A Catalog of essential phrases
Ask for food
Things you plan to eat
enter any Spar, Billa or whatever and go to the sausage counter
tell them to make a roll with “that” sausage (pick any you like – and there is a huge selection .. also a huge selection of hams and bacons)
he salesperson will take a fresh roll (crunchy and perhaps still slightly warm from the oven) and cut fresh sausage to fill it for you – if you want to ask to add a small pickle or some mustard that perfectly fine (instead of the standard roll, you can akso pick another one if the bread counter has them on stock)
the cheese counter will do the same thing with any cheese you want to have …
just ask for “Eine Semmel mit xxxx Wurst” (and if you want more then one, that is not a problem either
many supermarkets will also have some hot food like a Leberkäse or similar
Café Hawelka (Dorotheergasse 6) – an institution in itself, the Hawelka has been run by Mr. & Mrs. since the end of the 2nd World War. Very dark and smoky, you get a feeling of turn-of-the-century intellectual Vienna.
Kleines Café (Franziskanerplatz 3) – a lovely place to come in summer, as the seating outside is in the pretty Franziskanerplatz. The service is friendlier than many other places and you can get good food here too. The atmosphere is bohemian.
Café Alt Wien (Backerstrasse 9) – Covered in posters advertising everything from concerts to demonstrations, the Café Alt Wien feels like a good place to come if you’re plotting a revolution. It dispenses with the tuxedoed-waiter idea too.
The Sausage Stand
Wurstel mit senf – Classic Frankfurter sausage served with a dollop of sweet (suss) or hot (scharf) mustard (senf) and a semmel, a white bread roll.
Debreziner – a thin, spicy, peppery sausage
Bratwurst – fatter version of the Frankfurter
Weisswurst – meaning ‘white sausage’, this is even fatter than the Bratwurst.
Kasekrainer – a.k.a. the ‘pus-filled’ sausage this is similar to a bratwurst but injected with cheese. Careful when eating as the cheese invariably spurts out everywhere – definitely a favourite.
Leberkase – although not really a sausage, it’s worth a mention. Most sausage stands sell ‘liver cheese’ – its like a loaf of baked sausage meat and cheese.
A recommended stall to be initiated into the Viennese school of sausage is Wurstelstand Leowhich is situated outside the Blau Stern café, at Doblinger Gurtel 2, 9th District. The lovely Leo will even juggle with his sausage equipment while-u-wait!
käsekrainer, bosna, bratwurst, frankfurter or currywurst
The Sausage Stand
(on a bun)
“mit oder ohne Zwiebel?” (with or without onions?)
(at butcher shops)
Notify Credit Cards
Notify Post Office (HOLD)
Heart Attach Coach House
Euros (and where to buy)
Which Credit Card
Which Vienna Bank
Food Not to Miss
(some of the fancy coffees)
Spicy Fish at night markets