“At breakfast, you are rested and refreshed, have not yet been hassled, and are full of new hopes and plans.” (German writer Heinrich Spoerl, 1887-1955)
Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day…
It is a great and simple truth: This is what happiness is. A steaming cup of coffee. The scent of freshly baked goods. Velvety butter. A selection of homemade jams and marmalades. Sunny side eggs. Or, rather, scrambled eggs with crisp fried bacon? Fresh-squeezed orange juice. Delicate ham. Thin slices of cheese. And a glass of prosecco. There’s nothing like a hearty, delicious breakfast or perfect late breakfast to start your day… at 8:00am or at 11:00am. Luckily, there are several restaurants throughout Innsbruck that understand this.
If you’re not sure where to go, use my guide to help find the 20 best morning-eats places in Innsbruck — you’ll sense the bite-by-bite challenge of the meal that is both a simple comfort ritual and a culinary invitation to the day.
IMMERLAND – The New Gem at Wiltener Platzl Square
What you’re getting: Fresh local ingredients are a priority at this lovely eatery, where the menu boasts hand-rolled white bread, whole meal bread, gluten-free bread, farmer’s ham, mountain cheese from Lechtal Valley, famer’s eggs cooked your way, fresh and daily changing spreads, fruit jams and marmalades, honey and avocado chocolate cream. Fresh fruit. And much more. A jug of water on the table rounds out the welcoming experience. To order, simply tick items on your menu sheet.
Ambiance: The pretty French Provincial decor with stunning vintage and antique pieces makes it the perfect spot for enjoying a delicious breakfast. It’s like being transformed to another world. Beautiful.
Price: The basic breakfast is € 5.80 per person and includes coffee or tea, bread, butter and one spread of your choice. Simply tick extras items on your menu sheet, prices range from € 0.30 for extra butter to € 4.30 for their adorable buttermilk pancake waffles.
Breakfast Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 07:30am – 8:00pm. Brunch is served Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays from 09:00am to 2:00pm.
Why? Because the atmosphere is truly special. Everything here is made with love and dedication.
SOULKITCHEN Brunch Boulevard– Probably the Best Brunch in Town
What you’re getting: Their offer will expand your notions of breakfast. From fresh-squeezed fruit or vegetable juices of your choice, cheese specialties, Italian dry-cured ham, different types of salmon, muesli, eggs, donuts & pastries, various kinds of freshly baked bread, and a belt-testing array of hearty options. And yes, by belt-testing, I mean everything from Bavarian veal sausages over goulash soup to fresh, hand tossed pizza. The full service coffee bar makes drinks just the way you like them, from espresso over latte to cappuccino. Pro tip: snag a spot near the bar for frequent and free coffee refills. Included as well is a glass of prosecco (with strawberries) or a beer. Unfortunately, there is no free refill on these two…
Ambiance: The Soulkitchen has three open food courts so there are mostly no lines at the breakfast buffets. The Soulkitchen is a respite for those looking to catch up in airy, sun-soaked and contemporary environs. The outdoor patio is a cosy place. Keep the party vibes going with the DJ house-sound-fuelled brunch. There’s no walking to the buffet; instead, you will be shaking a leg.
Price: All-you-can-eat breakfast buffet € 24.90 per person, children under 12 € 12.90
Breakfast Hours: 09:00am to 2:00pm, Sundays & Holidays. Reservations required.
Why? This spot does breakfast this damn good.
LAVENDEL – Bar. Bistro. Café.
What you’re getting: Various breakfast options to choose from are available, including a vegan one and a hangover-helper. That means rollmops, pickled herring fillets rolled into a cylindrical and, yes, a glass of prosecco. It’s a cure that almost makes your hangover from last night worth it—almost. Fortunately, I did not need that cure that day, so I opted for the “Chef’s Breakfast” with muesli, croissant, soft-boiled egg, and, of course, prosecco (a wonderful cure for those without hangover, too). Coffee is not included, must be ordered extra, and comes in small mugs, which is a pity for coffee addicts like me. But everything else is just wonderful.
