Vienna, Austria – The Capital Of Café Culture

Nathan and I both have a MASSIVE crush on Austria – last time we were there we spent some time on the countryside, up in the alps and in the cities, and we fell in love with the country straight away.

The snowy alps with year-round skiing, the green valleys and turquoise lakes, and Vienna with its amazing historical architecture – brings you back to a romanticized past, and and a place you don’t want to leave anytime soon.

Vienna is the capital of Austria, and it’s also the capital of cafe culture.

Few places take their cafe culture as serious as Vienna, and out of all the museums, theaters and opera’s, the Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) were the one thing I looked forward to revisiting the most.

The coffee house culture is a big part of Viennesse history and culture, and with well over 2,000 cafes in the city you have a lot to choose from.

Coffee has been served in Vienna since the 17th century, making the coffee houses some of the oldest in the western world.

There are all kinds of cafes, from traditional 19th century baroque cafes to modern or futuristic cafes.

Personally I really loved the traditional cafes, where the waiters are dressed in dinner jackets, the interior is in dark wood and red garment, and with an atmosphere so cozy and welcoming that people sit for hours on end reading, writing and trading gossip over a cup of coffee.

In Sweden – where I’m from – coffee culture is also very important, and in my family we’re brought up to have “coffee breaks” (fika) with cakes at least once a day – so perhaps that was why I really enjoyed how Vienna had not only preserved their old coffee culture and traditions, but truly valued it.

Since I used to work as a barista I know a bit about coffee, but in Vienna I was lost!

The list of coffees to order was endless, and there were some that I had never even heard of before.

A must try are the Viennesse cakes, especially the famous Sacher torte.

If not for the taste, then for its history, the Sacher torte has become one of the most famous cakes of Vienna and cafes in town have fought each other for decades over the most ”original” Sacher Torte.

But it’s not all about cakes and coffee in Vienna, the city itself looks pretty like a cake.

The Schönbrunn palace with its gigantic manicured gardens, Burg Theater and Hofburg palace made it easy to dream yourself away a few hundred years back and imagine what things were like then, with Mozart sipping a coffee in a corner cafe, and empress Sisi walking around the gardens of her palace.

Vienna is for the indulging and dreamy type people – in other words, perfect for me… how about you?

9 Responses to Vienna, Austria – The Capital Of Café Culture

  1. harvey the guy October 15, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    cafes are still what they should be – places to linger over coffee rather than take photos. And I hope that doesn’t change.

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      that is so true Harvey, Vienna was the PLACE for cafes!

  2. Jessica October 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    Just a couple of months ago, a friend and I made a detour to Vienna on the way from Prague to Budapest. Our time in Vienna was limited (only 5 hours! we had a plane to catch early the next morning in Budapest). After a number of frustrating but delightful hours, we headed back across the center of town to grab our car and head out (frustrating because the map we had was terrible and we couldn’t find most of the sites we wanted to see; delightful because the city itself was so charming and clean and friendly). We were exhausted. It was late. We hadn’t eaten since lunch. Stopped at a street corner, waiting for the light to change, we looked to our left and saw the famous Hotel Sacher (which, after studying the history of the Sacher Torte, I’m convinced is one of only two place that have any claim to the original creation). I was so tired, all I could think was CHOCOLATE CAKE NOW, and grabbed my friend’s arm to drag her into the tiny hotel cafe. There we found heavenly Sacher Torte (obvi), the best wienerschnitzel I’ve ever had, a truly delightful older Hungarian gentleman (Zoli) waiting tables, and an adorable birthday cake of a woman sitting in the back corner wearing pink Chanel and smoking using a cigarette holder. I loved everything about it. I can’t wait to go back and spend more than 5 hours :)

    (sorry this has been so long, I just had to share)

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your story Jessica, the Sacher Torte really is something special, especially when eaten at a place which prides itself on having the real deal! ;)

  3. book alltrip October 19, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Nice bog about the Austria
     

  4. Silver Jewelry Jaipur October 22, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    nice so beautiful i like austria so much

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