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Eating and drinking

Restaurant Guide “Europe eats in Austria”

The culinary high points of Austria condensed into a few pages: well-known Austrian restaurant critic and publicist Florian Holzer depicts his entirely personal epicurean map of Austria.

A presentation of his gastronomic highlights in the nine most important event locations for the Austrian EU Council Presidency.

The categories help you to find your bearings Best in town, In places, Typically local, Music, Touristic, Cafés

Price levels range from
* reasonable through
** good value and
*** upmarket to
**** luxurious

Categories:

“Best in town”: The most refined, select, and luxurious cuisine in town, awarded maximum valuations by the guides-from classical haute cuisine to creative avant-garde culinary arts.

“In places”: Hot spots of the city, where style and design rule, where people meet, where the atmosphere is at the forefront, where you can eat and drink, but above all see and be seen.

“Typically local”: Austria has several regional dishes, and they are particularly prominent here, where great value is placed on tradition both in terms of atmosphere and preparation.

“Music”: Pubs offering live music, where you can expect regular DJ sessions, and dancing-from jazz-clubs to city discos.

“Touristic”: Pubs, cafés and restaurants with added value for tourists-located in specific resorts or in historical buildings, with an especially nice view or right next to the city’s landmarks.

“Cafés”: For an uncomplicated break to drink an espresso, or café latte, read a paper, eat a slice of cake, or dive into typically Austrian coffeehouse atmosphere for a while.

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Best in town

 

Mod ***
Bindergasse 1
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 82 48 00-41
Tue-Sat 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
http://www.modgraz.at

The best restaurant in Graz for years, always tending to be on the contemporary and more creative side. A very relaxed and casual atmosphere despite the high quality and professional service.
   
Iohan ***
Landhausgasse 1
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 82 13 12
Tue-Sat 6.30 p.m.-11.30 p.m.
http://www.vogue-johan.at
Avant-garde trendy gourmet pub in an adapted vault. Impressive ambience, large bar, “cool” atmosphere, and the food is correspondingly creative and modern.
   

Mayers ***
Sackstraße 29/3
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 81 33 91
Mon-Sat 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
http://www.mayers.cc

One of the few new houses at the foot of the Schlossberg hill. Fully glazed restaurant on the first floor with a terrace. International cuisine on an upmarket scale.

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In places

 

Maria Magdalena *
Am Eisernen Tor 1
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 82 23 10
Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-1 a.m.,
Sun 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
http://www.maria-magdalena.co.at
New trendy café at the end of Herrengasse: remarkable design, good wine list, friendly service and some fantastic snacks - during the day a relaxed café, and in the evenings one of Graz’s meeting points.
   
aiola city **
Mehlplatz 1
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 81 59
Mon-Thu 8 a.m.-12 a.m.,
Fri, Sa, 9 a.m.-2 a.m,
Sun 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
http://www.aiola.at
Located in the middle of the lively “Bermuda Triangle“ around Mehlplatz. A cool bar with a “Mediterranean” garden, cocktails, snacks and all the beautiful people of Graz and surrounding areas.
   
Das Starcke Haus **
Schlossberg 4
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 83 43 00
Mon-Sun 11-23 p.m.
http://www.starcke.at

Uniquely located tiny building right on the slope of Schlossberg hill. Reminiscent of a swallow’s nest, and thus provides a great view of the roofs of Graz old town. The terraces are among the most sought after venues of all the in places in Graz, and the food here is very good too.

   
Bar Thalia **
Opernring 5a
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 82 37 77
Mon-Sat 5 p.m.-4 a.m.
Bar in the newly renovated Thalia complex from the 1950’s. The interior was preserved to a large extent, and lovingly restored. Cocktails are contemporary: Albert Trummer, Austria’s most famous barkeeper with experience in New York, shows what cocktails are about here.

