From gilded, romantic homes putting pastel-hued truffles entrance and centre, to low-key establishments good for a morning cup and the each day papers, the espresso homes of Vienna are establishments – identified for his or her covetable confections, vintage furnishings, and matchless brews.
Bookmark this sextet of coffeehouses within the Austrian capital, and waltz in for a chinwag, a espresso, and a wedge of ganache-smothered cake once you’re subsequent on the town.
The jewel in Vienna’s crown, with the Hofburg Palace in recognizing distance, Demel is a sugary delight. Situated on the Kohlmarkt, the café opened in 1786 and its rococo interiors can nonetheless immediate jaws to drop.
Its alluring home windows trace on the fairytale finds past – desserts vary from comforting apple strudel to demel torte, a chocolate and nougat creation. Go for a window nook to completely respect your ornate surrounds (all mirrors and gilding) ordering a spherical of Anna Demel coffees – a mix of home espresso with orange liqueur topped with whipped cream – for the desk. As you exit, choose up a double-layered Hasenbonbonniere chocolate field to take dwelling.
Signposted by a white, neon tube signal, Café Prückel has a decidedly retro really feel. Inside, wooden panelling and upholstered Fifties-style chairs and sofas abound, a glimmering, round chandelier serves because the room’s assertion piece, and piping-hot coffees are served to white-topped tables on dinky silver trays.
The entrance house of the café is all potted crops and pastel tones, a scene countered by the rear wing’s extra ornate styling. Much less ritzy than another coffeehouses, with hints of Wes Anderson whimsy, its proximity to Stadtpark makes it an important pit-stop after a leafy ramble.
Synonymous with Vienna, thanks partially to its widespread apricot-laden torte, Café Sacher is one thing of an establishment. Queues may be prolonged, but it surely’s value persisting.
As soon as inside, perch on a monogrammed banquette, engulfed by swathes of ruby crimson and cherry-toned cloth, piano music delicately tinkling within the background. Going through the Opera Home, past the café’s sweeter selects the menu additionally affords a spread of conventional Viennese dishes (ultimate in the event you’re stopping by for a pre-performance chunk).
Lodge Motto’s confectionary-esque color scheme is complimented by its onsite bakery, Motto Brot’s candy choices. Inside, its wood-panelled cabinets cradle freshly baked pastries (flaked with almonds and doused in powdered sugar), hearty loaves of sourdough, and extra.
Whether or not you’re taking a espresso and a croissant again to your lodge room or grabbing a aromatic espresso and a caramel eclair to take pleasure in within the Volksgarten, it is a spot value a pin-drop in your map.
Tuxedo’d waiters set the tone at Café Tirolerhof, a charmingly old-school institution sporting artwork deco stylings, black bistro chairs, and wealthy, jacquard cloth lined cubicles.
The environment is cosy and welcoming, bustling with locals from 7am open to 10pm shut (Monday to Saturday, and decreased hours on Sunday), with chatter paused solely by mouthfuls of apple strudel and Kaiserschmarrn.
At Salon Aurelie, situated on the imposing Rosewood Vienna on Petersplatz, tables can be found on a walk-in foundation. Impromptu drop-ins are potential from 11am-6pm, with the salon’s foliage-clad surrounds offering a comfortable spot within the capital for lazy, decadent afternoon teas and coffees.
Native artist Marie Hartig’s hand-painted botanical murals, impressed by Vienna’s Palmenhaus, supplies a lot dialog, champagne is served from a trolley, and there’s a seemingly infinite provide of Viennese pastries.
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Gilly Hopper is the founding father of Thesp, a social membership devoted to theatre, and a contract journalist for the likes of Condé Nast Traveller, Vainness Truthful, Suitcase and extra. She can also be a eager traveller and humanities fanatic.
Pictures by Holly Saxton