Love French food? Then this is your happy place!
Freyung passage. Yes, this is where you find it. Stroll along the historic centre of gorgeous Vienna and enter this passage, pass the statue, pass the bankomat (if needed), follow the smell, walk just a bit further and viola you’re there. Treasure hunt, you say? It is treasure indeed! And one that is fit for the kings and their bellies.
The statue at the entrance from Herrengasse
The exterior of the bistro along the passage – which is just as pretty as the inside.
One big plus of having a meal at Beaulieu is not only the delicious food on the menu. But also, it is all about prettiness. The place, the decor, the location and the people – if you enjoy people watching that is. And do sit outside – ok, maybe not in winter.
The entrance. Please, welcome yourselves in!
And speaking of pretty food – they also taste pretty good in the mouth. Now, take a look at their display! If weight gain is a myth, we would apply and qualify for permanent residence in this dangerously-yummy bistro. And munch our way through. And be best friends with the chefs. And… oh, look at those mouth-watering pastries, those delicious (and yes, smelly) cheese and oooh, what a menu selection!
The mouth-watering, jaw-dropping, we-want-to-eat-all selection of goodies.
Cheese – just a few from the 450 types available from France.
We’ve been here a few times and now, we decided out their breakfast menu. And a standard French breakfast must come with its croissant and pain au chocolat. And also a baguette.
Reservation? Yes, it does come handy here.
Very decent Pain au Chocolat, Baguette and Croissant.
We also tried their omelette au saumon – which however is a little too generous with salt. Less is more really – especially salt.
Pretty and salty omelette au saumon.
Nicklas, who has spent a couple of years living in France, said that he approved of the croissant. And the pain au chocolat. And the baguette. And I, as the goodie foodie girlfriend, trusted him and ate on. And went on to marvel at the selection of food items that we could potentially buy and save the French economy. Oh yes, this is why men should have a girlfriend (or wife). Women are scientifically proven to be economy-friendly. (You’re welcome guys!)
Let’s just say it was tough to leave this place. The food was great, the selection was tempting but our waistline shouted, “hello… we need to digest first!” and so, all right, we left. With a promise that we shall return. This is our happy place! (Ok, we do have a few more. Job hazard as a foodie.)
Little French bistro in the historic centre of Vienna. The decor reminds us fondly of France – with a hint of Paris and then, a bit of Provence. Oh, we aren’t that fussy. It’s just details really. The food was great and we forgot the rest!
Ratings – Sue
- Total overall rating: 3.5 / 5
- Ambience: 4 / 5, Cute and feels like you traveled back to France. Or Paris.
- Location: 5 / 5, Very centrally located. If your phone/ GPS failed on you, get a new one because it is super easy to get here.
- Food: 3.5 / 5, Flaky croissant and pain au chocolat, I could go for more but hey, we don’t do that even in Paris plus there’s food after food (called desserts and then, nibbles). The omelette was tasty but it was a little over-kissed by the salt.
- Price: 2 / 5, All right, let’s be honest. The food is decent but the price is steep
- Service: 3 / 5, The staff were friendly and helpful.
Ratings – Nicklas
- Total overall rating: 3.7 / 5
- Ambience: 4 / 5, The small restaurant is decorated exactly as you imagine a small French “bistro” would look like in a Hollywood production. The guests though are taken up by the friendly atmosphere of the staff, bringing together a warm and comfortable atmosphere as to the restaurant.
- Location: 4.5 / 5, Located in the elegant Freyung Passage with its vaulted sealing and massive pilasters, this is a perfect spot to escape from reality and go on a food journey.
- Food: 4.5 / 5, For a gourmand as myself, this is a fabulous spot to go to when the craving for a real French croissant or baguette comes creeping up in the back of your mind. “Just like in Paris” is true when it comes to their patisseries.
- Price: 2.5 / 5, You do pay for the location here, but if you pick the right food, it does make up for it.
- Service: 3 / 5, Completely fine staff.
Opening hours of the restaurant:
Monday to Saturday: 09:00 – 22:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
Tel: +43 (0) 1 532 11 03