Foodie Tip – Barcelona

The Best Cava and Tapas Bar

La Xampanyeria

You will find this small hole in the wall bar hidden in a quiet street, Carrer de la Reina Cristina, close to Port Vell (as well as the El Born district and the Gothic Quarter, Barri Gòtic)

The place is easy to miss as there isn’t even a visible sign promoting it. Sometimes there’s a line in front of it or even a doorman helping in keeping everything civil.

La Xampanyeria in Barcelona

La Xampanyeria (or Can Paixano) was founded back in 1969. In my opinion it is a must-visit during your stay. If you crave a tasty Cava (the Spanish but much cheaper version of Champagne) and hearty tapas at the counter or just about any spot where you can find space, then this is your place!

Check out the Can Paixano website for more information.

Tip: Get a bottle of Cava instead of some glasses. The bottle is quite cheap (approximately 15 Euros) and will come with two tapas of your choice already included in the price!

Can Paixano

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For those who don’t speak the Catalan language (probably most) we have prepared this small cheat sheet. Don’t think of asking for a menu, there isn’t one. The only way to figure out what you can order is the big board. Again, Catalan only.

This will help a lot when ordering. Enjoy!

  • Banderilla – Pickle
  • Botifarra – A sausage similar to Bratwurst
  • Bacó – A kind of bacon
  • Calents – Hot
  • Carxofa – Artichoke
  • D‘Ovella – Lamp
  • Entrepants – Sandwich
  • Foie Gras – Goose liver
  • Guindilla – Spicy pepper
  • Llongonissa – A pork sausage (peperoni/salami)
  • Lomo – Pork loin
  • Morcilla – Blood sausage
  • Panceta – A salt cured cold cut
  • Pechuga – Chicken breast
  • Pernil – A slow-roasted marinated pork leg or pork shoulder
  • Salsitxa – A sausage
  • Seito en vinagre – Sardins in vinegar
  • Sobrassada – Air dried sausage spread Streichwurst
  • Ternera – Veal
  • Xistorra – A fast-cure sausage similar to chorizo
  • York – Ham

Cakes and Strudels


This is the sixth part of our series on Viennese cuisine.

You can find the other parts here:

A lot of countries and even cities have their food specialties and so does Vienna. And one thing we can tell you: You really shouldn’t miss out on them. Most of the options might not exactly be considered healthy, but they for sure are DELICIOUS.

Today we would like to introduce you to typical Austrian Cakes and Strudels which you should give a try when staying in Vienna.

The Sacher Cake

In German: Sacher Torte

The Sacher Cake is probably one of the most well known cakes we have. It is a traditional chocolate cake with chocolate topping and a thin part of apricot jam. The very traditional recipe is from the Sacher family and you can still get the cake at the high-end hotel and Café Sacher in the first district.


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Whether this is the best Sacher cake out there? This depends on who you ask 🙂 There are for sure also other great and maybe even better options. But as we said, it depends a lot on whom you ask. An alternative for example would be the Sacher Cake from Café Landtmann.

Apple Strudel

In German: Apfelstrudel

The Apple strudel is another very famous dessert in Vienna. It is made of – as you might be able to guess – apples. Together with a mix of cinnamon, raisins and sugar they are the delicious fillings of the strudel pastry.

Apple Strudel

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If you want to take your apple strudel experience one step further than just trying, you can also go to the “Strudelshow” at the Café Residenz in Schönbrunn. There they show you how to actually bake the strudel so that you can make this Austrian pastry at home also.

Esterházy Cake

In German: Esterházy Torte or Esterházy Schnitte

To be fair, we have to share the credit for the Esterházy Cake with Hungary (as its name already reveals). It is a cake named after Prince Paul III Anton Esterházy de Galántha who was a Hungarian price, part of the Esterházy dynasty and diplomat of the Austrian Empire.

Esterhazy Torte

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But enough about him, we are here in order to talk about food. The cake has several layers and is made of a hazelnut sponge cake and butter cream with hazelnut nougat. You better not have a nut allergy when having this one. The cake is glazed with a special pattern as you can see on the picture. One of our favorites you can get at the Kurkonditorei Oberlaa.

Surviving Vienna On A Gluten Free Diet


This is the fifth part of our series on Viennese cuisine.

You can find the other parts here:

Today we talk about how to enjoy the wonders of the Austrian cuisine despite being not able to eat (or drink) products that contain Gluten. If you are Gluten intolerant you’ll about to experience that almost no traditional dish is free of them. Schnitzel – NO, Sacher Torte – NO, even Schweinsbraten (roast pork) often has flour in it’s delicious sauce.

So, what are you going to eat when you are having a Gluten intolerance? Nothing?

Hell no 😉 We’ve got you covered!

