Paying attention to regionality, sustainability and high-quality products – at home and when dining out – is really easy in Klagenfurt. That’s because, in addition to several venerable Klagenfurt institutions, a growing number of restaurants are now focusing on cuisine with a purpose.
When it comes to grocery shopping, more and more people are opting for sustainable, regional and seasonal products. But what about the times when we visit a restaurant? After all, nowadays every second meal is eaten in a restaurant. It’s all about making the right choice, then nothing will get in the way of a sustainably enjoyable meal out. Here are our tips:
Restaurant Kleeblatt (clover leaf), THE establishment for sustainable wholefood cuisine
Karin Isopp and her team only serve fresh, regional and seasonal dishes. She sources her produce from local farmers and rather than relying on dishes that are trendy, she goes for choices that are in season. She prepares two specials every day and has a fixed menu that can definitely be described as healthy. The menu includes vegetable dishes, turkey escalope with vegetables and potatoes and, of course, her delicious handmade buckwheat cheese dumplings. Our tip: If you’re having trouble deciding, you can also order half-and-half dishes. New address: Gasometergasse 4a in Klagenfurt.
triVida, vegan pleasure in Klagenfurt
Dania has been serving vegan food since 2015. She puts her heart and soul into a steady stream of new creations, pleasing far more than just the “vegan heart”. Her restaurant is truly a meeting place for anyone who is interested in eating mindfully. Looking at her menu, you can tell that variety is the order of the day. From daily lunch menus, monthly seasonal menus, weekend specials to a daily variety of cakes, pies, cupcakes and desserts, triVida definitely strikes a balance between healthy and delicious. Dania cooks and bakes everything herself and has no use for microwave ovens, flavour enhancers or the like. Our tip: Virtually all of the dishes can be delivered or made to go, so it’s perfect for a sustainably delicious evening that’s entirely free of unhealthy fast food.
SuppenGlück & Wurzelwerk (soup luck & root work), grown in Klagenfurt
The name says it all. Arianna, Martin and Silvia offer a weekly menu. What can you expect? Total creativity in the kitchen. This week, the popular daytime eatery is tantalising its guests with a parsnip & fennel soup or pea & coconut & mint soup. But meat eaters will also get their money’s worth with dishes such as turkey schnitzel with peanut sauce & beetroot couscous. When it comes to coffee, SuppenGlück relies on high-quality regional products and serves excellent coffee from a coffee roastery in Kötschach-Mauthen to go with the “sweety of the week”. Our tip: You can also ask for smaller (and cheaper) portions, and if you order any combination of soup or sweety, you can save money on the coffee.
From oriental gnocchi to shakshuka with homemade bread, this stylish eatery with its family atmosphere simply has everything to please the palate. magdas supports regional businesses and stands for food and people with character. A mix of retro, upcycled and modern elements awaits you, offering an urban atmosphere, international cuisine and professional service on 240 square metres. Settling down to savour the food, you can also indulge in the art. With its biannual exhibitions, curated by Flux23, magdas creates a special setting combining art with pleasure. Our tip: Make the most of the take-away service between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and enjoy your meal in one of the nearby parks.
The Benedictine Market
It is the beating heart of the capital and a fixed point for any visit to Klagenfurt. At the Benedictine Market, everything revolves around fresh food and traditional culinary delights that are characteristic of the region. There is much more to Klagenfurt’s market than just farmhouse bread and brightly coloured vegetables. In true style, it manages to strike a balance between long-established vendors and urban gourmet cuisine. In the past few years of generational change, it has flourished with renewed popularity and today it is a wonderful declaration of love for the Alps-Adriatic region. There is something to suit every taste at this market. Our tip: Take a seat at a stall in the market hall and watch the colourful hustle and bustle around you.