Almost any tourist gastronomic must do, regardless of the city and country of visit, consists of five main points: street food, cafes, restaurants, drinking establishments (pubs, bars) and markets. It is very easy to fulfill the plan in Vienna - it is much more difficult not to overfulfill it. Therefore, it is better to clearly understand where and for what culinary masterpiece you are going.
The most authentic and affordable Viennese street food is sausages. They are sold at small Würstelstand kiosks throughout the city. Various types of sausages (with cheese, spicy, smoked, etc.) are accompanied by a white roll or dark bread, sauces and pickles to choose from. Such pleasure costs around 2-5 euros. The most famous sausage stand Bitzinger Wurstelstand Albertina (Augustinerstrasse, 1) is located right behind the Vienna Opera. Due to the fact that this catering is located in the city center and regularly gets into various reviews, there are always long queues. However, in principle, the food from Albertina is no different from that in the neighboring tents. The kiosk has one significant advantage: it closes a few hours later than competitors (opening hours from 8:00 am to 00:00 am), which gives a chance to have a snack even to visitors to Vienna.
Those who like to kill their appetite with something easier (sausages are not boiled in Vienna, they are fried and baked, so you can't do without fat), you should look into the Anker bakery chain (open Monday to Saturday from 06:00 to 19.0). Any kind of rolls are sold here, even with chocolate, even with carrots. There is also other food: sandwiches, cakes, croissants, etc. Prices are very affordable for Vienna and start at 0.8 euros. Small shops are found throughout the city. For example, in the Landstrasse area (Landstrasser Hauptstrasse, 146), where any tourist will surely go to see one of the main attractions of the Austrian capital - the Belvedere palace complex.
Tourists come to Viennese cafes for several must-haves: coffee melange (an espresso-based drink with the addition of warm frothed milk and whipped cream), apple strudel and Sachertorte (chocolate-biscuit cake impregnated with apricot jam). These Viennese specialties can be found almost everywhere, but not always after such a meal, you can tick off the list of culinary attractions.
The fact is that only Cafe Sacher at the hotel of the same name (Philharmonikerstrasse 4 A) has the right to manufacture Sacher according to the recipe of its inventor, 19th century Viennese pastry chef Franz Sacher. And although many tourists unanimously say that the legendary cake is highly overpriced here (a portion costs 7.5 euros), and the service leaves much to be desired, the queue at Sacher stretches outside and does not dissolve until the closure of the establishment (opening hours 8:00 - 00.0). Sacher also has melange and strudel, of course, but at least out of curiosity it is worth going somewhere else for this delicious meal.
For example, in the famous historical cafes of Vienna Cafe Hawelka (Dorotheergasse, 6; open daily from 8:00 to 00:00, but on Sunday it opens at 10:00, and on Friday and Saturday it closes at 01. 0) or Cafe Sperl (Gumpendorfer str., 11; open daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, on Friday until 20:00, and on Sunday it opens at 10:00 am). Coffee and dessert will cost around 10 euros here. These establishments are more accessible than the most famous historical cafe in Vienna - Cafе Central (Herrengasse, 14; open daily from 08:00 to 23:00), where Freud and Hitler were. Waiting in line at Central can take several hours, and experienced travelers assure that it is better to refuse food and confine ourselves to a simple inspection of the building.
Even if you are not a connoisseur of traditional cuisine, it would be a shame not to try complex national dishes from the mandatory tourist list. These include Viennese schnitzel (Wiener Schnitzel; breaded veal chop, fried in a large amount of butter), Viennese potato salad (Wiener Erdäpfelsalat), Viennese tafelspitz (Wiener Tafelspitz; beef meat dish) and some specialty Viennese soup: potato (Wiener Erdäpfelsuppe) or beef (Wiener Rindsuppe).
It is better to taste food in an authentic atmosphere, for example, in one of the oldest restaurants in Vienna, Pfarrwirt (Pfarrplatz 5; open daily from 12:00 to 00:00, seven days a week). Traditional Viennese cuisine is served in a 12th-century building. Significant disadvantage: far from the center. But if you plan on walking through the Vienna Woods or Schönbrunn, then eating at Pfarrwirt makes sense. It is worth booking a table in advance and focusing on local wine during your meal. Vienna is the only European capital where this alcoholic drink is produced on an industrial scale. And the restaurant itself is surrounded by vineyards, so the choice is naturally large. The average check at Pfarrwirt is 60 euros.
In the center of the capital there is also a historic restaurant serving traditional Austrian cuisine - Esterhazykeller (Naglergasse, 9/Haarhof, 1), which began operating in the 17th century. It is cheaper here than in Pfarrwirt, and even such exotic food as reindeer schnitzel can be tried for 21 euros. Esterhazykeller is open daily from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, but is closed on weekends and holidays.
By the way, both restaurants, without a word, boast of connections with legendary composers. So, Ludwig van Beethoven himself came to Pfarrwirt for a glass of wine, and Joseph Haydn came to Esterhazykeller.
“street food” was originally a simple, no-frills food that could be bought on the street for a small amount of money, so it was in demand exclusively among the poor in some countries.
Nowadays street foot has been massively developed in many parts of the world and according to statistics, approximately two and a half billion people eat fast street food every day, and these are people with very different income levels.
What is modern street food? This is not only an opportunity to eat quickly, because the pace of life has accelerated significantly, and there is no longer enough time for a long meal, but also part of the culture of each individual country. This fast food service system reflects:
Now there is even a special type of tourism - "gastronomic", when travelers set themselves the goal not to see the sights, but to taste food, which is becoming a "visiting card" of the country. Everything else on the tour serves them as a nice addition to the local delicacies.
