St. Peter Stiftskulinarium

Salzburg’s It-Place St. Peter Stiftskulinarium was voted one of the Top 50 of the “Most Beautiful Restaurants and Bars 2023” and is presented in the corresponding restaurant guide.


For the fifth time already, the Callwey publishing house and its partners praised the great interior and gastronomy award “The Most Beautiful Restaurants & Bars” in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

The background: bar and restaurant guides seldom pay attention to the interior design or take a look at lighting, furniture and surfaces but these are what make up the atmosphere of a place.  Well-chosen luminaires put the excellent menu in the best light and surprising details lift the mood. The interior reveals the self-image of a restaurant even before we have had a bite to eat or a drink. In order to appreciate this, the jury has selected a total of 50 outstanding gastronomic interior design concepts, which are presented in the yearbook “The Most Beautiful Restaurants & Bars 2023” – one of which is the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium in Salzburg.

“We are delighted that the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium has been awarded a prize and is featured in the publication – including detailed facts and figures, exciting background stories, floor plans and references to our products used.”

Claus Haslauer and Veronika Kirchmair, hosts of the St. Peter Abbey Culinary Centre


After the renaming to “St. Peter Stiftskulinarium” in 2017, Claus Haslauer and Veronika Kirchmair presented two new restaurant concepts from May 2020: The international fine dining cuisine of the ACHTHUNDERT&DREI, as well as the local PETER, which is oriented towards the local Mediterranean cuisine. Claus Haslauer’s passion for fine and grandiose wines, as well as Veronika Kirchmair’s love for detail and art have been and still are decisive for the orientation of the two restaurant lines.

Culinary art and interior design have been closely linked at the Stiftskulinarium from the beginning. In the PETER, the casual lightness of mood and design is reflected in the cocktail creations and Mediterranean dishes. At ACHTHUNDERT&DREI, fine dining delights and course menus meet lavishly curated interior design with designer pieces from Europe. Just like the furniture and decoration, short distances are also taken into account for the food – ingredients are sourced from regional suppliers.

“We are particularly proud of the harmonious interplay between our cuisine and our design concept. The menu and the interior compliment and complement each other wonderfully. Another special detail are our changing exhibitions of artists in cooperation with the Reinisch Gallery in Graz,” says Veronika Kirchmair, for whom art is a source of inspiration that provides important food for thought.

Another highlight of the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium is the outdoor lounge in the historic Willibaldarkaden. In summer, you will find a green boho oasis complete with after-work and life DJs, and in winter a cosy lodge, complete with snug furs.

In the course of the awards, the photographs of Anja Koppitsch were also honoured with the photography award. ‘In the midst of then and now’ is the caption of her photographs of the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium in Salzburg. It is exactly that, ‘being in the midst, in the heart’ that she captures with her camera and allows to become a picture. For her photographs are not simply images of the oldest documented restaurant in Europe, at the foot of the Mönchsberg, between the Cathedral and the and the Festspielhaus in the city of Mozart.

“With her pictures she sends our thoughts on a walk to discover the familiar in the unknown, are there without being there, as if we had been at this place before,” explains Cornelia Hellstern, author of “The Most Beautiful Restaurants & Bars”. As a compass through excellent gastronomic projects, the yearbook is an indispensable must-read and source of inspiration for all gourmets.

About the St. Peter Stiftskulinarium

As the oldest restaurant in Europe, which was first mentioned in a document in 803, St . Peter combines historic cuisine, good vibes, music and wine culture amidst the ancient walls of the Salzburg city centre. The two hosts, Veronika Kirchmair and Claus Haslauer, offer a unique new unique reinterpretation of time-honoured tradition based on thousands of years of experience.

Whether fine dining in the award-winning restaurant “ACHTHUNDERT&DREI”, informal evenings in the It -Place “PETER” or at one’s own party – each of the eleven differently designed rooms tells its own fascinating story. In the summer lounge in the leafy inner courtyard, in the festive ambience of the elegant baroque hall or in the dignified atmosphere of the Richardstube, the former monastery wine cellar.

Photocredits: Bianca Hochenauer, Anja Koppitsch