There are so many cafés in Vienna that it would be foolish to try to single out one as the best. I was told on my last visit that since 1683, when the Viennese discovered bags of coffee left behind by Turkish troops, more than 2,800 coffee houses have been opened in Vienna. We won’t be covering all of those. Here, however, are some of the top contenders.
I visited Café Sacher, home of the Sacher-Torte, arguably the world’s most famous chocolate cake. I dropped in to Café Demel, which boasts some of the best pastries in Vienna. I stopped by Café Landtmann, Freud’s favorite, and Café Hawelka, which appealed to me because it was (and is) a meeting place for writers and artists.
Spending an hour or so appreciating Viennese coffee culture is a not-to-be-missed experience. Oh, if you need a tip about what type of coffee to order when you visit a Viennese coffee house, see Viennese Coffee Culture. I go for the Melange, which is like a cappuccino, dusted with either cinnamon, coco powder or coffee powder.