As the capital city of a vast empire, Vienna adopted a range of culinary delights from the imperial regions, and mixed them with local flavors to produce what we now know as traditional Viennese cooking and baking.
You’ve probably heard of Wiener Schnitzel, but traditional Viennese fare covers many dishes, including Tafelspitz, Kaiserschmarrn and the ubiquitous sausages like the Käsekrainer. Not forgetting the Sachertorte, of course.
If you pop into a coffee house and find yourself wondering what a “Kleiner Brauner” could possibly be, you need a Vienna coffee glossary.
Your coffee traditionally comes with a glass of water, usually simple tap water rather than mineral water (because the stuff that comes out of the taps is quite likely to actually be mineral water).
And when not drinking coffee or water, your average Austrian is consuming large quantities of beer (only the Germans and Czechs drink more).
Christmas food and drink
You can learn all about traditional Christmas meals and food on the main Christmas in Vienna page. But as a little sampler: