Wiener Küche mixes influences from Hungarian and Czech cuisine – with many dishes dating back to the days of the Habsburg Empire. It features some tasty vegetarian dishes and excels when it comes to desserts – think Apfelstrudel, Kaiserschmarrn, (shredded pancakes served with fruit compote), and the famous Sachertorte (chocolate cake with apricot jam in the middle).
Barbara Cação from travel site Vienna Unwrapped shares her top five places to learn Wiener Küche for English speaking locals and visitors.
Gather a group of friends for an individual English language cooking course. You can choose the type of cuisine you will create in an ultramodern kitchen the size of a spacious one bedroom apartment – located in the third district. Das Kochwerk has a separate dining room. This place is popular with locals and also for corporate events.
Learn which mushrooms are safe to pick… Photo: Luke Price/Flickr
Known for its creative vegetarian dishes using local produce, restaurant Wrenkh also has its own cooking school, the Kochsalon. Its calendar features courses which teach you how to cook fish and game as well as Wiener Küche delicacies, all lasting between two to five hours. My favourites are the traditional Viennese apple strudel course, and the Herb and Mushroom Excursion (which includes a trip out to the Vienna Woods to pick mushrooms).
The Naschmarkt. Photo: Clemens Koppensteiner/Flickr
Apple strudel. Photo: Heinz-Dieter Pohl
Chef Martina Willmann has worked in the kitchens of many of the best Viennese restaurants, from Korso and Novelli to Zum Schwarzen Kameel. The cookbook author and food stylist offers cooking workshops for small groups. As usual with cooking courses, you get to eat your own meals on site.
Learn how to make the legendary Hummerkrautfleisch… Photo: Vestibül
For a whole day, restaurant Vestibül in the Burgtheater lets you join their kitchen team. Look over the shoulder of top chefs, while experiencing the buzz of a professional kitchen team preparing and serving lunch and dinner. This upmarket restaurant is located at Universitätsring 2, at the imperial coach entrance of the Burgtheater. Cook Like A Pro is for one person only – treat yourself or a friend.