Perhaps due to its lively student population, Vienna is rife with inexpensive eating options. In addition to the ubiquitous Döner Kebab, you’ll find cheap pizza, traditional Austrian food and more than a few vegetarian options. Our five cheap picks run the gamut from cozy pub grub to pay-what-you-wish Pakistani fare.
More than your average charming Austrian restaurant, the Esterházykeller offers the added bonus of historic significance. Opened in 1683 and named after the Esterházy noble family, the place was famously frequented by Joseph Haydn.
The restaurant serves typical Austrian cuisine (think plenty of meat) though vegetarian options are available as well. Meals start around €6. Wine from the Esterházy vineyard is on the menu, along with apple strudel and other sweets.
If it’s an unabashedly young vibe you’re after, look no further than Tunnel. This restaurant-live music hybrid offers a large menu with very reasonable prices.
The menu includes sandwiches, pastas, soups and vegetarian dishes ranging from €5 to €12. Tunnel’s drink list is equally expansive, with juices, beers and cocktails all under €5. You’re guaranteed to hear a live band nightly (at 9 p.m.), though there is often a cover charge.
Der Wiener Deewan is a Pakistani twist on one of our favorite restaurant concepts: Take a hip, colorful atmosphere, add a buffet with a pay-what-you-wish policy, and you have yourself a wi(e)nner! The restaurant offers both vegetable and meat curries. Takeaway boxes and drinks are also available, though these come at fixed prices. Stop by on Mondays evenings to catch some live music.
If you want a cheap slice or some lasagna, this is a safe bet. The topping selection is impressive and the prices are quite low; nothing on the menu costs more than €6. The Pizzeria Mafiosi is located south of the city center near the Schönbrunn Palace.
A local favorite in Josefstadt, the Kent Restaurant has a sprawling menu of Turkish-inspired entrees. Choose from plenty of salads, kebabs and Middle Eastern sandwiches. A complete breakfast is available for €5, and desserts (including baklava) are also served.