Our friends from Road Affair, Ben and Jazzy went on a tour with us and they wrote a comprehensive article on surviving in Vienna on a Gluten free diet.

Read their guide in full length:

Gluten Free Guide Vienna Pinterest

You might ask yourself, are there any traditional dishes that don’t contain Gluten? The answer is: Yes!

But always check back with the restaurant if they really prepare it Gluten free (Or check the menu. In Austria, places that serve food have to declare various allergens, including Gluten and Lactose).


Würstel (Sausage) can come in many forms and most of them should be Gluten free. Bring your own bread (you can buy Gluten free bread at most supermarkets) for the original experience.

Würstelstand Bitzinger

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Read more about Austrian “fast food”


The people of Vienna are enthusiastic Carnivores. Schnitzel sadly is not Gluten free by “nature” but other Classic meals, like Tafelspitz (boiled prime beef) are. Tip: Always ask if the sauce is prepared Gluten free.


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Read more about traditional meat dishes

Did you find another Viennese Classic that is prepared Gluten free? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments.

Viennese Street Food

What to eat when out in the street


This is the third installment of our series on Viennese cuisine.

You can find the other parts here:

Today we cover food that can be consumed on the go. So let’s jump right into the action:





A beloved classic – for both children and adults. And a ridiculously long word. So let’s take tackle it piece by piece. Extrawurst is a pork sausage speciality that will be served in a roll (Semmel). You get extra points for ordering the popular add-on: Gurkerl (sliced pickles).

Where would you order this? You can order it at the, another long word, Feinkosttheke (counter at the supermarket for ham, sausages and cheese) or at the butcher of your choice.

A more upscale version would be a roll with Beinschinken (bone-in-ham) and Kren (Horseradish).






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This speciality (literally “liver cheese”) is made of corned beef, pork, bacon and onions that were finely grinded and then baked until it has a crunchy brown crust. Usually served warm, this comes in delicious variations: classic, spicy, pizza or, a fan favorite, with cheese.

This can be ordered at both supermarket and Würstelstand (sausage stand). Some popular outlets are:

Würstelstand Bitzinger

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Our tip: Try the horse-meat version from the family run butcher Gumprecht at Karmelitermarkt (A good way to reinvigorate on our Urban tour).


Polaroid Karmelitermarkt





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A vegetarian option at last, this spread is made of curd and peppers. My personal favorite is getting it in a Salzstangerl (a long bread roll with salt on it). Available at supermarkets like Billa and Spar, but not at the sausage stand. It’s also quite popular at the Heurigen. We’d probably get back to that Viennese classic in a later post 😉




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Representative for the various other sausages you could order at a sausage stand we’d like you to meet the Käsekrainer. A cheese infused grilled sausage. Traditionally it is served with bread (Brot) and mustard (Senf – either sweet or hot, the latter being the more popular one) on the side. Some Ketchup is fine as well. If you want to treat yourself you can add horseradish (Kren) and/or chili peppers (Pfefferoni, which aren’t as spicy hot as regular chilis).

What else can be ordered at the sausage stand? Let’s do some name dropping:

  • Frankfurter (which are wieners, but we call them Frankfurter because we are in Vienna)
  • Debreziner (a spicy version of the Frankfurter)
  • Waldviertler (which I personally don’t like)
  • Bratwurst

There is more, but one can only eat that much 😀

Probably the most popular stand is Bitzinger’s at Albertinaplatz (which you can visit on our Classic tour).

Satisfy Your Cravings

Sweet Dishes & Deserts


This is the second installment of our series on Viennese cuisine.

You can find the other parts here:

We started this series because of a number of questions that people usually ask us when wondering on what the Austrians like to eat and drink. So we thought, why not answer them here 🙂

Today we cover sweet dishes. Austrians love sweet stuff, but who aren’t.

But in Austria it’s okay to have a sweet dish as the main dish for let’s say dinner. Really? Yes, really.

Sounds like paradise to me, doesn’t it. We also have quite the number of sweets, cakes, strudels and so on, but today we focus on dishes.




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This famous Viennese dessert is made out of pancake dough and usually served with Zwetschkenröster (plum sauce). It is equally delicious and impossible to pronounce for a non-native. But one could try!




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The Austrian version of the French crêpe comes with various fillings. Apricot jam being a classic.




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Buchteln are baked yeast buns, usually with a plum jam filling and served with warm vanilla sauce. We think it’s not a coincidence that yeast and yummy both start with a Y.




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A speciality of the Wachau region are apricots. One of the many ways to create delicious things out of apricots are these filled dumplings. A meal each Austrian thinks of fondly when swelling in childhood memories.

