Last updated on 12 September 2013
Here’s a selection of my favourite restaurants in Innsbruck, with two just outside. I’ve eaten at all of these places on several occasions and look forward to your comments and recommendations. Bon appetit!
Chic and classy, this restaurant attracts gourmet fans. Excellent food, good service, a great bar and tastefully designed interiors. I’d particularly recommended the reasonably priced lunch menu, nice Bar. www.dasschindler.at
Located on the seventh floor of the Town Hall Galleries, this restaurant has fantastic views of the city and mountains. Serving international cuisine in an ‘intimate’ restaurant (the seating is pretty tight!), the staff are very welcoming and the décor is stylish. For me, this is a top choice if you want great views with good food. I’d also recommended the small bar next door, which gives wonderful panoramas, although it’s a little pricier. www.restaurant- lichtblick.at
Another restaurant which serves excellent international cuisine, the Sitzwohl suits fans of simple, contemporary surroundings – although it’s a little too ‘cool’ for my liking. Centrally located, you can expect plenty of privacy at your table. A dignified restaurant with great service, it’s a good choice for special evenings. www.restaurantsitzwohl.at
Gasthof Weisses Rössl (White Horse Inn)
Serving traditional and international cuisine, this beautiful guest house is located in Innsbruck’s Old Town and has a dedicated fan base. My top choice for authentic Tirol and Austrian dishes, the atmosphere is very pleasant and the prices are reasonable (mid-range). The guesthouse’s rooms are very good too, and there’s a fantastic summer terrace. www.roessl.at
Enjoy international and traditional Tirol cuisine, with a view of the Golden Roof. This restaurant also has a special feature: the ‘Baumann room’ – a rather unusual wooden room which dates back to the 1930’s, designed by the famous Innsbruck architect Franz Baumann. In comparison, the restaurant’s other dining room feels somewhat mediocre. A real treat for fans of interior architecture. www.weinhaus-happ.at
A beautifully renovated inn in the Old Town. Simple and down to earth, it serves large portions of very good local food at low prices. One of my top choices for those who like rustic and simple surroundings. A restaurant which also has a solid fan base in the city, the atmosphere can also get quite lively at times.
In my opinion, Sapori (www.sapori.at) is the best pizzeria in town – call now to reserve a table! Mid-range prices.
Outside of Innsbruck
Two more of my favourites are located in Lans, a 10-15 minute drive from Innsbruck. The slightly upmarket, Wilder Mann (www.wildermann-lans.at) is a traditional guest house with a wonderful ambience but fairly steep prices. Somewhat simpler, the Isserwirt (www.isserwirt.at) is also excellent. Both guesthouses are situated in the centre of Lans, not far from the church. Both are well worth the detour.
I’d also like to add two new recommendations to my list of favourites
Next to my favourite Italian, Pizza Sapori, The Pizzerei on Boznerplatz is another excellent choice – the top notch pizzas are cooked in a wood stove. The decor is stylish but the tables are set very close together. The bar serves excellent speciality drinks each evening – try the Americano.
Right now, The Breakfast Club is the most fashionable breakfast spot in town. Offering just about anything and everything you could want for breakfast or brunch – think waffles, omelettes, Tirol specialities, British and American classics and more. It opens at 5am on weekends, and at 7:45 in the week; they serve until four in the afternoon. Attracts a young crowd and has decent prices.