Ambiance: The Lavendel offers a nice and contemporary atmosphere and serves exceptionally well-executed fare with a French twist. Opt for a seat on the outdoor patio if you can. You’ll be happy to linger over a delicious breakfast while soaking up some sunshine.
Price: My “Chef’s Breakfast” is € 5.90 per person, cappuccino € 2.90. Their Vitality Breakfast (freshly squeezed orange juice, whole meal bread and soft-boiled egg) is € 7.90 per person. As mentioned, coffee is not included.
Breakfast Hours: Opens 7:30am, closed on Sundays.
Why? They have extraordinary breakfast options to choose from.
MANNA – Delikatessen Café
What you’re getting: Manna puts an exciting international spin on standard breakfast fare, including an Oriental version with Mini Naas and hummus or a vegan option. Of course, they do have a standard Viennese breakfast, too. I opted for whole meal bread with a sunny-side up egg. And although the bread was no whole meal but black bread with sunflower seeds, it tasted great.
Ambiance: The dining room is located in a historic, listed building that is very long and narrow (4m x 30m). Daylight comes from above in the rear, where the ceiling is made of glass. It’s a bit dark inside nevertheless, but cosy and inviting. There is an outdoor patio onto Maria-Theresien-Straße, Innsbruck’s lively and pedestrianized main artery.
Price: Basic breakfast with hand-rolled and buttered white bread € 4.40 per person, Manna Breakfast including freshly squeezed orange juice, fluffy scrambled eggs, jam and two cups of coffee or tea € 13.50 per person. Extras are available, too, such as salmon canapés for € 2.50.
Breakfast Hours: Manna serves breakfast all day.
Why? Start your shopping day off right with a meal at the Manna.
Breakfast above the Rooftops of Innsbruck: Stylish PENZ BAR
What you’re getting: Buffet-style. This breakfast spot offers an eclectic menu of everything from ham, cheese, butter, jams, marmalades, and muesli to more non-traditional morning fare like fish and seafood specialties and exotic fruits, such as pomegranates and prickly pears. Brunch comes with a glass of prosecco, plus the standard coffee and juice.
Ambiance: The Penz is a design hotel that offers gorgeous spaces where one can take in this stunning location, overlooking the rooftops of Innsbruck. The sunny rooftop terrace affords jaw-dropping views of Tirol’s beautiful capital.
Price: MON – FRI € 27 per person, SAT & SUN € 32.00 per person.
Breakfast Hours: Mondays to Fridays 06:30am – 11:00am, Saturdays & Sundays 07:00am – 12:00 noon. Reservations required.
Why? Because this eclectic breakfast buffet is in a class of its own!
Chic Upmarket Breakfast: DAS SCHINDLER at Kaufhaus Tyrol
What you’re getting: Start your day off right with your personal choice from the à la carte menu or opt for one of their delectable spreads. Homemade fruit jams and marmalades are offered, including options that are low in fructose content.
Ambiance: Casual and relaxed coffeehouse atmosphere, contemporary and cosy interiors with remarkable chandeliers.
Price: Can be a little hard to keep track of… The spreads don’t always include everything you might want to order, and sometimes it’s something you don’t want at all, so the extras can add up. The prix fix menus range from € 9.90 per person to € 37.90 per person.
Breakfast Hours: Daily 08:00am – 11:00am, reservations required.
Why? To start your day off in style (and deliciousness).
Breakfast at Innsbruck’s New Hotspot: ADLERS
What you’re getting: Buffet-style. A rich variety of breads, including savoury whole meat options, and viennoiseries. Their menu has all the typical breakfast items you’d expect, from ham and sausages over fish to cheese, plus a few specials. And an abundance of fresh fruit. Brunch (on Sundays & Holidays) comes with even more options to choose from, live music and a contemporary glass of prosecco.
