Vienna’s taste for indulgence permeates the city, reaching from the palaces and surrounding vineyards into the very shops and streets of the city. On this Vienna food tour we'll join a local food writer or chef for an in-depth exploration of traditional Austrian foods and new trends in this exciting gastronomic destination. We'll dive into specialty food shops, enjoy some tastings, and learn how Austrian food today is evolving with an eye to tradition.
Vienna Food Tour
This weekday walk will usually start by sampling regional specialties in a local Greislerei: a modern take on a dry-goods mercantile and delicatessen that offers everything from gourmet mustards and pestos to honey and cordials. The small-batch products, often organic and always high quality, are sourced primarily from local farms and focus on traditional methods and husbandry. Among the succulent canned fruits, jars of pickled vegetables, and bottles of fragrant oils and vinegars, you'll experience the ingredients that elevate Austrian cooking to world-class heights.
Our next visits vary from tour to tour depending on our appetites. Stops may include: a local cheese specialty shop to sample a variety of cheeses, from silky and mild to full and complex; savory snacks or sausages at a local cafe; a bakery for hearty breads or pastries; or a street food stand, to relish hearty favorites like Leberkäse—a type of sausage popular throughout Europe’s German-speaking nations. While walking the sidewalks of Vienna, we'll develop a sense of the role that gastronomy plays in the everyday lives of Austrians and of the important relationship between a city and its gastronomic traditions.
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dinner, exploring regional cuisines over a lavish multi-course meal.
We'll finish our sensory tour with a sweet treat in a local pastry shop or cafe, getting a glimpse of the cafe culture for which Vienna is known. It is not uncommon for patrons to buy a Wiener Melange - coffee with milk foam - and then simply spend the whole day in the coffeehouse. As gathering places for Vienna's intelligentsia, cafes have historically served as a mise en scene for political, artistic, and social movements. As our walk draws to a close, we'll consider the importance of these intellectual gathering places and how they provide a tableaux of Viennese Gemütlichkeit - that famed coziness.
At the end of this walk, we’ll have a greater understanding of how the contemporary food scene in the city converges with tradition and how culinary craftsmanship has shaped the way of life—and we will have indulged in true Viennese fashion.
Tasting fee includes: one beverage, tastings of regional specialties at 4-5 locally owned culinary establishments (such as a mercantile, fine cheese and wine shop, deli, or a stop for charcuterie or artisanal bread), and a sweet pastry or confection at a coffeehouse or patisserie.
This walk may also available on weekends as a private experience only, or as a breakfast experience. Pricing and itinerary available on request.
Is this Vienna food experience suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, we can customize this walk to be vegetarian-friendly. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance by making a comment in the Trip Notes section, when placing your order.
Is this Vienna food experience suitable for celiacs or those with gluten sensitivity?
Yes, for private bookings, we can customize a walk for those with gluten intolerance. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance by making a comment in the Trip Notes section, when placing your order.
Is this walk suitable for people with limited mobility?
Yes, it is. There is mild walking, with the possibility for some type of seating in most of the venues. There are no staircases. There may be wheelchair accessible washrooms available.