Kaffeehaus, Vienna

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    Kaffeehaus: The Meierei

    by Fam.Rauca Written Feb 9, 2006

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    The building of the Meierei was found 1901-1903, in the city park, on the shore of the Vienna River.
    The architects Friedrich Ohmann and Josef Hackhofer, realized the plans of this construction.
    The building has a unique architecture, with a rustic pedestal story and a high mansard roof with fence crown.
    The construction was badly damaged in the II World War.
    It was built again in the run of the years and was restored completely in the year 2004.
    This former milk drinks hall forms an important component of the city park and of the Vienna river overflow.

    Favorite Dish: The gastronomically creation of this restaurant, is a real attraction for the Viennese and for the tourists.
    A beautiful and airy terrace is in summers, the peculiarity of this restaurant.
    Beside the building walls, is placed, a gigantic milk bottle, symbol of the aged identification of the construction.

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    Café Museum: I preferred it before the renovation works

    by morgenhund Written Nov 11, 2005

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    Caf�� Museum

    Until a couple of years ago, Café Museum had a nicely welcoming and shabby feel to it, which made it more homely than it is now. All the chipped and scratched and cracked vestiges have now been removed - and the Adolf Loos-designed interior, which had hitherto been on display in the Hofmobiliendepot was reinstalled. The seating has been given a fresh lick of red paint - a bit to gaudy for my liking and the place is too clean and tidy rather than functional and well-loved. This café used to be one of Klimt and friends' favourites, being a stone's throw away from the Secession. Fortunately the whole refit doesn't appear to have overly changed the clientèle - remaining popular among students (the Technical University is very close) and chess players alike. Prices are around average - which considering how central it is, really is not bad.

    Favorite Dish: There is a good range of pastries and light snacks to be had including breakfast staples such as ham and eggs and croissants.

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    Café Griensteidl: Sanitized Decadence

    by morgenhund Written Nov 6, 2005

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    Caf�� Griensteidl

    Café Griensteidl is now a sanitized replica of its decadent past - the original was demolished in 1897, having been rumoured to have 900 brands of schnapps, with poets drinking themselves into a stupor in its decadent heyday. Today the reopened Griensteidl, which was reopened after renovation in 1990 is far more tame - gone are the schnapps bottles and now it is a refined and comfortable coffee house, which unlike many others is actually quite child-friendly. Prices are slightly more reasonable that in others within walking distance and it is very easy to let the day drift by in Griensteidl. It has a special attachment for me as it was in Griensteidl that I started poring over the ads for somewhere to live when I moved out to Austria. It does tend to get rather full with tourists but off-season is really rather pleasantly quiet.

    Favorite Dish: It does some very good light meals which are quite a pleasant antidote to coffees - otherwise the full gamut of coffees and glorious freshly-made cakes.

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    Good coffee and nice climate: Diglas Cafe

    by chiara76 Written Sep 6, 2005

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    Me in front of Diglas Cafe.

    We liked this cafe a lot as they have had there very good coffee, cakes and food there.
    You can eat there not only the sweets but also the fresh breakfasts and lunches.
    We had a good coffee and tea there and also wondersful cakes, homemade ones of course! You ca feel it eating this wonderful cakes in "Diglas Cafe".
    The stuff is nice and the climate inside is very nice.
    It was great that there are a lot of citizens there, I like the places which are visited by the local people.

    Favorite Dish: Hmm, I like the sweets there the most like the cakes with the fresh fruits, strawberries or blackberries...
    Coffee was wonderful.

    You have to try yourself;)

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  • Cafe Diglas: Viennese Kaffeehaus

    by Mariajoy Written Aug 18, 2005

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    Cafe Diglas

    As soon as Petra and I met up after several days of no coffee and cake and girly chats we knew we had some serious catching up to do so we made our way to the nearest coffee shop which happened to be the Cafe Diglas near St Stefan's Dom.

    Favorite Dish: We both had the Haustorte and Petra had a lukewarm coffee and I had tea - to which I added a Tetley's tea bag I had brought from the UK and keep in my bag for just such emergencies as weak continental tea...

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    Cafe Schottenring: In 19th Century style

    by Manara Updated Feb 28, 2005

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    This cafe, founded in 1880, makes it possible to dine with style at an affordable price. The furniture, the decoration, the chandeliers and the grand piano all contribute to form a picture of Viennese turn-of-the-century style.
    If you go there for an afternoon tea you will find also piano music (after 3 pm).

    Favorite Dish: Zwibelrostbraten, a traditional dish consisting of a beef cutlet topped with rings of fried onion (not battered). A glass of red wine costs from 1.90 to 2.70.
    As a dessert I recommend Apfelstrudel, but you can also select a cake from the ones you can see in the glass showcase.

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    Cafe Griensteidl: The spot in Vienna for coffee and desserts

    by Skibbe Updated Aug 11, 2004

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    The Cafe

    An easygoing cafe in the heart of Vienna where they will not bring you the check until you ask for it because they don't want you to feel rushed. Sit and read the paper while eating their decadent desserts and drinking wonderful coffee. Locals claim that it is Vienna and not Seattle that is the world's coffee capitol.

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    Kaffeehaus: Culinary Delight

    by novalis Updated Jan 13, 2004

    I have too admit Austrians have a huge sweet tooth. There are numerous indigenous Austrian deserts or "Nachspeise" but my personal favorite is "Apfelstrudel.

    In any of the Viennese Coffeehouses you will find this dish. Give it a try. It's definately worth it.

