Austria's Capital of Delight

Graz received this official accolade for the wonderful catering skills of its restaurateurs, who rely on their own regional produce paired with the courage to be creative. The partner restaurants of the Capital of Delight serve seasonal cuisine, drawing on the freshest ingredients from the Styrian regions of delights. Some of these even feature truffles from Graz’s Leechwald forest! Accompanied by Styrian beer, Styrian wine, Styrian fruit juices and Styrian spring water – simply the very best quality, you can taste it.

Graz truffle festival | © Graz Tourismus - Werner Krug

But what exactly makes Graz Austria’s Capital of Delight?

Is it the southern flair? The mild climate in which fruit, vegetables and wine thrive? Or maybe the many farmers’ markets with the freshest produce? Or the excellent chefs? It is probably like with any great recipe: a little bit of everything and not too much of any. Simply delicious.

Tagescafé Freiblick I Graz | © Rene Strasser

Restaurant guide

Tracking down the culinary delights of Graz with the restaurant guide. Be it an award-winning establishment in an ideal setting, a café round the corner or a well hidden pub that's popular with the locals. Whatever your preference, enjoy your meal.

Restaurant guide

Wonderful dining & a relaxed atmosphere in the Capital of Delight

There’s outstanding cooking at the partner companies of the Capital of Delight, Graz. The range extends from award-winning restaurants to traditional inns. All share a love of regional produce, coupled with the courage to try creative variations. Here it’s simply about seasonal cuisine and the very freshest ingredients from the Styrian Regions of Delight – with indication of origin of course.

Good to know

The partner companies of the Capital of Delight are indicated by the logo of the Capital of Delight, Graz.

Partner restaurants

The Capital of Delight: Top events

Long table of Graz: 24.08.2024

The Capital of Delight‘s highlight of the year is undoubtedly the Long Table of Graz: a wonderful late summer‘s evening, a stunningly laid table, superb culinary delights, top regional wines and the magical backdrop of the Schlossberg, clock tower and town hall – these are the ingredients for an incredibly enjoyable evening! More than 750 totally satisfied and happy guests who have the pleasure of this unforgettably beautiful time; standing ovations for the chefs and their teams, the organisers and music ensembles. Take a seat and enjoy a delicious open air dinner in the Old Town of Graz!

As with the „Long Table“, the topic of sustainability is one of utmost importance at all partner businesses in Graz, the Capital of Delight. The event also meets the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Events.

Tickets are available at the Tourist Information Graz Region (Herrengasse 16, 8010 Graz) and via oeticket! The ticket price is € 205.00 per person.

Graz truffle festival

10/21 - 11/03/2024

Graz can boast a small culinary sensation, which is the crowning glory of Graz the „Capital of Delight“: seven different types and varieties of truffles have been discovered in the city forests of Graz! The truffle is considered to be a culinary treasure and a diamond in the kitchen. According to tradition, these mushrooms, which grow underground and are extremely difficult to detect, were already very popular in ancient Egypt. Even the burgundy truffle, coveted by gourmets, has been harvested in Graz. To mark this, a truffle festival will take place again in autumn 2024.

The Graz Truffle Festival is the great autumn festival to honour the exquisite gourmet truffle. From the programme:

  • International truffle market with specialities and high-quality truffle creations in the Paradeishof
  • Guided truffle hikes in the Leechwald forest on the outskirts of Graz
  • The partner companies in the Capital of Delight offer a whole host of sophisticated culinary highlights – with the „Graz Truffle“ of course!

Bühnen Graz Gourmet

Let your evening turn into an unforgettable event and enjoy the Bühnen Graz Gourmet Menu as accompaniment to your performance visit, with a choice of a total of 11 partner restaurants.

Kaiser Josef market | © Graz Tourismus - Tom Lamm


From local farmers, fresh from the harvest

The city of Graz is home to several farmers’ markets, and has the highest density of markets selling local produce in Austria. The farmers and their produce have to adhere to strict guidelines. The best known and largest of the farmers’ markets in Graz are the Kaiser Josef farmers’ market and Lendplatz farmer’s market.

Farmers markets in Graz