Vienna's reputation as a city synonymous with coffee goes back to the Turkish siege of 1683. In the late 19th century they were a centre for the homeless literati who would use a café as a holding address, and there are a number of cafés still open today that boast some pretty famous clientèle. Prices and experiences can vary greatly from one establishment to the other. However, the coffee house is an incredible way to while away the day - people-watching and pondering and letting the world go by as you nurse your coffee.
Fondest memory: It is curiously reassuring that even if hell were to freeze over, that in the Viennese section there would still be a coffee house open and serving with the same haughty service and the grubby, dog-earred look. Admittedly working life has put paid to my coffee house frequenting - the days of nursing three coffees over an entire day to be able to sit in a warm café rather than a freezing flat are but a memory - but I went through all the varieties of coffee served known to man, which include:
Biedermeyer: A Grosser Brauner with an apricot egg nog added - not my favourite
Brauner: A cup of coffee with a dash of milk (either a Kleiner or a Grosser!)
Cappuccino: Made with whipped cream in Vienna
Einspänner: A black coffee in a long glass with whipped cream
Fiaker: With rum and whipped cream
Franziskaner: with hot milk and whipped cream
Kaffee verkehrt: more milk than coffee
Kapuziner: A black coffee with a shot of cream
Kurz: Like espresso
Mazagran: cold coffee with rum and ice - quite elusive
Melange: Milky coffee with a milk foam (like a normal capuccino!)
Milchkaffee: a very milky cup of coffee
Pharisäer: A strong black coffee or mocha with whipped cream and served with a shot of rum
Türkische: sugared, and served with the coffee grounds in it, from a copper pot.
Verlängerter: Modified Brauner/Schwarzer with a bit more water in it.
My favorite thing about Vienna has to be the small cafes. I love staying near St. Stephen's so that I can have complete access to the hordes of coffehouses that surround the area. It's a lot of fun to go inone and spend a couple of hours drinking coffee, munching on pastries and people watching.
Fondest memory: Late one night my mother and I went to the Mozart Cafe behind the Opera house. We weren't very hungry and really just wanted somewhere where we could sit and talk, but the food eventually called our names. It was winter at the time and as we sat inside th warm and snug cafe, a light snow began to fall. It was very nice being there alone with her, sharing a bottle of wine, and walking over a long dinner.
Even if you arrive at or are travelling from the not so pretty train stations Westbahnhof and Südbahnhof, there are many options for having a great breakfast at Vienna's famous coffee houses, either a short walk or tramride/underground ride a way. At Westbahnhof, the nearest coffee place is right across the street, Cafe Westend. Take the main exit and you will see a buiding where it says Hotel Fürstenhof. Cafe Westend is on the corner. Another option is to take tram no. 5 to Albertgasse and have your breakfast at Cafe Hummel, or take underground line U3 direction Simmering to Volkstheater and go to Cafe Raimund. Or, take the same underground a few stations further, to Stubentor, and go to Cafe Prückel.
From Südbahnhof you can walk down Argentinierstrasse to Cafe Goldegg or take tram D to Schwarzenbergplatz and go to Cafe Schwarzenberg, alternatively take the same tram to Burgtheater/Rathaus and go to Cafe Landtmann. All these cafes are very centrally located and offer a unique experience!
Fondest memory: The coffee houses!
One of the most famous Vienna Cafes is the CAFE CENTRAL (here from out)... every cafe of this type contains:
- piano (played in evening live)
- at least 5-10 different styles of coffe with Schlagobers (you'll will get to know) and friendly service people...
Fondest memory: 1.000 of this Vienna Coffe-houses all around...
Am Kohlmarkt 14 in Wien befindet sich seit mehr als 200 Jahren die berühmte K.u.K. HOFZUCKERBäCKREI DEMEL, deren feine Mehlspeisen und erlesene Bonbonnieren dereinst schon am den österreichischen Kaiserhof geliefert wurden.
Auch heute noch werden Torten, Bäckereien und Chocoladen in allererster Qualität hergestellt, von Hand gefertigt und kunstvoll verziert.
Seine süssen Köstlichkeiten versendet den Demel auch weltweit.
Ob zu Kaffee und Kuchen oder bei einer Veranstaltung - ' im Demel trifft man sich'!
Fondest memory: TheGerman language sounds so wonderful that I had to type this here.
The translation into English is: The famous feinzuckerbäckerei Demel has been situated 'am Kohlmarkt 14 ' for more than 200 years, its delicate pastries and choice boxes of chocolate were, at ons time, pervade to the court of the Austrian Emperor
And even today, tarts, baked goods and chocolates are still made to the highest quality, finished off by hand and artistically decorated.
DEMEL also delivers its sweet delicacies worldwide.
Whether you have come for coffee and cakes or for a special event: - we'll meet you at Demel-.
Favorite thing: One of the most fantastic memories about Vienna is coffee. This delicacy of Vienna will melt away your wearing body! There are countless coffee shops offering so nice flavor of coffee. I'm still missing sidewalk cafes in Vienna.