Ambiance: Hip and contemporary, this amazing eatery sits on the top floor of the newest design hotel in town, so every seat in the house is given an unobstructed view of Innsbruck and its surrounding mountain ranges. During the warmer months, grab a seat on the ample outdoor patio where the vistas are even more jaw-dropping, stretching from lofty Serles Peak to the jagged rock face called Martinswand.
Price: Fixed price breakfast € 25.00 per person, fixed price brunch € 35.00 per person.
Breakfast Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 07:00am – 11:00am, Sundays & Holidays 09:00am – 2:30pm. Panorama Brunch over live music € 35.00 per person; reservations required.
Why? I enjoy having breakfast buffet-style.
Tradition at the Innsbruck Old Town District: CAFE KATZUNG
What you’re getting: A la carte options and delicious spreads like the Athlete’s Breakfast or the Vitality Breakfast. You can buy everything else separately and there’s a large selection to choose from. If you like it sweet, there’s a lavish array of pastries and viennoiseries too.
Ambiance: Lovely, traditional café environment at the heart of the old town. Sit yourself in one of the bay windows to enjoy the best of what the place has to offer.
Price: Prix fixe menus range from € 9.00 to € 14.00 per person; “extras” have to be extra paid.
Breakfast Hours: Daily from 08:00 – midnight. Served all day, you can satisfy your breakfast itch throughout the day! Unfortunately, space is limited and fills up quickly.
Why? They serve breakfast all day!
Exceptional: Breakfast at ALPENLOUNGE on Seegrube
What you’re getting: A solid standard breakfast of sausage and cheese or their signature Seegrube Breakfast with additional smoked salmon, egg and prosecco.
Ambiance: A simple and traditional on-mountain eatery that offers gorgeous views over Innsbruck.
Price: Standard Breakfast € 23.30 per person, Seegrube Breakfast € 26.30 € per person, rides on Nordkettenbahn Gondola included.
Breakfast Hours: Sundays until 10:00am only from September through June, brunch with live music from 11:00am to 1:00pm in July and August.
Why? The jaw-dropping views of Innsbruck still make me catch my breath.
For an Out-of-the-Ordinary Breakfast: CAFE IM TURM at Bergisel Si Jump
What you’re getting: Fuel up for your day with an eye-opening buffet in the true sense of the word, featuring sausage, cheese and fruit jam. There is a choice between the so-named “Classic” and “Vital” menus (NB: Prosecco is only available from the “Classic” breakfast option), depending on whether you prefer salmon or cereal.
Ambiance: Contemporary and way too clean, but, good God, the floor-to-ceiling picture windows offer spectacular and much sought-after city views and even part of the forest; very edifying for the spirit!
Price: Prix fixe menu € 21.90 per person, including the elevator uphill ride.
Breakfast Hours: Daily until 11:00am, reservations required.
Why? Having breakfast on a ski jump is definitely not your ordinary morning experience.
Assorted Freshly Baked Breads: BREAKFAST CLUB
What you’re getting: At this cosy hideaway, you can savour a full gamut of à la carte and “package” options of bona fide dishes that are locally sourced wherever possible. There is no shortage of delectable eats, ranging from breakfast classics to brownies, omelettes, waffles and cupcakes. With mouth-watering options like these, the price is a steal. Coffee is not included and must be ordered extra. A gluten-free breakfast is available as well.
Ambiance: Intimate and contemporary space. If you try to beat the rush, you’ll still have to compete for ear space with the young families and kids of the neighbourhood, but the din is worth it. Snuggle up against fellow breakfasters at the restaurant’s long window benches.
Price: The standard breakfast is just € 2.40 per person; coffee is not included.
Breakfast Hours: Mondays to Fridays 08:00am – 3:00pm, on Saturdays & Sundays, they serve breakfast from 05:00am!
Why? Because they simply have it all…
STEFANS BROTMANUFAKTUR – Bakery & Café
What you’re getting: A rich variety of breakfast options is available. Their delicious bread is prepared in a wood-burning oven, in a display of sophisticated food craftsmanship. This outstanding bakery goes the extra mile to bring in high-quality ingredients, like coffee from Italy’s Florence. The milk is organic and tea comes in 40 different varieties. Fruit jams are served in porcelain dishes. The stylish dining room is lovingly decorated and comfortably. If breakfast could be ordered on the table and service was more dedicated I might call this “the perfect breakfast spot”.
