The team of experts in the delicatessens at Julius Meinl's flagship Vienna store Julius Meinl Am Graben have a motto: "Preserve what's old and good, discover what's new."

It is precisely this fusion of the high quality old and new that has helped the fine foods retailer achieve such a lofty standing in the Austrian food market.

The company was founded in Vienna in 1862 as a specialist store selling first green and then roasted coffee. Today it has a portfolio of more than 1,000 company and franchise stores through Austria, Eastern Europe and the US.

The flagship store in Vienna gives Julius Meinl a place in our list though. With more than 16,000 delicacies on sale over three floors in an unparalleled atmosphere, the store has become something of a culinary mecca, with 400 kinds of cheese, a wide range of hams and cold cuts, the finest chocolates, caviar and truffles and some of the world's rarest wines. The brand is among some of the strongest brand names that Austria has ever known with 95% of all Austrians recognising its logo.

It also contains one of the top five restaurants in Austria and offers tables with unique views down the famous shopping streets of Graben and Kohlmarkt.



Location: Vienna, Austria.

Established: 1862

No of stores: 1

Fact: The store boasts more than 400 different types of cheese