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Typically local

 

Landhauskeller **
Schmiedgasse 9
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 83 02 76
http://www.landhaus-keller.at
Impressive ambience in the Graz Cottage and the finest outdoor dining area in the city, though the food also has something to offer: Styrian food, original, but carefully adapted to today’s taste.
   
Stainzerbauer **
Bürgergasse 4
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 82 11 06
Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
http://www.stainzerbauer.at

Down-to-earth old-town tavern in dark wood with a variety of typical Styrian meals (note: this is not light cuisine). Accompanied by Styrian wines and especially a wild rosé called Schilcher.

   
Altsteirische Schmankerlstube **
Sackstraße 10
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 83 32 11,
Mon-Sun 11-23 p.m.
http://www.schmankerlstube.at
Well-kept inn right in the centre, though not yet inundated with tourists. The menu offers typical, wholesome inn food of a high quality, which is best suited to locals.

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Music

 

Three Monkeys *
Elisabethstraße 31
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 31 98 10
Mon-Sun 9 p.m.-5 a.m.
http://www.three-monkeys.at
New musical vault in the University district. The noise level is high, but you can still find a few quiet corners for conversation - the musical programme is a colourful mixture, with local values having priority here.
   
Kulturhauskeller *
Elisabethstraße 30
8010 Graz
Tue-Sat 9 p.m.-5 a.m.

The classic among musical pubs in Graz, but in no way outdated. The programme tends towards rock - and is therefore just as timeless as the pub.

   
Generalmusikdirektion *
Grieskai 74a
8020 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 71 77 10
opening hours depending on the
programme (see website)
http://www.generalmusikdirektion.at

New multi-purpose location on the edge of Graz old town - new techno-ambience, lighting and sound are state-of-the-art, live acts, DJ sessions and clubs.

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Touristic

 

aiola upstairs **
Schlossberg 2
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 81 87 97
Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-2 a.m,
Sun 9 a.m-12 a.m.
http://www.aiola.at
Designer pub with glass walls that can be taken down, right behind the tower clock at Schlossberg hill in Graz. Accessible either via the staircase (nice, but strenuous) or by lift. See and be seen.
   
aiola island **
Mur 1
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 82 26 60
Sun-Thu 9 a.m.-12 a.m.,
Fr, Sat 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
http://www.aiola.at

The new landmark of Graz, Acconci Island in the River Mur, a leftover from the time when Graz was a cultural capital. A futuristically styled café is located here, also serving an enjoyable breakfast.

   
Gasthaus Kunsthaus **
Lendkai 1, Kunsthaus
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 80 17 92 92
Sun, Mon 10 a.m.-7 p.m.,
Tue 10 a.m-12 a.m.,
Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-2 a.m.,
Sat 9 a.m.-4 a.m.,
http://www.gasthauskunsthaus.at
Another new landmark and above all the new centre on the other side of the River Mur. The plain museum café serves as a venue for brunch and evening DJ sessions.

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Café

 

Erzherzog Johann Café **
Sackstraße 3-5
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 81 16 16
Mon-Sat 8.30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
A classical coffeehouse as described in the books, including waiters dressed in black, international newspapers and Viennese coffee culture.
   
Frankowitsch **
Stempfergasse 2
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 82 22 12
Mon-Fri 8.30 a.m.-6.30 p.m.
Sat 8.30 a.m.-5 p.m.
One of the liveliest and most comfortable pubs in the city: wine bar, café, the best delicatessen in Graz and the legendary bread rolls and sandwiches make a visit to Frankowitsch compulsory. This is where the people of Graz meet.
   
Tribeka *
Grieskai 2
8010 Graz
tel.: +43 (316) 72 34 69
Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-8 p.m.,
Sat 8 a.m.-8 p.m.,
Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
http://www.tribeka.at
Modern American style coffee shop, but without any of the hustle and bustle and associated hysteria. Owners affectionately look after their coffees, good selections and gentle roasting, very pleasant atmosphere.

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Date: 06.04.2006