You are back home and in the mood for some Austrian delicacies? The Vienna tourism board has a great collection of recipes. Follow the link for their sweets and desserts recipes.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this mouth watering read. Stay tuned for the next part that covers non-alcoholic drinks.

Not For The Faint of Heart (If Your A Vegetarian)

Viennese Meat Dishes


A while ago we wrote an entry on where to get the best food around our office. The “Sophort Headquarters” are located in the ninth district of Vienna. The district is called Alsergrund and the area – “Grätzel” in Viennese, is called Servitenviertel (Serviten Quarter).

This entry will be the first part of a number of posts that cover the questions that are asked by many visitors to Vienna. They are asked over and over again and they are legitimate questions. But they’re also a hard to answer. But let’s try 🙂

What are typical Austrian dishes? What should I order at a Restaurant?

It’s a difficult question because the Austrian cuisine is influenced by so many other cultures and derives from the Austrian-Hungarian empire. Therefore you’ll find similar dishes in Restaurants in Hungary and the Czech Republic. Not the exact same, but for example you can get Gulyas in all three countries.
Today we cover dishes that contain meat. Sorry vegans, you have to wait a little longer. But, you’ll be served (pun intended).

You can find the other posts here:

So, here we go:

Wiener Schnitzel


Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel
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The CLASSIC! Typically every carnivorous visitor to Vienna is craving a Wiener Schnitzel. Traditionally this is breaded and fried veal, but most of the times you can also choose the cheaper pork, chicken or even turkey.

We recommend potato salad as a side, but potatoes with parsley is great to. Quite common as a side are fries, which, well, are fries. You can have them everywhere so get something else. Your Schnitzel comes with a slice of lemon, that’s not just for decoration!

Pierce your Schnitzel with your fork and drip the lemon juice over it. Why? Just do it 😀

We can recommend the Schnitzel at Rebhuhn. Figlmüller is in every tour guide. They are famous for the size. Also at Plachutta at the Opera you can get great Schnitzel as well as all the other Viennese cuisine staples.

Backhendlsalat (Breaded chicken on salad)



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Not exactly Viennese cuisine – it’s origin is in the Austrian state of Styria, but a great option if you’re looking for some tasty breaded chicken! It is served on a mixed salad (leafs and potatoes) and marinated with the dark, delicious Styrian Kürbiskernöl (oil from pumpkin seeds).

Stelze (pork knuckle)



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Crispy! Look out for crispy. Usually served with mustard and fresh horseradish. Get a large beer and relax. Famous for this dish in Vienna is the Schweizerhaus at the Prater.

Tafelspitz (boiled beef fillet)



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Beef fillet from the shoulder, cooked for hours in a hearty beef-soup and then served with an apple-horseradish and a chives sauce. Popular side: Extra-crispy fried potatoes.

Our tip: Plachutta is famous for this dish and it’s the best I’ve tried in Vienna.

There are obviously many, many more delicious Viennese meat dishes, but we think this list is a good start.

You are back home and in the mood for some Austrian delicacies? The Vienna tourism board has a great collection of recipes. Follow the link for their meat recipes.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this mouth watering read. Stay tuned for the next part that covers sweet dishes. Yum!

Insider Tips For Lunch & Dinner

in Vienna’s Alsergrund


When you “survive” one of our tours, you will most likely be craving something tasty to eat. Therefore we gathered our favorite places to eat, close to the ending point (also close to our office) of our tours in Vienna. Treat yourself after a long morning of sightseeing with something delicious to bite.

Our office is located in Vienna’s ninth district, Alsergrund. It is close to the metro stations Schottentor and Schottenring and right next to the tram station Schlickgasse.

Let’s find out what the top 5 are!

5. Hayaci

Währingerstraße 14 | Map

Great sushi bar. Special: They offer cheap lunch menus, starting from EUR 4,80!

4. Wiener Deewan

Liechtensteinstraße 10 | Map

Pakistani food with a twist. Eat as much as you like and pay as much as you wish.

3. Suppenwirtschaft

Servitengasse 6 | Map

Affordable and delicious soups, curries and salads. But beware, they often sell out in the afternoon. If there is still something left after 5 p.m. they slice their prices in half.

2. Rebhuhn

Berggasse 24 | Map

Feed your gusto for Austrian delicacies. Wiener Schnitzel, Styrian Backhendelsalat, Schinkenfleckerl and much more, right next to Sigmund Freud’s practice. They also have a tasty lunch menu.


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1. Pizza Riva

Schlickgasse 2 | Map

Probably the best pizza in town. Just around the corner from our office. Original pizza recipes from Sicily. If you love Pizza, this is the place for you. They also have a branch at the Summerstage next to the Danube canal and one in Vienna’s fourth district.

Pizzeria Riva

What is your favorite place to eat in Vienna? Tell us in the comments!