Trzesniewski. Try saying that 5 times fast!
This difficult-to-pronounce restaurant, which serves iconic open-faced sandwiches, is a local legend. It has 9 locations across Vienna, even including one at the airport. The best of them all, however, is the first one, where it all began–Dorotheergasse in Vienna’s first district, before World War 1.
In 1902, a Polish cook named Franciszek Trześniewski opened this now long-loved restaurant/bar. It features open-faced sandwiches with a variety of spreads and the local bauernbrot, farmer’s bread. Back then, Poland was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so Vienna was literally a crossroads of cultures, a true meeting point of all the empire’s domains. The restaurant’s slogan is “Die unaussprechlich guten Brötchen,” which literally translates to the unpronounceabley good sandwiches, a definite nod to the difficult-to-pronounce Polish name of the man who started it all.
The menu is on the one hand simple, since only one type of food is served–open faced brötchen. On the other hand, however, it’s a bit complex; there are over 20 types on offer any given day.
Some of the best include: Egg with Egg, Paprika, Smoked Salmon with Horseradish, and tomato. Trzesniewski has proudly kept all recipes secret for over 100 years. It’s this history and tradition–in addition to the delicious food–that make this place unique. Walking in feels like going back in time. Everything from the dimly lit room with marble tables, to the uniforms the staff wear.
I like imagining how many people have walked through these doors to enjoy the brötchen. Through times of war, peace, and the breakdown of the empire, Trzesniewski has remained, churning out over 600kg of freshly-baked bread each day.
The best way to experience Trzesniewski? Grab a few brötchen and a Pfiff! (An adorable beer, 1/8 a liter. Yes, beer can be adorable.) The brötchen cost €1.10 each. They are the perfect pick-me-up snack when downtown, and a great price for first district fare! Trzesniewski is a true chapter of Viennese history that continues to be written.
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