet and savoury snacks including rice balls and a homemade cat shaped cake (vanilla kitter). There is no entrance charge (which is unusual for a cat cafe) and the food and drink is very affordable, especially given the central location. The owners are very friendly and the food is delicious!
6. The Wiener Deewan – Pay As You Wish
A pay-as-you-wish restaurant found in district 9. Serving Pakistani food, buffet style. A great place to kick back on a cushion and chill out while being filled up with as much food as you can eat. When leaving the restaurant you hand over as much change as you like. Great veggie as well as meat options.
I know I’ve mentioned this one already more than once but it is one of the best food experiences in the city, and very cheap. If you are staying in the city for a while the stock up on falafels, humous and baklava! Most stalls sell 10 falafels for €2.
For something slightly more upmarket, try Neni’s (the restaurant that sells its products to Spar supermarkets all over the city).
8. And finally, all of the chain bakery/cafes throughout Vienna:
Strock, Aida, Der Mann, Felber, Felzl, Gradwohl, Nordsees and many more…