5 cheap eats in Vienna

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Der Wiener Deewan

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.

1. Esterházykeller
Naglergasse 9
Neighborhood: Innere Stadt
Open Weekdays 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
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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.

2. Tunnel
Florianigasse 39
Neighborhood: Josefstadt
Open daily from 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
01 4053465
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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.

3. Der Wiener Deewan
Liechtensteinstraße 10
Neighborhood: Alsergrund
Open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
925 11 85
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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.

4. Pizzeria Mafiosi
Reindorfgasse 15
Neighborhood: Mariahilf
Open daily from 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
01 8927228
Web site

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.

5. Kent Restaurant
Brunnengasse 67
Neighborhood: Josefstadt
Open daily from 6 AM-2 AM
01 4059173
Web site

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.

About the author

Sarah Silbert

About the author: Sarah joined the EuroCheapo team as an intern while studying languages and writing and Sarah Lawrence College. Upon graduating, she became a listings editor (and occasional hotel reviewer). She’s currently contemplating a move to Berlin, her favorite European city.

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6 thoughts on “5 cheap eats in Vienna”

  1. Pingback: Backpacking: Vienna, Austria | M.A.V.B.L.O.G. by joseph mcconnell

  2. I visited Der Wiener Deewan in July 2012. I got a warm corner near the kitchen. They brought me a glass of water and I expected the worse. The food was spicy, but tasty and I was surprised as hell when they asked me what I wanted to pay. I paid 5 euro. Great eat, great concept. I walked out of there with a big smile on my face. A concept build on trust like this wouldn’t last 1 day in my home South Africa. A great pity I might add.

    1. Koosmanmar
      I have read about your experience in Vienna. Planning to go there with my daughter in May and Googled today to find cheap eats…
      This Pakistani eatery and pay-what-you-want concept is amazing. And yes, it will not work in our country. I live in PE.

  3. I went to Der Wiener Deewan today! It was excellent, and cheap. I gave 4 euros. I’m only commenting because I also go to Sarah Lawrence, where I just finished my sophmore year. I also study languages =), if you know Melissa Frazier or Roland. Anyway, thanks for the recommendations!

  4. @Kent Restaurant

    It’s in Ottakring (16), not in Josefstadt (8). Also, what do you mean, Turkish-inspired? It’s a Turkish restaurant, with Turkish food, run by Turks, staffed by Turks, in an almost exclusively Turkish neighborhood. It’s not Turkish-inspired, it’s Turkish, period. They also have branched out. There are two new Kents, one in Favoriten (10) and one in Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus (15), i.e. the two other predominently Turkish areas in Vienna.

  5. I like the cheap food for my trip to Vienna but even if I had dated prices I could calculate the present (?). I just saw rthe website I’ll check the prices. Thank you.


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