In addition, in the café coffee is served with a glass of water. Further, cafes
offer some of the finest pastries in Vienna, and consuming a coffee and a pastry is a
time honored tradition for many of the Viennese. Newspapers are provided and the guest
at the café is expected to take his or her time, talking, dreaming, or just
observing the world.
There are actually several classes of cafés and some of the older ones,
usually wood paneled, may look a little
careworn around the edges. but are very
comfortable. There are modern version of the café and except for being slightly more
utilitarian in looks, provide the same menu items as the older cafés.
Some of the best cafés in Vienna include:
- located at Gumpendorfer Straße 11
which is near the Opera and considered an “institution" by both residents and visitors to Vienna. The café is located
at Albertinaplatz 2.
, which is reputed to have been Sigmund Freud’s favorite café, is located at
Dr. Karl Lueger-Ring 4
Café Central , located at the corner of
Herrengasse and Strauchgasse in the Old Town, has recently been renovated
and returned to its former glory. One of the posher cafés
in town, it has long a favorite of Vienna's famous philosophers (including
Trotsky). Café Central is a must-visit café.
Two other sweet shop/cafes should be on your list of
places to visit.
Demel is one of the finest pastry shops in Vienna, Be sure to stop in for a visit if you have a sweet tooth. The ground floor is the shop and the
bakery (where you can watch the bakers in action), but you need to head towards
and up the stairway
for the restaurant.
curiously, the no-smoking section is up the stairs, above the smoking
section, so try to avoid sitting near the stairway if you object to smoke.
Although you there are food items on the menu, we recommend that you head directly
for the high calorie desserts and pastries.
Demel is located at Kohlmarkt 14 and open daily from 9
Hotel Sacher Wien
Not only one of the city's best hotels, the Sacher is
home to the famous Sacher Torte (a delicious chocolate cake with a thin
coating of apricot jam between the layers) available (at ;east the authentic
version) only at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna and
recommend that you visit the hotel’s
Café Sacher Wien, to experience the upper-end of the Vienna coffee house culture, along
with a Sacher Torte tasting. The Hotel Sacher is located at
Philharmonikerstrasse 4 across from the StaatsOper.
Unless you are a
vegetarian, you should try the Wiener Schnitzel (Vienna Schnitzel) to
experience one of the classic entrees of Austrian and Viennese cooking.
Wiener Schnitzel is a veal cutlet that has been coated in bread crumbs and
then fried. It is usually served with potatoes and sometimes a
little dab of lingonberry. Although you can find Wiener Schnitzel at
street-side stands around Vienna, order it at a good quality restaurant for a real treat.
Another of our favorites is Spätzle, an egg noodle dish, often
served with cheese and onion.
Our final recommendation is think "Italian".
Traditional Austrian cuisine (e.g. boiled beef) can be very heavy on the
stomach and after a few traditional meals, we think you will be looking for
an alternative. Many of the Italian restaurants in Vienna serve
fantastic, thin crust pizzas that are to die for, especially when they
include white asparagus. Really! Try it.
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types of sightseeing in Vienna
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