They say that the way to a man’s (and woman’s) heart is through his (or her) stomach. That’s especially true in the region of Graz with its multitude of culinary offers. The area is the gateway to the Styrian wine-growing region, which is known for its exquisite products. What’s more, Graz is Austria’s only official capital of delight.
„No pleasure is temporary, because the impression it leaves behind, is permanent.“
The products grown and processed in Styria make food lovers’ hearts beat faster. At the region’s many farmers markets or in the online shops of direct marketers you can find a vast selection of Styrian delicacies, for instance
• "Grazer Krauthäuptel" salad
• scarlet runner beans
• lamb's lettuce
• … and in Graz even truffels!
Styrian pumpkin seed oil is a true superfood. The healthy oil is popular beyond the borders of Styria – despite the fact that its colour takes some getting used to if you haven’t grown up with it. The “green gold of Styria” has an exquisite, nutty and full-bodied taste, especially when it comes fresh from the oil mill.
Our tip: Try fresh “Grazer Krauthäuptel” or field salad with a dressing of pumpkin seed oil – it’s truly addictive!
Austrian author Reinhard P. Gruber once wrote that Styrians are fuelled by a two-stroke mixture of pumpkin seed oil and Schilcher wine. And as a native west Styrian, he probably knew what he was talking about! The Schilcher is a very special wine that is only produced in Styria. It is made from the “Blaue Wildbacher” grape and has a pink to onion-coloured tinge. With its fresh and fruity flavours, it’s a great aperitif and goes well with typical Styrian snack platters
It’s definitely worthwhile to follow the signs with the white horse that point you to the Schilcher wine road in Ligist. You will be rewarded with one-of-a-kind landscapes, romantic vineyards and traditional, rustic wine taverns.
The “big” Styrian beer brands Gösser, Reininghaus or Puntigam are known all across Austria. However, there are also numerous private breweries with an excellent reputation.
Cheese, vinegar, fine spirits, fruit juices, must or honey: If you visit one of the many manufactories in the region of Graz, you will discover plenty of culinary treasures.
“A steirischer Sterz und a Schwammsuppen drauf” – as an old folk song would have it, this combination of Austrian buckwheat mush and mushroom soup is allegedly the “steirische Brauch” (Styrian custom). Although Styria is a very traditional province, it’s not often that you still find this dish on the menus of the region.
Today, Styrian restaurants serve a combination of contemporary and typical Styrian cuisine. Whether it’s at a fine-dining restaurant or at a traditional inn: The chefs of Styria mostly serve products grown right in the region.
Wine taverns are a real institution of Styrian culture and popular with guests from all walks of life. Locals and tourists alike meet there to enjoy regional delicacies and heartfelt hospitality.
Excellent wine taverns can be found all throughout the wine and fruit-growing regions of the province. Their cosy parlours and charming gardens are the perfect places to sample your way through Styrian specialities such as Brettljause, plums and bacon, savoury “Buchteln”, Styrian funnel cake or others – accompanied by a fine glass of house wine or homemade juice, of course.
Feels like heaven!
Fresh mountain air makes you hungry! That’s why it’s an excellent idea to stop by for a little snack after a challenging climb or a long hike. After all, there’s nowhere that a traditional snack platter tastes better than at one of Styria’s numerous mountain huts!
Self-service shops and vending machines offer regional specialities and are available 7 days a week and around the clock.
Grazer Bundesstraße 15, 8114 Peggau
The inn offers drinks and changing dishes for pick-up in the vending machine
Parksiedlung 5, 8101 Gratkorn
Sweets to go ! Fresh pastries daily;
Gratweiner Straße 17, 8111 Gratwein-Strassengel
Shop with regional food, vending machine in front of the shop (yoghurt, spreads, bacon, eggs...)
Fam. Sauseng und Schiegl, 8061 Stenzengreith
Vending machine at the valley station of the Schöckl cable car in St. Radegund (pasta, eggs, liqueurs, juices, honey)
Verkaufshütte Rinneggerstraße 11, 8061 St. Radegund (milk, curd, butter, natural and fruit yoghurt)
All products in environmentally friendly reusable jars
Ackerbox in Nestelbach
Dorfplatz 2, 8302 Nestelbach
Self-service shop with fresh vegetables, regional pastries and dairy products from local farmers. Opening hours: Mon - Fri 9 am - 9 pm, Sat 9 am - 6 pm, closed on Sun and public holidays.
A terminal guides you step by step through the payment process (cash or card payment possible).
Feines vom Silberhof
Silberweg 5, 8302 Nestelbach
Self-service shop with dairy products, eggs, Verkackert etc.
Schmankerlautomat Hotel Liebmann
at car park 2 of the hotel, the vending machine offers snacks, drinks, YinGin, pumpkin seed oil, eggs, milk and much more around the clock.
Hönigtaler Straße 22, 8301 Kainbach bei Graz ; Tel: +43/660/6954717
Fruit, juices, vinegar, schnapps in the self-service refrigerator on the farm
Bierbaum 43, 8141 Premstätten
In addition to the farm shop, there is a self-service machine with 33 products (e.g. kernel oil, yoghurt, fruit juices).
Hauptstraße 50, 8401 Kalsdorf bei Graz
Eggs, juices, milk, iodine belt, cheese, meat products.
With return option for bottles, jars and egg cartons
Lipizzanerheimat farm shop next to the Spar market in Ligist.
The assortment includes many regional specialities
„Die Speis“ von Fleischerei Großschädl
Hauptstraße 12, 8275 Bärnbach (opposite Autohaus Mürzl)
Automat bei Hundertwasserkirche Bärnbach
with regional products
Piberstraße 15, 8275 Bärnbach
Zinsendorfgasse 12, 8010 Graz
Meat products and food in a jar
Vending machine locations in the Zinsendorfgasse, Graz Liebenau-Casalgasse 68, Unterthalstraße, 8051 Thal
Tortenautomat der Konditorei Handl
- Straßganger Str. 241, 8053 Graz
- Andritzer Reichsstraße 41, 8054 Graz
- and at the butcher's shop Mosshammer
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Laugh, eat and experience together. Here you can find even more inspiration for a stay in Graz Region: