Hiding in plain sight, we find Gasthaus Pöschl in the middle of the first district, a stones throw from Stephansplatz. Stepping inside, immediately noticeable is the large bar in the middle of the popular Gasthaus that dominates Pöschl. Regulars and tourists crowd around, sipping their Czech beer, dining on their dishes piled with hearty Austrian cuisine.
The rest of this tasetful, yet unpretentious space is packed to the brim (beware you might be rubbing elbows with your neighbouring diners). At Pöschl, you’ll feel right at home. The service is efficient and friendly. The menu is updated daily, based on the seasonally available ingredients, and the ambience is truly Austrian. Being suckers for Schnitzel, we tried one and it was fantastic, served with a potato salad to die for. When the sun’s shining, Pöschl takes over a large part of the lovely cobblestone square, Franziskanerplatz, making it one of the most charming places for a meal or a drink on a hot, breezy Vienna evening.
The place is run and owned by the locally well-known actor, Hanno Pöschl, and his wife – author of cookbooks and kickass cook – Andrea Karrer. Gasthaus Pöschl has updated the old Gasthaus look, but kept the cosiness, and the traditional menu.