Ask us what we like best about traveling and all three of us will tell you it’s seeing new places, but not far behind in order of importance is the food. We try to make sure that the majority of our meals while traveling are authentic to the region we’re in, especially dinners, but it’s not a strictly enforced rule. (Take, for instance, that time we were in Amsterdam and ate Mexican food, twice.) We also like to find places that fit into our semi-tight budget, but still offer good quality food and a nice atmosphere. These four places to eat in Innsbruck fit the bill in all three categories!
Strudel-Café Kröll was the first place we ate in Innsbruck, partly because the aromas trailing outside made my mouth water, and also maybe a little bit because I was like, Fuzzy chairs! This place has to be awesome! (If you don’t want to eat lunch in a chair that feels like a bear-hug, the inside of the cafe is more conventional.) As the name suggests, the cafe offers all sorts of different strudels, a traditional Austrian layered pastry, in both sweet and savory varieties. We chose the Gemuse Mozzarella (vegetable and cheese), Spinet Feta (spinach and feta), and Tiroler Gröstl (meat and potatoes) strudels, and followed them up with Vanilla Krapfens, a donut-like pastry without a hole, for dessert. Besides the fact that the food was great, what I loved best about this place was that we could see all of our food choices before ordering – that’s much easier than being handed a menu in German and having no idea what you’re ordering!
Address: Hofgasse 6, 6020 Innsbruck
Goldenes Dachl Gasthaus
The Goldenes Dachl Gasthaus is similar to the places we ate in Alpbach – restaurant on the ground floor, guest rooms on the upper floors – and it’s located right next to one of Innsbruck’s most famous sights, the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof). This restaurant was recommended to us by two German men we’d met earlier in the day at the Hofkirche. They were even so kind as to tell us what to order to avoid disappointment. I had the Schlutzkrapfen, a handmade ravioli-like pasta with a spinach filling, drizzled in melted butter. Cory had the Wiener Schnitzel, the national dish of Austria, and potatoes. Both were delicious! We ate early, so the restaurant was quiet and the service was excellent, but this place is very popular and can get crowded in the evenings, so if you don’t eat early, you may want to book ahead.
Address: Hofgasse 1, 6020 Innsbruck
Der Bäcker Ruetz
Not wanting to pay €11 a person at our hotel for breakfast, we headed out in search of a local bakery where we could eat for cheaper. We came across a chain, Der Bäcker Ruetz, where we were all able to eat a filling breakfast together for less than €10. We ate at the location directly across the street from the flagship Swarovski store on Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse. Although typically a take-away bakery, there are a few bar stools lining the walls and windows where you can sit and enjoy your coffee and cinnamon rolls while doing a little people-watching outside. Cory had a Mohnbrille, ‘poppy glasses’ in English. (Cute, right?) Lex and I both had a Nußschnecke, a cinnamon roll similar to the poppy glasses, but with nuts. The girl who served us was one of the friendliest, happiest people we met while in Austria and it was a real joy to chat with her. We don’t normally eat at chain places while traveling, but I am so glad we tried this one!
Flo Jos was our last stop before we headed to the airport to catch our plane back to London. We didn’t have a lot of time, so we just looked for a place with English on the menu displayed outside so we could order quickly. To our surprise, when we entered, Flo Jos had a very American vibe, Texas cattle ranch to be exact, and it came with the portion sizes to match! Lexie ordered the baked potato and it came loaded with sour cream, plus an extra boat of sour cream on the side. (I have no idea why anyone would need that much sour cream!) Cory and I both had an order of nachos, but we easily could have shared since neither of us were able to finish our meals. While not in the least bit Austrian, Flo Jos still makes the list because of its delicious food and festive atmosphere. Although, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if our waiter rolled his eyes at us when we left. Americans in an American restaurant in Austria – how unintentionally stereotypical of us.
Address: Seilergasse 12, 6020 Innsbruck
It can vary depending on what you order, but as a family of three, we were able to keep all of our meals in Innsbruck under €25 except for the Goldenes Dachl Gasthaus which was a bit higher at €30. Still a great deal, in my opinion! Each of these restaurants are located in the Old Town of Innsbruck. If you’re looking for a nice place to stay in the same area, check out the Hotel Maximilian. We were extremely pleased with our accommodations there!
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