The Best Street Food in Vienna You Must Try

You don’t really know Vienna until you try its street food that is far more affordable and often even tastes better than fancy dishes from sit-down restaurants.

Last updated: May 10, 2024

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The best street food in Vienna you must try

The Best Street Food in Vienna for Every Budget

Food is one of the integral parts of a culture. No wonder, many traditions, rituals, and celebrations involve traditional delicacies. As there are a few places that don’t have distinguishing cuisines, Vienna, Austria, is definitely not one of them.

Quite the opposite, you can travel to Vienna just to relish authentic and international food that has become an essential part of Austrian cuisine. Yet while dining in a traditional restaurant or café can cost a small fortune, street food in Vienna is perfect for all budgets. From hearty wraps to various snacks, Vienna’s street food offers a taste of traditional dishes while saving your buck.


Traditional Street Food in Vienna for Budget Travelers

1. Viennese Sausage (Wiener Würstel)

Vienna’s street food evolves around sausages. They are not just the favorite meat products of the majority of locals and tourists. The Viennese sausages established themselves as an essential part of the culture and have become one of the most popular street food choices for budget travelers visiting Vienna.

Needless to say, with a wide variety of sausages, ranging from Käsekrainer, bratwurst, frankfurter, currywurst and bosna, you have no problems finding your favorite meat dish while strolling the streets of the capital of Austria.

2. Schnitzelsemmel

Schnitzelsemmel is by far the most popular street food in Vienna not only for budget travelers, but locals as well. This traditional sandwich is nothing but a white, crusty round bread roll with signature meat called schnitzel. You can also ask to add some lettuce, onion, and tomatoes on top. And voila, one of the most popular traditional street foods in Vienna is ready to be devoured.

3. Leberkäse Semmel

Leberkäse Semmel is another hearty street food you must try when in Vienna. The dish is very simple. Similar to Schnitzelsemmel, it’s a combination of meat, bread roll or semmel, and some sauce or mustard.

But the meat or Leberkäse is what makes the difference. It usually consists of corned beef, pork, and bacon, finely ground and baked as a loaf in a bread pan.

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Street food at Naschmarkt

4. Bratkartoffeln

Bratkartoffeln, or simply roasted potato wedges, is a popular street snack in Vienna. It suits palates of first-time and frequent visitors that make an almost mandatory stop by a food stand to grab a serving or two of this flavorful and very affordable dish.

International Street Food in Vienna

5. Falafel Wraps and Sandwiches

Turkish food stands bring cheap and delicious food to the streets of Vienna that will suffice even budget travelers. These falafel wraps and sandwiches topped with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, and sauce of your choice are in high demand any time of the year. Moreover, they come as a great street food choice for vegan and vegetarian budget travelers.

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Wraps and sandwiches are some of the most popular street foods in Vienna

6. Kebab

On the other hand, chicken kebabs from the same Turkish street food stands in the center of Vienna attract meat-eating budget travelers. This hearty food is very satisfying and can sustain you for hours while you explore the capital of Austria.

7. Asian Street Food

Vienna’s alleys are not alien to the smell of Asian street food that please even picky travelers. The options are pretty wide. You can choose from rice with vegetables to wok egg noodles, sweet or sour chicken, and different kinds of sushi rolls.

8. Pizza Slices

Street food stands in Vienna accommodate even those travelers that can’t live without pizza. You can easily stumble upon food booths that sell pizza slices almost everywhere in the city. Europe is the second-smallest continent after all. Food traditions travel fast here. But in the case of Italian traditional dishes (which pizza is certainly a part of), this street food goes far beyond just the city limits of Vienna, flooding the street corners in Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Street Food in Vienna: Snacks

9. Roasted Chestnuts

Sometime around October, roasted chestnuts or maroni appear on the streets of Vienna. Usually this popular street food snack indicates the arrival of the holiday season. Whether you plan to visit Vienna during Christmas or after the winter holidays, you can indulge in this comforting and healthy treat well into February.

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Roasted chestnuts are popular street snacks to indulge in on a cold day in Vienna

10. Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

Just like Schnitzel, Apfelstudel is a signature dish of Austrian cuisine. But unlike some other traditional street foods in Vienna, these sweets can be found in regular cafés and at street stands alike. Moreover, the taste of the delicious pastries stuffed with apples, raisins, sugar, and cinnamon doesn’t change regardless of the place you get them from.

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Austrian Strudel | Popular street snack in Vienna

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  1. helene
    September 19, 2019 / 2:14 am

    very good article thank you

    • Zhanna
      September 19, 2019 / 6:17 am

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Charikleia
    November 10, 2019 / 12:57 am

    Thank you so much for your usefull information.Would you like to informe,if the picture with the “AUSTRIAN STRUDEL” from the corner store near the Opera??Greetings from Greece.

    • Zhanna
      November 20, 2019 / 11:12 pm

      Yes, I took this picture there. 🙂

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