We’ve probably all heard the story about how the sweet, egg-y, dough-y dish swamped in powdered sugar, Kaiserschmarrn, was invented, right? If you haven’t – the dish (which is practically just like the pancake version of scrambled eggs) got it’s name after Good ol’ Kaiser Franz Josef who was a big fan of it.
There’s no question why he liked it – the soft, pillow-y texture, the fact that you can put any kind of topping on it and it tastes scrumptious.
Here are 5 places in Vienna making some of the best Kaiserschmarrn in the city:
Heindls Schmarren & Palatschinkenkuchl – best Kaiserschmarrn in Vienna
OK, so this place is totally dedicated to the Schmarren. They have various versions of it (alongside many Palatschinken dishes) dominating their menu, with various different toppings to choose from. And it goes without saying that their serves are monstrously big.
You’ve got the Tiroler Nuss Schmarren that’s covered in a caramelised nutty sauce, and then there’s the Salzburger Topfenschmarren, which is made out of a curd cheese dough and accompanied by an apricot compote. Anyway, we’re not going to tell you anymore – you’ve just got to grab yourself a seat in one of the booths that fill this dimly-lit eatery.
Price guide: A pan of Kaiserschmarrn will cost you 12.80€
The Landmann’s Jausenstation is definitely worth a visit if you’re a fan of indulging in the fluffy goodness of a Kaiserschmarrn. For all those picky eaters out there, their famous Kaiserschmarrn can be made either with, or without, raisins.
It is served up in the very Pfandl it was cooked in, which makes it taste even better in our opinion. If you like to pimp your Kaiserschmarrn with sauces, you can order it with a side of apple sauce, stewed plums, blueberries, or cherries, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream (if you’re feeling fancy).
Once you’ve found your way through the hedges near the Hapsburg’s once favourite summer residence, Schloss Schönbrunn, Landtmann’s Jausenstation greets you with colourful al fresco garden where you’ll be enjoying a peaceful and secluded atmosphere… and their Kaiserschmarrn, of course.
Price guide: Kaiserschmarrn: 9.50€
veggie-friendly Schanigarten (al fresco garden) available Card acceptance
Opening times MON–SAT: 8am–11pm SUN & Public holidays: 9am–11pm
Ok, so Ramasuri is serving up no typical Kaiserschmarrn, and yes, yes, we know we’re going to have a few haters that accuse us of some serious sacrilegious crimes by including it in this list, however, their ‘Karamellisiertes Kaos’ desert creation (which is pretty much Kaiserschmarrn covered in caramel, nutty goodness, with a side of seasonal fruit) is so delicious, we thought we’d include it for those who like the idea of venturing to new horizons with their Schmarren experiences.
At Simply Raw Bakery in the 1st district, they’re known for serving sweet treats that are organic, gluten-free, soy-free and vegan.
We’ve also found a crazy good Kaiserschmarrn hidden in their menu. Not only is it vegan, but it’s also raw!
This version of a Schmarren reminds us of homemade cookie dough, with a very nutty and sugary taste to it (in a good way). It’s served heavily powdered in sugar and is accompanied by a bowl of stewed fruits.
Price guide: Raw vegan Kaiserschmarrn with stewed fruits = 7.90€
vegan-friendly (very much so!) Schanigarten (al fresco garden) available card acceptance
Opening times MON–FRI: 8am–4pm SAT: 8am–7pm SUN: 8am–4pm
Many locals of the neighbourhood would call the classic Kaiserschmarrn at 15 süße Minuten the only cure for their hangover. Even though we can’t really vouch for it as our new headache remedy, their deliciously sweet Kaiserschmarrn definitely did lift our spirits.
It’s served to you on – and we’re not exaggerating – a giant plate covered with powdered sugar, which made our Kaiserschmarrn look like a tasty snow-topped dough-mountain, ready to be summited by any hungry human.
To top it off, it comes with freshly prepared stewed plums, apricot jam, or apple sauce, which just really made everything taste even better.
Plus, vegans don’t have to miss out on the Schmarren experience as their menu also includes a plant-based version of the dish.