Austria: Best Salzburg restaurants (and bars)

On my recent visit to Salzburg in Austria I was treated to some wonderful food thanks to my local guide so I thought I would write a post sharing my recommendations for the best Salzburg restaurants for breakfast, lunch, dinner and beyond! I doubt I would have found these places myself, and they are awesome.

For breakfast in Salzburg: Cafe Classic

This is a classic Salzburg cafe, complete with 1950s architecture and I highly recommend having breakfast here. Popular Salzburg restaurants like Café Classic are open all day. I loved that people were drinking sparkling wine with breakfast on a Saturday morning. And the meticulous food presentation here and everywhere I ate. And the perfect tea timer!

Eating out in Salzburg

For brunch/lunch in Salzburg: Café Fingerlos

After my walking on the Gaisberg the day before I was ready for a meaty brunch and Café Fingerlos delivered.

Brunch at Cafe Fingerlos, Salzburg

It was delicious but another highlight was the bircher-style porridge or muesli.

Breakfast at Cafe Fingerlos, Salzburg

And the cakes at the end…

Cakes in Salzburg

For dinner in Salzburg: M32

This is the pinnacle of dining out in Salzburg, literally the best restaurant in Salzburg. Incorporated in the city’s Museum of Modern Art high up on the cliffs of the Monksberg, M32 (stands for No. 32 Monksberg) offers spectacular views over the old town and the fortress – both from the terrace and the tables inside. This is fine dining with excellent service.

Dinner at M32 - where to eat in Salzburg

Going out for a drink in Salzburg

I have already talked about the Augustiner monastery brewery and its great beer and classic Austrian food in a previous post so I wanted to mention a wonderful rooftop cocktail bar in Salzburg. It’s on the top of the Hotel Stein, which is just by the Staatsbrucke bridge on the opposite side of the river from the Salzburg Old Town. Other options across in the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ at the edge of the old town (just go through the archway by the Nature Museum) include the Russ Bar.

Apple strudel with vanilla sauce - Salzburg

Farther afield: Lake Fuschl

I had an amazing lunch of freshly-smoked trout with bread at a tiny fishery on the shores of Lake Fuschl – read my ‘day out from Salzburg’ post for more details of how to experience what is possibly my best al fresco lunch ever.

Lake Fuschl fish lunch, Salzburg

By Natasha von Geldern

Do you have any recommendations for the top Salzburg restaurants? Or where to go out for a drink in Salzburg?

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