Where to Eat in Alpbach, Austria on a Budget

When we were planning our ski trip to Austria, we knew it would be an expensive holiday, but when it was all said and done and we discovered our expenses totaled more than our last three trips combined, we were pretty shocked. It is not cheap to take a family ski vacation – lesson learned! But one area we were still able to keep within our budget was food. In both Alpbach and Innsbruck, we were lucky enough to find plenty of budget-friendly, yet still very tasty places to eat at. The following are five places to eat in Alpbach that really stood out to us in terms of quality, price, atmosphere, and friendly service!

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Berggasthof Hornboden

The Berggasthof Hornboden is located just downhill from the lift station on Wiedersbergerhornbahn. (That’s a mouthful!) This is where we skied in Alpbach on Gmahkopf for three days. We only went to the Hornboden once, but I loved the relaxed atmosphere here. Besides the lively, outdoor bar area, inside you’ll find a sit-down restaurant on the upper level and a cafeteria-style eatery on the ground floor. The views from pretty much anywhere you sit are outstanding, and the food isn’t half bad either!

Address: House Number 387, 6236 Alpbach

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Ferienwohnung Dorfcafe

The Ferienwohnung Dorfcafe is a konditorei cafe (German for a pâtisserie/confectionery shop) near the center of Alpbach. The front of the cafe faces the mountains, providing some pretty stellar views from nearly every table. I say nearly because we were placed at the only table in the whole restaurant without a view, but at least the food was good! I call the kind of food served here, comfort food. It’s not exactly healthy, but it’s filling. Just what you need after a day on the slopes. The desserts looked especially delectable, but I couldn’t possibly eat another bite after finishing off that gigantic sandwich pictured above. It’s called a Farmer’s Sandwich – bacon, onions, and melted cheese on toasted bread. Yum!

Address: House Number 641, 6236 Alpbach

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Jakober Gasthaus

I knew we would eat at the Jakober Gasthaus at some point during our stay since it is the restaurant associated with the guest house we were staying at. We came here for lunch one afternoon and I fell in love with the homey, country-style decor, similar to what we’re used to seeing back in Tennessee. Like the guest house, the restaurant resembles an old cabin with its knotty pine floors and wood paneling covering the walls. It’s a cozy sort of place you could hole up in for hours over a good meal. Their menu is extensive, but since it was lunchtime we went with a traditional Austrian snack of pork sausages with horseradish mustard, sauerkraut, and rolls. I wasn’t a big fan of the sauerkraut, but everything else gets two thumbs up!

Address: House Number 169, 6236 Alpbach

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Messner’s Cafe & Pizzeria

Messner’s Cafe & Pizzeria is located right next door to the Jakober Gasthaus in the center of Alpbach. It’s where we ate our breakfast every morning before catching the bus to the slopes, which is only steps away from this restaurant, by the way. Messner’s is beautiful on the inside with lots of comfy chairs and benches to sit on. Their choices of pizzas are top notch as well. I went with the Provenziale – it was loaded with bacon, ham, cheese, chili peppers, and corn on a perfectly toasted thin pizza crust. Best pizza I’ve had in a long time, maybe ever. Lex chose the cheese dumpling soup and said it was delicious as well!

Address: House Number 170, 6236 Alpbach

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

Hotel Zur Post

I saved the best for last – Hotel Zur Post, also in the center of Alpbach. It was by chance that we ended up eating here. The place we’d intended on trying out was fully booked, so we had to go in search of an open table somewhere else. Hotel Zur Post was full when we arrived as well, but the hostess moved a couple who were already seated to a different table so they could fit us in. (Talk about accommodating!) The menu had so many enticing options that it was difficult to choose just one to try. I went with the Kartoffelpuffer auf Cremigem Blattspinat, aka potato pancakes with creamy leaf spinach. Roasted mushrooms, cocktail tomatoes, green onions, and a light sauce were poured over the top. It was so packed with flavor that if I hadn’t been in a nice restaurant, I might have licked my plate. No joke. This meal definitely holds a firm spot in my top five favorite meals ever. I’m a little sad knowing I’ll likely never have the opportunity to enjoy it again!

Address: House Number 184, 6236 Alpbach

Save for the one dinner at Hotel Zur Post, all three of us were able to eat a filling meal at each of these places for under €25. Our meal at Hotel Zur Post was a bit more expensive at €35, but I believe the quality of the food was worth the extra expense. There were still many more places to eat in Alpbach that we didn’t get the opportunity to try out, but I can personally attest to these five. If you get the chance to try any of these cafes for yourself, come back and let me know what you thought!

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Where To Eat In Alpbach, Austria On A Budget

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  • Emmymom
    March 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Okay hungry now!

  • Stacie Stamper
    March 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Finally, a sport I can participate in! Love eating travel food and experiencing all of the different tastes!

  • Rebecca
    March 9, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Those donuts are to die for, and I remember being in Austria. I’ve only I knew about these places back then!!

  • Sammy @ Days Like This
    March 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    I love comfort food. Just what you need after a cold day outside!

  • Quyen Nguyen
    March 8, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    All of the food look delicious! I love heartwarming comfort food after a day of skiing and snow!

  • Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi
    March 7, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Awww, all of those look just like what you need after a busy day on the slopes! Was it weird/lovely to see the interior of Gasthof Jakober?
    (Ps. seconded on the Sauerkraut)

    • Sarah Shumate
      March 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      I loved it! I kind of expected a heavyset woman with big hair and a southern drawl to come take our order. :o)

      I think I was so offended by the sauerkraut because it looked like shredded cheese. When I tasted it and realized it wasn’t cheese, I freaked out a bit!

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    March 7, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Looks like good ole Austrian food!

    • Sarah Shumate
      March 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      Ha…bringing back memories? :o) Do you miss any of the food there?

      • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
        March 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        Yes! ;) I can’t say that I miss it. German/Austrian fare has never been my favorite. At the markets you could find fresh potato chips and those are awesome! The food is just so heavy and fried! I don’t like a lot of fried food. Never have. I can eat a bit of it, but not a lot. I will say that I am not a big sausage fan, but Nurnburger sausages I absolutely love!! They sell them at Lidl here and I am so glad about that because I don’t like English sausages. =)

  • Jenn
    March 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Yeah, ski trips are definitely not cheap, unfortunately. All of the food here looks so delicious!

  • Alyx
    March 7, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    THIS JUST MAKES ME MISS EUROPE EVEN MORE!!! You’re killin’ me, smalls!

  • Katrin
    March 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Ski trips are definitely expensive. :( But glad you found some great places to eat! I am a huge fan of Sauerkraut!I think I might need to eat it this weekend! And I also love horseradish mustard!

    • Sarah Shumate
      March 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Ick, not me. That was my first time trying sauerkraut and I wasn’t a fan. What do you normally eat it with?

      • Katrin
        March 7, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        I usually eat it with mashed potatoes and some veggie meat. :) I grew up eating Sauerkraut so maybe it needs some time to get used to it? Sorry you did not like it!

  • rorybore
    March 7, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    This place is just beautiful!! It makes me sad to think such places exist and that I will never see them. Which is kind of what I love about blogging – I get to live vicariously through you.
    And now I am starving because that food looks so good!
    lick your plate? I almost licked the computer screen! :)

  • Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust
    March 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Wow! So many delicious looking dishes! A ski holiday sure is expensive as it all adds up very quickly and without you even realising it sometimes! But at least you enjoyed the seriously scrumptious food! My mouth is watering haha

  • Nina
    March 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Austria may be expensive, but it sure looks fantastic. Craving for the food right now, it looks delicious!