Many of you who have traveled around Europe may understand the importance of “the cafe experience”. Whether it is to taste Europe’s best coffee, catch up with a dear friend or simply indulge in people watching, sitting at a cafe here IS an experience. As you may guess Vienna is FULL of cafes and depending on your mood the right cafe is probably a few steps away.
My husband and I decided to have a quiet Sunday morning breakfast at Edison in the 8th district of Vienna since we were child free (thanks Omi & Opa). On the recommendations from another Viennese food blogger, sushiandstrudel, I wanted to give it a try. As always, it was another refreshing change from the last cafe experience. This one in particular had a clean & fresh atmosphere, decorated just to my liking with shabby chic decor and rustic charm. As you would expect in Vienna, the coffee didn’t disappoint. The breakfast menu offered an assortment of traditional pastries, health conscious dishes and richer (dare I say it) fattier alternatives. Since I’m too lazy to make any sort of eggs at my house, I indulged in some ham & eggs. Delish.
For a different cafe experience altogether you could walk downtown and soak up history in one of Vienna’s oldest coffee houses, Central Cafe. Here you can experience Vienna’s traditional morning routines, perhaps the same of that Sigmund Freud had enjoyed. Cafe Central has a rich & mysterious atmosphere which made me feel like I had stepped out of a time machine. Newspapers were placed in the traditional wooden frames for all to enjoy, assorted pastries were displayed in glass casing and what appeared as cafe regulars chatted warmly with the staff.
In this type of coffee house the wait staff will always be formally dressed, which includes a bow tie. Coffee is always served with a glass of water and one could spend an entire day occupying a table with a single order of coffee. There is never the expectation or pressure to drink your coffee and go. No way. The Viennese enjoy their coffee ritual and may spend hours chatting with friends, conducting business or simply enjoy a good morning read. This tradition goes ways back to the turn of the 19th century.
Whether you fancy something fresh & trendy or formal & traditional every cafe will offer a unique experience. With over 1000 coffee houses in Vienna to choose from I know that I’ve got my work cut out for me! Thank GAWD I love coffee!