Whether you’re after a quick business lunch or need to recharge your batteries with a coffee, here are eight cafés and restaurants for a healthy and heavenly lunch around the Goldenes Quartier.
Meinl am Graben
The culinary and grocery institution par excellence in Vienna’s first district. Either for a quick sushi take-away or for lunchtime fine dining with a view of the Graben. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the Meinl wine bar serves business lunch with new set menus every day. Alternatively, the delicatessen stocks over 17,000 kinds of gourmet food.
Cookery books reaching up to the vaulted ceiling and fragrant, freshly ground spices. Babette’s Am Hof is THE small café for your lunch break: warm soups and curries at midday, coffee and cakes in the afternoon, and comfy seating to browse and ponder everything under the sun. Spontaneous shoppers can also follow their instincts and create their own spice blend.
The Midi on Hoher Markt serves classic French cuisine in a Parisian deli atmosphere. For example: Ma Petite Quiche with Comté cheese, apricots, walnuts and salad. And there’s always a new dish of the day – alternately meat, fish or vegetarian. Midi offers two- and three-course set menus for a quick business lunch.
Patrick Hopf and Daniel Kellner are the brains behind the Crazy Lobster on Naglergasse. As the name implies, they serve lobster – but also snow crab and their own reinterpretations of classics. At lunchtime, head chef Daniel Kellner serves one- to three-course set menus à la fast casual. And as everyone knows a small glass of wine can do no harm, sommelier Patrick Hopf has some 120 bottles for you to choose from.
Smoothies, classic juices, fruity refreshers or healthy revivers. Lilette’s has juice to match every mood, which you can then personalize with add-ons and various superfoods like honey, agaves and granola. And to keep you full, the team also serves sandwiches, croissants, muffins and fruit salad. And to keep you awake, they also have coffee and chocolate.
Lunch without preservatives, glutamate, flavour enhancers or emulsifiers. If that’s what you’re after, then Hidden Kitchen on Färbergasse is the place for you. The dishes are prepared fresh every day, meaning that the food they serve also changes every day. You have a choice of individual meals but also diverse set menu combinations: salad (small/large), stew (with organic meat or vegetarian), and a choice of the set menu with soup or the mini set menu with a small salad and a small soup. And a dessert to round it off.
Speaking of stew: it’s the speciality of Spoonfood on Schottengasse – as are soups. Can be enjoyed at the restaurant itself or taken away in a preserving jar, complete with a deposit system. Which dishes those will be depends on the availability and season because everything is prepared fresh every day. On the whole, the menu can be described as traditional, exotic and vegetarian. Not forgetting their homemade desserts – nor the direct trade coffee from Vienna’s Koffeinschmiede.
Köstlich on Färbergasse cooks vegetarian and vegan dishes – mostly with regional ingredients and without preservatives or flavour enhancers. Every day they serve soups, main courses, salads and desserts – including vegan alternatives. You can also order the soup and main course as a smaller portion. To make sure you have enough space for pudding.