Viennese coffee The rituals and the elegance create the very specific atmosphere of the Viennese caffee

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In fact, UNESCO added Viennese coffee house culture to their list of intangible cultural heritage, saying that the coffee houses have a “very specific atmosphere” and are places:

"Where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill"

Here we want to present you with a selection of Austria's most famous coffee variations...

Coffee Kleiner Brauner
Kleiner Brauner

Usually the coffee is not filtered, but steamed like an espresso. The milk or cream is usually served in a tiny pot with the coffee so the guest can decide how much to put into the coffee.

This little guy walks the line perfectly for when it’s 3pm, you’re craving a coffee kick, you don’t want a pile of milk to go with it, but you think straight black coffee is like drinking an grumpy old guy’s bitterness and regret, liquefied.

Einspänner (Mocha with whipped cream)

Black coffee usually served in a glass instead of a mug with a dash of whipped cream on top.

Coffee Einspänner
Wiener Melange

Ahhh, the mighty Melange. To be found on every menu around Vienna. A mélange (that’s French for ‘mix’) of one shot espresso, a splash of hot water served in a cup, topped with a mountain of frothy, steaming, foamy milk. We know, it sounds as sensual and as its name.

A local favourite that combines German and French words that mean, taken literally, “Viennese mixture”. Often shortened to just Melange on menus and when ordering.

Coffee Wiener Melange
Kaisermelange (The Emperor's Melange)

The Kaisermelange consists of strong black coffee, an egg yolk and honey. In a cup, the egg yolk is mixed with honey and while stirring the mix the strong black coffee is added slowly. In Vienna, a shot of cognac is also added to the mix.

Coffee Kaisermelange
Einspänner (Mocha with whipped cream)

Strong, black coffee usually served in a glass instead of a mug with a dash of whipped cream on top.

Coffee Einspänner

A large cup of coffee with whipped cream or frothed milk sprinkled with ground cinnamon.

Coffee Kapuziner
Coffee Maria Theresia

There’s nothing wrong with hiding a bit of booze in your coffee, according to ye’ old Maria Theresia. Especially if it’s orange liqueur – it’s kind of healthy then, isn’t it?! This coffee creature will warm you from the inside out, well, that will be mostly the alcohol doing the warming

Coffee Maria Theresia
Liqueur Cointreau

Fine black coffee doused with foamed milk and served with whipped cream, cognac, grated orange peel and chocolate.

Coffee Franziskaner

Similar to a Fiaker but served cold. The Mazagran is a strong, black coffee served with ice, a shot of rum, a bit of sugar and whipped cream. This delicacy is especially good during the hot summer months.

Coffee Mazagran

Double espresso coffee with a shot of rum, whipped cream and cocktail cherry on top.

Coffee Verlängerter

One of the best-known Austrian desserts – Wiener Apfelstrudel, "apple strudel" served with icing sugar and Viennese coffee.

This sweet dream of light pastry and its juicy filling - how famous the Viennese Apfelstrudel has become. But it’s all too easily forgotten that this fine pastry once travelled an extensive route from Arabia via the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, before becoming resident in Vienna. However, the long journey was worth it!

Wiener Apfelstrudel

Let's have a cup of coffee, order delicious cakes and discover all the secrets of Viennese coffee...

Wiener Apfelstrudel

We will not rush anywhere. True Viennese coffee does not tolerate it...

No one will rush you: a single purchase entitles you, dear patron, to spend the entire day at your table, enjoying the cultured atmosphere and feeling of refinement...

Cake Sacher

PS: A cup of coffee and a piece of a cake are about 12 €

Cafe Demel (outside)
Demel, Vienna

A visit to Vienna, Austria is not complete without an afternoon or morning spent lounging within one of the city's elegant and relaxed cafes, where time seems to slow down and every sip and morsel has meaning. Drinking coffee is an event, each moment designed to be treasured and experienced with delight.

Cafe Demel (inside)

It nice to spend a morning in one of the city's oldest and most notable cafes, Cafe Demel, an establishment frequented by past emperors and empresses in days when the Hofburg Palace was inhabited by the royal Hapsburg family.

The historical interior is still original, 130-year-old! – mahogany furniture, bronze decorations, green marble, white and golden plastering and an old clock which appears as if it is going backwards, returning us into the times of the monarchy. Entering the house, some people stop staring with an open mouth.

The lounge in Rococo style on the right is full with other sweet things beautifully packed in cute boxes or wrapped in fine paper. Everything reflects in the mirrors on the walls and next to the mirrors, there are narrow glass bowls filled with small sugar pellets...

Cafe Demel (inside)
Cafe Demel (inside)

Cake culture cuts a big piece out of Vienna. You should go for the most legendary institution, almost 230-year-old confectionery, it a post-Imperial attraction to have your wonderful cake

The world's most famous cake, the Original Sacher-Torte, is the consequence of several lucky twists of fate. The first was in 1832, when the Austrian State Chancellor, Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, tasked his kitchen staff with concocting an extraordinary dessert to impress his special guests

Empress Sisi loved the sorbet made of violets which is not available anymore but you can still buy another Sisi’s favourite product – candied violets. Mr Demel was personally bringing the violets to the Hofburg and the Empress took them also to her long train trips.

Violets sorbet
Violets sorbet

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