Due to its Central European location, Innsbruck has become a very popular tourist destination. However, Innsbruck’s importance predates the tourism industry as it was well known to the Roman Empire as an important route for military transportation. The city is also revered for its architectural marvels and is a fantastic accumulation of culture and history. Innsbruck is an elegant city of roughly 150,000 inhabitants that is nestled into the base of the rugged Alps.
Despite being one of the more targeted skiing destinations, as the Tyrolian Alps are loaded with all types of skiing trails for the aficionado. It is considered ideal skiing for both beginners and intermediate skiers with numerous resorts being within an hours drive from Innsbruck (based on driving conditions). Despite the fact that the city is well recognized for the skiing industry, there are numerous nightlife and shopping venues available. And don’t forget about the cuisine. Traditionally the place is famous for unique savories which are popular with the tourists even today.
For most of us, the best part about international travel is sampling all the cuisine that is available. You will always find the standard fast food and national chains but what would be the point in that when you have all the wonderful locally owned establishments at your fingertips. Here is a list of some of the more popular and recommended cafes and restaurants in and around the city of Innsbruck.
1. Goldener Adler Restaurant
Local cuisine and fine dining at its best. It is considered one of Innsbruck’s finest hot spots and is named after the renowned Hotel Goldener Adler. Delicious chicken and pork entrees are the norm within a traditional Austrian atmosphere and an excellent service staff as well.
2. Weisses Rössl
A must-visit first-class dining experience at the very least. This is international and traditional dining that is second to none anywhere in the city. Both the hash and the veal cutlets are their specialty.
3. Sweet Basil
Definitely the #1 Italian cuisine in Innsbruck. The risotto is regarded as some of the best you will find outside of Italy, and along with the service and the ambiance, this is definitely top-notch at the very least.
4. Café Katzung
The perfect setting for a summer break. This café features an outdoor terrace as well as its renowned selection of coffees and desserts. This is truly one of the more ideal spots in the city for a break after sightseeing.
5. Griechisches Kulturinstitut Café Elektra
This is an internet café and features some of the best Greek treats you will find anywhere in Western Europe. The cheery ambiance and an outdoor garden dining setting make this the ideal spot for enjoying some true Mediterranean cuisine while admiring local artists that are displaying their work.
Photo of the Goldener Adler Restaurant courtesy of Hotel Goldener Adler.