Price: Small Breakfast including one bread, butter, jam and choice of coffee or tea is just € 4.60 per person —or upgrade with two extra slices of ham and cheese for € 6.30 per person.
Breakfast Hours: Weekdays 06:30am – 6:30pm, Saturdays 07:30am – 5:30pm, Sundays 07:30am – 1:00pm.
Why? Their bread is simply adorable.
The Classic in Town: CAFE CENTRAL
What you’re getting: Various fixed price breakfast menu options, from the Italian option including one espresso and one cornetto to the most complete Prosecco Breakfast. Extras can be ordered separately.
Ambiance: Café Central resembles the world-famous atmosphere of a traditional Viennese coffeehouse, solid, classy and quiet. There is a separate smoking and non-smoking area.
Price: Various fixed price options, basic breakfast € 4.70 per person.
Breakfast Hours: Breakfast is served all day long, from 07:00am to 9:00pm.
Why? I love their long breakfast hours.
BAGUETTE – Always Around the Corner
What you’re getting: The best breakfast deals around make these some of the top spots in town for a casual everyday experience. They have a kid-friendly option that comes with a surprise egg and a wonderful Breakfast for Two to be shared with someone special. Coffee plus one free refill is included with each spread.
Ambiance: Each Mpreis supermarket store has an attached café called Baguette. Each store and thus each café is architecturally unique and looks different, but they are all committed to modern design. Naturally, there’s always the buzz of the adjacent Mpreis supermarket.
Price: Kid’s Breakfast € 3.10, Breakfast for Two € 12.90
Breakfast Hours: 08:00am – 11:00am.
Why? You’ll get a second cup of coffee for free, a lifesaver on Monday mornings.
For Every Day: BÄCKER RUETZ
What you’re getting: Market-style eatery. You won’t find any breakfast innovations at this eatery chain, but you will find solid varieties of prix fixe menus, from the simple butter and jam Baker’s Breakfast to the no-bars-held option consisting of pretty much everything. And, what’s breakfast without coffee? Strongly recommended is the Baker’s Breakfast, which includes free and unlimited coffee refills for just € 5.70 per person. Coffee addicts like me are happy to linger over that never-empty coffee cup (although, if you want prosecco, you need to buy this separately… but as they say, you can’t have it all ;))
Ambiance: As a chain, there are now quite a few Ruetz outlets in Innsbruck. I especially like the branch on Maximilianstraße Street; it’s inviting, modern and very comfortable, and sitting in the large window in that particular outlet certainly comes with entertainment value.
Price: Cheap but delicious, starting from € 3.80 per person, coffee included.
Breakfast Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 07:00am – 7:00pm, Sundays & Holidays 08:00am – 5:00pm.
Why? It’s the perfect everyday choice that won’t break the bank.
CAFE SAILER – Even Better than You’d Expect
What you’re getting: There’s something for every palate. The breakfast menu has a robust range of stomach-filling goodies, so breakfast here means you won’t be eating much for the rest of the day. The space is generous and bathed in light and the clientele includes business people working on their laptops and the casual chatter of regular diners as they’re greeted by staff. This breakfast spot might not look like much from the exterior, but sit down for a savoury meal and you’ll be won over by the contemporary interior design. There is a separate smoking and non-smoking area.
Price: Small Breakfast with bread and choice of coffee or tea € 4.90 per person, First Class Breakfast with salmon & prosecco € 15.40 per person.
Breakfast Hours: Daily from 08:00am.
Why? I love the stylish ambiance.
