Vienna has had many faces over its long history – from huge empire 150 years ago to spy hot spot right after the Second World War. One thing that hasn’t change though is the long and rich food tradition. I stayed in Vienna for only a tender span of six months, but the city had captured me by storm.
When it comes to food in Vienna, there are two words that I immediately associate with the Austrian capital – sweet and hearty. One will find Schnitzel and all kind of game meat, but it is undeniable the Vienna has also a very sweet tooth. Along with that comes the beautiful coffee culture. Here are my culinary travel tips – my taste of Vienna.
1. Coffee at Cafe Central
When visiting Vienna there is one priority – go and visit one of the traditional coffee houses in the city. Even if you don’t like coffee, you will still love the atmosphere and the sweets. High Tea Bites and beautiful high cakes will satisfy every lover of sweets. Cafe Central was opened in 1876 and has served coffee to people like Sigmund Freud and Leon Trotzky. Try a Einspänner – which is a double espresso topped with whipped cream.
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2. Erdapfel Goulash at Cafe Drechsler
This dish is a reminder of Austria long tradition. Goulash is actually Hungarian, but has become popular among Austrians (and me). Erdapfel is an old-fashioned word for potato. The Goulash can be a little spicy, and contains beef and a mild paprika sauce.
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Your first thought might go to Sachertorte, but the Esterhazytorte is lesser known but just as rich as the Sachertorte. The cake is named after a prince of the Austrian Empire and poplar among locals. In the mix is butterscotch that is spiced up with cognac. Normally there are between four or five layers of almond meringue dough. You can find this cake at almost every local cafe and bakery. I advice you find it there.
4. Geröstete Knödel at Amerling Beisl
This literally translates into roasted dumplings, but those don’t resemble in any way Asian dumplings. Loved by Austrians and Germans alike, these Knödel contain onion and parsley for the flavouring. Often served with egg, they make for a nice dinner. The best I found were at Amerling Beisl, which is a beautiful restaurant with perhaps the most charming backyard in Vienna.
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Forget about the Dutch, this is the real pancake. That’s at least what the locals would tell me. Kaiserschmarrn is a thick pancake that is cut into smaller pieces. It is often served with rum-soaked raisins, apple or plum sauce, cinnamon, and powdered sugar.
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