The Viennese are very caffeinated due to the proliferation of fantastic cafés in their city. Inviting, dark, and sometimes smoky, they keep you wondering the history that’s taken place within their walls.
Ambience at Café Braunerhof
We had the benefit of relaxing at Café Braunerhof while a violinist & pianist played classical music for a den full of Viennese patrons. Decorated with rich fabrics, antique mirrors and dark woods, these cafés feel like you are sitting in your grandmas living room. Buy a cup of coffee and you are welcome to make yourself at home. Racks of the day’s newspapers are yours to enjoy.
Most of these cafés serve delishous desserts and pastries. We grabbed a few at Café sacher, trying the famous sachertorte and an apfelstudel.
The sachertorte was invented in Vienna
Apfelstrudel is another Viennese delicacy
In addition to the cafés, pastries dominated the hotel breakfast buffet with overflowing baskets providing endless possibilities of sugar intake. And at the Christmas markets, the confections were also plentiful and tantalized the crowds.
Lovely stand at the Rathaus market
Waffle drenched in raspberries & vanilla sauce. Yes that is a trash can. It was crowded and I had no place to stand!
And don’t forget the pretzels!
Beyond the sweets, breads, and java, Vienna still has much more to contribute in the culinary scene. We loved the soups….broths coming stuffed with goodies….crepe soup, pancake soup, and a beef noodle veggie soup were among those we tried.
Pancake or crepe soup
And of course, we had to have wiener schnitzel, a popular Austrian dish of pounded & breaded veal or pork which is then deep fried. We had veal and pork, both fried. We also tried a pan sauteed version with a sauce and rice. Our favorites were the veal options found at Fromme Helene, but we also liked the pork schnitzel at Café Rathaus.
Sauteed veal schnitzel
The Austrian fair food kept us full and warm as well. Over the course of the weekend, we had rosti (a potato dish), bratwurst & mustard, goulash, and two types of nockerl (like little gnocchi).
Holy nockerl, this stuff was good.
Goulash in a bread bowl
Austria is also know for its white wine. In the local dialect, the word for Vienna is Wien and Wine is Wein. We had fun at this place having lots of Wiener Wein.
We also partook in the festival hot wine….
Gabe is a fan of the hot wine. He was also excited to keep the boot mug….you pay a 2 euro or 2.50 euro deposit on your first drink for the cup. We didn’t return ours.
Vienna is a city of the finer things: classical music, balls, culture, and the arts. But it is also a very satisfying food town as well. Perhaps it’s best enjoyed in the winter when it has a fantastic warming effect and the extra pounds dont show as clearly!!