DELIRIS – Will Make You Feel Good
What you’re getting: Deliris retools morning classics with an array of locally sourced ingredients at this inviting and friendly place that will make you feel good. Pasture-raised eggs—think a step above “cage free” or “free range”—are purchased from an organic farm in Leutasch; croissants and French butter come from France, as the name suggests. A favourite place to go for an out-of-the-ordinary and quite expensive breakfast. However, quality has its price and high quality is what you will get here. The service is friendly and courteous.
Price: Standard breakfast € 5.70 per person. Deliris Epicurean Breakfast with delicate Vulcano Ham € 18.00 per person.
Breakfast Hours: Weekdays from 07:30am, Sundays from 09:00am.
Why? Where else can you have authentic French baguette for breakfast?
BERETTA by NALA – For People who Like to Get Up
What you’re getting: As the name suggests, “Beretta” serves “una colazione italiana”. But don’t worry, you’ll get much more than that usual Italian colazione (breakfast) of pastries, butter biscuits and sweet cornetti, the Italian take on the French croissant. At Beretta, they also serve parmigiano, mortadella, prosciutto crudo, scrambled eggs, spinach, carrots, beans, pancakes, piadine… the whole nine yards. Of course, there is a rich variety of pastries on offer, too. Honey homes with the comb. Fresh and delicious apple and pear juice comes on tap directly from Schmirntal Valley (well, I admit that’s not exactly Italy, but it’s close to the Italian border). For that caffeine boost, help yourself to a grande latte, espresso or cappuccino… as much as you need. What they don’t have is prosecco, so this is not exactly the place to start day-drinking. Vabbè… almeno per questa volta ;-)
Price: € 15.00 for hotel guests, € 18.00 per person (a small option, including a croissant, a cup of coffee and fruit is available at € 5.00 per person).
Breakfast Hours: Mondays to Sundays, 06:30am – 10:00am.
Why? It is oh so Italian, deliciously so! The design is glossy, modern and ‘different‘. Breakfast is always wonderful and served with a smile.
LUDWIG – Hamburgers for Breakfast?
What you’re getting: Don’t worry, Ludwig’s breakfast options do not include hamburgers. Instead, its breakfast menu includes delicious dishes like eggs with bacon, ham or spinach, oatmeal, muesli, toast, and beans & egg in the glass. Bread options range from brioche buns to whole meal toast bread, which tastes great. The spreads are awesome, especially the hummus. There are three kinds of fruit jam for choice. We opted for strawberry–prosecco and found it near impossible to resist. Everything from the fresh and delightful smoothies to the organic fare at Ludwig never fails to impress. Plus, the service is courteous and quick.
Price: As always, if there is the choice to design your own breakfast, the extras can add up. A sweet option including a homemade muffin and a cappuccino is € 5.60 per person.
Breakfast Hours: Daily 8:00am – 11:00am, Saturdays 9: 00am – 11:00am.
Why? They bring in high-quality ingredients and have intriguing options. Some staples dazzle outright: The beans & egg in the glass are lovely to look at, and even better to eat ;-)
McDONALDS – Welcome, Easy Morning
What you’re getting: With so many “Easy Morning” options, breakfast has never been tastier. Of course, you can enjoy hamburgers like the savoury McMorning Chicken for example. If you want to. They also do a classical Viennese breakfast, sweet style with butter and fruit jam or hearty style with cold cuts and cheese. Toast, donuts, croissants, muesli, ham & eggs… the full breakfast menu is available. The cheap but filling dishes leave you cash to spare for shopping. Thus, it is only fair you have to spread your bread with a plastic knife. If you prefer it somewhat classier, order the Viennese Breakfast at McCafé. Just a little bit more expensive, you’ll get a great tasting coffee served in a real porcelain mug and a real knife.
Price: Viennese Breakfast € 3.00 per person
Breakfast Hours: Weekdays until 10:30am, weekends until 11:00am.
Why? I simply love their McCafé.
So, don’t succumb to monotony for breakfast. These 20 Innsbruck breakfasts are definitely worth the extra time and money. These meals won’t just break the fast but will ensure that the most important meal of the day is never a boring one. Have a good day :)
last update on March 31, 2016