Of course, street food has become a part of our lives, and we can no longer imagine walking, without a light or not very light snack on the go. However, this diet has its advantages:
As in many cities around the world, street food in Vienna is very diverse. These include Asian eateries, kebab stalls and market stalls with truly international cuisine.
But, perhaps, the most interesting for tourists is the street food that can be tasted in Austria. In other words, you can buy Chinese noodles in almost any European or Asian capital, but, for example, the famous Viennese sausages can hardly be eaten anywhere else. Or at least no one guarantees that they will be as tasty as in Austria.
Vienna sausages (Würstel)
Let's start our acquaintance with the street food of Vienna from the most popular street food - Viennese sausages. They are sold in special kiosks (German Würstelstand - literally: "sausage stand") and certainly - with Austrian beer or wine:
And this is not a complete list of names that you can try on the streets of Vienna.
The price of sausages (3.50 € -4.50 €) usually includes bread and mustard as standard. Other street food additives (ketchup, curry sauce, pickles, etc.) cost 40-70 cents.
Würstel is a very satisfying, inexpensive and delicious street food, in Austria it is incredibly popular both among the residents of Vienna and among tourists. In the city center, "sausage stands" can be seen everywhere. The best in the capital of Austria are Bitzinger Würstelstand Albertina (address: Augustinerstrasse 1), Würstelstand Leo (Doeblinger Guertel 2), Wiener Würstl (Seilergasse 1).
Of course, this kind of street food in Vienna is by no means just a bun. If only because outwardly it does not very much resemble an ordinary hamburger. Leberkäse is a special type of Austrian ham that looks like a loaf of bread. The slices of this "ham bread" are used as the filling for the Leberkäsesemmel. Usually mustard or other sauce to taste is added to them.
You can buy Leberkäsesemmel in almost every Würstelstand in Vienna. Such a bun costs from 2.60 €. And in a place called Leberkas-Pepi (Operngasse 12) you can try other original variations of this street food.
The Street Food Industry Will Always Be Popular
How many times in the last year (excluding the situation with self-isolation in 2020) did you buy some kind of snack on the street, such as shawarma? We are sure - a lot. Although strip food as a phenomenon in Russia in its current state has appeared relatively recently. Previously, all this was suspicious trays with shawarma, it is not clear from what, and grandmothers with carts, from which an inviting smell of pies was smelled. Now everything is decorous and noble. And the pavilions are more or less clean, and the cash registers, and the gloves on the hands of those who cook (although the latter is still not always the case).
Why has things changed so quickly? Because the state has launched a large campaign to reform street food outlets at the legislative level. No, it's not. Cause and effect should not be confused here. First, street food in the modern sense came to us from the West and became mega-popular, and then the state, seeing this popularity, decided to take everything into its own hands. In general, both are good. Because the consumer got the opportunity to buy relatively safe and very tasty products on the street, and the business environment got the opportunity to give all this to consumers and earn money. Everyone is happy, everyone is happy.
That is why strip food attracts newcomers so much. Promises profit, easy money (there are always clients, demand is great). But alas (alas for beginners). Not so simple. The opportunities in the street food industry are attracting a huge number of entrepreneurs. And therefore, this market niche is occupied by the most do not spoil. No, don't get it right. Almost everyone who is ready to invest money can enter the market and start selling their shawarma. But how long will he last, and will he have many clients? This is already a question.
And it needs to be asked every time the idea of "making money" is born in my head. Yet again. We in no way discourage you from trying your hand at business. But we urge you to take every step wisely and analyze. The analysis will be helped by the knowledge of the information. And you need to start owning it from the very first thought. Therefore, to make it easier for you, we present several interesting and relevant ideas - what kind of street food business to start. Take a look and analyze. Go.
Street food problems
The main difficulties of the industry for an entrepreneur are extremely high competition and organization in terms of sanitary and epidemiological supervision standards.
Obtaining an official permit for street vending is not an easy task. Because for SES, it is important to have communications when it comes to the catering industry.
Many entrepreneurs tackle the issue on their knees. They organize containers with water and storage tanks, which serve instead of draining. This is the most common option for street food vendors.
Along the way, it is necessary to take care of compliance with other sanitary standards - to have certificates for products, purchased goods, to have a technical card and medical books of employees.
In terms of the number of documents, a street trading point differs little from a full-fledged catering enterprise.
* Average data for Russia are used in calculations
Street food is a promising business that requires a minimum of investment, quickly pays off and actively develops even in times of crisis. In this article, we have collected 15 ideas on how to open a street food outlet.
Today street food is a global gastronomic trend. The street food market is actively developing - only in Moscow it grows by 3-5% annually. The main advantages of street food as a business are that it does not require large investments, it quickly pays off and is realized even during the economic crisis. Opening a fast food outlet for a budding entrepreneur can be the best business option.
There are a lot of directions in this area. Consider possible street fast food ideas and pick one that interests you.
Distinctive features of the street food format:
high speed of service;
relatively small range of products;
cooking in front of customers;
difficult conditions for compliance with SES standards.
Modern entrepreneurs see street food as a promising business. The number of retail outlets on the streets is growing exponentially, but a large proportion of them are closing just as quickly.
The problem is high competition and organizational complexity. Street points are not welcomed by the SES, so it is not easy to obtain an official permit to operate. The main reason for refusal is most often the lack of communications, which are necessary for catering establishments. The issue of water supply is solved with the help of a container with water and a sink with a storage tank for draining. This option is used by most street food establishments.
To avoid problems, it is necessary to comply with all sanitary standards, draw up sanitary books for sellers, have certificates for purchased products and a technological card. In fact, the paperwork for opening a street outlet does not differ from the registration of a standard catering establishment. Read about what documents are needed to open a restaurant here. Another challenge is the high competition in the market. Due to the low entry to the market, there are a lot of participants - and you can only achieve success if you have a favorable location.
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