They say the Sachertort is the best chocolate cake in the world, since I like a good chocolate I couldn't resist trying it. The place where they serve this famous cake is the Café Sacher in Vienna's city center, next to the Albertina. To enter this prestigious cafeteria you have to check your coats (1 € each). Already at the table, they serve us the cake, which is a big piece of chocolate and cream. The cake is really good, made with good quality chocolate, but is quite rich and end up being a bit heavy, because it's fairly concentrated chocolate. The portion I think was € 4.80 in 2010, so it has surely gone up. The cake with a funny story behind it is worth a try if you really like sweets, but I don't agree that it's the best cake in the world.
Undoubtedly, it is the most beautiful coffee shop in Vienna. Located in a beautiful building, the Gallery Ferstel, and it has stood in this monumental city for over 150 years. It is one of the highlights in Vienna for both tourists and locals with refined taste who frequent this gem of Austrian hospitality, esteemed for its paintings of the Empress Sissi and Franz Joseph of Austria. The columns and interior decoration transport us to the Imperial era, which along with the live piano music creates an atmosphere very difficult to beat by other cafes in this city.
This visit is mandatory for the traveller and good beer drinker. It is located in an antique mill and the Augustinian monastery, where the smallest beer is a pint. It goes down like water, made with the Augustinian monks' traditional recipe, a real delight. Within a few small halls, there are little shops specializing in local foods, from a panadaria up to homemade burgers, which can be carried into the dining room. Between two rooms we found the huge barrels and the beer-only shops where you take a pitcher, whichever size you want, and it is cooled by the fountain. For me, it was the most typical thing in all Salzburg. In summer, when the weather is good, you can have a drink and socialize on the terrace outside. It's a wonderful place, I hope to return as soon as possible.
Salzburg also offers a pleasant walk through the city of Mozart. It is a visit that chocolate lovers must not miss. Like the cities of Innsbruck, Graz and Vienna, Salzburg hosts the old Café Sacher, which shares a building with the hotel of the same name. This café, with its baroque decor, chandeliers and gilded racks, reminds you of the cafés of the Viennese court, which have been recreated many times in films. There visitors can enjoy authentic Sachertorte, whose original recipe dates from 1832, and acquire a sweet souvenir in their pastry shop. The Sacher cake is made from chocolate cake and a layer of apricot jam. Then there is a layer of black chocolate frosting. It is usually served with whipped cream. The cake and the drinks are expensive, but it's worth trying the authentic Sachertorte!. Highly recommended, definitely.
Located in the heart of Vienna, in one of the entrances of the Hofburg, specifically in Michaelerplatz. It´s appearance as a cafe is not as impressive as other the places mentioned in this series, perhaps because it is an establishment more well-known for it´s pastries. Therefore, in addition to highlighting the Sacher cake as we mentioned in the title, you can try other types of cakes and pastries that are also produced here, such as the Apfelstrudel (apple strudel, made with puff pastry). What´s more, if you continue to the back of the store, you can see, behind a glass wall, the whole process of the spectacular sweets that are offered in this historic local place, founded in 1786.
Zanoni & Zanoni is an ideal place for lovers of Italian ice cream, offering a wide variety of ice creams, in addition to cakes, pancakes or snacks among other things (I recommend that you take a look at their website to see how good they look) . You can find it on the street that connects the Cathedral of Vienna with Schwedenplatz.
I loved the McCafe in Vienna! First, because in Spain we don't have these (at least not in Valencia), and second because of the building's style, it's nothing like the typical McDonald's and last but not least because of its many varieties of coffee. It's like Starbucks, but more affordable, with a little terrace with 4 tables from which you can watch people go in and out of shops, all while you drink your coffee or smoothie in peace. Vienna has several McCafes, all of them are in the more touristy areas. I loved it, I hope you come see it soon!
Located in the rear of the final cable car station climbing the Alps from the village of Igls, very close to Innsbruck, and the capital of Austrian Tyrol. It has two private terraces to enjoy a truly relaxing visit, no noise besides the cowbells and with spectacular views toward the Inn Valley and Innsbruck. On the menu you can find all kinds of foods. They could even prepare you a simple dish that isn't included on the menu if you ask. The quality of the food is very good and there are all kinds of desserts and drinks. On the terraces there are seats and tables to enjoy the sunny days.
The Einstein is very well known among the university students of Vienna. It lies between the town hall square and the main building of the University of Vienna, making it very popular with students. They serve breakfast, you can try a typical Wiener Schnitzel or have a coffee or a beer. You can find more information about the food and drinks that they serve on their website.
We got off the tram to walk to the cathedral, and found ourselves with plenty of interesting places to explore. Vienna is a great city, and everywhere you look you'll find something surprising. This time it was a Spanish restaurant called the Pulperia, and imagine my surprise when I found some paella Valenciana on the menu!
Excellent selection in the center of Vienna. Typical food and great quality. The Viennese go with their tupperware containers and bring food home. The restaurant has some tables, similar to Spanish bars and cafes. You have to order at the bar, pay and take it to go when you're going to eat it. There's a fixed menu that includes a first dish, second dish and dessert.
When we were feeling low on energy, after a long day of sightseeing in Salzburg, after just eating the odd snack to stave off hunger from time to time just to get through the city, we passed through a gloomy alley in the late afternoon, just a step between two major streets that lead us back to the centre. In the window there was a poster and an appetizing smell which made us stop at once. Through the window we saw a busy Turkish cook preparing roasted kebabs. He invited us to enter. But from where? From the vestibule of the building, we found the entrance. It was like I lived in the building or owned the place. The menu was quite extensive and varied, including pizzas, chips and salad, but best of all was a delicious and simple falafel that it tasted like heaven. Also, the room was warm after being in the cold street. We had a quick snack that gave us strength to return to Vienna.
Well, I was very surprised by the place, and the amount of food. It also has a buffet. I went to this town near Lake Constance for a vacation and to rest, I loved it especially for its friendly people, all quiet. Someday I will return. You eat well, we will not get hungry. I would recommend going to the breakfast buffet, you can eat til you burst.
Sooner or later, all tourists go for a walk through the historic city centre, so you might as well stop here. The place is really beautiful, in the Viennese style, and has an excellent quality : price ratio. The tables are by the windows, so you can see out onto the street, and there's a piano ensuring beautiful background music. The dessert counter is very attractive, but there's also an excellent menu of savoury snacks. The beams are breathtaking, like something from another world.
A typical Viennese restaurant, famous for its huge schnitzel. If you're not hungry enough to manage the monstrous schnitzel, you can share one between two, with potato salad, as we did. And the price is pretty good, too!
The Hawelka Cafe is a popular place in Vienna and it´s located in the first district. It was founded in 1939 by Leopold Hawelka, ve had already managed the Kaffee Alt Wien, located on Bäckerstraße, for three years. This is a cafe with a strong personality, to put it in some way, and it´s a place where many artists in the city met, such as Hundertwasser, for example. In 2005, Leopold's wife died, the creator of the house speciality: The Buchteln (desserts which the couples´son still continues to prepare, using the traditional recipe). The variety of cafes that they offer is also wide.
This is an open spot where you can see 360 degrees across Vienna. The restaurant is on the top floor - the 18th, to be precise. The best time to go is definitely at night, when the roof comes to life with iridescent colours. In the kitchen is the 3-star chef, Antoine Westermann. Needless to say it is not a restaurant for every budget ...