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    Cafe de Sol: Cafe de Sol

    by Imbi Written Nov 9, 2003

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    Cafe de Sol put forward a lot for gourmets: various salads, ice specialties and sweet crepes. At the Cafe de Sol is always lively, the sun always shines, even when the weather is bad outside.
    Give it a go; hopefully you will not be disappointed.

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    Westend: beautiful traditional kaffeehaus

    by AnnaStella Updated Nov 6, 2003

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    A beautiful old-fashioned viennesse kaffeehaus. Far more typical than the "must see" ones like Café Central or the Havelka.
    traditional vienesse food. typical waiters (call them "Herr Ober") and a very beautiful architecture.
    The guests are a fine mixture of locals (old/ sophisticated and young/trendy) and travellers.

    Favorite Dish: I never tasted the food actually, but it´s typical austrian.

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    Cafe Braunerhof: A Cozy Coffeehouse

    by where2next Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Vienna Coffeehouse

    I stumbled upon this coffee house as I wandered the streets behind the Hofburg. It was very relaxing and the ambience was great. The interior was cozy in the sense that it was not overdone with any artwork or new deco. The worn cushions look like the could be the originals going back many years. In the middle there was a table with out of town newspapers from around the world. Also, I happened to be there when a three piece classical band was playing. Also, it felt like a neighborhood coffee house and not a place catering to tourists. Overall, I found this to be more enjoyable and relaxing then any Starbucks.

    Favorite Dish: My only complaint here and with other coffee houses are the small cups. I guess I am spoiled with the large servings here in the U.S.

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    Vienna's coffee houses

    by Bjorgvin Updated Jul 11, 2003

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    The coffee houses of Vienna.
    In 1683 the Turks attacked the city of Vienna with a strong force. Nevertheless the attack and the following siege were unsuccessful. When the Turks had finally left, the Viennese made use of the coffee-bags, which the Turks had left behind, and after experimenting for a while, roasting, grinding and boiling the beans the outcome was ... coffee. Later came milk and sugar. This story may have some grains of truth in it, but it is doubtful. Nevertheless in the year 1714 Vienna had 11 licensed 'coffee-houses' and the café-tradition had been established by the middle of that century. In a Viennese coffeehouse one asks for: Nussschwarzer (mocha), Melange (coffee with frothy milk), Kleiner oder grosser Brauner (coffee with cream), Espresso or Kurz (strong, black Italian-style), Einspänner (mocha with whipped cream, served in a glass), or Fiaker (mocha with brandy, served in a glass). Bitte schön!

    Favorite Dish: Strudel (sweet pastry with apple, nut or sweet cheese filling), Beugel (pastry croissant with nuts), Rehrücken (chocolate cake).

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    by mel_bee Updated Mar 31, 2003

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    Cafe Griensteidl in the centre of the city

    After several Turkish sieges of the city, rumour has it that a sack of coffee beans was left behind which after some experimentation resulted in drinkable coffee. A viennese man, Herr Kolschitzky was reputedly the first to offer this wonderful drink to the Austrians which became a national institution!
    There are so many cafés in Vienna, it would be impossible to list them all but here is a small selection to give you some ideas:
    Sacher (1st, behind the Opera)
    Demel (1st, on Kohlmarkt)
    Cafe Central (1st, off of Herrengasse U3)
    Griensteidl (1st, near the Hofburg)
    Diglas (1st, Wollzeile)
    Frauenhuber (1st, not far from Stephansplatz)
    Hawelka (1st, off Graben)
    Kleines Kaffee (1st, smallest in Vienna - Franziskanerplatz)
    Café Latte (7th, Neubaugasse)
    Bar Italia (6th, Mariahilferstrasse)
    Palmenhaus (1st, in the Burggarten)
    Cuadro (5th, Margaretenplatz)
    Café Stein (9th, Kolingasse, near Schottentor U2)
    Starbuck's (around the city, opposite the Opera, on Mariahilferstrasse, Landstrasse Hauptstrasse....)

    Favorite Dish: For a normal milky coffee drink a melange, with chocolate on top try a cappucino, for a long milky coffee I love the cafe latte. You usually get a glass of water with the coffee and sometimes a biscuit on the side. Try out one of the delicious pastries such as Café Central's apple strudel or one of Diglas' great strudels with hot vanilla sauce, and of course a slice of chocolately Sacher Torte at the Sacher. Bar Italia is funky in the evening and does great Italian snacks. The Palmenhaus is expensive and often packed but a great setting for a coffee! Hawelka is a fascinating and traditional smoky Viennese café run by the very ancient owner, Mr. Hawelka

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    Cafe Ritter: The local 'in-crowd'

    by adambeau Updated Jan 20, 2003

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    Visit one of the lesser-known cafes sure to become your favorite and feel like you've enjoyed the most common traditions the Viennese simply adore, outdoor dining. Sidewalk cafes cannot be surpassed in Vienna, and the Cafe Ritter is one of those special overlooked tourist treasures bubbling with the trendy local crowds.

    Favorite Dish: Fairly sure this is where I had, for the first time, the Austrian dish known as Tafelspitz, boiled beef.

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    Cafe Leopold: You can eat beetween E.Schiele and G.Klimt.

    by siwi Written Jan 9, 2003

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    The location and ambience is clear: The café is an is an integral architectural component of the Leopold Museum in the Museumsquartier. Situated in the first floor on the north-west flank of the Museum cube. It's really not a tourist trap, trust me! It's very trendy!

    Favorite Dish: The culinary offering ranges from Viennese and international varieties of breakfast to freshly prepared sophisticated dishes.

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