Review: Breakfast Bliss At Red Bull’s Hangar-7 In Salzburg

Review: Breakfast Bliss At Red Bull’s Hangar-7 In Salzburg

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Salzburg is famously known for three things: Mozart, The Sound of Music, and Red Bull. Did you know that? Honestly, I had no idea that Red Bull originated in Austria, let alone Salzburg.

Naturally, Red Bull has an entire hangar dedicated to showcasing their renowned aerial crafts while also serving world-class Michelin-starred cuisine. It’s home to one of the best breakfasts and brunches I’ve experienced in all my travels.

A 22 Second History Of Red Bull

In 1982, Dietrich Mateschitz goes to Thailand and meets Chaleo Yoovidhya, who introduces him to an energy drink he created 6 years prior called Krating Daeng (this translates to ‘red gaur’, or a type cow found in Southeast Asia). He loves it, they each spot $500,000 and open a company together.

Over the years, Red Bull has built its brand around an image that’s intertwined with extreme sports. They’ve since sold over 75 million cans and the drink can be found in 171 countries. You can say that it’s been an extremely successful move.

There’s A Red Bull Hangar In Salzburg

Not just a hangar, but an architectural beauty that is more museum than aircraft storage place. It’s home to some of the finest and rare aircrafts that’s been used by the ‘Flying Bulls’, Redbull’s daredevil flying unit. These guys perform some of the most technically and visually spectacular air stunts around the world and Hangar-7 at the Salzburg airport is the base for these aircrafts.

Sublime Architecture

What impressed me was the hangar’s glass and metal dome structure, which let in abundant natural light. The impeccably clean, polished floor mirrored the curved lines of the roof and the surfaces of the aircraft. Although it’s not open to the public, across the tarmac is Hangar-8, a complementary space used for meticulously maintaining and repairing the aircraft.

But what truly impressed and surprised me was that Hangar-7 boasts a restaurant with two Michelin stars – rotating guest chefs throughout the year. The restaurant also features a cocktail bar that is suspended from the center of the hangar dome and the Carpe Diem Lounge cafe, where I enjoyed an incredible breakfast, accompanied by a stunning view of the aircraft collection outside.

Brunch At The Carpe Diem Lounge

While searching for the best places to eat in Salzburg, I came across a recommendation for breakfast at the Carpe Diem Lounge. Photos of a three-tiered cake stand, adorned with vibrant yellow caviar, deep red beef tartare topped with fresh micro-greens, and bright smoked salmon, convinced me to make the ‘trek’ out to the airport for breakfast. And that was the photo from one side of the ‘Salt & Savory Breakfast.’ There was also a ‘Sweet & Delicious Breakfast’ option.

The Best Breakfast and Brunch In Salzburg…Hands Down

Without a doubt, combined with the view of the aircraft hangar, this was by and large the most unique brunch experience I’ve ever had during my travels.

We visited on a weekday morning in January and managed to get a table for two without reservations, which are available only for the 9 and 9:30 am seatings. The café is open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week, but breakfast is only served until 11:30 am – and breakfast is the reason you come here.

Choosing Between The Sweet Or Savory Menu

I appreciate when a menu is simple and the only difficult part about this one is deciding between the Sweet and Delicious Breakfast (€35) or Salty and Savory Breakfast (€39) option – or both. Sensing our indecisiveness, our waiter asked, ‘if we were really hungry?’  Unsure with our own responses, we decided to order both.

Each set option comes with a choice of a cold beverage (Red Bull Winter Secco, Thalheimer Lemonades, or Carpe Diem Kombucha) and a hot beverage (coffee, tea, or homemade hot chocolate).

We went for a glass of the prosecco and kombucha and had a flat white and a herbal tea from their extensive tea menu.

The food arrived swiftly, presented on a two-tiered cake stand that immediately had our attention –  our eyes darting between the array of exquisite mini dishes. From top to bottom, each dish was beautifully prepared, a win for culinary artistry. Every dish could easily stand alone on a gourmet tasting menu, but here they were, an entire tasting experience delivered all at once.

The ‘Salt & Savory’ Breakfast Menu

  • Coffee, Tea or Homemade Hot Chocolate
  • Red Bull Winter Secco, Thalheimer Lemonades or Carpe Diem Kombucha
  • A Variety of Ham and Salami
  • Cheese (Tête de Moine, Alpine Cheese, Cottage Cheese)
  • Pretzel Pastry with “Erdäpfelkäse” and Salmon Caviar
  • Beef Tartar Taco Avocado
  • Calves Liverwurst on Brioche
  • Smoked Char from Ausseerland with Beetroot, Yoghurt and Sauce Hollandaise
  • German Weisswurst with Sweet Mustard
  • Grilled Vegetables on Eggplant Cream with Marinated Buffalo Mozzarella
  • “Egg Benedict” 1-Hour Egg with Spinach, Bacon and Sauce Hollandaise
  • Avocado Dip with Rice Pops
  • Butter & Bread Rolls

The ‘Sweet & Delicious’ Breakfast Menu

  • Coffee, Tea or Homemade Hot Chocolate
  • Red Bull Winter Secco, Thalheimer Lemonades or Carpe Diem Kombucha
  • Homemade Nut Brownie
  • Three Kinds of Danish Pastries
  • Fresh Fruits with Passion Fruit Dip
  • Poppyseed Slice with Vanilla Cream
  • Chia Pudding with Raspberry Espuma
  • Bircher Muesli “Hangar-7
  • Waffle with Fresh Blueberries and Vanilla Whipped Cream
  • Homemade Marmalade
  • Nutella
  • Butter
  • Bread Rolls & Pastries

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Walking Off Breakfast In The Coolest Hangar In The World

Appearances were not deceiving – everything tasted as good as it looked. It was hard to choose a favorite dish, but I particularly enjoyed the Eggs Benedict, the Beef Tartare Taco, and the Pretzel Pastry with Salmon Caviar on the savory side. The Weisswurst with Sweet Mustard was a pleasant surprise.

On the sweet side, even simple items like muesli, waffles, and pastries were elevated in both presentation and flavor. Everything was incredibly delicious, and as our waiter had suggested, there was a lot of food.

After our meal, we explored the museum and the Illume photography exhibit to walk off some of the calories. There were so many fascinating aircraft and vehicles on display, and the best part is that it’s all free to see – there’s no admission fee to enter Hangar-7.

Who knew a breakfast would be a highlight of my time in Salzburg? I highly recommend putting this on your list of things to do while in Salzburg along with the Mozart Concert Dinner and the Sound of Music Tour, especially if you’re a fan of the movie and like to sing-a-long with strangers.

Looking for more travel inspirations? Scroll through some of the 450+ experiences on my bucket list. Maybe you’ll find your next adventure on there.

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Updated on May 29, 2024


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